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Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

Because Zuckerman is running for high office and he's ethically challenged to the core. Besides cheating taxpayers, he had to apologize for dissing our National Guard this week.

Character, it still counts folks.

Posted by Bradford Broyles on 10/27/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

John Searles, did you research the history of Wakefield's paper or are you just believing what you've been told? Since you brought up "faked the data" and "Jenny MacCarthy" right away, I'm going to assume it's the latter since those are the most oft used rhetoric filled buzzwords. Additionally, your citations are from newspapers, not scientific journal articles and are not valid sources of information. It might surprise you that if you search the scientific literature database, you'll find that Wakefield's findings have indeed been replicated many times. But this argument isn't about science, which is why you aren't aware of those studies. It's about the repetition of the "vaccines save lives" mantra over and over again so people believe it as truth and don't question it, just as you have done.

A sampling of the studies replicating Wakefield's original work:

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ariel Brewer Louis on 10/27/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

I'm voting for him. I'm pro choice and this sealed the deal. Thank you. I'd never vote for anyone who wants to forcibly control what I put into my body.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Christin Swanson on 10/26/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

I've been digging into vaccination issues for over 17 years now. There really are issues. The science isn't settled. What I'm seeing (this article is a good example), is a very high-powered attempt to shut down any discussion of vaccines. When one side tries to shut down a discussion, I think it is a reasonable assumption that they don't actually have strong or convincing arguments.

Why do parents question vaccines? Because the vaccine schedule has grown a lot since the manufacturers were handed liability protection in the 1980s. Because some of the vaccines added to the schedule and mandated for school attendance have little or nothing to do with protecting other children from deadly illnesses. Because the history of vaccines and diseases has been twisted to make it look as though vaccines have saved millions of lives in the US. That will do for a start.

Forcing people to accept medical interventions or lose access to public services is a very bad set-up, especially if the people pushing the interventions are protected from lawsuits and are guaranteed a steady level of profits by vaccines being mandated for school, and, more and more for employment.

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Deborah Kahn on 10/26/2016 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Legal Pot in Massachusetts Could Spark Legislative Action in Vermont

I am Galen Dively III, of Walden, and I am a candidate for the Caledonia-Orange Senate District with the Marijuana Party. Yes I am actually on the ballot. The bill last year died because potheads did not support it. Legalization is not about money. It's not about a competitive edge. It's about doing the right thing. Pot is a plant. People's lives have been financially and literally ruined because of our laws against growing, smoking, and sharing this plant. We need to repeal all pot laws and allow people to grow, use, and share any amount of this plant. Until the Feds make it legal forget anything else, but just doing this will create a huge savings to Vermont potheads and visitors can buy pot from a farmer with some eggs and steaks. The State does not need to tax potheads to drool at it potential at increasing overall revenue and tourism. Potheads braved draconian laws to get us to this point of actually legalizing pot. That pot culture should be honored. Beyond pot, our drug war has been an utter waste of resources and creates way more damage to our way of life than drug addiction alone. You can check out my platform at and If you are a voter in the Caledonia Senate District please consider making me at least your second choice. We can create real legalization and not some corporate take over of pot culture.

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Posted by Galen P Dively III on 10/26/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Legal Pot in Massachusetts Could Spark Legislative Action in Vermont

If a person or a government wants to be respected, they should not do silly things. Arresting people for pot is both silly, and socially destructive. If police remain in favor of this, it should be remembered that the largest national police union has endorsed Trump -- who is silly and socially destructive. Cops have a difficult enough job enforcing laws which make sense. We should ignore their advice on this one -- as on who to vote for for president -- and relieve them of this burden.

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Posted by Whit Blauvelt on 10/26/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Legal Pot in Massachusetts Could Spark Legislative Action in Vermont

Regarding cannabis legalization, All the Prohibitionists said "Let's wait and see what happens in Colorado ". Well, we've waited and we've seen. The only "adverse" effect is that real estate price are becoming unaffordable. Violent crime, DUI deaths and teen use all went down, just the opposite of what the Prohibitionists predicted, with certainty…
A majority of Colorado voters say legal cannabis has had a positive impact on the state and its economy and they would not support a repeal of Amendment 64 if it were on the ballot this year, according to a new poll commissioned by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project and conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

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Posted by Mike Parent on 10/26/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

Any film that involves Andrew Wakefield must be viewed as suspect. This guy faked the data that he used to convince Jenny McCarthy that vaccines were related to the development of autism. "After the publication of the paper, other researchers were unable to reproduce Wakefield's findings or confirm his hypothesis of an association between the MMR vaccine and autism,[6] or autism and gastrointestinal disease.[7] A 2004 investigation by Sunday Times reporter Brian Deer identified undisclosed financial conflicts of interest on Wakefield's part,[8] and most of his co-authors then withdrew their support for the study's interpretations"

"Dr Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said: "If Vaxxed had been submitted as science fiction, it would merit attention for its story line, character development and dialogue. But as a documentary it misrepresents what science knows about autism, undermines public confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and attacks the integrity of legitimate scientists and public-health officials." [

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Posted by John Searles on 10/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

Every Vermonter should watch VAXXED. You can rent it online or go to some of the upcoming showings. Whatever you think you know about vaccines, go with an open mind and watch the movie. The filmmakers did an interview recently about the responses that they are getting from the public after the film is shown, and what has shocked them (and what is not in the movie) is how many parents are coming up to them to tell them about their dead children. The movie is well documented and is about a whistleblower from the CDC who feels really bad about what he did.

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/26/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

Gotta back Z on this one. He doesn't jump on every issue I want, but in this case we have the son of a physician who delivered a thoughtful and reasoned case for a nuanced approach to this topic on Sunday at an election debate. I am confident he will move forward with public health given utmost priority regarding vaccinations.

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 10/26/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Who's on Your Vermont 2016 Ballot?

Yes. It has been verified with the Secretary of State office. The group Vote the Block and Denyem279 has verified this. There are people canvassing and phone banking to write Bernie in. Vermont is a winner take all state and it has 3 Electoral votes. Those electors are bound to cast those votes for the winner. There are no requirements in Vermont for someone to be a candidate and you do not need the "write in's permission. Please consider writing in Bernie!

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Posted by Pat McGovern Michelson on 10/25/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Who's on Your Vermont 2016 Ballot?

The big question on many people's minds....Vermont is supposed to have a write in selection on the ballot.
Is this a true statement and will we be able to use it?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rea Russell on 10/25/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Leahy needs to retire, put out to pasture.he's been in office way to long..need new blood in office.. Now first off I am a Vermonter 6 generations, was born here, lived here and know the dislike button will blow up. He's done his time now let someone else in..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/17/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Senator Leahy is an inspiring reminder that honorable politicians, with actual loyal spouses, and personal histories of political experience without financial scandal, still exist. When I hear Trump, and Bernie, and Hilary, and biased media outlets fueling bitter divisiveness, and about our $10 trillion in debt, and about who groped who, I take confidence in our country's future by thinking that our "broken" political system also sends to Washington families like the Obama's, and the Leahy's, and the Welch's.

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Posted by Michel Guite on 10/16/2016 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

One more piece when the human services director stepped out and Brenda Dulley stepped into his place she's the only person who offered any help and that was just to help my grandson get into school after 12 weeks of running around.....#SomeoneHasToCareAsMuchAsIDo

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Posted by spoulin4ever on 10/15/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Seven days you're just as guilty I reached out to you to ask you when there was this little piece in your paper about TJ Donovan and Dan Sedon..... I want to bring it to your attention now Phil Scott Sue Minter and her mentor MR Shumlin PLUS Patrick Leahy ...... I'll ask the question until the day I'm gone why is it that DCF answers to nobody you cannot rien in the damage done to the children that have been placed in states custody
I don't understand how federal monies coming to the state but none of you have to answer to where it's been applied..... The support services for those in need I ask you ALL this.... how is it spent what is it being spent on and how was the opiate epidemic being addressed by any of you , now that I've started talking about it I hope other people pay attention because those in need that don't have housing and can't get a job and get the runaround and then left at the loose end STRUGGLING..... Federal monies coming into the state get funneled right through DCF explain to me how they're not made to be held accountable ..... Just signed me a grandmother struggling with DCF and no one cares .....#ICAREMORETHANU

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by spoulin4ever on 10/15/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

Why are they publishing this now it was written in 2010?

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Posted by Carrie Campbell on 10/13/2016 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Spent some time with Pat a week ago and found him to be sharp, on point and filled with good humor. Having him in DC has been a great thing for Vermont and our country for the most part and I really am pressed to think of another politician I would rather see running for the seat today. He clearly puts thought and consultation into his positions and is well respected around the world, even beyond the central core of die hard Deadhead or Batman loyalists......

The spring in my step is not as bouncy as it once was either!! All things considered, the weight of decisions that impact the world as we know it included, I think the Irish is still pretty strong in those veins.... Carry on Senator!

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Posted by Bob Hooper on 10/13/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Mr. Campbell, please help me to understand your position.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 10/13/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

No, Mr. Pavek. But I honestly believe that you don't me know me well enough to know what I do or don't believe and that you have completely missed my point.

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Posted by Brett Campbell on 10/13/2016 at 10:05 AM

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