The Vermont Cynic

Don’t believe all the hype

November 1, 2010


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Even Vermont — the cradle of small-town democracy, a land devoid of billboards and a champion of third-party candidates — cannot escape the biannual circus that is congressional elections. While often ignored because of its tendency to go blue — it hasn't cast its three electoral votes...

A reason to remember who we are

October 25, 2010


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In light of recent multicultural and immigration issues in Germany, we Americans must remember our true identity. Last week Prime Minister of Germany, Andrea Merkel, declared the death of German multiculturalism: "At the start of the 60s we invited the guest-workers to Germany. We kidded ourselves for...

A student vote against apathy

October 25, 2010


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In 2008, when the results of the West Coast elections came in and the CNN news anchor announced Barack Obama as the projected winner to become 44th president of the United States, students from across the university ran out of buildings and down to Church Street, filling the streets in the process. Those...

Red vs. blue

October 25, 2010


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I find it tough during any campaign to support a Democrat or a Republican. I also find it just as difficult to support one of the many brave third-party candidates who run knowing — at least, I hope they know — they'll never win. Politics in Vermont, however, is more than blue and red—it's...

City Council votes ‘yes’ for debauchery

October 25, 2010


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Somewhere in the galaxy, a very funky constellation has just burned out, courtesy of, yep, The Man. Burlington City Council, in a resolution passed over the summer and put into effect this October, has revoked the rights of students on the dance floor, enacting legislature virtually eliminating the...

Who are today’s soldiers?

October 25, 2010


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The perceived role of a modern day soldier of democratic nations is one of noble peacekeeper and defender of freedoms for all. But that image now wavers under the weight of dubious behavioral failings on the part of some of our beloved freedom fighters. The latest of these incidents was brought to a...

Do the job to earn the wage

October 25, 2010


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To earn their money, employees must fulfill their job requirements. Currently, the Student Government Association (SGA) does not monitor whether or not senators are earning their weekly stipends. After the internal conflict in September concerning SGA President Kofi Mensah's stipend (see Debate sparks...

The Chinese paradox

October 18, 2010


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A Chinese man named Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week, but few people in China know about it. In fact, many don't even know he exists. Liu Xiaobo has been a nonviolent democracy advocate in China for the past 20 years.  He has been fighting for a peaceful transition to democracy. Xiaobo...

Breast cancer awareness gets it right

October 18, 2010


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Breast cancer is the third deadliest cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, judging by all the fuss made about it in October, one may be inclined to think that other cancers, some even more deadly, are being woefully underrepresented. This is not to say that...

Noise over noise, silence over abuse

October 18, 2010


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Urine and pepper spray are not the only harmful substances that the Burlington Police Department has been hurling at the students of UVM recently. Abuse of power stands out as the most disturbing thing our men and women in uniform seem to be throwing at us. In the past few weeks, I have personally witnessed...

Holy leaking radiation, Batman!

October 18, 2010


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Don't drink the water, there's tritium in the water. According to a Reuters article published on Oct. 11, Entergy Corp., the owners of Vermont Yankee, reported that a sample taken from a well near the plant contained roughly 1,000 picocuries of tritium. Entergy claims "this test result does not indicate...

Public servants for profit

October 18, 2010


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A fundamental breakdown of our society is happening right before our eyes, threatening to crumble the very fabric of our being to nothing but lint in the bottom of the dryer, dried up and waiting to catch fire the next time you try to dry a sweater. It's hard to tell, all the way up here nestled safely...

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