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Martin Harris

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Editorial writer Martin Harris writes about Vermont politics, taxes and education from afar at his new home in Tennessee. A former architect, Martin spent many years in Vermont and knows the state's many arcane building and zoning codes, rules and regulations. Always controversial, always entertaining, Martin provides readers with facts and figures ripe for endless discussion.

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Where are the news fact checkers?

Rights & Privileges

Until the ideological turmoil of the 1960s, America’s news media, both the traditional print newspapers and the then fairly new electronic news programs, found it critical to their professional credibility to correct substantial factual errors or omissions spoken, written, or carefully omitted, by newsworthy public figures.

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Where are the news fact checkers?

Opinion: Rights & Privileges

Until the ideological turmoil of the 1960s, America’s news media, both the traditional print newspapers and the then fairly new electronic news programs, found it critical to their professional credibility to correct substantial factual errors or omissions spoken, written, or carefully omitted, by newsworthy public figures.

Five easy pieces

Rights & Privileges

Drawing on the observation by the late Bay State politician Tip O’Neill—that all politics is local (mostly)—and on the title of a sordid 1970 Jack Nicholson drama about an upscale hero going downscale...

Golden Dome Planning

Rights & Privileges

For most of American history, politicians at the state level didn’t presume to invade the private sector, to strategize about state-guided economic development, and then legislate in support of some particular focus.

Steering the Titanic: Vermont's coming energy disaster

Rights & Privileges

A single recent event-sequence, largely unreported by the print-and-electronic mainstream media, but documented heavily in a one-time analysis by the Wall Street Journal, reveals a remarkable turn-around in what’s probably the single most important sector for national economic (and therefore social) well-being: energy.

Follow me

Rights & Privileges

A story from the Korean Wr had an infantry patrol wending its way across the rice paddies on the raised dikes between the flooded fields; when the young lieutenant in charge realized he was going it alone, in the wrong direction on the wrong dike, he splashed across the intervening paddy to reassume the lead and holler “follow me.”

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Vermont: a road not taken

Rights and Privileges

In a quasi-historical rerun, the Green Mountain State now seems once again to have reached consensus on a long-range economic development objective, only to default before commitment.

Rights and Privileges: K-12 in Vermont

As reports go, it could have been a lot pricier and harder-to-read, but it was quite enough anyway. That’s the recently-published Picus Report, which was commissioned to reassure the Golden Dome folks in Montpelier that their statewide school property tax­,starting with Act 60, and then son-of-60, Act 68, was equitable.

Martin Harris: Preventing crisis-waste

Once upon a time, Chicago was the hog butcher for the world and City of the Big Shoulders—now it’s the place where high-rise apartments are deemed adequate only for the Lakeshore Drive upper-income quintile but not for the lower (or no-) income quintile inland.

Rights and Privileges: Going bare while staying covered

At last count, 26 states had legislatively expressed their disapproval of the mandate-to-purchase-health-insurance in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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