The Super Friends!

Who are these Really Smart People who will control every aspect of our healthcare system? by Rob Roper Montpelier – Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the newly formed Green Mountain Care Board, introduced herself to the press on October 4th, “I think most of you in the room know me. I’m… here to finish a…

Double Trouble for Vermonters

by Alice Dubenetsky Today, Vermonters face two health care “reform” behemoths bearing down on them from both federal and state government. The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress on March 23, 2010, will essentially change the entire health care delivery system as Americans currently know it. According to the website HealthReform.gov, the plan will “put…

How government pays people to be poor

by Frank Mazur Our federal government is well over $14 trillion in debt. States and municipalities around the country are also struggling with budgetary and economic issues. However, calls to get our revenues and expenditures back in line are met by many on the left with howls of indignation. A recent letter to the Burlington…

The Green Mountain Care Board gets its marching orders

by Rob Roper Montpelier – The five members of the Green Mountain Health Board met officially for the first time at 1:00 pm at the BISHCA offices in Montpelier. The goal in assembling them, according to Governor Peter Shumlin, was to put “really smart people” in charge of the healthcare reform process to avoid yet…

Shumlin’s Comprehensive Energy Plan

by Meredith Angwin Shortly after Governor Shumlin took office, he said he was very surprised to see that the State Energy Plan included Vermont Yankee operating past March 2012, operating “beyond its design date.” He claimed “my team (is) frankly scrambling to put together a shutdown plan that should have been designed over the years…we…

“Moving Planet” Rally

by Caitie Banfield Outside the capital building in Montpelier, hundreds of people gathered in an event dubbed “Moving Planet”, which was a celebration for moving beyond the use of fossil fuels.  The event was a substantial day of global action. The Sept 24th event set records for Vermont, it was the largest climate change event ever…