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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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George P. Shultz turned 100 last Sunday. He served as U.S. secretary of labor, treasury and state. He was the director of the Office of Management and Budget. He remains a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He’s forgotten more about government and how it w…

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The Electoral College met Monday and formally affirmed Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president, to be inaugurated as such on Jan. 20, 2021. President Trump’s legal challenges have run their course, showing themselves to be substantially weak and little more than a reflection of his insatiab…

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On Town Meeting Day, the Town of Middlebury will vote on whether to allow retail sales of marijuana. It will be the first municipality in Vermont to do so, a process that is expected to be rolled out statewide.

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The Green Mountain Care Board has before it the 2021 budget for OneCare Vermont, the accountable care organization in charge of administering the state’s all-payer system. The board’s lament is that OneCare can’t show that the new model is working, which makes it difficult for board members …

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As the University of Vermont examines the sustainability of low enrollment classes and the Vermont State College System runs to the Legislature with hat in hand, asking for upwards of a $100 million over the next five or so years, it should be apparent that higher education in Vermont is try…

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The Vermont Legislature last week received the first of three reports explaining the crisis facing the Vermont State College system and offering the potential of a path forward, the central premise being to fold Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College …

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With a bit of luck Vermont could see its first batches of a Covid-19 vaccine next week. The shipments are expected to total 5,800 doses and are to be administered to health care workers and the elderly in long-term care facilities. The vaccine will come from Pfizer, with the additional vacci…

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The University of Vermont Wednesday announced it would eliminate 12 majors, 11 minors and four master’s programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. The response was predictable; those affected were upset. Universities are like limitless buffets, the offerings are supposed to be as vari…

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The woman called in to Vermont Public Radio. The reports about the State’s Covid’s protocol left her confused. She asked her question: Her mother lived alone in another state and was in the process of quarantining for two weeks before she came to Vermont to visit for Christmas. The caller wa…

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On Sunday, with the weather in the balmy mid 40s, the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail was as busy as it is most summer days. People [and yes, all with masks on] were running, walking, biking and doing so by themselves, or in small groups, or with their dogs tugging at their leashes. The expecta…

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The impact of the pandemic on higher education is beginning to show. The number of first-year undergraduate students has plummeted 16 percent and enrollment for all undergraduates is down four percent. Enrollment at community colleges has dropped by a whopping 22.7 percent according to Resea…

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As President-elect Joe Biden continues to put together his cabinet, progressives, including Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, are beginning to vocalize their unease with Mr. Biden’s choices, fearing the far left is being ignored.

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If Vermont followed through on its Thanksgiving plans — along with people nationally — we can expect the number of Covid-19 infections to double. The projections come from a national survey in which about a third of the people polled said they were going to celebrate Thanksgiving the way the…

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Donald Trump’s primary complaint about Joe Biden was that he had spent 48 years in Washington, eight of them as vice president, and had little to show for it.

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The Phil Scott administration last week stepped in to do what Vermont’s all-payer health care system can’t do on its own, which is to explain to Vermonters the system’s purpose, to remove the obstacles that make operating the all payer model difficult, and to take the lead in promoting the n…

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On Friday after this Thanksgiving, known as BLACK Friday, the weather people say it’s gonna rain. By the buckets. And the wind is going to be so punishingly strong the rain will be coming in sideways. Like standing in the ocean’s surf fueled by a hurricane. And it is gonna be cold. Miserable…

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There is a sense of foreboding with the news this week that Vermont’s lawmakers had decided to target the hospitality industry with $75 million in additional aid. The holidays are just around the corner, winter is stalking us, Covid cases are soaring and we’re being told to stay inside and k…

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The difference between the pandemic last February and today is that we know what we are dealing with, it’s not an unknown, which is why the death rate is down as the case load explodes. We also know how it spreads and by whom, which is a problem for the naysayers who can no longer point fing…

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In spite of the 300 tweets since Nov. 3, we all know, even the president himself, that he lost to Joe Biden and that he will be ushered from the White House on Jan. 20, 2021, as a one-term president. So why the protestations? Why not do the honorable thing and concede? Why not tell the vote …

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It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. Yes, Joe Biden was expected to be the president-elect, but, with the pollsters’ guidance, he was supposed to lead the “blue wave” to increased margins in the House, and to his party’s control in the Senate. Then, it was believed, there would be nothi…

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The year 2020. What a year. The pandemic has forced all of us to look closely at our place in the world. Last year at this time, we only saw masks at the dentist or in the operating room. Today, a mask is part of our wardrobe. A year ago, we were shaking hands, hugging and there were no issu…

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In the presidential election just completed, a record 372,000 ballots were cast by Vermonters, a 14 percent increase over the previous record set in 2008, with the Barack Obama presidential election. Republican Gov. Phil Scott is considering whether to change the state’s election laws to per…

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It was remarkable to watch as the throngs in London lit fireworks to celebrate Joe Biden’s election as the United State’s 46th president. The same happened in Paris. And, of course, throughout the United States, right down to Church Street in Burlington. World leaders quickly sent in their c…

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Vermont has roughly $118 million of its federal Coronavirus Relief Fund that has yet to be allocated, according to reports. It’s the task of the administration and the Legislature to identify where the money can best be spent. The allocations have to be made and agreed to by the end of the y…

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The bulk of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, nearly 60 percent, come from the 250 million passenger automobiles, with the 18-wheelers adding another 23 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Those same percentages — roughly — apply to Vermont. On a per capita basis …

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Political newcomer Molly Gray Tuesday was overwhelmingly elected as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor, only the fourth woman in Vermont to hold the position, gathering a victory that showed the power of ideas and the appeal that comes from a promise of unity and collaboration.

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For Vermonters looking for a bright spot in the damage caused by the pandemic it might be this: Between 14 million and 23 million Americans intend to move from where they live and work, an astonishing 32 percent increase from this time last year, according to several new studies.

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We have never been exposed to something as dominating as next Tuesday’s vote, a scant four days away. Much hangs in the balance and our mistrust of information — all of it — has us holding our breath. The memory of four years ago holds us hostage. There is no space for unrestrained confidence.

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Let’s indulge in a moment of pure self interest: As a Vermonter you should wish for two things on the third of November. The first is that Joe Biden is elected president. The second is that the Democrats win control of the Senate. The combination could be a powerful win for Vermont; potentia…

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University of Vermont president Suresh Garimella Monday proposed freezing tuition and room and board costs at current levels, the second year tuition costs will have remained constant, and a stark recognition as to the importance of keeping the cost of a college education within the reach of…

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There is a core reason Gov. Phil Scott has what is considered an unsurmountable lead in his gubernatorial race with Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman: Vermonters, conservatives and liberals alike, trust him.