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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Fair Game

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

Thoughts and strategies with comments like Mr. Blittersdorf is making are part of the reason Vermont is an financially economic disaster and it's only getting worse.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brian Cauble on 10/28/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

"I'm proud of being a leader to do the right thing for us and the world."

And making a ****load of $$$ at the same time. Just a coincidence, though, I'm sure. Oh, and then "re-investing" a huge pile of that loot in puppets, er, elected officials.

You sound so much like our Used-Car-Salesman-In-Chief, Peter Shumlin, it's scary.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/27/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

I am not making anything up. David Blittersdorf got a no-bid contract for solar panels on state lands. Solar is great, I've lived with it for 27 years and am an early adopter, added more panels in 2008. David got preferential treatment from the state. That has nothing to do with whether solar is good or not, has nothing to do with whether it cost-effective. Maybe others could have come in with lower bids and saved even more money. David once gave me a prize, a T-Shirt, as the person with the lowest carbon footprint amongst all the environmental group members assembled at a gathering he called. Stooping pretty low alleging I am making "stuff" up...again?

25 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 10/27/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

Annette Smith is making up stuff again. Fact: The state is saving money by going solar at the state correctional centers from a multi-bid offering. Solar is beautiful and helps us combat climate change. Vermont supports renewables as we are responsible citizens doing our part to reduce polluting fossil fuel use. I'm proud of being a leader to do the right thing for us and the world.

4 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by David Blittersdorf on 10/27/2016 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

Blittersdorf is absolutely the doppelganger of Skip Vallee except one is a wind and solar profiteer while the other is a gas station pirate . The have both used the same tools of legal intimidation , eagerly accepted political contributions and secrecy to game the system . The only difference is one comes from the political right , the other from the left .Perhaps that's why Skip has gotten it worse from the public and media .

I hope they BOTH eventually receive a painful and well deserved reckoning .

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 10/26/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

This article may shed some light on why Planned Parenthood Vermont PAC would spend $346,000 on ads aimed at defeating a pro-choice candidate, when they only spent $120,000 in 2010 to defeat a candidate who was actually pro-life. David Blittersdorf, the man who says he will do everything he can to make sure candidates he doesn't like are defeated, is listed as a Trustee of the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund on their 2014 and 2015 Form 990 filings with the IRS.

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Posted by Sharon Toborg on 10/26/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

To all the 7D readers who are frustrated about the facts laid bare in this article: We're in a spending war. If we don't like the pay-to-play system, we need to overturn Citizens United. Until then, local folks with funds and integrity will always be compelled to spend $$ instead of letting huge out-of-state political donors unduly influence our statewide elections. If the "high net-worth individuals" of Vermont sit by with hands folded while national special interest groups purchase political clout way beyond the power of the average VT voter or group of voters, we all lose. The Koch PAC isn't a person, it doesn't live in or visit Vermont, it can't be my neighbor, it can't grow old and die; it doesn't need healthcare, clean air/water, or decent housing. (And technically, it can't vote.) But it does have an agenda provided via its funders, and very deep pockets ditto. Because Citizens United is still national law, our only alternative at this point seems like a throwback to the Gilded Age: Hope that individual well-meaning Vermont residents with an interest in the state's future and the courage of their convictions are willing to back up what they say with hard-earned dollars from comparatively deep pockets, to keep the other, bigger, non-alive special interests at bay. That's currently how things get done, and that will remain true until campaign finance laws are reformed.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by NEK Raised on 10/26/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

Let's not kid ourselves about Sue Minter and the carbon tax. Remember what Tony Klein said in 2014. "I think it's at least a three-year process. It won't be in 2016, because you don't do that in an election year. She will try to make it part of RGGI, or something similar, if it won't stand on its own in Vermont. Imagine what 88 cents a gallon would do to farmers, people struggling to heat their homes, truckers, commuters. As if life wasn't hard enough in Vermont already. Blittersdorf could care less about the average Vermonter. He would de-populate rural Vermont and make it all solar panels and wind turbines if he had his way. Just ask him.

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Posted by Stephen Thurston on 10/26/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

Blittersdorf is one of the biggest pieces of garbage in this state. He will attempt to destroy anything standing in his way of making a buck.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 10/26/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Buy Local: Wealthy Vermonters Go Big on State Elections

When I came under AG investigation (which David Blittersdorf's lawyer Ritchie Berger took credit for) I had to figure out who was behind it, and learned that David Blittersdorf and his legal entities had donated more than $400,000 to candidates over the last 10 or so years, most of it since 2010. Take a look at his donations to the Democratic party in 2010, and gee whiz, the VDP then filed a complaint with the AG against Brian Dubie who was running against Shumlin, during the election. That $400,000+ doesn't include anything since February 2016. And when you look at who his donations go to, it matches the votes and also matches elected officials who for some reason are deaf to hearing anyone else. In the grand scheme of things, Blittersdorf's donations have been a cheap way to buy our state government. One example is the no-bid contract his company got from Gov. Shumlin for his solar trackers now cluttering state lands. Nice to have friends in high places, if you can afford to buy them.

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/26/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Road Warriors: Republicans Attack Minter's Irene Record, But Will It Backfire?

I lived in my house with my family in Waterbury Village for 14 years. Our house was a total loss after Irene struck. The worst house in town. We NEVER saw Ms. Minter. Neither did anyone else I talked to in town. Her home town. She is a liar, plain and simple.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Angela on 10/20/2016 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Trump's supporters sure have been honing the art of defending the indefensible. No, these were not just some slightly off-color remarks made in private. This was boasting of being able to get away with sexual assault. Bill Clinton is not on the ballot, but if he has committed sexual assault he should be charged. But if he should be, so should Trump. If you believe Bill Clinton should have been impeached in 1998 for having an affair with an intern, but also believe Trump should be President, you are being a hypocrite. Bill Clinton apologized too, you know. In fact he was a lot more contrite than Trump will ever be. What Republican then was saying "ah, well, boys will be boys, let's just move on"?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by A Montreal Paul on 10/14/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Shaking my put down Mr Trump for what he said but praise Billy boy Clinton for lying to the American citizens quote "I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN" LIAR...he has raped many women, Killary Clinton, quote.."I stand for all children" LIAR..1975 she got a rapist off (she volunteered) for raping a 12 yr old girl, then she laughed about it, she ruined that little girl..Clinton LIED about Benghazi, lied to the parents right over the victims flag covered coffins, lied about the email account, lies lies lies, when are you going to WAKE UP!!! Shumlin lied about a lot of things, he lied about money he used, he cheated on his wife!!!!.. If you don't think men talk crude about women when they get together then you live in a fairy world..hell women talk about what they would like to do with a man, how they want to grab the mans junk,women talk when they get together....If everyone is held accountable for what they said yrs ago, then you all are in big trouble, because you all know you have said some crude things don't deny it.. No one is a perfect..know I'm not, far from it..I just know I want my Country back, I want to take Vermont Back away from the liberals democrats who are ruining Vermont, Vermont use to be a great state not so much many liberals moving in..I have my doubts about Scott, but more doubts about Minter, she's another Shumlin..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/13/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

"A. Smith" - no one is non-partisan. Everyone has internal biases. The fact that you choose to ignore yours and hold yourself out as without bias might be the real reason you are getting banned from comment sections. Just something to ponder.

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Posted by DUH on 10/13/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Any Republican (RINO) who does not support the party candidate does not need my vote. I may as well vote for a Democrat because there is essentially no difference whatsoever. The Democrats have done a stellar job of smearing Trumps campaign with all of his past indiscretions. How soon we have forgotten about Bill Clinton and his cigars! Really people? If that's how you judge the capability of a man to lead his country, we are indeed in a sad situation. I can even remember Marylin Monroe signing "Happy Birthday" to John Kennedy. So I would advise the RINO's to get off their damn high horses and stick with the party line. Otherwise, there is no need for them.

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Posted by ron_biker on 10/13/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I would just like to respond to the Addison County Republican chair Jon Christiano, who suggests that guys have "all said similar things".
That is not so.
I have strong political opinions; this post isn't about them. It's about the basic standards of decency that are, for me, a large part of what being a Man is all about.
My respect for women is not dependent on cameras. It's based in my most basic principles in general, and as regards sex and romance in particular.
I have been married to an amazing person who is a woman for 23 years. This is my first and only marriage. Despite challenges our marriage endures because it is based on mutual respect.
Before I was married I was very fortunate in my romantic life and enjoyed the company of a number of different women. For me, a big part of the enjoyment of these relationships was the excitement of mutually desired sex. "Grabbing" women "by the pussy" is the antithesis of the idea of mutuality. It's not what a healthy Man wants from or with Women.
If Addison County Republican chair Jon Christiano thinks otherwise I feel genuinely sorry for him, and wonder what the women in his life ... like his mother or any daughters he might have...would have to say about his opinion of what being a man entails..
And I also feel obliged to point out that any transgression... either physical or verbal... against the women in my life would be met with a blunt, proportional response.

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Posted by zebnorris on 10/13/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Wow, both sides come out smelling in the comments here. And I'm really amazed at the binary thinking of everybody concerned. I know he won't thank me for it, but I'm writing Bernie in. He was the only one in this election cycle without a smarmy background. As for the Vermont republicans who still support Trump, the word rodent is applicable. I'd like to see how many female votes they get.

14 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/12/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Skin in the Game: Racism in Vermont and the Race for LG

Congratulations, Ms. Alsop, for believing that you know more about racism than a black person who has actually experienced it. Your self-righteous hubris is unfrigginbelievable.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/12/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

Any person, who has held themselves out to be a Republican, or who serves in office as a Republican, and who is not currently supporting Donald Trump, is then supporting Hillary Clinton as United States President.

Such a person should never hold office as a Republican, ever again, and if in office now, should resign.

7 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Kevin Joseph Ryan on 10/12/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Ditching Donald: Will Trump Doom Vermont Republicans?

I don't understand how Republicans think talking about what they think Bill Clinton did 25 years ago is the path to victory against Hillary Clinton. People long ago decided which allegations they believed were true (a couple), and which were not (most), and they were clear that they didn't believe he deserved removal from office for the things he did.

I also don't understand the continuing complaints about Hillary Clinton's email server and the Benghazi attacks. How many investigations by how many Republicans that turn up no evidence of wrongdoing will it take to convince rank and file Republicans that there's no "there", there.

28 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by William McKern on 10/12/2016 at 5:30 PM

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