Following the Canadian “Model”?

With Speaker Shap Smith fantasizing about Vermont becoming the “Saskatchewan of the United States“, perhaps it is time to reflect on the irony of Vermont’s political leaders trying the follow the Canadian model at time when Canada is doing a political about face and following what was the American model.  As suggested in a National…

True North Reports TV

This Thursday, May 12, True North Reports will debut on CCTV’s (Channel 17) Live @ 5:25, and we will continue to broadcast on the second Thursday of each month. The half hour show is, as its name implies, live. The call in number if you would like to participate is 802-862-3966. Our first show will…

Bullets we dodged… this time

by Angela Chagnon H.97, the controversial bill that would have created a union for childcare providers made it through the house and is now in the Senate Rules Committee. This one will be back next year. H.239 would have forced employees to pay union fees regardless of membership. The statement of purpose reads: “This bill…

Entergy and act 160

by John McClaughry This piece originally appeared as a WDEV commentary The Sunday Times Argus had an interesting story by reporter Peter Hirschfeld about Gov. Shumlin’s running battle with Entergy and the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The front page story runs 53 column inches, and it contains eye opening revelation. The 2006 legislature passed Act…

Letters 5 – 11 – 2011

Randy Brock deserves support for his stance against the healthcare bill   As usual, Randy[Brock] is on top of the [healthcare] issue and he is also right. Now the question is this: how many people will listen and do something about it. Randy is only one person, and needs people backing him and supporting him.…

“Health Care, Part 2 A Better Solution”

By George Coppenrath Vermont residents enjoy some of the lowest insurance rates for business, homeowner and automobile insurance in the country. Combined with the fact that every employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance for its employees and that all vehicles operated on Vermont highways must have insurance, that is quite amazing. How is that possible?…

Frodo Baggins for president

By Rob Roper My kids are at the age where they are reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings for the first time, and it is a joy to re-experience those magnificent stories through young eyes. But, as I’ve grown older myself, I can’t help but see the Ring of Power and…