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Heavenly Ryan Elected Co-Chair of New North End NPA Steering Committee

At the May Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA) steering committee meeting for Wards 4 & 7, Heavenly Ryan was elected co-chair of the New North End NPA Steering Committee. The NPA is a monthly gathering of residents to address issues within the city, meet with their elected officials, and serves the two largest wards in Burlington.

About Heavenly Ryan

Heavenly currently serves as secretary of the Burlington Libertarian Party, vice chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party, and works with her husband, at Advantage Creations of Burlington.

Contact:

Heavenly Ryan
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802/735-2149
Web: https://burlingtonlp.org
Email: hryanvt (at)yahoo.com

Burlington LP News – April 2006

Burlington LP NEWS

 

April 2006

Sponsored by
The Burlington Libertarian Party
www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss Speaks to the BBA
3. VFW vs. the State
4. Movie Night: V for Vendetta
5. New VTLP Blog
6. Annual VTLP Convention
7. Burlington Libertarians in Action
8. Libertarian Humor
9. Quote of the Month
10. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our 6th newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss Speaks to the BBA

Mayor Bob Kiss - Burlington, VermontHeavenly and I attended the regular monthly Burlington Business Association (BBA) meeting this morning where Bob Kiss, Burlington’s new mayor, was the guest speaker and main event. Following is my account of his speech and Q/A…

Kiss stated that the best thing city can do is provide good and efficient services such as public works, police, fire, electricity (low rates), neighborhood schools (which contribute to good education), public transportation and telecommunications (through Burlington Telecom). These services must be provided efficiently. Our challenges as a city are in childcare and healthcare. While Burlington cannot do it alone, the city needs to be more aggressive towards coming up with a solution for the healthcare crisis.

Kiss’s major goal is more social equity in Burlington — to lesson the gap between the rich and the poor.

Burlington budgeting problems are going to be his major initial focus. He believes the local option sales tax will help and he will look for alternative ways to increase the tax revenue for the city, other than the property tax. Kiss is confident that the state will approve Burlington’s request for the local option sales tax. Kiss stated that the local option sales tax is capped at 1%… it’s not open-ended.

Kiss stated that he’s not looking to change much of the current city staff – he wants to work with the existing staff to make positive changes.

Q/A:

Preferred method of communication?
By email, he just got his new email address: [email protected]. You may also contact him by phone: 802-865-7272, City Hall: 149 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401 Web: http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/mayor/

Recently the city published a report that suggested capping the budget increases as 3%/year and reducing city staff to 2000 levels. Do you support this?
The city should strive for these goals. City employee benefits are major factor with the budget. The city needs more taxing and funding sources to meet needs.

Affordable housing?
Currently the city is short 21,000 rental and 12,000 home purchase opportunities. Burlington has made great progress towards affordable housing. Kiss hopes for more help from the state government for Burlington Community Land Trust to create more housing. Kiss also wants the zoning rewrite to allow more density throughout the city so more units can be built.

Business in Burlington?
Burlington needs more space for business. Again, Burlington’s zoning needs to allow more density so more businesses can open and expand. The city needs to continue to help grow small (micro) businesses.

Potholes?
The city’s infrastructure is critical for people and businesses locating in Burlington. Kiss stated if he could fill every hole tomorrow he would.

Why do you think you could be mayor?
What do you bring to the table? Kiss cited his 25 years in human services and 12 years managing a larger non-profit as providing him good experience which should translate well in managing the city of Burligton.

Burlington Telecom – what are the long term goals and how will it be financed?
Burlington Telecom is financed by a $20 million bond and the hope is that the revenue will be enough to meet the payments. However, the city is not responsible for the bonds, but Burlington Telecom will be part of the city government. Burlington Telecom will provide cable, phone and internet services to Burlington residents.

What are your thoughts on Northern Lights on Cherry Street and the State Mental Hospital locating at Fletcher Allen?
Northern Lights is a proposed half-way house for released female offenders. Kiss stressed his support for the project as he believes it’s our duty to provide capacity for offenders to be reintroduced into society in order for them to be successful. However, both projects need to be well run and fully funded. Kiss is pleased that the Burlington Housing Authority is a partner in this… this speaks very well of Burlington. Kiss also stated that the U.S. in general is failing in corrections in that far too many released offenders return to prison within a year for repeat offenses. There needs to be more support for them after being released so they are successful and not likely to re-offend.

Your thoughts on the Moran Plant and the Waterfront?
Kiss appreciates how inclusive our waterfront is and wants to keep it inclusive. Kiss wants the opportunity for everyone to use the waterfront and he is very happy with the success so far.

Business plan for city?
Kiss wants to think fresh about Burlington and he will open up discussion with the Burlington businesses regarding his plan.

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VFW vs. the State

VFWOn March 16th, it was reported that the VFW Post 7779 in Hyde Park went to battle against to state in regards to the smoking ban extension to private clubs. They held a meeting and voted to reinstate smoking at the club. Post Commander Bruce Martin stated that it wasn’t so much about the cigarettes as it was about sending a message that the state is butting in where it doesn’t belong.

“These people are sick of the state taking away our private rights.”, stated Martin.

I commend them for taking the initiative to push the limits of the law and I had hoped they would continue to stand against the state. Other VFWs have been rumored to begin allowing smoking again as well.

However, in the end, it appears that the state’s threats of $10,000/day fines were too much for them to risk. However, I would have like to see the state try to shut down a VFW for smoking. That would have been one of the best opportunities for overturning the law. I would imagine that a VFW would have had the best chance of getting public support against the state. I cannot imagine many people siding with the state against veterans on whether they should be able to smoke or not in their own club.

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Movie Night: V for Vendetta

Quote from movie:
“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people.”

V for Vendetta

Last night, Hardy Machia, Bonnie Scott, Kevin Ryan, Jonathan Stauffer, Heavenly and I went out together to see the movie V for Vendetta, another great movie from the people who brought you The Matrix. Again, the Wachowski brothers have created a Libertarian-themed movie where a small group of people are fighting to reduce the power of an oppressive government and to open people’s eyes to it.

Brief Synopsis of film from LP.org:

“V for Vendetta is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore that is set in England in 2020. Great Britain is under the control of a fascist government who use fear and intimidation to control its citizens. The government controls the media and clamps down on free speech through its Ministry of Objectionable Materials.

A mysterious rebel known as V, who is dubbed a terrorist by the Hitler-esque Chancellor Sulter, plots to overthrow the government. V seeks to complete 17th century saboteur Guy Fawkes’s mission to blow up Parliament, as way to spark a rebellion.

Looking at early reviews, V for Vendetta has plenty of action and thrills to keep audiences entertained, and delivers a clear libertarian message, which can be summed up in its tagline – “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people.”

More information:

 

 

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New VTLP Blog

 

When you visit

http://www.vtlp.org, you will notice that they now have a blog. Just under Upcoming Events is the Recent News section. Here you will find something new just about every day. (If you know about RSS feeds, then you can watch our blog at http://www.vtlp.org/feeds/.

 

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Annual VTLP Convention

Come celebrate with like minded Vermonters on April 29 at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier at the Vermont Libertarian Party state convention.

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Vermont Libertarian Party Convention 2006

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

100 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Saturday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE CONVENTION INFORMATION CONTACT:

SCOTT BERKEY AT 802-728-6211 OR [email protected]

Online Reservation Form

(http://www.vtlp.org/main/vtlp-convention.asp)

MORNING SESSION

 

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
  • 9:30 a.m. Chair’s Welcome, Recognition of VIP’s
  • 10:00 a.m. Introduction of Attending Vendors
  • 10:15 a.m. Nomination of Delegates to the National Convention
  • 10:30 a.m. Adoption of Campaign 2006 Platform
  • 12:00 p.m. Break

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

 

  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon (Reservations Required)
  • Ethan Allen travels through time to speak
  • 2:00 p.m. Guest Speakers (Tickets Required $10)
  • Rob Williams, Vermont Commons/Second Vermont Republic
  • Martin Harris, Citizens for Property Rights
  • James Dwinell, Dwinell Political Report
  • 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Frank Bryan
  • 4:00 p.m. Social Hour

 

Lunch: Seating for lunch is by reservation only. Reservation may be placed with Scott Berkey by calling (802) 728-6211, emailing [email protected] or through our online reservation form (http://www.vtlp.org/main/vtlp-convention.asp). The price is $25 per person if paid in advance and $30 if paid on the day of the convention. The ticket for the speakers is included in the cost of lunch. A vegetarian option is available.

Directions: The Capitol Plaza is located at 100 State Street in Montpelier. Exit 8 off I-89, merge onto Memorial Drive. At second stop light take a left onto Bailey Avenue. At intersection take right onto State Street. Vermont State House is on your left, 1/2 block on the Right is Capitol Plaza Hotel. The phone number is (802) 223-5252.

 

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Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)

 

  • April 13, 2006
    Peter Christ :: Why Drug Prohibtion Doesn’t Work
    SSDP meeting’s at 6PM, UVM’s C/C Theater and
    NPA meeting’s at 8PM, McClure MultiGenerational Center
    Click here or go to the following url for more info on Peter Christ:
    http://www.leap.cc/speakers/christ.htm

 

 

 

 

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Libertarian Humor…

 


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Quote of the Month…

“Each political program, supposedly for the benefit of the poor or some other deserving group, is really a political boondoggle – a subsidy for someone who is much too rich to need it.”

– Harry Browne

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Letters to the editor/ submit an article

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Heavenly Ryan Re-elected Vice Chair of Vermont Libertarian Party

At the November state committee meeting, Heavenly Ryan was re-elected vice chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party.

About Heavenly Ryan

Heavenly currently serves as secretary of the Burlington Libertarian Party, Ward 7 steering committee member, and works with her husband, at Advantage Creations of Burlington.

Contact:

Heavenly Ryan
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802/865-0111
Fax: 309/406-3143
Web: https://burlingtonlp.org
Email: [email protected]

Burlington LP News – October 2005


Burlington LP NEWS


October 2005

Sponsored by
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www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Moran Plant, a Historical Landmark?
3. Bar Smokers Shown the Door
4. Resolutions to Cut Retirement Benefits for City Employees
5. Resolution Regarding Burlington Property Taxes
6. 76-78 Cherry Street
7. Burlington Libertarians in Action
8. Libertarian Humor
9. Quote of the Month
10. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our fifth newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Moran Plant, a Historical Landmark?

It was recently announced that the Moran Plant will be considered for historical landmark status. It seems to me that the plan behind this is to make it harder for many of the ideas that the people want for the Moran Plant to happen.

It is very obvious that when asked the majority of people want a public park where the moran plant stands however, Mayor Clavelle and CEDO obviously still want their YMCA deal to go through or something similar. I still hear people pushing for it. This is a way to get it back on the ballot.

I remember when we were asked for suggestions, the comment card itself said that the most popular ideas would not necessarily be the ones put on the ballot. This sent an obvious signal that the board and the mayor will be choosing the choices we vote on. Hopefully, they do not intend to put the YMCA and then list a bunch of unpopular choices so that the YMCA becomes the most logical choice and pushing for the moran plant to be declared a historical landmark would make it that much easier for them.

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Bar Smokers Shown the Door.

It’s now official… no smoking in any public or private bars, restaurants and clubs in the whole state of Vermont. It’s unbelievable to me… The businesses along with their employees and customers cannot even decide on their own whether they want to allow smoking or not. The smokers cannot have one place to go to hang out and smoke… not one. I find this so offensive. It’s oppression of a minority by the majority. As the article states, it’s a different crowd. The state has essentially kicked out the minority and replaced them with the majority. Whether you believe smoking is bad for you or not, you should be upset by this decision. It really attacks the essence of our freedoms. By allowing a nanny-state to prohibit risky behaviors gives the state far more power than they should have over us. I will end with a quote from Marilyn Ferguson…

“So long as we need to control other people, however benign our motives, we are captive to that need. In giving them freedom, we free ourselves.”

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Resolutions to Cut Retirement Benefits for City Employees.

The Board of Finance proposed a resolution to lower the cost to the city of the retirement system for city employees. The resolution, noting that city contributions to the retirement fund jumped from about $1.5 million in fiscal year 2002 to $4.6 million this year and are “still not sufficient to meet the actuarially projected future costs.”

This part was a bit confusing to me… when city employees spoke out about this during the public forums at the city council meeting, they were under the impression that they were promised a certain level of benefits in exchange for lower wages. If the city did in fact promise them these benefits then they do owe it to them… they should weasel out of it. However, as we all should should know that retirement funds to have fluctuation and the economy is still not performing as well as it has in the past, so investments are still generally lower. This is the problem for the city’s retirement fund. However, I believe it’s only temporary. Besides, the retirement fund should generally be invested in safe investments such as bonds… maybe they messed up… and now they want to pass on their promises. It’s seems that the city had plenty of money to give the YMCA last year and they have enough money to go after churches to take their property… you can’t trust a politian I guess.

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Resolution Regarding Burlington Property Taxes.

Coucilors Bushor and Fiermonte introduced a resolution to help with the heavy property tax burden facing Burlington residents. The resolution states that the current procedure that pays much of education costs statewide is “convoluted and not well understood by taxpayers” and asks that the city’s representatives to that state Legislature work to revise the property tax system. The resolution calls for:


  • Having the state – instead of the individual cities and towns – collect the statewide property tax and billing homeowners based on their income.
  • Increasing the income threshold to expand the renter rebate program.
  • Giving Vermont municipalities the authority to impose local sales taxes.

Hmm… I wonder why the city is looking to push the taxing responsibility to the state. Here are my thoughts… first, they would rather have the residents blame the state than them, the city councilors… they don’t want the responsibility and of course they want the state to force the Burlington residents to accept a local sales tax as they know very well the voters voted it down last town meeting day. Interesting indeed.

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76-78 Cherry Street

One of the major topics discussed at the last city council meeting was the 76-78 Cherry Street building which is owned by the Catholic diocese. The Catholic diocese decided they wanted the building to be torn down so they could do something else with the property. However, councilor’s Shannon, Montrell and Perry along with Preservation Burlington wanted to not allow the Catholic Diocese the permit to take down their own building because they believe it has some historic and architectural value.

Councilor Shannon particularly fought the hardest for the now allowing the permit as she herself has purchased and restored an older building as her home and she felt that this building was quite a find architecturally and historically. It’s one of the few surviving homes from the urban renewal.

The following issue arose during the discussion:

The city’s legal department has already spent $25,000 in legal costs and there is no idea of how much more to continue as experts will need to be called in to figure out the options. I could not believe that it $25,000 has already been spent just in the initial stages of this deal. That’s enough to buy our home or what Heavenly and I make in nearly two years. It’s just plain reckless to me.

If the city wins, the city would need to study code requirements and the fact remains that the Catholic diocese does not want to the sell or donate the land to the city. They city would need to take it from them!

The resolution is not economically viable for the city… there is too much public cost, opportunity costs, and there are no limits to the expenses… the resolution calls for whatever funds are necessary, no budget or anything. The money involved could buy 100s of affordable housing units, which are much needed.

It was because of these issues that I believe the resolution was voted down by the majority of the councilors. I congratulate them on a good decision. What place does the city have to be trying to take land from a church… what’s next sending cops to take candy from a baby? Really.

I think that problem governmental people have is that whenever they see something that they like or dislike going on in the city the first thought is to write a resolution… create a law. What about a voluntary discussion without force… what about getting together with others that feel the same way to try to work something out. It seems to me that if the building was really valuable, people would want to get together to save it without having to take it by force and forcing the tax payers to pay for the seizure. I’d also like to mention that at one point the city council kicked the audience out so that they could talk in secret about the issue. This was kind of unusual as usually they do that at the end of the city council meeting for other various legal stuff the city is involved in that they don’t want us to know about. They call these “executive sessions”. I think the city council really abuses this power. It’s supposed to be used for the most sensitive of issues not every meeting so that councilors can protect their reputations from the public. They are simply abusing the power and it’s not right to me.

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Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)


  • October 5, 2005, 5PM
    CEDO Open House & Dinner
    Will be held at the CEDO office over City Market.

  • October 15th 2005, starts at 9AM
    FreedomFest 2005
    Click here or go to the following url for more details:
    http://www.ethanallen.org/home.html

  • October 17, 2005, 4PM
    Speaker: Stephen Moore
    Saint Michael’s College presents Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal speaking on “The Ownership Society”. Moore was founder and president, 1999-2004, of the Club for Growth, a 25,000-member organization dedicated to helping elect free market, tax cutting candidates to Congress. The group raised nearly $22 million for Republican Congressional and Senate candidates in 2003-04. A commentator for Fox TV, Moore has been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, publishing on Federal budget and tax policy. He is the architect of the flat tax proposed by Dick Armey of Texas. He is the author of four books, including most recently Bullish on Bush: How the Ownership Society Will Make America Stronger. Where: Saint Michael’s College, International Commons building. Costs: Free. More Information: Call 802-654-2536.

  • October 24th 2005, 7PM
    Burlington City Council Meeting
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium. The rent control resolutions will be discussed.

  • October 29, 2005
    VTLP Meeting
    Time and location not certain. Contact Scott Berkey at 802-728-6211 for more information.


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Libertarian Humor…

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Quote of the Month…

“Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.”

– Ludwig von Mises

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Burlington LP News is a publication of the Burlington Libertarian Party, 53 Avenue C, Burlington, VT 05401. All Rights Reserved. Copyright (C) 2005.

Burlington LP News – September 2005

Burlington LP NEWS

September 2005

Sponsored by
The Burlington Libertarian Party
www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Property Assessments and Property Taxes
3. Police Beholden to Enforce Vermont Constitution and Vermont Laws
4. Fluoride Update
5. Health Care Choice Act
6. Ethan Allen Radio Podcast for Burlington
7. Burlington Libertarians in Action
8. Libertarian Humor
9. Quote of the Month
10. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our fourth newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

In this issue will be covering the recent property tax assessments and property taxes, Ethan Allen Radio launch, Fluoride update, Burlington LP Caucus, Health Care Choice Act, and the recent medical marijuana bustl. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Affordable HousingProperty Re-Assessments and Property Taxes
By Jeremy Ryan

Recent re-assessments and property tax bills have many Burlingtonians talking. Many people are confused including the city council on what has happened. I will offer my take on this

Many people believe that the re-assessments are far too high. Much higher than they would be able to sell their home for. I believe this is due to two factors. First, the recent low interest rates enabled people to get far cheaper loans, which allowed people to be more willing to pay more for homes. This has been a problem nation-wide. Then, we have more and more new-comers to Vermont from states where homes cost more, so they are willing to pay more than market-value for a home here, thus raising the market-value of homes in Vermont.

Now, the city has said that this shouldn’t mean anything because the re-assessments are supposed to be revenue neutral, meaning that the city cannot benefit, tax-wise, from a re-assessment. So, why the increased tax burden?? This is because the rates a split between the commercial and residential. While both types of properties increased in value, residential increased more. I believe this is because of the increasing stigma of doing business in Burlington as Burlington has developed a reputation of being hostile towards business when compared to towns like Williston. Another factor, which actually doesn’t make the re-assessments revenue neutral is that city services such as Police and Fire have separate fixed tax rates which are not automatically adjusted for re-assessments. So, whenever there’s a re-assessment, some municipal services receive a windfall in their budgets without even asking for it or needing it, which of course means that the re-assessments are not revenue neutral and this means that property taxes are indeed increasing for the majority of Burlingtonians, including those who rent. It should be remembered that a good portion of the rent you pay is for property taxes.

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Police Beholden to Enforce Vermont Constitution and Vermont Laws
By Hardy Machia

The 5th Article of the Vermont Constitution states: “That the people of this state by their legal representatives, have the sole, inherent, and exclusive right of governing and regulating the internal police of the same.”

This means Vermont’s police are bound to enforce only Vermont laws, and the federal government can’t make our police enforce their laws. This was put into the Vermont Constitution at a time when slavery was legal in much of America, and Vermonters banned slavery in our Constitution at the same time. If we didn’t have the 5th Article in our state constitution, then the federal government might have made our internal police capture and return slaves to the southern states. We can all see the wisdom of our forefathers in protecting our individual rights.

But, police recently violated the Vermont Constitution when they confiscated multiple sclerosis patient Shayne Higgins’ marijuana that he was using to help ease the chronic pain associated with this debilitating disease.

Vermont’s legislature passed a medical marijuana law to protect sick Vermonters’ right to use marijuana as a medicine. Now our state and local police must protect our individual rights and serve our sick Vermonters by upholding Vermont law and our State Constitution.

Hardy Machia
President, Vermont NORML
Grand Isle, VT

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Fluoride in Burlington WaterFluoride Update
By Jeremy Ryan

The Safe Water Advocates of Burlington (SWAB) has initiated the campaign to get fluoride out of the drinking water. Many members spoke up against it at the last city council meeting, including Jeremy and Heavenly Ryan. A few simply stated that the city doesn’t have their permission to medicate them with fluoride. The petition drive to get 2000 signatures to put the issue to a vote on the next ballot has begun with great success. 95% of people talked to agree that putting it on the ballot is a good idea and are willing to sign up. There are already over 183 signatures. Below is a copy of what Jeremy Ryan stated to the city council at the last city council meeting…

“I do not support the fluoridation of our public water. Many people I talk to also do not support it. Many did not even know about it. Whether Fluoride is dangerous or not is not the issue. The issue is about force medicating people, which is something we shouldn’t be doing as a city. A lot of people believe in taking vitamin c to prevent colds. Some people believe taking aspirin regularly is good for you. Should we add aspirin and vitamin c to the water next? The city needs to start respecting individual’s rights to decide these things for themselves. From what I understand, Fluoride is the only substance in the water that doesn’t actually treat the water to make it safe for drinking… it is completely unnecessary… take it out and let the individual decide.”

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Health Care Choice Act
Vermont Libertarian Party Press Release

Vermont Libertarian Party urges Vermont Congressional Delegation to Support H.R. 4662

With the passage of Health Care Choice Act (H.R.4662) out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congress has moved one step closer to giving many Vermonters dramatically less expensive health insurance.

State Chair Scott Berkey said, “We urge Representative Sanders, Senator Jeffords, and Senator Leahy to help push this legislation through so that uninsured and priced-gouged Vermonters will be able to access the lower cost health insurance available in other states.”

A poll conducted by Zogby International found that 72 percent of respondents support allowing an individual in one state to buy health insurance from another state. The poll also found that 82 percent of Americans would be likely to purchase such a health insurance plan. The idea has broad bipartisan support.

A 2005 study of the 50 largest cities by http://www.eHealthInsurance.com found that a typical insurance policy ($1,000 deductible, 20% co-insurance) for an individual could be had for as little as $58 per month in a reasonably-regulated locality like San Francisco, CA, and $67.88 in Kansas City, MO. The most expensive cities, however, were Miami, Fl at $151.20; Boston, MA at $267.57; and New York, NY at $334.09. Boston and New York are the only cities within the top 50 with mandated guaranteed issue and community rating laws.

In a 2004 study, http://www.eHealthInsurance.com found an almost seven-fold difference between typical family policies in Kansas City, Missouri ($172/month) and those in New Jersey (a whopping $1,200-plus). Again, the difference was due far more to regulation than the cost of living differences.

Vermont also has community ratings, which drive away insurers and drive up prices. An individual policy here is over $370 — even higher than New York’s — according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and a policy for a family of four ($3,500 deductible, $30 per office visit) is $999.

Berkey said, “The eHealth Insurance studies show the cost saving benefit that open markets provide. Removing the prohibition on interstate purchasing and giving consumers more choice will increase the general welfare of our society.”

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Ethan Allen RadioEthan Allen Radio Podcast for Burlington
By Jeremy Ryan

The Ethan Allen Radio show is hosted by Jeremy and Heavenly Ryan, who are residents of Burlington. Topics include issues and events which they are involved in. If you have issues you would like to be discussed or would like to be a guest on the show, please let us know.

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Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)

  • September 6th 2005, 7PM
    Burlington City Council Meeting
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium.
  • September 13th 2005, 5PM
    Burlington Libertarian Party Caucus Meeting
    We are having our annual caucus at the Fletcher Free Library in the Pickering Room. Election of the Town Committee Officers will held and afterwards there will be time for discussion of issues and getting to know everyone! Please RSVP if you intend to come and contact Jeremy or Heavenly if you have any questions.
  • September 19th 2005, 7PM
    Burlington City Council Meeting
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium.

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Libertarian Humor…

Russmo Libertarian Cartoons

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Quote of the Month…

“The average family pays more in taxes than it spends on food, clothing, and shelter combined.”

Congressman Dick Armey

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Letters to the editor/ submit an article

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Burlington LP News is a publication of the Burlington Libertarian Party, 53 Avenue C, Burlington, VT 05401. All Rights Reserved. Copyright (C) 2005.

Burlington LP News – June 2005

Burlington LP NEWS

 

June 2005

Sponsored by
The Burlington Libertarian Party
www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Preservation and Conformity Triumph Over Affordable Housing
3. Forced Medication in Burlington
4. Legislators and the Drinking Age Bill
5. Burlington Libertarians in Action
6. Libertarian Humor
7. Quote of the Month
8. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our third newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

In this issue will be covering the affordable housing problem in Burlington, Fluoridation of city water and the drinking age bill. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Affordable HousingPreservation and Conformity Triumph Over Affordable Housing.
By Jeremy Ryan

If you ask anyone in Burlington what they believe are the biggest problems in Burlington, affordable housing will most likely be at the top of the list. Recently, through public input three major barriers have emerged as causing this problem. These barriers to affordable housing are:

 

  • Allowable density does not reflect actual capacity to build.
  • Zoning and ordinances are intrusive and unpredictable.
  • Increasing property tax burdens.

 

A good start to correcting the problem would be enacting a local “anti-snob” ordinance similar to the Massachusetts law (Chapter 40B). In 1969, the Legislature adopted “anti-snob” legislation to make it easier to develop affordable housing throughout the state, especially in communities with little low- and moderate-income housing. This law allows the State to override local zoning restrictions in such communities if needed to allow for the development of low- and moderate-income housing. Burlington to enact similar zoning. Actually, Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) is already considering it by investigating it further. CEDO understands that the city’s current housing policies need to change.

It’s quite obvious that excessive zoning and ordinances inflate the pricing of housing in the city. I’ve lived in communities where zoning and ordinances were very minimal and I was able to get housing for $235/month (utilities included). In the same building, rooms went for $190 month. These were completely private units, no government subsidies.

The city’s current policy of increasing housing standards and code enforcement just makes the costs of housing go up and up. While these policies are targeted at landlords, they only hurt our most vulnerable citizen’s with increasing rental costs associated with keeping up with city regulations.

At a recent planning commission meeting, it was stated that Vermont’s use of zoning is to “preserve our communities” and to ensure “conformity”. This suggests that “truely” affordable housing is not a goal and they intend to use zoning to work against affordable housing. This allows the community to send poorer residents out of their neighborhoods and into one location, such as Northgate in Ward 4, where they can be subsidized by section 8. When a politician says they are for affordable housing but are for increasing “preservation” and “conformity” zoning in their neighborhoods, they are saying that “yes, I believe we should have affordable housing in the city… just not in my backyard… put “them” somewhere else.”

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Fluoridation of waterForced Medication in Burlington
By Jeremy Ryan

An increasing number of individuals are not happy with public water fluoridation. The opposition believes it is very unsafe and should be stopped. The American Dental Association believes it should be forced upon the entire population despite possible harm to people drinking large amounts of tap water or people who get large amounts of fluoride in many other products they consume in their daily lives such as cereals, juices, soda, tea, beer, processed chicken, seafood, etc. I believe it’s extremely difficult for the city to ensure a proper fluoride dosage, as each individual has a different diet. People ask “why does the ADA support it if it’s dangerous?” It’s Simple. They would be admitting they were wrong all these years, losing credibility, and facing possible lawsuits, similar to the FDA and Vioxx.

The “experts” from the pro fluoride side are disrespectful towards citizens when they make comments such as “the lay person doesn’t know better to make good decisions about proper health and sometimes personal liberties need to be given up for their own good… we do it all the time, as with the city’s recent smoking bans.” This is insulting and they don’t give the people enough credit. It’s wrong to take away “personal liberties” for “our own good”. The city often acts as our parents and they are not. They are employed by us to serve us, not to parent us. In conclusion, the city needs to stop the forced medication of fluoride and let the individual decide.

The Burlington Citizens Coalition is taking a stand on the issue and is educating the public on why the public should at least have the right to choose. Michael Connett of FluorideAlert.org has joined the effort of the Burlington Citizens Coalition and has offered to give presentations to NPA groups and public forums.

For more information on the fluoride debate:

Pro Fluoride: http://www.ada.org
Opposition: http://www.fluoridealert.org
Burlington Citizens Coalition: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BurlingtonCitizensCoalition/

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Drinking Age Bill Legislators and the Drinking Age Bill
By Jeremy Ryan

At the last NYRA-Vermont executive board meeting we discussed some of the letters our organization has received from legislators regarding the drinking age bill we are lobbying for.

Interestingly, a good portion, including Governor Jim Douglas, do actually support lowering the drinking age to 18 in theory, but are not willing to part with the $9.8 million bribe in federal highway funds. The only condition is that we must violate the rights of our youth by not allowing them to consume alcohol and punish adults that wish to introduce alcohol to their children in the safety of their homes or restaurant setting.

We have argued that this loss is only 1/4 of 1% of Vermont’s entire budget, which is a small cost to end age discrimination of citizens that have reached the age of majority, which means they can enter contracts, vote, drive, own businesses, but just can have a little beer. We also support removing penalties on parents, so they can teach their teens responsible and moderate drinking behavior in restaurants, pubs, and in their homes, like in Europe. The government has stated that 18 is the age majority… this means they are adults with every right an adult is supposed to have. To say they cannot have a beer just seems hypocritical. Besides, the money most likely would not be an issue as we could easily make up the funds by the increased revenue from alcohol taxes.

Another argument we’ve heard lately are studies show alcohol hurts brain development in youth. These studies being quoted are based on children binge drinking. Not occasional drinking with a meal or social drinking. The FDA has stated that people 12 and up can consume adult dosages of most drugs/medications. This would suggest that anyone 12 and older is capable of handling alcohol at correct dosages, whether you are 18 or 25 or 75 years old. Just check the instructions of a bottle of aspirin or Pepsid and see for yourself.

Disclosure: Jeremy Ryan serves at Treasurer and Webmaster for NYRA-Vermont.

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Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)

 

  • June 13th 2005, 7PM
    Burlington City Council Meeting
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium.

 

  • June 14th 2005, 7PM
    Q & A with EPA with Dr. William Hirzy, EPA
    Will be held at Burlington College.

 

 

  • June 15th 2005, 6:30PM
    Burlington Board of Health Public debate on Fluoridation of water
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium

 

 

  • June 22nd 2005, 7PM
    Panel dicussion regarding the Death Penalty in Vermont
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium

 

 

  • June 23rd 2005, 6:30PM
    Burlington Board of Health Public forum on Fluoridation of water
    City Hall’s Contois Auditorium

 

 

  • June 27th 2005, 7PM
    Burlington City Council Meeting
    Will be held at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium

 

 

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Libertarian Humor…

Real ID Bill

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Quote of the Month…

“Few of us seem to want to keep government out of our personal affairs and responsibilities. Many of us seem to favor various types of government guaranteed and compulsory “security.” We say that we want personal freedom, but we demand government housing, government price controls, government-guaranteed jobs and wages. We boast that we are responsible persons, but we vote for candidates who promise us special privileges, government pensions, government subsidies, and government electricity.”
– Dean Russell

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Letters to the editor/ submit an article

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Burlington LP News – May 2005


Burlington LP NEWS


May 2005

Sponsored by
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www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Youth Rights in Burlington
3. City Budget Shortfall
4. UVM Police State
5. Burlington Libertarians in Action
6. Libertarian Humor
7. Quote of the Month
8. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our second newsletter. We will to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

In this issue will be covering current city council discussions, city budget issues and a couple of rights issues in Burlington. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send me your comments, suggestions and your own letters and articles to be included in future issues.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Youth Rights in Burlington
By Heavenly Ryan

The week of April 3rd was a busy week for members of the Vermont chapter of the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA), the executive Youth Rights Executive Director, Alex Koroknay-Palicz, came up from Washington for a two-week campaign.

During the two-week long state tour, with one-week focus in the Burlington area alone, representatives of NYRA met with Mayor Clavelle, and several hundred high school and college students to help promote Youth Rights awareness. With the help of Burlington High School Junior, Jay Leff, NYRA-Vermont was able to schedule a school-wide assembly at Burlington High School on April 6th.

The statewide campaign has not gone unnoticed, as the New York Times has published an article about the drinking age bill, H. 0139, which if passed, would lower the legal drinking age in Vermont to 18. The annual meeting of the Vermont Chapter is set for May 7th, 3PM at Fletcher Free Library’s Fletcher room; the meeting is free and open to the public.

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City Budget Shortfall
By Jeremy Ryan

The City Council and Board of Finance is facing a budget shortfall of over $200,000. The discussion is on what to cut and possible ways to raise more funds. Last March, the Local Option Sales Tax was proposed to solve the problem, but it didn’t pass. I believe the fear was that the sales tax revenue would actually be a tax increase rather than property tax relief and as Burlington residents already feel over-burdened by taxes, they said “NO”.

Therefore, the city must look elsewhere to solve the problem. Mayor Clevelle has suggested looking to some of the non-profits in Burlington to contribute more to the budget, which in an essence means taxing the non-profits for the fair share, as organizations such as UVM and Fletcher Allen Healthcare do in fact consume a lot of city services and non-profits represent over 1/3 of the property of Burlington, which is un-taxed. It sounds like a good idea to me to share some of the burden. At the last Board of Finance meeting several budget cuts were proposed among the various city departments of Burlington and representatives from earch department gave a statement on the cuts.

Proposed cuts include:


  • Cease taking credit cards for tax payments ($20,000 savings)
  • Stop using and outside vendor for city payroll ($10,000 savings)
  • Reduce Human Resources training and do not approve the conversion of 1/2 time Risk Management position in HR. ($22,000 savings)
  • Stop doing Winter fest ($7,500 net savings)
  • (2) additional vacant Police Officer positions ($75,250 savings)
  • Do not fund Gosse Court support costs ($31,000 savings)
  • Other Parks & Rec, including office supplies, contract services, parks bus, extra maintenance worker, Little Leagues ($95,900 savings)
  • Not approve one extra Ambulance to purchased to allow for an unused backup ($25,000/year savings)
  • Cut one staff position at Fletcher Free Library ($12,800 savings)

The discussion is on which should be cut and which should stay. My thoughts while hearing all the discussion and testimony was that how do we really know what each department really needs to perform the services they provide. I understand that the city must have trust in the people doing these duties, but as the saying goes, “Trust, but verify”. In business, managers must be sure that they are not being ripped off. From time to time, departments need and should be audited and analyzed for efficiencies. This protects everyone. I don’t want to see a department having the funds cut if they are doing a really great job with the resources provided nor do I want to see a poorly performing department be rewarded with a higher budget for under-performance. I just don’t see how the the board truely knows who to cut from and for who to leave alone.

Regarding efficiencies, when the board was discussing the extra Ambulance, it striked me as being a bit wastefull to buy a whole new ambulance a total of $150,000 just so we can have an extra, unused unit. Councilor Bushor argued that we should be able to use UVM services or maybe even South Burlington on a contract basis should the need arrive in the next year, should one of the units break down, but her ideas were instantly rejected by the rest of the board. Regarding bringing the payroll services in-house to save money. How can this be so. Many companies outsource they payroll to save money. How can the city be expected to do this cheaper than a professional payroll management company? If they are not doing a good job, maybe the city should shop around for another vendor. It seems odd that the city would want to bring one service in-house and then outsource another, which is being proposed to save money with the parks bus.

To conclude, it seems to me that the best idea for the future would be outside audits of each department to figure out how to increase efficiencies within each department and then allow for cuts to be made without punishing a well-performing department or cutting services that Burlington citizens require.

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UVM Police State
By Heavenly Ryan

Just a few days prior to the annual UVM 420 event, President Fogel sends a letter to the entire student body, stating that any event for April 20th is against UVM’s new policies for any students to peacefully assemble anywhere on campus, especially on the Redstone Green.

Above, is a picture taken of the main entrance to the Redstone Green, where you can clearly see several security guards at the gate, as they were carding everyone that entered the campus, while asking them what their business was there. Just out of curiosity, Jeremy and I drove around to other entrances surrounding the Green, to which had been blocked off by UVM police cars and even more security.

Fellow Libertarian Hardy Machia found a way into the Redstone Campus from another entrance, but not without being questioned first. According to Burlington Free Press, “The so-called 4/20 event — observed at 4:20 p.m. April 20 to honor the police code for marijuana possession — had been a UVM tradition since the mid-1990s, when it began as a protest of marijuana laws.”

UVM student and Vermont Cynic writer Ian Nagel states, “… the administration has no right to take it upon themselves to unfairly paint the image of what this year’s event stands for, as well as threatening students’ basic rights in the process. There needs to be some consistency, reason and justice involved if you are going to try to ‘smoke out’ such a protest when its main goal is only to voice the protection of civil liberties and standing together.”

This year, WCAX and the Free Press were in attendance (you can somewhat see the Ch.3 gray and blue van in the distance), to which they both reported for the world to hear: “There was no one smoking marijuana in attendance.”

For next year’s 420, UVM’s Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) hopes to spin the event into a free-speech event. For more details, feel free to contact SSDP at: http://www.uvm.edu/ssdp/

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Burlington Libertarians in Action… (upcoming events)


  • May 7, 2005, 9:30-10:30AM
    First Green Up Day in New North End!
    Heavenly and Jeremy Ryan have been helping to organize Green Up Day in the New North End of Burlington (Wards 4 & 7). Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to meet at Ethan Allen Park (1006 North Avenue) to help organize groups to pick up litter in Ethan Allen Park, Leddy Park, and hopefully with a large amount of volunteers, possibly along North Avenue, and the Bikepath.

  • May 7, 2005, 1-4pm
    National Youth Rights Association – Vermont chapter meeting
    Annual meeting at the Fletcher Free Library. We will be holding election of officers and discussing future events and projects and anything else members wish to discuss, time permitting.

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Libertarian Humor…

Q. How many Libertarians does it take to change a light bulb?

A. None, the market will take care of it.

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Quote of the Month…

“It’s not like the drug laws are keeping the stuff out of the country. We can’t even keep it out of prisions.
How do we think we’re keeping it out of the country?”
John Stossel (Independent Institute – 2004)

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Burlington LP News – April 2005

Burlington LP NEWS

April 2005

Sponsored by
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www.burlingtonlp.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. From the Chair
2. Dispelling Myths
3. Smoking Ban Extension to Private Clubs Continues
4. Why Universal Healthcare is a Terrible Idea for Vermont
3. Get Involved!
4. Burlington Libertarians in Action
5. Tax Time Humor
6. Quote of the Month
7. Letters to the Editor/ Submit an Article

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From the chair…


This is our first newsletter since our formation on Dec 4th. In this newsletter we intend to provide you notice of current issues facing Burlingtonians, views of other Burlington Libertarians, notices of events of interest, and more.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Let us know your comments and suggestions for improvement. Also, please feel free to send us letters, articles and other information to include in future newsletters.

We have been quite busy lately working on issues here in Burlington. Before town meeting day we were talking to everyone we could regarding the Local Option Sales tax and YMCA/ Moran, and with great success these two ballot items were defeated. We wish to thank everyone who helped inform the voters on these two issues. A special thanks to Let The People Decide for their fine work on the YMCA/ Moran ballot item.

Since town meeting day, we have been working on the Smoking Ban extension to private clubs and youth rights issues such as lowering the drinking age. We are also interested in working on the universal healthcare proposal as well as the more recent Burlington Telecom Cable proposal, which is just starting to be discussed. Read on to view our articles on lowering the drinking age, universal healthcare and the smoking ban extention to private clubs.

In Liberty,

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Burlington Libertarian Party
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Dispelling Myths
By Hardy Machia

One of the favorite arguments used by the alcohol prohibitionists is that if we lower the drinking age then more young kids will drink. This is a myth and easily dispelled by looking at the statistics. According to the state of Vermont’s statistics, drinking by eighth-graders has increased by 17 percent between 1984 and 2003. Drinking and driving has increased by 100 percent for 10th-graders and 36 percent for 12th-graders since the drinking age was increased to 21 in 1986. This data comes from the 1985 and 1987 “Vermont State Report on Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment” and the 1995 and 2004 “Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” If we want to lower alcohol abuse among teens in Vermont, then the best solution is to adopt a European alcohol policy. The drinking age in Europe is between 16 and 18, and parents teach responsible and moderate alcohol consumption to their teenagers in restaurants and pubs.

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Smoking Ban Extension to Private Clubs Continues
By Jeremy Ryan

Once again, the smoking ban extension to private clubs was the big discussion at the city council meeting on Feb 22nd. There was a strong majority of the speakers speaking up for private property rights of the clubs.

 

Speakers were mostly members of private clubs about half were smokers and half not smokers. A representative of one of the clubs informed us that they ran a poll of the members and over 90% did not support the smoking ban. Only 40% of their members are smokers, but they believe in the value of having the right to decide for themselves in their own clubs… that’s the main issue. Does the government have the right to regulate clubs, which gets them very close to regulating what we do in our own private life. That’s the fear… what’s next. In California, city’s have taken the next steps which would be banning all smoking on public streets and sidewalks… then finally all commercial property, which would include all rental apartments/ property. This should be seen as an attack on our freedoms, not just a right to smoke issue.

Unfortunately, the council still chose to continue the ban extension. However, there was more support this time for including an exemption for clubs that vote to allow smoking under some strict conditions such as 75% in favor of allowing and all employees be member.

Voice your opinion to your city councilor by going to the following web Address for names and contact info sorted by ward:

http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/ct/citycouncil/

Channel 3 has a good summary article of what happened last night, click below to read it:

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3044216&nav=4QcRXCqr

Channel 5 also has a story on it along with a poll:

http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/news/4263565/detail.html

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Why Universal Healthcare is a Terrible Idea for Vermont
By Brian Brown

If there were a question on this week’s ballot asking, “Shall the voters call upon the Vermont government to buy everyone a new car and do it for free?…Yes or No, I would wager that most people would vote Yes. Who wouldn’t want a new car if it didn’t cost them anything? What if the new car was a Yugo? Remember those? They were crappy cars from Yugoslavia that were all the rage for about a week until they rusted out.

“Wait,” you say, “This isn’t exactly a ‘new’ car.”

“Sure it is,” says the government. “We’ve been storing these in a big factory since they were manufactured. They are absolutely new!”

“Well,” you say, “That’s not what I meant when I checked yes.”

“That’s what you’re getting,” says the government who then turns its back on you and walks to the office, leaving you alone in the car lot with the keys to a brand new car. Oh, by the way, it wasn’t really free either. The government actually made the company you work for pay for it, and the price of the car is going to come out of your salary for the next ten years.

Welcome to Universal Health Care as proposed by former Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Cheryl Rivers and Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health, the organization that pushed to have the question placed on ballots in 23 towns and cities including Burlington. In Burlington, “support” for the idea drew the most lopsided result at the ballot, 5069 for, 2196 against the resolution. Why is support so great? Take a look at the question:

Question 8: Shall the voters of the City of Burlington call upon the City Council, Mayor Clavelle, the School Board, the Governor and our State Legislators to support and actively work for the creation of a Universal and Comprehensive Health Insurance System which is publicly financed and accountable to the citizens of Vermont, and which will reduce costs by eliminating most current administrative expenses? Yes or No

The big surprise is the number of people who voted against the resolution. This ballot question promises everything while giving away nothing. It sounds great. Free Health Care, it’s accountable to the citizens of Vermont (that sounds good, though what it means is a little hard to figure out), and it will reduce costs by eliminating administrative expenses. That sounds great! Of course, you had me at Free Health Care (“publicly financed,” same thing).

There is just one tiny problem with it.

The Problem
The resolution is a little hard to believe. Everyone will have health care, and it will be less expensive. Huh? How can this be?

The resolution explains that this system will be less expensive because it “will reduce costs by eliminating most current administrative expenses.” Here’s a real simple question: When has the government ever reduced administrative expenses on anything?

To illustrate the flawed logic backing this resolution, let me provide you with some information put forth by the Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health. They maintain a web page called Myths and Misconceptions About Single-Payer Health Care. In the first question on this page, they refer to an August 2001 study from the Lewin Group. They don’t link to that study, so it was a little difficult to find, but as it turns out, it’s available on the Vermont State website.

The study does indeed say Universal Health Care could reduce Health Care Costs in Vermont by $118 million or 5% of the current costs (in 2001). The study also says that while companies that currently cover health care in Vermont would see a reduction in health care costs, companies that do not currently cover health care would see an increase of $1,452 per employee (a total of $119.6 million).

And this is the flaw with Universal Health Care. It gives employers no choice whether or not to pay for it. Under this plan, many Vermont businesses would simply collapse because of financial strain.

What They Don’t Tell You About the Study
The study further says that over time, this cost will be deflected to the employees of the company through smaller wages (page 97 of the report).

In the short term, many companies will go bankrupt.

In the long term, salaries will be reduced.

How is this a better system for Vermonters? While Health Care is brought down a potential 5% on average, we are looking at crippling our state financially in the arenas of business and our personal salaries. What we must remember is the impact this proposed plan would have outside the realm of the health care system meaning less jobs for the state overall and less pay for those jobs. Health care is not a closed system.

It is interesting to note that the study’s purpose is to present the state with a direction for health care. They do not recommend Universal Health Care in their recommendation. Instead, they recommend holding on to the current system, promoting services like Dr. Dynasaur, and expanding health care as the state’s financial capacity allows.

Politics at Work?
Because of an article I read in the Barre Times-Argus, I attended a public forum at Burlington’s City Hall sponsored by Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health. I was shocked to find that only nine people showed up for the forum, not exactly a hot issue. Yet the press is jumping all over this issue, giving Rivers and Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health unprecedented coverage with absolutely no opposing views. You can hardly make it through a day without seeing the familiar hat-wearing ex-senator in a newspaper.

Before the press has brainwashed the entire state, lets look at the facts, do some research and see what the actual consequences are, rather than seeing only what someone’s political agenda wants us to see. Here are the resources:

Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health: the organization for Universal Health Care that got the question on the ballots of 23 cities and towns. http://www.universalhealthvt.org/

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Get Involved!

Jeremy and Heavenly have been helping the National Youth Rights Association of Vermont (NYRA-Vermont) with getting started with their presence and lobbying efforts since their formation in January. NYRA-Vermont is dedicated to protecting the civil and human rights of young people in the State of Vermont. Two immediate issues NYRA-Vermont has decided to work on will be the voting age and the drinking age. We urge anyone interested in helping preserve the rights of young adults to join. NYRA-Vermont welcomes everyone to join, regardless of age.

More information: http://vt.youthrights.org

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The Burlington Libertarian Party is looking to startup regular meetings/ gatherings. We would like to make meetings interesting. Some suggestions we have heard so far are movie night, speakers, group hike, pot luck suppers, green up day and tax protests. We would love your input on this. Please email Jeremy your thoughts by clicking here..

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Burlington Libertarians in Action…

  • Mar 16, 2005
    Burlington Libertarians Elected to Ward 7 Steering Committee.
    Jeremy and Heavenly Ryan of Burlington have been elected to the NPA’s Ward 4 & 7 Steering Committee. [more info]
  • Mar 26, 2005
    Heavenly Ryan Elected Vice Chair of Vermont Libertarian Party
    At the March state committee meeting, Heavenly Ryan was elected vice chair of the Vemront Libertarian Party to fill the vacant position. [more info]

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Tax Time Humor…

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Quote of the Month…

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Ronald Reagon (1986)

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Burlington LP News is a publication of the Burlington Libertarian Party, 53 Avenue C, Burlington, VT 05401. All Rights Reserved. Copyright (C) 2005.

Heavenly Ryan Elected Vice Chair of Vermont Libertarian Party

At the March state committee meeting, Heavenly Ryan was elected vice chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party to fill the vacant position.

About Heavenly Ryan

Heavenly currently serves as vice chair of the Burlington Libertarian Party, Ward 7 steering committee member and works with her husband, at Advantage Creations of Burlington.

Contact:

Heavenly Ryan
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802/865-0111
Fax: 309/406-3143
Web: https://burlingtonlp.org
Email: [email protected]

Burlington Libertarians Elected to Ward 7 Steering Committee.

BURLINGTON, VERMONT – March 16th, 2005

Jeremy and Heavenly Ryan of Burlington have been elected to the NPA’s Ward 4 & 7 Steering Committee. Jeremy Ryan currently serves as Chair of the Burlington Libertarian Party and owns and operates Advantage Creations, a web design and marketing firm located in Burlington. Heavenly Ryan serves as Vice-Chair of the Burlington Libertarian Party and works with Jeremy at Advantage Creations.

Jeremy and Heavenly will work to help increase representation of Ward 7 at future NPA meetings and discussions.

Contact:

Jeremy & Heavenly Ryan
53 Avenue C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802/865-0111
Fax: 309/406-3143
Web: https://burlingtonlp.org
Jeremy’s Email: [email protected]
Heavenly’s Email: [email protected]


For the unofficial NPA meeting minutes, please click the following link: https://burlingtonlp.org/news/events02.asp?ProdCode=5150121132005