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Vote to dump Bush

Vote for a change

As the nation prepares to vote tomorrow, Nov. 7, voters should consider the state of affairs in Washington, D.C., and to do their part to ensure a change in direction.

Such a change would press for an end to a federal tax policy that favors the wealthiest individuals over the middle class, more favorable environmental policies that require industry to limit further harm to the environment, federal regulations that prevent media consolidation in the hands of a few mega-corporations, deficit reduction measures so our children and grandchildren aren’t paying for today’s excess spending, a health care system that delivers appropriate care to American citizens, and an educational funding system that is flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of today’s global economy. For the past six years under President George W. Bush and the Republican-dominated Congress the nation has witnessed a steady deterioration on each of those fronts.

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Peter Welch for Congress

In the race between Democrat Peter Welch and Republican Martha Rainville for Vermont’s lone seat in Congress, one issue is paramount: Do Vermonters want to enable President George Bush to maintain control of both the House and Senate, or will they cast a vote to place an appropriate check on this president’s radical and disastrous agenda? If voters want Bush to “stay the course� on domestic issues and foreign affairs, then a vote for Rainville will help assure that path. If voters want a change in the nation’s direction and a check on the president, then a vote for Peter Welch is critical.

Control of the U.S. House is so central to this election that it outweighs all other considerations.

This newspaper’s concerns with the Bush administration’s mismanagement of our national resources and damage done to our international prestige over the past five years are well known to our readers (and those long-standing concerns, we might add, have largely been validated), so we won’t belabor the mounting perils that would face the nation if Bush is allowed to reign two more years with a rubber-stamp Congress.

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Status quo or bolder course?

That’s the question to ask in governor’s race

In the race for governor, Republican James Douglas has the advantage of incumbency and a record of compromise and modest achievement, while Democrat Scudder Parker offers a candidacy of vision and bold leadership. In choosing the state’s next leader, Vermonters must ask if maintaining the status quo is sufficient or if the times demand a bolder course of action?

There is no pat answer. The course the state has maintained for the past four years under Gov. Douglas has been steady, if not visionary.

But problems remain unresolved. Dairy farms continue to fail at an alarming rate; the state’s energy supply hangs in a precarious balance and yet the state has no comprehensive energy policy; the state’s teacher/pupil ratio is low and drives expenses resulting in high property taxes; while the Catamount Health Care plan is a step forward, many say it does too little to cut costs leaving a heavy burden on businesses; the state’s Medicaid bill will put an increasing burden on the budget in future years; and while the state’s population has been increasing modestly, the number of school-age children has been on the decline, thus creating a future shortage in the labor pool.

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Matt Dunne for Lt. Governor

In the race for lieutenant governor, Vermonters have the opportunity to choose a candidate who would bring an extraordinary amount of energy, intelligence and enthusiasm to the state’s number two job. That candidate is Democrat Matt Dunne.

Dunne’s background as a public servant is stellar. First elected to the Vermont Legislature as a representative of Hartland and West Windsor at the age of 22, Dunne spent the next four terms in the House and was elected Assistant Majority Leader in 1998, making him the youngest whip in the nation at the time. Along with other leadership roles in the House, he served as vice-chair of the Transportation Committee. During his time in the House, Dunne was a marketing executive in various capacities, including as the marketing director for Logic Associates, a top 500 software company based in Wilder that served the commercial printing industry worldwide.

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