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Elections chief admits ballot forgery hard to prevent, impossible to reverse - Rob Roper, Ethan Allen Institute

At the January 14 meeting of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Senator Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) asked Vermont Director of Elections, Will Senning, about a woman arrested for election fraud in Texas.

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Vermont not immune from mob rule mentality - Weiland Ross

In 1946 there appeared a poem written by Rev. Martin Niemoller titled “Then They Came For Me”. Niemoller was a clergyman in Germany who for several years was a strong supporter of Hitler and the Nazi movement.  At some point he realized the fallacy of his position and began to criticize the Nazis.  He was imprisoned at Dachau, but escaped the Holocaust. 

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AFL-CIO will strike if Biden not inaugurated - David Van Deusen

When Ben Franklin exited the room where the future of the United States was being decided, he was asked what kind of government we would have. He answered "a Republic, if you can keep it." More than 200 years later, Just days ago, we witnessed a challenge to that democratic Republic. Fascists, at the direction of Donald Trump, attempted to subvert our Republic by legislative process and by violence in the streets and in the halls of Congress. That coup was defeated.

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Contrasts stark between Washington DC, Montpelier legislatures - Alison Clarkson

Last Wednesday, Jan. 6, we saw a sharp contrast between legislative life in Vermont and in the Congress in Washington, D.C. This contrast couldn’t have been more stark — one: unusually quiet, orderly and historic but subdued, and the other: noisy, chaotic and shockingly violent. One affirming and one rocking our firm faith in the sanctity of our democratic process.

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My reply to Sen. Benning’s recent rant - Lynn Edmunds

The following letter is a response by Wallingford resident Lynn Edmunds to a Jan. 8 letter by Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) in the Rutland Herald.

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Collective guilt, Democratic hypocrisy - Deb Bucknam

Supporters of the Presidential candidate who lost the election stormed into Washington D.C., destroying property, attacking and injuring police and causing major damage to buildings in the city. Vicious signs threatening the winner’s supporters were everywhere.

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What is going on in Burlington? - Don Keelan

Thirty-three years ago, when my family and I settled in Vermont, we thought about residing in Burlington. In many ways, Burlington was a mini-Boston, only more beautiful with majestic views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains, endless vistas across Lake Champlain, and home to a half dozen colleges.

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Trump Should be Impeached Now - Tom Evslin

Congress should do its job.

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Trump complicit in riot - Tom Koch

It is with a heavy heart and very mixed thoughts and emotions that I share this message with friends, using the vehicle previously known as “Scribblings.”

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Editorial: Of Chaos and Lessons Learned - Addison Independent

We all know how awful 2020 was for Vermont and nationwide. But at least the right man won the presidency, newspaper publisher Angelo Lynn says.

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