Robert Maynard was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in Williston, VT, with his wife Yukiko and son Sean. A former Product Engineer at IBM, he now serves as the Editor of True North Radio website ( and grass roots Project Director of Family Security Foundation (


    American Culture: An Irreversible Decline or a Coming Renaissance?

    The other day I was reading n article by Mark Steyn that peaked my interest.  The article was entitled “A Tale of Two Declines”.  The theme of the article is basically the same as Laura Ingraham’s in her new book “Of Thee I Zing”: “Even if our economic and national security challenges disappeared overnight, we’d still have to climb out of the cultural abyss into | Read More »


    Smart Meter Implementation Should be Left up the Free Market

    True North has recently ran a couple of articles on Burlington’s quest to adopt “Smart Meters” as a means of saving on power costs. See here and here. It has also reported on Vermont’s desire to become a “Laboratory” to Test the Smart Grid System. In principle the implementation of smart meters and a smart grid are a good idea. The idea is to make | Read More »

    The Left’s Real Problem With our Healthcare System: No One is in Charge

    On Wednesday April 27th the Democratic Committee of Burlington held a forum on the proposed healthcare reform legislation being rushed through our political process. True North Reports covered the forum and provided videos to go with the commentary. Some of what was caught on video reveals an interesting insight into the progressive mindset. I have written previously about how Vermont’s left sees their efforts at healthcare | Read More »

    Is Healthcare a Human Right?

    There is a large and well-funded national movement called the Universal Health Care Action Network behind Vermont’s push for a single payer system that gives new meaning to the term “Astroturf”. The concern is more about using Vermont as “a springboard” to push for the movement’s idea of what reform should look like: “Vermont is leading the way to universal health care using national reform | Read More »

    The Situation in Egypt

    The situation in Egypt is a bit more complicated than it is being presenting in the media.  Some are portraying this as a democratic people’s revolution that toppled a dictator, while others are seeing this as a take over by the Muslim Brotherhood.  While either possibility may play out in the long run, right now it is neither.  Egypt has been under the rule of | Read More »


    The Frontier Within

    The notion being entertained in some circles of punditry that America will soon be overtaken by China as the world’s top economic power gives me a sense of deja vu. All during the 1980’s proponents of collective central planning were hyperventilating about the supposed overtaking of America by Japan as the world’s top economic power. We were constantly bombarded with articles claiming that America’s freer | Read More »


    Vermont as a “Laboratory for Change”

    From the diaries by lexington_concord… The pro-freedom movement has done a good job so far of resisting Obamacare. The new House majority has the ability to de-fund much of it. Officials at the state level have already started the process of legal challenges. On Monday the 13th, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the insurance purchase mandate in the bill is unconstitutional. Numerous corporations | Read More »

    A Tale of Two Futures

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, | Read More »

    Catholic Social Teaching and the Tea Part

    A recent article in the Catholic Newsletter “Our Sunday Visitor” entitled “Is the Tea Party movement in sync with Catholic teaching?” has raised some interesting issues relating to the ideals driving the Tea Party and the teaching of the Catholic Church. The article notes that: “A study commissioned earlier this year by the National Review Institute found that 28 percent of tea party supporters identified | Read More »

    Voters Disenfranchised: The Politics of “Bait and Switch”

      Voters in Vermont are being disenfranchised by the politics of “Bait and Switch”.This is where politicians campaign on a non-controversial issue; but introduce a more controversial agenda once the legislative session starts.In doing so they often shift priorities away from issues they campaigned on toward an agenda that does not get brought up during the campaign. During an election voters make a decision based upon | Read More »