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Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Mr.Walters in America we pay respect to the rank not the man. Have some respect when referring to your president.

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Posted by citizen on 02/23/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

But, but, but Leahy was just on VPR a few weeks ago...

These officials are elected to represent Vermont on a national level. We elect other politicians to handle local issues. Our national representatives don't need to make themselves available so crackpots can complain to them but you should hear back from them when you present a relevant issue to their offices.

I've contacted Bernie and received a very prompt and helpful response. I'm still waiting on Leahy. I cannot comment on Welch from personal experience.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 02/23/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

@Richard Ley...I had talk to socialist Sanders about Social Security and he told me that we are lucky to get money because the money belongs to the government..I said no it doesn't the government has no right to take money from it and they need to pay it back, that it's our money we are the ones who pay into it not the government.. He informed me that I was wrong..that SS belongs to the government not us..I got so mad that I called him a socialist idiot to his face and told him to get to hell out of my state!!!! then left before I punch him it the face...!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/22/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

When I heard what he wasn't returning to Vermont during the break I just assumed he was headed to Virginia where I am hearing rumors that that is his home now

Maybe you guys could clear up the confusion in this and print where Leahy claims his residency...

I have called Leahy & Welch and Bernie Sanders several times and ask why they have not spoken out against the violence in America and I have yet to receive a response from any of them regarding that

I also called each and every one of them and asked when money was taken from Social Security who took that money and was it ever paid back and I have yet to hear on that

These people could care less about Vermont the only time you see them is when they want to be reelected

It is time to dump these three people out of Vermont along with the rest of the liberal progressives who are hell-bent on destroying the state of Vermont

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Posted by Richard Ley on 02/22/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Business as usual for the politicians. Coincidentally, yesterday the Free Press reports that the FAA is recommending that taxpayers be responsible for buying out every single homeowner in Winooski, South Burlington, Williston and Burlington in the newly expanded "not suitable for residential use" zone. And conveniently rezone everything to commercial, exactly what Leahy's cousin-in-law, developer Ernie Pomerleau wanted. Talking about at least over $500 million of property that will need to be bought out on the taxpayer's dollar!

No wonder our Congressional delegation does not want to show their faces and remind everyone of who back-door forced the F-35 here against the wishes and objective rating system of the Air Force itself! Today is the same day that the Air National Guard returned to flying the already insanely noisy F-16 fighter jets over Vermont's most densely populated area. Just impossible to avoid hearing the jets swooping over daycare centers, elementary schools, churches, workplaces, homes, etc. earlier today.

Well, at least there's no avoiding that our tax dollars continue to go to good use in fighting the unauthorized proxy war vs Iran in the Middle East. Heaven forbid we build 100 less F-35 fighter jets at $120 million plus a pop and divert some of that toward public schools, student loan reform, or any of the other priorities Bernie Sanders and Leahy pretend to care about.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/22/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Mmm I was all for this article about how unaccessible our Senators and Congressman are ..They have better things to do then deal with us pea ons here in VT, I have written to Leahy many times and never heard back not even a form letter, Sanders yeah heard from him a couple of times but never answered my questions..
But Walters you really got me pissed when you said "This process has nothing to do with that man named Donald Trump." Just to inform you, even if you hate him, it's PRESIDENT Donald some respect at least. I hated Obama, but at least I said Pres Obama..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/22/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

It looks like Massachusett's marijuana legalization has already impacted southern Vermonters. Please legalize so we can make sure the pot quality is such to avoid pernicious effects on our precious Vermont populace.

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Posted by Penelope on 02/22/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Something has happened to a great many Vermonters since 45 came into office. They are people I don't recognize and our state is being compromised.
Would all three of you please take the time to deal with them?
I first saw this when Pete Shumlin was Gov..The type of rabble rouser that needs to be heard.


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Posted by Lin Macy on 02/22/2017 at 1:30 PM
Posted by Lin Macy on 02/22/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

If you want a Town Meeting Vermont Delegates will make sure that happens.
I have lived in Vermont off and on most of my life and testified in sub comminnttee hearing with than Jim Jeffords.
We are fortunate that we are able to pick up a phone or go to Montpelier to see our Legislators and our concerns about issues will be dealt with immediately!
I am puzzled with all of the disgruntled folks whose comments do not reflect Vermonters.
Will the employees of our Legislatiors hop right on that and continue to allow us to be the State where Legislators are always available to them.

Lin Macy
West Brattleboro, Vermont

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Posted by Lin Macy on 02/22/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

So I'm a year late to this article & discussion, forgive me:
I ask now though, what's the point of your exercise, exactly? Let me ask of you this, Mr. Heintz, where is your story reflecting the tragedy cigarette smoking wreaks on our state? Where is your admonishment of celebrities that pitch alcohol? Wouldn't a complete ban on cigarette sales accomplish a reduction in needless loss of life? What about a complete rewrite of laws that would prohibit alcohol sales? There are far more deaths in Vermont, and the nation as a whole, caused by cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption than there are firearm related deaths. Limousine liberals such as yourself that spew vitriolic nonsense about whatever your 'cause-of-the-day' happens to be, from the comfort of 'coffee shops, jamming out to Trey and the boys', is clearly unmotivated to achieve anything lasting in this community other than to make yourself appear relevant, and relevant, sir, you are not.
Have your opinion, Mr. Heintz, and continue to express it, but it express it fairly and in context. Don't attack one area of concern while simultaneously giving a pass to others that are just as important to your overall message. I interpret that your larger message is the health and welfare of all Vermonters, and if that is indeed the case, then the state's firearm laws are the least in need of attention at this time.
Thank you for your thought provoking article, Mr. Heintz, and keep up the writing.

Posted by mmbsrUSA on 02/18/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Checkpoint Vermont: The Feds' Broad Reach Inside Our Borders

Border control and immigration is mostly a Federal matter. Remember Arizona during the Obama administration? Sanctuary regions only exist because the Feds haven't wanted to butt heads with state and local authorities and it was thought providing sanctuary was beneficial to law enforcement as well as protect vulnerable populations from crime.

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Posted by Robin Benfield Eatmon on 02/17/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Checkpoint Vermont: The Feds' Broad Reach Inside Our Borders

The collusion of our state law & local law enforcement with those working for the federal government is a slippery slope indeed, that doesn't get talked about nearly enough. Especially boarder enforcement working continuously so far away from the boarder & their continuous & wanton disregard of the 4th amendment. Thanks for shining a light on this issue.

The federal government knows that our individual rights are best taken away by a slow & constant erosion.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 02/16/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “The Trump Effect: Vermont Lawmakers Fear Federal Funding Cuts

People who voted Trump in Vermont are going to see the amount of services they receive from the state reduced, but will still be paying the same State and Federal income tax.

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Posted by David Ian Lightbody on 02/09/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

Keep focus on local government. Check our local government process:

"He isn't waiting for due diligence and deliberation and task forces and special cabinets. He cares not for your 'informed decisions' as he controls the debate via Twitter and fires government functionaries [elected officials, dept heads, members of boards and commissions] whose actions displease him." Who/what does this describe?

Controlling the debate in Burlington is easy because we have such weak media. Example, a Freep article today about a bypass and a parkway ignores opposition and reads like a paid promo piece. The article does not mention or interview residents who advocate for a better idea that is cheaper, safer, and less disruptive of neighborhood connectivity, "Pine Street Coalition, Let's Do it Right."…

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Posted by leaterhune on 02/02/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

Why would we use our real names. Liberals have only proven to well over the last few weeks (actually years) that when people speak up against their ideas they confront them using violence instead of dialogue. Look at Berkeley last night. The liberals seem like a real peaceful group of people. So why would we put ourselves and our families in danger from the crazy cry babies, Doug Hoffer if that is in fact your real name.

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Posted by citizen on 02/02/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

To all those who posted complaining about John Walters: Why should we take you seriously when you don't even post with your real names?

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 02/02/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

Seven days I tried to warn you this would happen. Time to get a little balance in your publication.

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Posted by citizen on 02/02/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

SevenDays- Your credibility is sinking fast. We need real journalists now more than ever. There are plenty to choose from. Get it together.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 02/02/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

SevenDays , you had your pick of political reporters and Mr Walters was the best you could do ? The foolish headline speaks volumes . Does Walters believe impolite critics will have more success against Trump and his allies ?
I have to congratulate JeanB for the previous post . Perfect !

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Posted by Rich ard on 02/01/2017 at 9:15 PM

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