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Re: “Digital Forensics Led to Charge Against South Burlington Student

This case has disturbing parallels to several other recent incidents across America which seemed to portend a rise in hate crimes. For example, there were several threats vs. US Jewish community centers earlier in the year; as well as threats in Indiana against a Muslim professor. It turns out the threats vs. the Jewish centers came from an American-Israeli Jew living in Israel; and the threats versus the Muslim professor were fabricated by the professor himself!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/…

http://www.tribstar.com/news/isu-professor…

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/24/2017 at 2:18 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

"Hey Kiya Batmanglidj, Corey Mansfield, Dan Emmons and the rest of the RA; one of your ilk is threatening to shoot up the SB high school. You all proud of how your 'populist revolt" is going?"

Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong! Are you -- and all the rest of the commenters on here who blamed the anti-name-changers for being behind the violent threats -- going to apologize now?

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/23/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Digital Forensics Led to Charge Against South Burlington Student

I was wondering if going to MR Batmanglidj's Facebook page and identifying him as a member of the NRA and a Trump supporter had anything to do with this article. I hate the NRA and think Mr. Trump is a joke, but felt the author wanted to set up an us VS them story. There are those of us who truly feel the Rebel name has been washed and expunged from any connection to the confederacy years ago and it is time to move on. Specially when I realized that the person who terrorized the South Burlington schools was one of our students of color trying to tarnish the people who don't want a rebel name change.

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Posted by Saffron on 04/23/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

Brattleboro's solution seems best--revamp the logo and reclaim the name. If the RA can produce a logo that works on all levels to displace any Civil War/racist symbolism, great. But the new images have to be embraced by those who would fly them to trump any who might drag the past into the present. If no one can think of anything, perhaps the opposition is right. Let's be honest; when people think of Revolutionary War soldiers the word "rebel" does not come to mind--they're revolutionaries. The RA challenge is not to oppose, but to lead with solutions.

CVU missed a great opportunity to reclaim the Crusader, making it one seeking justice, equality and the like while dropping the knight image. I, for one, look forward to a SB student body honoring Princess Leia with all wearing their hair in buns.

Posted by Tom Darling on 04/23/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

Go ahead and legalize it; nothing better than competing against a stoner for a good job.

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 04/23/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Convict-Turned-Lawmaker Pushes Criminal Justice Reform in Vermont

Janssen's story should remind us of the number of Christian organizations that do good work, advocating and helping those who general society has turned their back on. It is always interesting to me, too, how our stereotypes of southern, conservative states can make headway in issues such as prisoner reintegration where northern liberal ones sputter. We can all learn from each other, I think.

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Posted by Tom Darling on 04/23/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “South Burlington Student Charged With Making Death Threats

Do the right thing SB. Retire the racist Rebel. Enough is enough.,,The Civil War is long over....

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Posted by Rich Feeley on 04/22/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (4/19/17)

Clean up Church Street? Take a bite out of crime?

Hats off to ex-deputy state prosecutor Ben Luna for being idealistic enough to think that Burlington's power elite would have such a concern.

Murders? Where? Stabbings? Keep on moving, nothing to see here.

The truth is, Mayor Mirror (sic) Whineburger (sic) has a bigger priority - coming up with a design for a new city flag.

Can't make it up.

Meanwhile, clear thinkers such as Luna recommend a police station at the corner of Church and Cherry.

Not a bad idea, but in reality just a way to spend more money on a meaningless project. Unless cops are given the OK to, sorry, arrest thugs, all the police substations will make little difference.

Great idea in theory, but as Luna has figured out, Whineberger and his safe-space fellow city councilors are more concerned with finding the Church/Bank street vagrants a place to harass the public, lest they - the so-called city officials - come off as anti-welfare.

The mayor is so enamored of my ideas he has blocked me from his Twitter account. A little sensitive to the truth, mayor?

@TedCohen1
Burlington

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

When in doubt as to whether freedom may have some risks, make it illegal... right. Yes, get rid of McCormack, override Scott. Take our freedom back from these obsessive controllers.

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Posted by timothy price on 04/22/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Walters: House Panel Puts a Wrap on Ethics Bill

F for transparency

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Posted by The Oracle on 04/22/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

It's nice to know that we have smart and empathetic legislators in the senate, now voters will really have to do our work to get rid of the backwards and fear-mongering people in the Vermont house. Legalizing marijuana has been overwhelmingly beneficial in all the places that lead Vermont on this issue. And that list is growing every year.

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Posted by Penelope on 04/22/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

@ FruSessions

Guess you didn't read the article. Democrats in the Senate voted against this legalization bill, and the House, which is against legalization altogether, is Democratically controlled.

Get a clue.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/22/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

And if they only realized the tax revenue they would be glad to legalize it!! And if they research it they would find that it can replace the addictive drugs with no Side affects!!

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Posted by Auto doctor on 04/21/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

There is no record of anyone getting addicted,or overdose on it!! Maybe if the Hippocrates that drink Their alcohol stop saying it's a dangerous drug until they can prove it!! People on. Alcohol are the dangerous one's and are addicted to it!! They have proven that has long list of help with no side effects!!

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Posted by Auto doctor on 04/21/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Hmmmm...what could Rebekah Mercer's interest in The Coolidge Foundation be? I would urge folks to do an online search of her and her interactions with the Trump administration. There are numerous articles published March, 2017, in national publications. Why would the Foundation need so much money and high paid staff?

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Posted by Keep Winooski Real on 04/21/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

Vermont voters take close note of those politicians who vote against legalization. These are the politicians and lawmakers that are corrupt and answer to either organized crime or big International corporations who are against legalization for financial reasons. Anyone who's done their homework knows that cannabis is by far safer than alcohol and tobacco which together are responsible for over 500,000 deaths per year in the United States alone.

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Posted by FreedomFighter on 04/21/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Mr. Heintz contends that Ms. Shlaes alone wants to take Coolidge away from Vermont. Based on Mr. Heintzs article, however, I reviewed the Strategic Planning Process that was conducted in 2009, before Ms. Shlaes was on the Foundation's horizon.

In 2009, the Coolidge board determined that: "We will use our unique location at Plymouth Notch, organizational strengths and passion, to establish funding, strong partnerships, and national recognition for Calvin Coolidge." We also determined to "reinforce national fund raising." We envisioned a Foundation that would ensure that "the nation will be inspired to use Calvin Coolidge as a key to solving relevant national and international issues."

The current activities of the Foundation under Ms. Shlaes and executive director Matt Denhart appear to be following the 2009 Plan closely. The Foundation has drawn national funding without compromising itself.The Foundation has established strong partnerships with esteemed institutions, two being with the Dartmouth Debate Institutes and the White House Historical Association, which co-hosts finalists for the Coolidge scholarship over the summer.

The Foundation has drawn more than a thousand young people to the Notch, high school debaters since Ms. Shlaes and director Matt Denhart came on board. The Coolidge scholarship program, undercovered in Mr. Heintz's article, has drawn 2400 or more solid applicants this year, all of whom write essays about Coolidge. The success of Ms. Shlaes is really amazing to me.
Gov. Douglas comments have the most credibility in the articlethe foundation has matured quite a lot in recent years and I dont see any ideological imprint on anything we do as an organization. The author did not, it seems, choose to interview many others with knowledge of the situation. Vermont did not get a true picture of the merits of the Coolidge Foundation.

Robert Kirby
Coolidge Foundation
President
( 2009- 2011)

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Posted by Robert P. Kirby on 04/21/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Sounds like the typical, standard modus operandi for the joyless, angry, women-hating, greedy, selfish old men...in other words, republiKKKlans.

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Posted by ksmith610 on 04/21/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

I refuse to even consider voting for a Republican again, until marijuana is legalized. Period!

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Posted by FruSessions on 04/21/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

I am agnostic on the topic other than approving of pot for medical purposes.
I do find it hard to comprehend why having access to pot is such a big deal..

Are people today not able to live rich, enjoyable lives without it? Are we needing more dependencies? I had a fling with it years ago but got on with finding more useful hobbies that didn't tend to paralyze me.
Not like you're talking about coffee or ice cream.

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Posted by Kathy on 04/21/2017 at 2:21 PM

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