Tag Archives: mike smith

Op - Ed
August 23, 2017

Politicians must confront hate

By Mike Smith

In the early 1960s we still had racist state laws defending the widespread practice of segregation. Slowly — too slowly for many black Americans — those laws began to change.

However, racism and bigotry don’t end by changing laws. In many respects,…

Op - Ed
August 9, 2017

Democrats fail to connect with economic message

By Mike Smith

During the last gubernatorial election, and then again just recently during the debate over teachers’ health insurance, Vermont Democrats underestimated the potency of Gov. Phil Scott’s affordability message.

Scott continues to force an economic debate by hammering away at decreasing the rate of…

Op - Ed
May 24, 2017

The political “big one”

By Mike Smith

Race fans at Talladega Superspeedway call it “the big one.” It usually happens toward the end of a NASCAR race when drivers are tense, emotions are high, and the cars are tightly bunched, vying for a win. And then: a wrong move…