Follow the Money: Regional Equity [IV]

by Martin Harris Even for those of us who made it through the 13 grades of public education back when History and Civics were still seriously taught at the high school level, there was a lot left untaught. One of those subjects is now gaining visibility, supposedly because of the suddenly broadened Federal-power scope of…

The illustrative school lunch debacle

by Audrey Pietrucha Advocates of smaller and less centralized government have got to love Michelle Obama right now. The new federal nutrition guidelines being implemented nationwide as part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative are a wonderful real-life illustration of what happens when government involves itself where it should not. Mrs. Obama has graciously provided…

The Hard Choice for Medicare

by John McClaughry Amid the spin-laden charges and countercharges of a national political campaign, there is one central fact that needs to come through clearly. Medicare “as we know it” is finished. Whether or not they are willing to say it – usually not – responsible political leaders on both sides of the aisle know…

Regional Equity via the Classroom [III]

by Martin Harris Vermont’s role in any sort of Regional Equity campaign (whereby cities re-capture control over their presently independent suburban, exurban, and rural hinterlands) might best be judged by the percent of the State’s 2006 population which was born elsewhere and moved in: nearly 48. According to Cities of the US, 6th ed., the…