Bernie Sanders

Editor’s note: The writer is responding to a caption in last week’s edition referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders as “The people’s senator.” The people? The uninformed, badly educated, immature people who can barely balance a checkbook, having zero understanding of finance and economics. The “white guilt” trust-funders who self-righteously vote for Sanders believing that his crazy, destructive schemes will not touch their inheritance. The people (significant in Vermont) who despise America, its culture and history. The people who think that money comes from the stork and life should be “free” of...

A COTERIE OF activists, politicians and thinkers joined Sen. Bernie Sanders at the gazebo on the Middlebury Town Green on Labor Day to address a crowd of around 650 who came to hear the progressive icon talk about world-changing legislation he is working on. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s junior U.S. senator is the senior legislator on the U.S. Senate’s Budget Committee, which makes him a very powerful man in Washington, D.C., these days. On Monday Sen. Bernie Sanders came to Middlebury — with a band of notables including Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, environmental luminary and writer Bill McKibben and several other local activists. Sanders told a crowd of more than 600 that Vermont’s Congressional delegation is working hard to improve the lives of people in the Green Mountain State, as well as in all of the United States. Through his leadership of...

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS speaks on the Middlebury Town Green this past Labor Day. Independent photo/Steve James
When Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Middlebury this past Monday, he was indirectly answering a question recently posed by Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas when he exclaimed in mock horror last Thursday, as the House Natural Resources Committee began drafting its portion of the $3.5 trillion social policy plan, “What are Democrats trying to do to this country?” The answer, Sanders has said consistently for the past 40 years in politics and at Monday’s rally, is to direct the nation’s resources to help families in need, rather than pass policies — as Republicans have long done — that...
The next two months could be the most consequential in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s more than 30-year career in Congress. For much of his time in the House, and then in the Senate, Sanders was a gadfly on the left, making speeches that received more attention off Capitol Hill than on it, and introducing bills and amendments that often fell short of the votes needed to pass. Now, as chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders is responsible for putting together a budget blueprint that, if approved by both houses and signed by President Biden, would represent the largest spending bill ever passed in...

MAPLE LANDMARK, ONE of the many local businesses that had fun with the Bernie Sanders meme after Joe Biden's inauguration, imagined the senator sitting atop the wooden play train outside its Middlebury factory.
Bernie Sanders donated a portion of the money earned from the sales of his inaugural-mitten-meme merchandise to the Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VtPCCN). The VtPCCN is a network of 15 community agencies that are the hub of early childhood services and services for young families across Vermont.  Each PCC — including the Addison County Parent/Child Center — will receive an equal portion of the donation and all monies will go directly to help young families struggling with basic needs.  “It is incredible to be appreciated and known for what we do for families. Bernie gets what...
BURLINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has launched his eleventh annual State of the Union essay contest. Each January the President of the United States delivers the “State of the Union” address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Senator Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone — not just those in power — and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created the State of the Union Essay Contest. The contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe a major issue...
Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,  I told myself to write this thank you letter, months ago. Here goes ... Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for introducing ideas into the minds of the majority of Americans. These ideas have a staying power because they can help our nation heal. Who knew you were going to be a “doctor in the house”? Yes, in order to act on the foundational beliefs set forth in our Declaration of Independence, that all men (an addition: and women and everyone in between) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among...
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is right about the shortcomings of Joe Biden’s campaign for president against Donald Trump. He not focusing enough on what he will do differently to help Americans regain their economic footing.  “We … have to give people a reason to vote for Joe Biden,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said late last week. “And Joe has some pretty strong positions on the economy, and I think we should be talking about that more than we have.” Biden is, in short, making the same mistake Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Like her, Biden is being too conservative to excite his base the same way that Trump...
The office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont provided this list of resources for Vermonters looking for help during the pandemic crisis. Health   Vermont 2-1-1: If you are sick and have questions on how to proceed, contact your health care provider or call 2-1-1. Visit 2-1-1's site here: https://vermont211.org/ Vermont Department of Health (VDH): For the most up-to-date guidance on public health measures in Vermont, visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19 The VDH has translated information about how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and stay...
Sen. Bernie Sanders played his hand well. He exited his bid to be the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in an Wednesday morning speech with grace, eloquence and his determined and passionate appeal for his own brand of revolution — and he did so after moving his once-radical ideas into the mainstream of American politics over the past five years. In the end, Bernie’s revolution will hopefully become a core of what Democrats think of as their solutions to what ails America. That transition has already happened on many fronts. Bernie’s call for free-college education was once a...

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