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Clippings: How does our tax burden stack up?

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

According to the heated rhetoric coming from certain quarters, United States citizens are laboring under a steadily increasing tax burden that is likely to bury us all under a mountain of debt and crush our hopes and dreams.

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Around the bend: Nine minutes just too much to ask

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

When my life gets really busy, I fall back on my tried-and-true coping strategies: snapping at my family and keeping my shoulders clenched up around my ears. But sometimes even those aren’t enough to make me feel better.

Recently, I went in search of some real stress relief.

With little time lately for a proper yoga class, I settled for a shortcut I found on YouTube: a 9-minute guided relaxation led by a soft-spoken European woman. I like to call her Elsa.

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More to the rail spur story

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

At first blush, the fact that today’s railways operate under many of the out-dated privileges granted them during their hey-day in the 19th century is astonishing, if not outrageous. How can it be that archaic federal laws oblivious to today’s environmental concerns, land trusts, conservation districts and other individual concerns are allowed to so completely trump state, town and individual rights?

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Dear Pres: Take off the gloves

Posted on April 18, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



Many American independents voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because they thought he was the smartest Democrat available. They put him in office. Given what we were facing in the aftermath of the incredibly profligate and counterproductive Bush presidency, smarts were what were needed.

Many voters figured he was smart enough to successfully lead the Democrats against what was bound to be a single-minded, ruthless Republican onslaught intent on retaking power in Washington.

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Clippings: Twain's dilemma and untold stories

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Few have the conceit to seriously ponder how to gauge the measure of one’s life, and you can count me among them. But no doubt it is a topic near and dear to those in the twilight of life.

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Politically Thinking: Air fare subsidies a worthwhile cut

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Returning the federal budget to sustainability over the next decade will require a combination of cuts in discretionary spending programs, reforms in entitlement programs and increases in tax revenues. Many elected officials and interest group leaders believe that solidifying the nation’s finances can be accomplished with changes in only one or two of these areas. Democrats want to cut military spending and raise taxes on the wealthy, while Republicans want to cut domestic programs and reduce Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

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Between the Lines: Forecast: More hard times for liberals

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

With the limited exception of those of us lucky enough to live in Vermont, this is a lousy time to be a liberal. And it’s not going to get any better.

After years of battling Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, Democrats and Progressives in the Legislature have the luxury of working with new Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. While Shumlin has put the kibosh on increasing taxes for the super-rich — he knows that would be political poison in his first term — he has otherwise set a remarkably progressive tone.

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Bristol, listen to your citizens

Posted on April 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

The Bristol Planning Commission’s 4-3 vote last Tuesday to temporarily allow gravel extraction in the town’s conservation districts is a slap in the face of town voters who, just four weeks previously on Town Meeting Day had rejected gravel extraction in conservation districts by 69 percent to 31 percent. That’s no small margin, and yet four members voted to reject that public sentiment based on seriously flawed reasoning.

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GOP policies don't add up

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

Try to explain why this statement is false: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”

The simple answer is because government spending creates jobs by putting money in the hands of those who will spend it, thus priming the economy.

Cutting government spending, as Republicans in Congress want to do, will create the opposite effect of what they are saying will happen — an important point for America taxpayers and voters to understand.

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Clippings: Hoard wealth, it's the American way

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



 

Transocean Ltd., this company I love. It’s as all-American as apple pie. Doesn’t matter that its headquarters are in Switzerland; what do you think of when you think of Switzerland — Swiss banks. And what do you think of when you think of Swiss banks — obscene amounts of money locked away for the restricted use of an elite clique.

So, like I said — all-American.

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