The Vermont Cynic

Agricultural Subsidies Outdated

April 25, 2011


Filed under Opinion

It's deficit-cutting season! Which, I suppose, is the political equivalent of spring-cleaning. In theory, it's supposed to go something like this — the Democrats and Republicans come together with their respective priorities, work out a deal, and then hack off portions of the welfare-state/hegemonic-military...

An unconventional protest

April 18, 2011


Filed under Opinion

For as long societal discontent has existed, there has also existed the powerful art of protest. The way in which such opposition is voiced has taken a variety of forms through the ages, from boycotts to sit-ins to formal petitions. The women of Toronto, however, have recently devised their own unique,...

UVM – the perfect recipe

April 18, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The mixing of a couple thousand day drinkers, one faulty fuse and one poorly timed charity event was a perfect recipe for the "shit-show" that was Springfest Saturday at UVM. And we use the slang term "shit-show" because, quite frankly, it's the only one that fits.  The late morning buzz of concertgoers...

What kind of day has it been?

April 18, 2011


Filed under Opinion

I have the luxury to spend 500 words every week making wisecracks about the SGA and the GOP and whatever acronym-friendly institution irks the hell out of the Cynic editorial staff. But there are a few times where I have to hang the gloves up and write about something that deserves nothing short of...

How to destroy America from within

April 18, 2011


Filed under Opinion

With all the focus on the 112th Congress' internal bickering over the federal budget over whether it is more important to protect the citizens or the corporations that call this country home, it's been easy to forget to watch out for the shenanigans that our new Republican governors are getting themselves...

Op-ed misrepresents Global Village

April 18, 2011


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Dear editor, I read with great interest Max Krieger's April 4 column about diversity at UVM, and I am glad he is encouraging the campus community to think seriously about this important question. His column, however, seriously misrepresents the nature and structure of programs in the Global Village...

Federal Judgeship: undermining the justice system?

April 18, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Mr. Wesley Brown of Hutchinson, Kan. was born in 1907. That makes him 103 years old. And while he has no need for congratulations or gift baskets, he would be happy to hear any federal court cases you might have. Judge Brown – not to be confused with the infamous TV judge Joe Brown – is...

Vermont, Torturer of Souls

April 12, 2011


Filed under Opinion

It seems that spring is finally upon us, but history reminds The Cynic to be wary.  Oh, Vermont! We arrive amidst the final throes of a cool, pleasant summer, naive to the monster that lies dormant during the pleasant months. Those of us who have been here long enough have had our preconceived...

Successfully Moderating the Gulf Oil Crisis

April 12, 2011


Filed under Opinion

This past summer, the summer of my eighteenth birthday, I was naturally eager to try my hand at a bit of gambling. So, I went down to the local casino, did some slots with the old ladies, played a couple hands of blackjack and came away quite amused at the whole spectacle. However, upon leaving the...

Recognizing the root of the problem

April 12, 2011


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On March 16, President Obama, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security sent unarmed and unmanned drones to Mexico to assist with surveillance in Mexican President Felipe Calderón's war on drug trafficking.  While we have been assisting the Mexican government in various...

Letter to the editor: UVM makes right call by tabling divestment proposition

April 12, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear editor, Last week a proposition for the University of Vermont to divest from companies that benefit from Israel's "war crimes" and "occupation" of Palestine was tabled.  On April 1,, in an opinion column in the Washington Post, Judge Goldstone, who headed the investigation of the 2008-2009 ...

Mary Jane to take the Pain Away

April 12, 2011


Filed under Opinion

When you think of narcotics, which do you think of as worse, marijuana, or heroin? Surprisingly enough, the federal government and many state governments seem to think that marijuana is not only the worst, but the least-useful substance. For decades, cancer patients and patients with chronic pain have...

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