Peculiar Response to the Valley Flooding Problem

Vermont has just gone through another major flood, with widespread damage in Addison County and the central section from Montpelier and Hardwick down to Londonderry.

 

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San Francisco Homelessness Crisis

An editorial in last Monday’s Wall Street Journal explains the astonishing homelessness problem in San Francisco.

“California has spent more than $20 billion on housing for the homeless since 2020, yet public encampments continue to grow. As San Francisco progressives are learning, government can build more shelter, but that doesn’t mean the homeless will use them.”

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Sen. Welch’s Small Farmers bill

Every once in a while, I take a look at the bills introduced by my friend Sen. Peter Welch. As one might expect, any such search turns up a lot of expensive and/or unworkable liberal foolishness like the Green New Deal, but once in a while I find one that can win my support.

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Silent Cal Speaks

Two weeks ago, I promoted the centennial re-enactment of Calvin Coolidge’s taking the oath of office in a farmhouse in Plymouth Notch and was looking forward to attending the celebration program. Unfortunately, at the last minute I couldn’t go, so instead of reporting, let me share some of my favorite Calvin Coolidge quotations.

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Commentary: The Debate Over Income Inequality

The evil of “Inequality” has always been a rallying point for advocates of socialism. In 2013 the publication of Capital in the Twenty First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty stimulated a new wave of debate. The title was a takeoff from Karl Marx’s seminal Capital, published in three volumes between 1867 and 1894.

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Restoring School Discipline

My habit of looking for bright people who can educate me brought me earlier this year to Andrew Gentile, an industrial electrical engineer who works all over North America but lives near me in Sheffield.

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Green Mountain Meetups

Seven Days published a nice piece on June 28 titled “Green Mountain Meetups.” It was subtitled “Vermonters break bread, dance and forge communities in ‘third spaces’”.

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Student loan case a victory for Democracy

Your TV screen has been showing distraught college students protesting the Supreme Court’s decision that President Biden has no authority to just cancel $420 billion in unpaid student debt.

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Civic spirit Alive and Well

I was heartened last week by another sterling example of the Vermont tradition of people stepping up to help neighbors in need, in this case neighbors whose driveway was washed out by the flooding in Middlesex.

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The Murphy Social Connections bill

Last week Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, recently reported as dropping to his knees on the Senate floor to implore his colleagues to abridge our right to keep and bear arms, came up with another liberal brainstorm. 

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