Vermont should learn from other states

by Audrey Pietrucha Vermonters are understandably proud when the state appears at the top of a list ranking states according to their success in improving access to education or health care or decreasing violent crime. Positive high rankings are seized upon by government agencies, politicians and newspapers to prove to them and us that, yes, everything…

VT-NIMBY-PC-YIMBY

by Martin Harris A short list of recent events in Vermont raises some interesting questions about the workings of the I-want-this-goody-but-from-invisible-sources mindset prevalent amongst people of relatively higher socio-economic –one might almost say “gentry”– status, who by accident of birth or exercise of skill have managed to become part of suburban or exurban America in…

It’s 2030 – Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

by Robert Letovsky If you are currently the parent of a school-age or college-age child, chances are that by 2030 he/she will be living out of state. Vermont is the second oldest state in the country and our population has hardly grown during the past ten years. In 2000, there were 148,000 Vermonters under the…

More Taxation by Unaccountable Strangers

by John McClaughry On June 15 the Public Service Board issued its long-expected order agreeing to the consolidation of Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power into a new “Combined Company”. The new entity, serving 256,000 Vermont electric customers, will be owned, ultimately, by the government of Quebec. Every party submitting views to the…

Birth of a Talking Point

by Martin Harris If there’s historical truth behind the old English “third time’s the charm” adage, it may be that we’ve just witnessed the birth of a new Talking Point in the politics of public education. Your Humble Scribe is somewhat slow on the up-take, and let the first two instances slide without recognition, but…