Taxes and Power of the Press (2000) by John A. Davison Taxes and the Power of the Press Let me bring you up to date on my political situation. First I didn't get the requisite (1000) signatures, only about 700. Early in September I had two rallies, one on the second and a second on the sixteenth. I notified well in advance all the Newspapers in Vermont of both rallies and sent flyers as well. Not one paper published the events in their calendars. I guess I am a little too conservative for the Vermont press. To paraphrase Hillory Clinton, it would seem that "I am the victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy". I am confident that if those rallies had been publicized I would have the needed signatures to put me on the ballot. As it is I will be a write-in candidate. Don't misunderstand me, I will continue to campaign for the 2002 election. Quitters never win and winners never quit! Shortly after WW 2 William Loeb founded the conservative Manchester Union Leader. Through it he was able to change the face of New Hampshire politics. New Hampshire has no income tax and no sales tax. I just returned from New Hampshire with my 1942 Harley military cycle with a side car. En route we had to gas up the diesel truck and I discovered that diesel fuel is 10 cents higher in Vermont than in New Hampshire. I think New Hampshire is right on with their tax structure. It is virtually all based on property tax. That makes very good sense to me as property is a measure of wealth and the rich should give back to this great country what she has given to them, namely the capacity to attain that wealth. As governor I would do everything in my power to duplicate the New Hampshire model. I realize that would be an uphill fight but those are the only kind worth the effort. But let me for a moment return to the power of the press. When William Loeb died nearly twenty years ago he was succeeded as editor and publisher by his wife Nackey who just died earlier this year. Through her editorials she was able to see to it that Pat Buchanan would win the republican primary against George Bush in 1992 and against Bob Dole in 1996. She was a gallant lady who was paralyzed from the waist down as the result of an automobile accident in which her husband was not injured. I recommend you read about her by simply entering Nackey Loeb on NetSearch. The healthiest thing for Vermont politics would be to institute a rival newspaper to the Burlington Free Press. The Free Press is not even a bona fide Vermont publication as it is a subsidiary of Gannet, the publisher of USA Today. Here is another example of the power of the Burlington Free Press. In May of this year I submitted a letter to the Forum. It appeared on Sunday June 4, 2000. In it I was critical of the University of Vermont and suggested that it was in dire straits because it had abandoned a number of long standing traditions - Kake Walk, Football, The Shakespeare Festival, Winter Carnival etc. I then referred the reader to my home page - www.uvm.edu/~jdavison/. There the reader could peruse my little entry entitled "What it means to be an anti-Darwinian at the University of Vermont." Lo and behold, when the letter appeared my URL had been altered to read - www. uvm.edu/1jdavison/. I immediately called the paper and asked them to publish an erratum. To make a long story very short, the editor of the Forum, after a lengthy telephone conversation, refused to correct the error. I accused him of editorial sabotage and of protecting the University. I do so again now. I think the man should have been summarily sacked. So, you see the Fourth Estate is guilty not only of sins of omission but sins of comission as well! God Bless Vermont and God Bless America.
(c) Copyright 2000 by John A. Davison. Latest modification October 09, 2000. This document and others by the same author may be found on-line at: http://www.uvm.edu/~jdavison/