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The ghost of Jeb Spaulding Returns - John Walters

Somewhere, Jeb Spaulding is saying “I told you so.”

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Lead sponsor says gun ban bill unnecessary if covered by existing law, and it is - Chris Bradley

If you are not aware of S.30, it is a bill that relates to prohibiting the possession of firearms at three types of locations, and as portrayed it garnered a number of Senate co-sponsors.

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Gov. Scott, Dept. of Health: why don’t ski tourists follow Covid rules? - Margie Klark

Gov Scott & Department of Health:
As information is released that some COVID cases are linked to ski resorts, it appears there is a giant gap in enforcement in these areas.

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Racism, cause of insurrection, began long ago - Bob Stannard

There he stood basking in the glow of where he was and how he got there. Laying on his right shoulder was a confederate flag, unfurled in our nation’s Capitol. For the insurrectionists committed to stopping the sanctioning of our free and fair elections seeing the confederate fly in our Capitol was heartwarming. For the rest of America, not so much.

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Covid-19 vaccination, the Day After - Tom Evslin

Vaccination Day +1: I planned on some cross-country skiing but didn’t have much energy. “What’s going on?” I asked my Chief of Intrapersonal Security.

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Youth worker sees differences between secular, churched kids - Dan Treat

It’s no secret that large numbers of Vermonters want little to do with organized religion. People who attend evangelical churches are thought by many to be narrow-minded, exclusive, and intolerant.

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A new racism emerges from the wokester set in Vermont - John Klar

Vermont's "Racial Justice Alliance," a radical local activist group that lobbies the Legislature, unveiled an "initiative" to disparage white Vermonters with yet another acrimonious acronym and create a new grievance group: ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery). These mostly out-of-touch "woke" whites who run this once again are blasting Vermonters for "being the whitest state."

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The pension mess - Don Turner

2021 marks 25-years since then-Treasurer Jim Douglas recommended that the state change its trajectory from costly "defined benefit" retirement plans for state employees and teachers to "defined contribution" plans.

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VT labor boss says TCI carbon tax benefits rich people - David Flemming, Ethan Allen Institute

The Vermont AFL-CIO labor union recently hosted a virtual panel discussion, in which they answered questions from members of Vermont Interfaith Action, a left-leaning faith-based, political action group.

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Tax (almost) everything, commission recommends - Rob Roper

The Vermont Tax Structure Commission released its 180 page draft report to the legislature, and one of the major recommendations it makes is to expand Vermont’s 6% sales tax, currently limited to goods and a few singled out services such as ski rentals, to everything but healthcare, and to reduce the overall rate to 3.6%.

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