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Tom Kearney 
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Re: “Courting Disaster: An Erosion of Press Protections in Vermont

Paul Heintz is absolutely right about the need for a shield law. Once, it appeared preferable to rely on the broad reach of the First Amendment to protect press rights, rather than seek a shield law that could be subject to political whims. But, decision by decision, the right of reporters to gather information without fear of becoming agents of the prosecution — or the defense — became badly eroded. Now, the only solution seems to be a shield law to protect the role of a free and independent press, which is a cornerstone of democracy.

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Posted by Tom Kearney on 06/22/2016 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Vermont ACLU Leader Allen Gilbert to Step Down

Allen Gilbert has done an extraordinary job in tracking First Amendment issues and defending the public's right to know and to attend meetings of public bodies. Vermont's laws on public records and open meetings are a rat's next, and Allen has spent years trying to untangle it. Bless him.

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Posted by Tom Kearney on 02/29/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “St. Mike's J-School Gives Away Books; Chaos Does Not Ensue

Love the book about editing by Baskette and Sissors, two vital pieces of equipment before, oh, 1972.

Posted by Tom Kearney on 05/08/2015 at 12:21 PM

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