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Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz makes the argument that impeaching President Donald Trump for speech that incited last week’s insurrection at the nation’s Capitol is wrong and counterproductive. He argues that the president’s speech is protected under the First Amendment and warns that…

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 I join many other Vermonters in congratulating and thanking Gov Scott and the Vermont Legislature for condemning and demanding the removal of President Trump for his disgraceful role in inciting the January 6th desecration of America’s Capitol. Lacking the courage to hold accountable and pe…

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Shortly after the campaign victories of Democratic senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pledged that sending out $2,000 survival checks to all but the wealthiest Americans would be “one of the first things we want to do once our new sen…

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Trump exhorted his followers in the crowd at his rally on January 6, 2021 to march to the U.S. Capitol and express their anger with the election. His Anarchists rioted and broke into the Capitol injuring police officers and damaging property. An element of Trump's followers are similar in id…

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The past year and month of January 2021 have proven to be just a sad continuance of what our country and Americans have had to suffer through with COVID-19 and the President and GOP followers' political actions.
Americans want so badly to move on with their lives and feel safe and secure aga…

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 Two theories about the recent election have emerged.  Either the Democrats tried to make the vote counts close distributed over a wide area so as to lessen the likelihood of being detected or they are actually at the peak of their vote-manufacturing capacity.  If it were the latter, Conserv…

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We urge the Senate to promptly consider and confirm Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for homeland security secretary. In the wake of last week’s domestic terror attack on the Capitol — the symbol of our nation’s democracy — it is more urgent than ever to have in place …

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It is easy to believe that people who adopt conspiracy theories and embrace the rampant lies of this president must somehow be far away, in another part of the country. So innocent - and I have to recognize that often is my perception, or should I say delusion. When will I learn? I keep bein…

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  After five years as a St. Albans Town school board member for the Maple Run Unified School District, I have decided not to seek a third term. I am writing today to encourage others in our community to consider running for this open position, and to get their name on the ballot for Town Mee…

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation this week warned the governors of all 50 states that “As of 10 January, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitals from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January.” Vermont Gov. Phil Sc…

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Twitter has banned President Trump. So has Facebook. Amazon has shut down Parler, a competitor to Twitter, joined by Google and Apple. The tech giants point to the obvious need to combat the malignant forces that give rise to last week’s assault on the nation’s Capitol.

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The message in Gov. Phil Scott’s 2021 inaugural address could be tied to a two-word plea from Vermont Gov. Horace Graham in 1918 who called for “practical patriotism” to battle the Swine Flu then ravaging the nation. It was a plea that cut through partisanship, a call to cast aside differenc…

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While I am not in DC nor on the Hill, I am shocked by what I saw with the President inciting a riot and insurrection against the overly transfer of power(a coup). It is an assault on democracy and a violent siege

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“The way [Trump] sees it is: Why should I ever let this go?… How would that benefit me?” reported someone who The Daily Beast says has spoken to Trump at length about the subject. The subject is the baseless claim that massive fraud of unbelievable scope robbed him of reelection.
It has been…

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Donald Trump Wednesday told his mob of followers, “You’ll never take back our country with weakness.” The mob hung on his words in their march up Pennsylvania Avenue, and, fueled by his vitriol, stormed the nation’s Capitol. The images will be forever cemented in our minds. Our stomachs will…

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All but six senators supporting objections to the counting of Arizona’s electoral college votes slunk away when it came time to cast final votes. Consider those who remained the Dirty Half Dozen: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), John Neely Kenned…

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Franklin County has lost one of its most vibrant citizens in the untimely passing of Mike Cain. And in his death, students have lost one of a special breed of educators who enjoyed the ability to connect with most all of them. In a career that spanned several decades, Mike never lost his pas…

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Vice President Mike Pence told the president he would not be able to overturn the election as ordered. President Trump called him a coward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebuked fellow senators trying to discredit the Wednesday’s electoral college process. The president called him p…

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 Thankfully, 2021 is here, and with it comes the start of a new legislative biennium. While we will be gathering virtually via Zoom rather than at the Statehouse this week, the work that state government needs to do to help families and businesses is real and urgent. In many ways we’ll conti…

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President Donald Trump’s call to send $2,000 stimulus checks to most American taxpayers has divided conservative opinion. That division, and the reasons behind it, highlight how difficult it will be to form the conservative working-class majority party that many dream of creating.

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Thursday, Becca Balint will be the first woman in Vermont to be sworn in as Senate president pro tempore and she is being described as, above all, a skilled communicator. Good. It will be the talent most in demand as the Legislature steers its way through the shoals of a pandemic strewn world.

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The SolarWinds hack, it seems, was worse than initially feared — and initial fears were already alarming enough. The manner in which the U.S. government left itself vulnerable to the attack demands a reckoning that runs the policy gamut. But the best place to start may be the least flashy: s…

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If on Nov.4 the numbers showed Gov. Phil Scott had lost to Progressive David Zuckerman by a couple of thousand votes, how likely would it be that Mr. Scott would claim the election had been stolen, that he, in fact, had won by tens of thousands of votes? How likely would it be to learn that …

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The essence of scientific inquiry is to discover truth: Ask questions, seek evidence, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments and validate findings. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman pledged on Thursday that China will approach the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in an “op…

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It’s a bit of a shocker. The pandemic shut things down in 2020, including Vermont’s traffic levels which were reduced an estimated 25 percent. That, in turn, meant a reduction in car crashes — the lowest in five years. Yet, we saw a 30 percent increase in number of people killed on Vermont’s…

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Even in the midst of a pandemic, which was spread by Trump politicizing wearing masks; and even under a massive cyber security attack by Russia; President Trump continues to try to overturn the election. In a recent White House meeting Trump asked for input about former National Security Adv…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday that 2.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in two weeks. While this might sound like an impressive number, it should set off alarms.

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As one of the longest and most challenging years of our lives draws to a close - with the promise of a vaccine offset by the gravity of staggering infection rates and devastating loss of loved ones - I would like to take a moment to reflect on the amazing resilience of our Red Cross partners.

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A wit once offered the “inspiration” that it was advisable to be at war with one’s vices, meaning growth comes when one turns weaknesses into strength. Typically, the advice is directed at the individual, with the end result being an improvement to society overall. But the advice can be dire…

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America’s food industry groups are the next tobacco companies. They have enormous influence. They receive massive government subsidies. They contribute to the poor health of Americans and they do so without shame. And they lie.

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Vermont’s Bernie Sanders continues to be a bit miffed that President-elect Joe Biden hasn’t recognized the value of the nation’s progressive movement. It he had, his proposed cabinet choices would reflect it. They don’t.

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We appreciate the challenge of governing during a global pandemic. Instead of meeting with colleagues and constituents, we now rely on video chat, texts, emails, and phone calls. We are in an extraordinary time, where safety requires us to maintain physical distance from one another. We beli…

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 I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang.  Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness.  So, in a perverse way I have to give "The Donald" some…

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President-elect Joe Biden sent a risk-averse signal by choosing Tom Vilsack as his nominee for secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a 70-year-old former Democratic governor of Iowa and has already done an eight-year stint as head of the Agriculture Department under President Barack Obama. Em…

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I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang. Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness. So, in a perverse way I have to give “The Donald” some cr…

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I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang.  Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness.  So, in a perverse way I have to give "The Donald" some …

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We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept before the hard edge of winter’s breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parents lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

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Covid-19 has cost us cherished holiday traditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against traveling for family visits, Santas and menorahs sit behind plastic partitions, religious services have moved outside, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting went online. And for…

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It’s a start. And it seems less than grateful to say anything other than thanks. After all, a majority of Vermonters will be sent $600 checks beginning as soon as next week. The unemployed will get an extra $300 a week. Small businesses are also in line to get some help to tide them over. St…

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It’s a start. And it seems less than grateful to say anything other than thanks. After all, a majority of Vermonters will be sent $600 checks beginning as soon as next week. The unemployed will get an extra $300 a week. Small businesses are also in line to get some help to tide them over. St…

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A compelling case for why the workplace should never be the same in a post-pandemic world was made in Friday’s Messenger by Rick Valenta, of St. Albans, who argued that he, and those of his [younger] generation, would prefer to work remotely. They love their jobs. But the benefits of working…

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All of America is looking forward to a vaccine for the Coronavirus and a return to a semblance of a normal life as we knew it. The toll, both human, economic, social and psychological, has been considerable. However many of us who have been working from home since March of 2020 or so are beg…

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The University of Vermont is an important part of many people’s story. It’s central to our family. My spouse and I are graduates of UVM, and our son just completed his first semester. Many of our closest friends are people we met while at UVM. My liberal arts degrees provided me with a firm …

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It’s a letter with a return address packed with intimidation: The Office for Civil Rights [OCR], Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. It’s almost never a best wishes card. It’s the sort of letter that keeps people who run places up at night.