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Re: “Neilgate Sucks, But It Ain't a Scam

Vermont Brothers Brando and Dusty Rich created for just these kind of situations. It's the first social ticketing platform where fans are in control (not ticket companies or scalpers) and can buy, sell and trade tickets for FACE VALUE! Check it out and support face value tickets! As they say #embracetheface

Posted by Jennifer Kahn Rich on 04/24/2015 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Vermont Cedar Chair Company Is Sitting Pretty

great story, my son goes to Vermont Woodworking School and Burlington College, and I sent this to him, Well done guys, smart and creative

Posted by Pixelvt on 04/24/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

Oh for pity's sake, Sen. Zuckerman. You're constantly sobbing that any criticism of you is "personal." Get over it. You seek out the spotlight and put yourself in it. You say highly controversial things. You take highly controversial positions. Vaccinations, GMOs, marijuana, etc., etc. If you can't take criticism get out of the spotlight. No other Vermont politician whines that criticism against them is personal. Not Shumlin. Not the Speaker Smith. Not Senate Pro Tem Campbell. Not Bernie, Not Pat. Just you.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/24/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Sorrell Allegations Prompt Lawmakers to Seek Elections Panel

And our representatives are just coming to this conclusion and making changes? I echo Sen. Pollina's sentiments re Sorrell, "..,the fact that the attorney general is charged with investigating him or herself is completely ridiculous...AND then the idea that the attorney general should decide not to investigate him or herself because he doesn't believe there's any wrongdoing is absurd...." Kudos to Sorrell for using his crafty lawyer skills and getting away with it but I think he is far too comfortable in this position and needs to move on. T.J. Donovan, where are you?

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 04/24/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Senate Sends Gun Bill to Shumlin

Stellaquarta, the objection is that if we are concerned about violent felons and the mentally ill getting their hands on guns, or any other tool that could be used dangerously then the only way to prevent this from happening is to remove said person from free society, or at least require them to be constantly supervised.

We've allowed the government to adbicate it's responsibility to keep us safe and secure by restricting the freedom of those who would do us harm, and are instead allowing it to shift the burden to us - the law-abiding citizens. Those government officials who do this must (and will) be voted out of office.

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Posted by Christopher Corbett on 04/24/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Senate Sends Gun Bill to Shumlin

So the objection is that part of the proposed law is redundant because it's already a federal crime, and so why pass a state law that criminalizes the same conduct but imposes a different penalty? I can see that argument., but I don't really know why it's bad to criminalize something on both the state and federal level with different penalties. A lot of crimes are like that (drugs, fraud, sex crimes, etc.)

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Posted by stellaquarta on 04/24/2015 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Senate Sends Gun Bill to Shumlin

stellaquarta, in addition to the obvious mental health ramifications that the bill will create, I am opposed to S.141 because it would lessen the sentence for a prohibited person in possession of a firearm defined by 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). According to 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(2) a sentence of up to 10 years is prescribed for this offence and yet S.141 would bring the sentence down to no more than 2 years taking a felony and turning it into a misdemeanor. Offering up a lesser penalty is counter productive if the claim is an effort to reduce prohibited persons in possession of firearms and already near non-existent violent crime with firearms in Vermont. Creating a state law that interferes with existing federal law is not an answer.

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Posted by bobsmiton on 04/24/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Sick 'Em: Paid Leave Gets a Long-Delayed Vote

The current medical totalitarianism that is being forced on Vermonters is wrong. Firstly, the anti-choice stance is anathema what Vermont stands for. Secondly the pro-vax hysteria is not based on science, it is based on fear. Read this:…

Thirdly if you are elected to the legislature then it is YOUR JOB to listen to the people whether you want to or not, and if you don't want to then maybe you should resign.

Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 04/24/2015 at 11:54 AM

Re: “City Market Hires New General Manager

In what parallel universe is this news? A grocery store hires a new manager. Wow!

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 04/24/2015 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Senate Sends Gun Bill to Shumlin

I'm still trying to figure out what the objection is to restricting access to guns for violent felons and the mentally ill. Do gun advocates think those individuals should have the unfettered right to gun access, or is it the fact that this may be a step toward greater restrictions on responsible gun owners?

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Posted by stellaquarta on 04/24/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “House Backs Paid Sick Leave

Three paid sick days per year is going to put an undue burden on businesses? Really? If a business is really operating on such a shoestring profit margin that 24 hours of wages in a year (that's just over $200 for minimum wage employees) is going to break the bank, maybe that business needs to rethink its overall strategy.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 04/24/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

There are many good reasons to get a philosophical exemption. One, simply put, is that there are 'recommended' CDC vaccinations (in the current list of over 110 vaccines/combination strains given today) that are not necessary. If your child has had chicken pox, your child is not going to a daycare (the recommended CDC list vaccinates for certain STD's like Hepatitis) or you are not travelling to one of the three countries where polio is actually not cured - your child may not need those immunizations, but you cannot avoid them unless you take the philosophical exemption.

The biggest issue with outbreaks is that people who are given many vaccines should avoid contact with others for several days to even several weeks. Some doctors don't even seem aware of this, and in our own state over 85% of cases of whooping cough (which is the norm) have been traced back to people who have been partially or fully immunized… Whooping cough was proclaimed a 'dead disease' by the inventor of the vaccine, but parents are not informed to prevent contact with a recently immunized child for 48-72 hours following a whooping cough vaccine. The lack of information is what keeps the disease, and fear, alive and well.

Another commenter asked what the difference is between religious and philosophical exemptions - basically some religions do not allow for blood transfusions or foreign material to enter the bloodstream. Philosophical exemptions are a large catch all that contain well informed people who choose to opt out of a few specific vaccines because the child has had the disease/is not at risk, because the parent is making a life choice which can include avoiding certain immunizations (veganism, etc.) or the parent is fearful of all vaccines

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Posted by Ma on 04/24/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

To bad there's not a vaccination for 'stupid'.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 04/24/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “I Don't Think My Wife is Pretty Anymore

I'm married to the opposite of the man who wrote. I feel miserable about the way I am/look now, but my husband keeps trying to prove to me I'm still the most attractive/important thing in his life. I try to believe him, but I believe the mirror more. I think my husband is sexier and more attractive then when I met him. He's not quite in the same physique, but like you said, the attitude makes all the difference.

I think the poster in this column has the right to his feelings, it is how he handles them with his wife that is important. He used an anonymous forum to discuss something that sounds to me like he feels guilty about already. Simply telling him it's not O.K. to feel as he does doesn't seem fair. You say the opposite to others all the time. What can any of us tell him to help him change, or work through those feelings? You did give some good advice about reconnecting. The fact that she may or may not feel the same way about physical attraction to him shouldn't even come into play in his decisions, I think you're just trying to scare him back into the relationship and we know what a relationship based on fear is worth.

To the writer, I say, “good luck!” It is going to be an impossible conversation to have, but you really do need to talk to your wife. Tell her how amazing she is, how much you appreciate what she has done for you (not just the kids) and ask her how she feels about you. However, you are going to have to be amazingly diplomatic to not sound like, "I love you hun, and I know I'm no catch these days, buuuuuuuuuuuttttttt....."

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Posted by MG on 04/24/2015 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Senate Sends Gun Bill to Shumlin

This travesty needs to end! We need NO such legislation! Flatlanders come here and for what we are and how we live. For our beauty, our culture, our straight forward way of doing things. Seem they forget to leave behind their own twisted set of baggage. Then try to make us what they left behind. Hmmmmm, passin strange.

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Posted by Michael Deering on 04/24/2015 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Meet Vermont's 'King of Cheese,' Peter Dixon

Peter Dixon is a God. We are so extremely lucky to have him in Vermont and helping and inspiring the rest of us Artisan Cheese makers in Vermont - Dexter Mountain Goats, Glover

Posted by Brent Rohloff on 04/23/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “In the South End's Howard Space, Loyal Tenants Persevere

Nice job, Alicia.

Posted by David Griffin on 04/23/2015 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Long Shot: A Mother of Two Keeps the Gun Debate Alive

I found the article too long. I can't spend so much time in it. I do think it would be worth asking those who think their version of Vermont's gun culture should mean that convicted violent felons and people with histories of violent, particularly domestic or that 'hormonal' stuff that (more men) people get into should continue to be able to go whacky on their mates and families. How is this a good part of Vermont culture?

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Posted by Chris Andres on 04/23/2015 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

Hi all-

I appreciate our differences. It is a sad day when it has to get personal.

I suppose I should have said that there are very few scientists (Ginny Lyons is the exception I believe) in the Senate. But we all read through lots of information on many issues (scientific and not) and make decisions based on both judgement and science and experience.

Scott, I have not stated, nor do I believe that their is a link between MMR and autism. That has clearly been debunked. You could have sent that too me, but I already understand that.

My presentation was about herd immunity (which we have across the state, except for a very very few small school scenarios for specific vaccines). It was about the risks of allergic reactions (which I have some constituents who have had those and they have also been life altering). And I presented the concerns regarding who controls which vaccines are going to be mandatory and what their financial interests are (this part was in the prior session where we discussed the amendment prior to the delay.)

There were 11 total legislators who felt this was not the amendment to vote for. It was for a variety of reasons, from science questions, to process questions, to education questions. We were from the left, the center and the right.

I appreciate the strong sentiments. And I appreciate that there are those that will always have vitriol for me (from prior issues or this one) and that there are others who sometimes agree with me and sometimes don't. And those that often agree with me. I try to take into account many considerations in my deliberations. But please, just as you are human, so are we.

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Posted by David Z on 04/23/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

Zuckerman is a joke, albeit not a funny one. I mean, the way he presents himself in general is laughable, but not funny. The reason it's not funny is that he was elected to represent the people, but the only thing he really represents is himself. He only shows up when it's something that he will directly benefit from, or that he has taken on as a passion project. Please, for Christ's sake, send this guy packing next election.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 04/23/2015 at 4:50 PM

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