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Opinion: 'Twas the Night After Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



’Twas the Night After Christmas

’Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse.

Piles of debris and throw-away toys

Is all that remained from the wee girls and boys.

Children was nestled all snug in their beds

With cell phones and new apps tucked under their head.

Sacred icons once shaped with our hands

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Opinion: New definition of PAC is offered

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



I’m all in favor of PACs in the political process, provided we just allow for a small, subtle change to the acronym and its reading. PACCC: Public Advocacy for Concerned, Conscientious Citizens. Not what we have today: Profligate Aggression and Control by Corporate Contrivance.

Rustan Swenson, Shoreham 

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Opinion: Nation seen to be sinking into moral relativism 'under clod'

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



The New Age of Faith, one nation under clod. (Clod: a lump or mass of earth or clay from whence we all evolved.)

After almost two-and-a-half centuries since the Declaration of Independence, it is high time to set the document and the record straight.

Our so-called Founding Fathers established the Declaration on their misperceived concepts of a firm, absolute base and ground of principles, which time and science has since laid to waste.

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Opinion: The Hills are Alive - but with the sounds of profit

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



This was composed for, and performed at, the Pubic Service Board hearing rally across the street from the service board offices on June 22 in opposition to the fracked gas pipeline. I was there in full Revolutionary War uniform singing and partaking in the rally. This is performed to the music of “The Sound of Music.”

 

The Destiny of Vermont

The hills are alive with a threat from afar

The fields are the path this monster shall scar

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Opinion: PSB has licensed the desecreation of the Green Mountains

Posted on April 13, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



Vermont is racing toward a crisis of unprecedented magnitude and irreversible consequence. At stake is not a few lives, but our very way of life. Crisis is the touchstone of sincerity and opportunity, requiring immediate action to achieve renewal.

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Opinion: Voters' wishes were ignored

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



In this last election cycle a precious few enlightened Citizens beheld the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a lone echo, and they cast their votes in the hope of a rebirth, a renaissance, a new beginning. I was humbled and profoundly grateful for these heroic voters from across Vermont from Shelburne to Shoreham, to Orwell, Whiting and Middlebury.

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Opinion: Look to our past when planning for Vermont's future

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



Ten-point plan for restoring Vermont:

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Opinion: Local man runs for governor as Coffee Party candidate

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



Many of our nation’s primary industries have been greatly diminished with some almost ceasing to exist. Foreign flags fly triumphantly over countless commercial center structures and prominent, formerly American, factories. Many high-skilled laborers are now employed by foreign-owned corporations.

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Opinion: Founding principles have disappeared from Vermont

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



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Opinion: Gas pipeline project review definted as 'capitOlism"

Posted on June 18, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



Regarding the Public Service Board meeting in Middlebury on June 12:

I am today introducing a new word to the vocabulary of this dialogue: “capitOlism.”

Capitolism is the process and condition whereby agencies of government, whether representing the national Capitol and government or state Capitol and government are united as one with the agents of capital and commerce.

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