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Re: “Leahy Slams Wells Fargo, But Keeps Its $3,000 Campaign Contribution

Showing his true colors on all of it isn't he.. Wells Fargo,Charles Leamy,Bill Stenger and others..Can't part with that money huh Pat??? He is just as crooked as Clinton, Shumlin and Sanders..Put down rich people but are rich themselves..What's the matter Leahy you and the rest, can't give the money back cause the grease on your hands make the money stick???

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/26/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Leahy Slams Wells Fargo, But Keeps Its $3,000 Campaign Contribution

He's just another hypocritical democrat that would be all over a republican candidate for doing the same thing. With millions in his war chest and an underfunded, relatively unknown challenger why didn't he just donate that money to a charity of his choice? Because he's the almighty Patrick Leahy that with out him Vermont would fail to exist. At least in his mind.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Veggiguy on 09/26/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Leahy Slams Wells Fargo, But Keeps Its $3,000 Campaign Contribution

Senator Leahy has had a long and distinguished career as our Vermont Senator. However, I was disappointed to see he chose to run again and think he should have retired and let someone else run for his seat (Peter Welch?). Thank you for all you've done for our state Senator. But it's time to retire.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by RB on 09/26/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

After the all of the money spent on the superintendent, the school board has the gall to try to stick it to the teachers. Teaching should be a well-paid profession and a good use of tax dollars. Tax breaks to some guy to build a giant mall is not.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Lade on 09/26/2016 at 7:52 AM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

You're right on the money, Chris. John Rahill (the pilot who crashed), lives in a million-dollar lakefront home in Burlington, according to the City's property database. His wife's postings on Front Porch Forum advocating for the F-35, and disparaging anyone who raises concerns, are well known. Lower level VTANG members can't afford such posh lodgings.

What's most humorous is that Savage Island, where the plane crashed, is owned by the Riehle family. And Helen Riehle is the current South Burlington City Council Chair. Helen has been a diplomatic leader in trying to get more information from the Guard in the F-35 basing decision, the F35s safety, and argued that the process has been apparently flawed. No way does Rahill want to land on their island...especially a CRASH landing.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 09/26/2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

Actually, yes, Scott is running against Shumlin. Minter is Shumlin: keep Vermont Health Connect going, raise new taxes, etc., etc., etc.

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/25/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

This guy definitely screwed up and the full story should be further investigated & reported. I would expect VTANG will discipline him and come forth with more details shortly.

Let's not forget the majority of the people serving in the National Guard are outstanding people who are there for our country and as neighbors when we need them. If you talk privately with lower-level VTANG people, some agree the F-35 basing decision has been corrupt and lacking in the transparency demanded of our public officials. They cannot speak out for fear of losing their jobs. They do not all hew to the official line coming from the PR spin-meisters at the top intent on jamming it down the throats of Chittenden County regardless of the questions asked from Winooski, South Burlington, etc.

I've even heard some members of VTANG OK with a hypothetical relocation of the Green Mt. Boys to the Northeast Kingdom & Newport's soon to be expanded airport. Closer to the outdoors, cheaper housing costs, less traffic, etc. What is driving the basing decision is more corrupt local politics than anything (another reason why the supposedly integrity-filled Bernie Sanders said not a peep about the F-35 other than expressing his full support).

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/25/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Addressing Women's Issues, Scott Portrays Himself as a Moderate

Scott has a long history voting against women's interests in favor of "family values." Anyone who wants to know more can look up his legislative voting record from when he was in the Senate.

Whenever it's campaign season, he claims to support women, but when he is forced to give a specific answer, he has many caveats about when its okay to legislate women's bodies.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by intheolddays on 09/25/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

knowyourassumptions and Paul Jones, at what point in my comment did I defend Shumlin? Please, I would like to know so I can correct it.

Scott isn't running against Shumlin so there is no reason we should have to settle for either of them.

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Posted by intheolddays on 09/25/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

What article are you reading, Redtop? The airman did not notify anyone. Another plane noticed the crashed plane and called it in. As most everyone else had said, it would be very interesting to learn why this airman did not call in his crash as required by law to do so.

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Posted by Carol Denison on 09/25/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

What this VTANG flyboy did is called 'screwing the pooch' in military aviation jargon and it knocks them right off the Right Stuff pyramid when they do it so that's why he skulked off the island with his tail between his legs

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Posted by JimM on 09/25/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

'Just what Vermont needs: a Governor that needs months and months of nagging to do the obviously right thing.' --intheolddays

Wait a minute. Hold the phone. Stop the bus. Shumlin still hasn't pulled the plug on Vt Health Connect and I believe it's been longer than months and months.

'When things really get tough, I for one don't want to have to wait for half the state to nag our "nice guy" Gov to do the right thing.'--intheolddays.

You can nag all you want, Shumlin does what ever he wants and I wouldn't define Shumlin as a 'nice guy'.

16 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 09/25/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

I understand his campaign is being advised by Elizabeth Metraux, who is also completely unqualified in terms of advising anyone to do the right thing.

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Posted by Incontinentia Buttocks on 09/24/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

Name one time when Shumlin "did the right thing." Was it in 2010 when he was running for Gov. and got stopped for speeding and "accidentally" showed his State Senate card instead of his driver's license? Or was it when he ripped off his developmentally disabled neighbor? Or was it when he said that the problems with Vt. Health Connect were a "nothingburger"? Or was it when he waited until AFTER the election to say what he already knew: single payer was dead? Or was it when he started dating his daughter's friend, 30 years his junior? Or any number of other things.

You're complaining about Scott "doing the right thing" when it's hardly cut and dried that a blind trust wouldn't work? Scott is practically Mother Teresa.

25 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/24/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He’ll Sell Business if Elected Governor

Just what Vermont needs: a Governor that needs months and months of nagging to do the obviously right thing.

Glad to see Scott coming around but I don't feel he should be congratulated for it. Particularly since most decisions the Governor has to make are much harder and not nearly as black and white. When things really get tough, I for one don't want to have to wait for half the state to nag our "nice guy" Gov to do the right thing.

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Posted by intheolddays on 09/24/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

The writer might have added the 3.25% the teachers asked for in salary increase was the amount found by the independent fact-finder. Just try to imagine what the Board would have said if it were the teachers who demanded more than the fact-finder found. They would have castigated the teachers for over-reaching. What amazes me is the lack of reporting on what the Board did in addition to undercutting the fact-finder's number. It unilaterally increased the teachers' contribution to health insurance, and unilaterally reduced the amount of education benefits available to the union. The Board, in other words, took the opportunity to win on all issues with the imposed contract. Such a slap in the face to the teachers may be the reason they asked to come back to the bargaining table. I'm with the teachers on this one.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/24/2016 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Prosecutors: Burlington Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Was Justified

so they tazer a man hiding and when he spazzes out you gun him down?
how was he supposed to act when he was tasered?
the police were looking to murder him they weren't there to resolve a problem.
sad day to see this murdering cop epidemic come to vermont.

Posted by Joseph A Blanchard on 09/24/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

The pilot of the crashed plane did NOT contact the tower or the authorities, if you read the article correctly. The pilot of another plane noticed the crash...six hours later...and radioed it in to the tower.

A full investigation needs to happen here. There are way too many unanswered questions. For a pilot not to notify the authorities or the FAA is very bizarre.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 09/24/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

Everybody here is jumping off the deep end thinking there was a legal responsibility for the pilot to call the police. There was NOT. He had to notify the NTSB, which it seems he did. He notified the FAA by calling the air traffic controller, which he didn't technically need to do. The FAA controller notified the police. The police, well intentioned to be sure, responded in full force to a non-event. I would have hoped that the FAA air traffic controller at BTV, who would have been well aware that there were no injuries, would have helped the police size the response, or call off the response, appropriately.

Think of an analogy; You are out riding a 4WD jeep off-road and you swerve and hit a tree, totalling your jeep but you are uninjured. You're not on the road, you're on private land. You didn't break any law. You're happy to be unhurt. The police get wind "there's been a crash" and show up in full force. Is that your fault? You didn't need them, didn't ask for them, and didn't have any responsibility to call them. Now everyone is on your case, thinking you should pay for it all. Non-pilots don't understand that an airplane like this is essentially a type of off-road ATV.

Once again, a failure to communicate effectively to be sure. But stop casting unwarranted aspersions at a pilot who contacted who he was supposed to.

And the airplane was recovered. It's on an island! What did you expect him to do immediately after... call AAA for a tow truck?

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Redtop on 09/24/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

Go look at the teacher contract, page 61.

http://www.nctq.org/docs/Teachers_-_Burlin…

Teachers do not earn $70K until year 12 of service with a master degree and they top out at $83K. There is no way the average teacher salary can be $73K, especially when you consider teachers start at $45K. The math just simply does not work.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 09/24/2016 at 8:41 AM

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