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Re: “Crossword (7/27/16)

You guys have the best crossword puzzles! Thank you!

Posted by Jennifer Steve Peterson on 08/28/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Reading Thomas William Hibler's comment about how members of the Vermont Democratic referred to Sen. David Zuckerman rather derisively as "The Ponytail" left me felling a mixture of amusement and outrage. Amusement because it was the late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne who gave Zuckerman his nickname, "Ponytail Dave" -- and Zuckerman took it as a tongue-in-cheek compliment. Outrage because there are some Democrats of a certain age who seem to have a problem with people whose appearance reminds them of who they were and what they did in the '60s and '70s (Read: Hippies). Too bad.

Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/28/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Chickens coming home to roost? I worked for the VDP during this last election season, and I can tell you that the VDP loathes the progressive party. Every day I would hear the entire office deride "the ponytail(Zuckerman)", as if making fun of someone's appearance was somehow more important than listening to voters. How did that work out for them? How does it feel to lose to the person you made fun of for so long?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Thomas William Hibler on 08/28/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Fewer Algae Blooms in Hard-Hit Bays Could Point the Way to Cleanup

Been hanging in Alburgh for the last 3 summers and definitely vouch for what this article suggests... i reckon we boat in north hero waters too. Would be interested to hear more theories on why this year has been so different and more about how the legacy phosphorus is released

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jes Scribner on 08/27/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Money was created as a form of control? Open yourself an Economics 101 book please, because money originates because it is a medium of exchange, a common measure of value, a standard of deferred payment, and a store of value. Also just saying "money" is vague. If you made an argument about how fiat currency may limit economic liberty -- maybe I'd listen, but just blaming money without having some kind of logically structured argument as to how and why that will work economically... That's just arm waving, it's not an economic answer to anything.

So making people feel good with platitudes about things they don't understand (like economics), such as saying (paraphrased) "money is the problem!" and making them feel emotional about it (because having money problems IS hard on people)... And then in turn TAKING their money starts to sound like a tactic a cult would use.

You know the real reason why this Ubuntu idea will never work? I do, but I think the people considering it as a good idea need to go read up on a few theories that might prove it otherwise. I'd recommend starting with both "the tragedy of the Commons" and "the prisoners dilemma" (an example of game theory) which in my mind both demonstrate that if people defect from the "we are all equals sharing and singing Kumbaya" -- not only do they benefit themselves greatly, but they also harm those who originally tried to cooperate.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by economist on 08/27/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Oddly, if any recall Bernie Sanders did the same thing. When he lost his bid as a democrat he jumped on the independent wagon ( he's well known for bandwagon jumping while creating the illusion he began the movement), to win his seat. Vermonters either didn't notice or care when he did the same thing.

Posted by Red Winter Sky on 08/27/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Yup, new cars, new plane, new house, expensive trip to Rome with 50 family and friends all on the donations from others..Socialist Sanders knows what he's doing..stealing from others just like wife did and lying like the devil..With all this campaigning how is he going to do his so called job on voting on bills in Vt?? Seeing he only voted what 3/4 times on issues..We're paying him to jet around spending hard workers money..he never did show his tax returns, cuz the wife was still working on them, trying to hide extra money?? "Our campaign, as you all know, took on virtually the entire Democratic Party establishment," he said to knowing applause. "And I mean the entire Democratic establishment." yeah that's why he is supporting killary right!!! His so called Revolution is nothing more then trying to make America into a SOCIALIST Country..Bernie go back to Brooklyn NY ..

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/27/2016 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

The Bennington DOC is the most corrupt unfair agency I have had the displeasure to have to deal with. They have no rules to follow and are given the discretion to do what they want to you for as long as they want to with no consequences to them whatsoever. If they don't like you it matters not if your charge was a misdemeanor. They have kept my three year old from access to her father for over two and a half years for no explainable reason with no end in sight. Years of begging for mercy and trying to find help did nothing but make things worse. If it's so known what they do why haven't they been stopped?

Posted by victim of doc on 08/26/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “My Boyfriend Spends More Time With His Parents Than Me

I have the same problem me and my boyfriend met a year ago we moved in together in feb. He has a son i have a daughter he doesnt have custody over his son but he wants him his son just moved to texas in july even when he was living with us his dad never spent tine with him i was taking care of him hes suppose to move back in nov. My boyfriend works 2pm to 11:45pm everyday even weekends i never see him when he goes to work im working when he comes home im sleep i never see him on weekends that hes off he goes back to his hometown with his parents and stay weekend his hometown is only a hour away from where we stay when hes gone all i do is stay home and watch tv i never go out i cook clean still not good enough when hes not at his parents there calling him all threw the day i asked him to spend more time he just says hes busy but not to busy to go bck to your hometown he doesnt kiss me say i love you miss you none of that he doesnt even hug me we dont go on dates or if we stay in we never do anything in the house but watch his. Channels or something i just dont know we used to stay on the phone for hours now he spend less and less time at home

Posted by Honeybrown18 on 08/26/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Fewer Algae Blooms in Hard-Hit Bays Could Point the Way to Cleanup

I've had a place in North Hero for 18 years, and this year was by far the worst ever. Excessive algae started in mid-June - a full 2 months early. Very discouraged to read this highly misleading article. Water quality varies widely depending on where you look and when. The lake is in big trouble and this article is no help at all. Time for VT farmers to change the type of agriculture they're involved in. Dairy has got to go.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by OzMan on 08/26/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Ubuntu is a concept whose time has come. The current system enslaves the 99% and it is high time we reclaim our sovereign right to Live Free. Money was created as a form of control. And boy, it was a brilliant idea that has served the 1% beautifully!

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Marna Ehrech on 08/26/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Milton's Metamorphosis: A Plan in Place for a Real Downtown

It's encouraging yet somewhat ironic to read that the town of Milton is planning to "beautify" the shopping area around Hannaford by planting trees, among other things. Just a few years ago, all the healthy, beautiful large pine trees around the post office that provided much-needed shade in the summer, were cut down. According to information I received from post office staff, they were cut down because the company that owns Hannaford and the property around it, claimed the trees "caused damage to the paved areas." I've never heard anything more ridiculous in my life, but there it is. Maybe they're planning on fake trees that cause no mess????

Posted by Barbara Luise on 08/26/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Don't get me wrong, I dislike Shumlin as much as the next guy, but he has the same legal rights to vote as every other Vermont citizen. As the outgoing Governor, he also has the power to endorse in any race. Whether his popularity rating will help or hurt that candidate is a totally different question. If Shumlin had defined to endorse in Addison County, he could have done this too, despite never living there.

What was scummy about this (hence his nickname) was the underhanded way he did it: he should have just come out and said he was moving first. If he felt the need to endorse someone, he should have just endorsed them on their merits, not because he personally had not taken the time to acquaint himself with all the candidates. This just sounds like an outgoing Governor who doesn't care about the democratic process but wants to help out an old friend who he has worked with in the past.

Again, nothing wrong in endorsements if they are actual endorsements. What is wrong is trying to stop the democratic process.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Peter!

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

I sure hope "the nitty-gritty that the press likes to focus on" includes:
1) a follow up story on Jeff Weaver being a sexist pig who has essentially been Bernie's inside man for decades despite his total incompetence and calls from Bernie's own people for a change in leadership.
2) More on Jane's potentially illegal (but definitely immoral) financial dealings with Burlington College and Olde Towne Media.
3) Bernie's extreme tendency towards cronyism, which also happens to perpetuate straight, cis, white male leadership because that is who Bernie trusts and holds close.
4) A follow up story with the AG's Office quoted and maybe even an expert or two on corporations and campaign finance law quoted. I personally would love to know how it is illegal for another 501(c)(4) to do the sort of political fundraising (and in the future, campaigning) but for Bernie it's okay. Maybe we should just focus on Hillary's emails some more.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

What a great collection of smirky nasty comments . On the run , Bernie is trying to figure out where he goes from here . He is understandably trying to figure out how to advance his political beliefs and goals going forward . The same beliefs he has been fighting for for many years and looking to building a legacy .

At the same time he is 74 and looking to his own future . In his case it is staying in Vermont and purchasing a home for himself , his wife and their extended family . This is a sin ?

He isn't perfect , far from it . I aggressively disagree with many of his positions . Yet he deserves common courtesy and respect . I have never doubted his sincerity . Good luck Bernie .

12 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 08/26/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Spinning til the ënd...

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ArtBell on 08/26/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

I wonder when Bernie will find the time to do the job in Washington he was elected to do and isbeing well compensated for. Let's see if he goes on the speaking circuit to raise # for his new and improved revolution.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 08/26/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Shumlin is ridiculous.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/26/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Sen. Sanders buys Lear Jet with campaign funds and changes his position to support for Fracking. "Man, that fracked gas makes my jet go fast!"

9 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Stacybtv802 on 08/26/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Picnics, Cows and Comedy at Unadilla Theatre

Hurrah for the old Unadilla!~How thoroughly in keeping that its most substantial PR boost comes at the end of the season!

Posted by Clarke Jordan on 08/26/2016 at 9:17 AM

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