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Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I wonder why Amanda Bean wasn't interviewed for this article. Seems to me Ms. Bean would have the most insight into why people resort to stealing and what might help them to stop.

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Posted by Gwen Gray Lavoie on 12/08/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

A bit odd to include hyperlinks to retailers in this story. I only support *local* businesses who *don't* buy cheap goods made overseas and then jack up the price. Sadly, there aren't many like that anymore.

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Posted by The Oracle on 12/08/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

It's possible to dislike someone who is a woman without being biased against all women. Sue Minter appeared to me to be a entitled and out of touch person who I didn't think would represent my interests. I would happily vote for Elizabeth Warren for any elected office. I would happily vote for Bernie Sanders for any elected office. What do they have in common? I like their policies, their passion, and their integrity.

I hate Hillary Clinton because she cheated and stole the democratic primary with the help of the DNC and her establishment power brokers. I hate money-grubbing Wall Street bankers like Bruce Lisman who suck the blood from middle class workers and the world economy for their own personal aggrandizement. I don't care if they are male or female, transgender or gay, Muslim or Atheist, I vote based on my view of who will best help improve our government.

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Posted by Penelope on 12/08/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents March on TD Bank in Montpelier

Can we clarify how TD Bank is "funding" the DAPL? The bank isn't an investor in the pipeline - it's a creditor. Are we really going to start protesting banks based on who they lend money to? Pick any bank - local or national - and I bet you can find a company that bank has lent money to whose values and actions you disagree with.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 12/08/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Phil Scott Appoints Susanne Young, Al Gobeille to Top Admin Jobs

From a Minter-voting Democrat.........I don't know much about Ms. Young, but Gobeille is a solid pick. Can Phil give Trump some cabinet-picking advice please?

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Posted by JD on 12/08/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Remembering Karen Freudenberger, Founder of Pine Island Farm

Oh no! Karen was an absolutely amazing human being on so many levels. What a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences to her family.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 12/08/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Thank you Rep. Sullivan for standing strong. While yes, what Vermont does isn't going have a significant impact on reducing world green house gas emissions someone has to take the lead and why not this small state where it is possible to make good decisions for the benefit of the ecosystems of the Earth which are being destroyed resulting in the sixth great extinction. A carbon pollution tax will ;provide an incentive for people to reduce their carbon emissions like driving more fuel efficient vehicles rather than huge pick up trucks which are now the most popular selling vehicle in Vermont.

And yes we need to talk about and deal with population growth.
EI equals PxAxT
Environmental Impact equals the size of the Population times the Affluence of that population times the kind of Technology that people spend their money on. As just one example manual push mowers or huge ridding lawn mowers.

Population size is the major factor and our governor elect wants to grow our population by 70,000. What is that going to do to our carbon emissions never mind the rest of our environment?

When are climate activists going to talk about the cause of our problems and not just the symptoms which is failing miserably.

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Posted by George Plumb on 12/08/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Jay's Christmas Party [SIV470]

Thank you for the wonderful coverage of our event! You guys are amazing!

Posted by Katie Marchessault on 12/08/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

So glad we have such a balanced article. Police, state's attorney, retail, and a person supporting them. How about interviewing the person who shoplifted or substance abuse and mental health advocates, or any alternative viewpoint? How about some statistics regarding the number of people who never reoffend after restorative justice? How about getting facts instead of assumptions about the so-called opiate crisis? Couldn't the growth in thefts (which is actually pretty small) be due to population growth, increased tourism, increased poverty rate, increases in youth population, outliers? And how exactly will jail help these people? We don't give people long-term drug treatment in jail if they are in for short periods of time. How long should people be jailed for stealing a pair of jeans? Disappointed in seven days for this one. But I guess these businesses are the majority of your advertising. Gotta throw them a bone every now and then... ;)

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Posted by ErnestWallace on 12/08/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Former al-Qaeda Prisoner Theo Padnos Reflects on His Ordeal

So what does it mean,writing is his therapy,what those that mean?

Posted by Mariano Bula on 12/08/2016 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Does anyone see the irony of having someone like Mary Sullivan (or Tony Klein before her) on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee? In its own words, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy "considers matters relating to conservation and development of the State's land resources, geology, forestry, State parks and lands, scenery, air quality issues, environmental permitting, solid waste management, and energy."

What happened to the "Natural Resources" component of the committee? The conservation and scenery part? It seems the Democrats on this committee are focused solely on the "Energy" and "development" components. How else to explain the total exemptions from Act 250 and all local zoning so developers can dynamite and bulldoze mountaintops for wind towers, filling in streams along the way; and the same exemptions that permit the solar panel carpet-bombing of land zoned for natural resources protection and wildlife corridors. All thanks to legislation that originated from this Committee (or possibly the lobbyists and campaign donors who worked with the Democratic members of this Committee).

Former Democrats and Independents abandoned the Democratic Party in droves this year to vote for Phil Scott, in no small part because of the policies pushed by Democrats on this Committee.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

It is laughable that 650,000 people in Vermont are going to make a dent in global warming when there are literally billions of people in India and China, many adopting a Western standard of living and consumption. Last I checked, China has zero carbon tax.

And it is amazing that the people worrying about global warming rarely say a peep about worldwide population growth. We've gone from 1.6 billion in 1900 to pushing 8 billion now. How many mammals, birds, amphibians go extinct each year as humans take over more of the planet? Global warming is the least of our problems. Knowledgeable scientists say that assuming current warming projections are accurate, we are already too far along anyway (and still would have been, even if Hillary Clinton had been elected & tried to follow through on her policies).

Anyone who privately wants to drive a Prius; put solar panels on their roof, go for it. Eat vegetarian or better yet, vegan. Follow Bill McKibben's original advice in his book, "Maybe One" (i.e., one child). Private choices can make a difference.

And certainly energy efficiency and home weatherization is a great thing. Vermont already does a great job of education around this and encouraging it. But the Democrats are missing the message from this past election. We do not need any more new taxes. Taxes are already way too high in Vermont.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Green State Gardener Plants Stake in Cannabis Market

Eli Harrington/8th Generation, I'm sorry that you're still upset that we remain uninterested in advertising on your Heady Vermont blog. Instead of returning your aspersions in the comment section here I'd like to invite you to come down to the Green State Gardener retail store at 388 Pine St where we can discuss your frustrations with the industry and all things cannabis in person. We're open from 10-6.

One Love,
Inept Spawn #1

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Posted by Inept Spawn on 12/07/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Green State Gardener Plants Stake in Cannabis Market

We are glad to have our product available for purchase in the Burlington area at Green State Gardener and at more stores soon! The article incorrectly describes our capsules as intended for sublingual use. While this is possible, it is certainly not the way we intended the capsules to be taken. Please visit our website or email us at with any questions.

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Posted by Green Mountain CBD on 12/07/2016 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Great Northern to Take Over South End Kitchen Space

yes! Please have lots of vegan options. Many South Enders will thank you for it. Thank you!!!

Posted by Joanna Grossman on 12/07/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Sue: You lost because people are tired of the same old liberal rhetoric. Time for people to own up to their responsibilities. Scott offers an "option" - nothing more. The "Shumlin Shuffle" of political favorites from agency to agency needed to end. Cutting the Dem chord at the Gov level will give the public some relief before Scott starts his political favors.

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Posted by Drobin9353 on 12/07/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Green State Gardener Plants Stake in Cannabis Market

Hey! Look! Another paid-for fluff piece by Will Raap for his inept spawn and crackhead Walsh.

Sorry--but actual growers don't buy Chinese-made crap from ivory tower businesses.

This group of entitled trust-funders know jack about any aspect of Cannabis and deserve every moment of their business' death rattle.

Seven Days should be embarrassed to be so obviously shilling and ignoring the many actual hard-working individuals in Vermont that ARE making a difference and not just primping and preening and expecting a free ride.

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Posted by 8th Generation on 12/07/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

If they are not going to lock up the habitual offenders then this is where chopping their hands off under Sharia Law would come in handy instead of the silly and hokey 'Restorative' and 'Community' based Justice 'punishments' that Burlington officials fools themselves into thinking works.

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Posted by JimM on 12/07/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Green State Gardener Plants Stake in Cannabis Market

You guys are too much. Can't grow your own CBD because you aren't growers so you get deep pockets daddy to pay for a partnership with real cultivators to break into the CBD market. Money can't buy you love or street cred but it can buy just about anything else. Your store is a schizophrenic joke of a business. Are you a grow store? Are you a brew store? Are you a bar? Are you a Pharmacy? No wait we sell solar panels!! WTF? Like Citizen said Vermont is way behind the curve on anything to do with mainstream cannabis. Maybe you will end up being that "guy in sweat pants"selling hydro equipment in a van down by the river. Karma is a bitch yo.

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Posted by Johnny_E_Bear on 12/07/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Typical of Shumlin to come up with an excuse for why the Democrats lost the elections for both governor and president instead of just acknowledging that this time the Dems. picked the wrong people to represent their party. It must just be easier to accuse everyone of being sexist, or racist instead of looking at your own parties issues or lack of understanding of the real issues voters face. Peter maybe if you had a back bone and supported Bernie instead of a lier your party could have won at least one race. Mr. Shumlin you are an embarrassment to real Vermonters.

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Posted by citizen on 12/07/2016 at 2:27 PM

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