Richard Davis

Balint mishandled controversy over super PAC funds

Becca Balint’s campaign did nothing illegal when it benefitted from current campaign finance laws, but how she and her campaign dealt with this issue is troublesome

If you want some insight into the problems that current campaign finance laws create, the Vermont Democratic primary for the U.S. House may prove instructive.

Windham County state Sen. Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray squared off in what proved to be a lopsided race. Balint handily defeated Gray. If Balint wins the general election, she will be the first woman and first openly gay member of Vermont's congressional delegation.

According to VTDigger, “the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which spent just shy of $1 million on Balint's behalf in the race, had recently benefited from a $1.1 million donation from Nishad Singh, a top executive at the cryptocurrency exchange FTX. The political action committee's financial disclosures make clear that the lion's share of the outside spending supporting Balint's run came from Singh's donation.”

That kind of donation is legal, but it is something that we don't usually see in Vermont politics. That is a lot of money for any Vermont race.

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Heat Fund provided $45,485 of fuel to those in need this winter

On behalf of some of Windham County's more vulnerable residents, the Windham County Heat Fund thanks our generous community for support of our efforts this year. We created the Windham County Heat Fund in 2005 to help people in Windham County who were not able to buy enough heating...

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When divergent cultures create discomfort

New neighbors from Afghanistan bring with them cultural differences that we must accept — even as it may be difficult for some of us to do so

I am a second-generation American. My grandparents were immigrants. They came from eastern Europe to escape the pogroms and persecution that Jews faced. I often wonder what it was like for them when they arrived in this country. I never did ask them about their experiences. I am thinking...

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In this pandemic, the foe is politics and human nature

It has been two years since the emergence of the first versions of the Covid virus. The world was slow to figure out what was going on and even slower to figure out ways to deal with this new deadly disease. Despite all of the technology and science that we have developed over the years, Covid continues to make fools of the humans who are trying to beat it. On the surface, it may seem that the best way to...

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Why don’t we see more masks?

Engaging in usual forms of commerce makes one believe that the pandemic is a thing of the past. I find it extremely frightening that more people are not wearing masks in public, because the science does tell us that not enough people have been vaccinated to provide the kind of herd immunity that we might need to protect all of us. Fifty-four percent of the U.S. population has received a first dose of vaccine, and 47 percent have received a...

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The political process is beyond repair

Now that the second Trump impeachment trial has ended in acquittal, it is clear that the Republican party has put the final nail in the coffin of democracy. The Democrats share a lot of the blame, but it is the Republicans who have made it clear that the pursuit of truth is no longer a guiding principle of the American form of government and that justice is an ideal that is not attainable. Politics has always been a dirty business,

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So many unknowns, and a virus that wants to outwit us

World governments are trying to deal with the complexity of vaccinating enough of their populations to provide an adequate level of herd immunity to be able to declare that the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. Having a Darwinian health-care system and a lack of federal leadership means the U.S. will most likely lag behind the rest of the world in vaccine rollout. Experts are guessing that anywhere from 70 to 90 percent of people need to be vaccinated to meet...

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A saner and calmer future is on the horizon

It would have been comforting to have Donald Trump out of our minds in the last few months of his reign of chaos, but egomaniacs such as he do not move on graciously. We will continue to be enveloped with the shroud of madness until Jan. 20, and that is a disgrace for the United States of America. It eases the pain of the last four years for many of us that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected by...

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