The Vermont Cynic

I’m slightly perturbed, and I’ll do something about it if I get a chance

September 27, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Many of you caught Jon Stewart's self-proclaimed big announcement last week on "The Daily Show": a Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To regular viewers of "The Daily Show," this type of rhetoric doesn't come as a surprise; a key theme of Stewart's banter is the absurdity...

End of combat phase does not end problems

September 20, 2010


Filed under Opinion

  Start making the welcome banners, prepare the victory parade and start baking those red, white and blue cookies because, as of Aug. 31, the combat phase in Iraq is over! There's only one catch: Our troops won't be coming home until 2011's end, meaning they won't be safely back in the states for...

Experiments outside the classroom

September 20, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Experimentation with drugs and alcohol happens on every college campus no matter where you go to school. The problem starts when those experiments change from being on the outskirts of academic society to becoming a part of everyday life. At UVM, there is a large percentage of the population that consumes...

Hands off my burqa, Big Bro.

September 20, 2010


Filed under Opinion

  In Burlington, you can step outside of your house completely naked without a hassle. Even in France, you can walk outside of your house in the buff and be scot-free in the law books; getting off, no pun intended, with a mere slap on the wrist if you enter a public building or if you inadvertently...

Turn the other cheek

September 20, 2010


Filed under Opinion

The library steps seem to be a popular place to speak your mind. We hear a student talking about a terrible class, a new club promoting their organization with loud — and often hilarious — slogans and a Christian man preaching about how we're all going to hell. Wait, that does not sound...

The death of equality

September 13, 2010


Filed under Opinion

All Jefferson Thomas wanted was his own frog in biology class. So at 15 years old, he and eight other black students entered the segregated, white-dominated Little Rock school system to do just that. The date was Sept. 4, 1957. Thomas and his eight peers, now known as the Little Rock Nine, were stopped...

Freedom, unity and democracy

September 13, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Vermont is championed across the nation for its preservation of small-town direct democracy in the form of Town Meeting Day, held the first Tuesday in March. But few focus on the Vermont General Assembly, a gem of simple, democratic government quite literally nestled in the Green Mountains. State government,...

Dear Mr. President, it’s about time

September 13, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Alright Obama, it is about time we had a little chat. I know you have been busy dealing with two wars, the oil spill, tea parties and the general economic turmoil around the world, but have you failed to notice your huge majority in Congress? Honestly. You are the first Democratic president in years...

Burning bridges

September 13, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Ignorance and fear is a volatile combination. Florida pastor Terry Jones embodies the truth of that statement, as his fear of a religion he clearly does not understand led him to propose a Quran burning to commemorate the Sept. 11 tragedies. The holy book burning would have been just another tragedy...

Editorial: Let’s go clubbing

September 6, 2010


Filed under Opinion

When first arriving at college, the first priority — and rightfully so — is to get settled into a routine and to get comfortable with entirely new classes and the mountains of reading. If homework is the first box you check off on your to-do-list, then getting involved on campus should be...

Rebuild it and they will come

September 6, 2010


Filed under Opinion

There it sits, lowly and relatively forgotten. Seats are cracked, and the paint is an off-rust color — OK, so it is rust. It's no high-class stadium, but the  4,415 seat, 104-year-old piece of baseball history sitting  in our backyard has transformed pee-wee tee-ball players into major...

Shaking up Haiti all over again

September 6, 2010


Filed under Opinion

On Jan 12, 2010, a tremendous earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti. Eight months later, this tumultuous and devastated society is facing another threat: the pure unadulterated hubris of celebrity.   Wyclef Jean, a native Haitian who has become famous in the United States and around the world...

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