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Re: “Sanders OK'd for New Hampshire Primary Ballot

If/when Hillary wins, it's the beginning of the end. Feel the Burn. Just another fectless politician bobbing and weaving. His message gets diluted. Party membership is a core matter. He goes out and delivers his message on socialist principles. How stupid are we?!

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Posted by MarkW on 11/24/2015 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Group Condemns Calls to Block Syrian Refugees

Well, I presented facts and Amberh, you present feelings. I'd really like to say "what the hell", bring em on, but your views are bankrupting this country.

Please support your views with facts. Then we can debate this important matter.

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Posted by MarkW on 11/24/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Sanders OK'd for New Hampshire Primary Ballot

". . . Sanders had to affirm that he is a Democrat."

That makes him a liar.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 11/24/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

PRDP has been specially blessed by the director's guru in India. It follows his teachings and will put those watching and aware into a beautiful process. See it over and over. May it come soon to Roxy!

Posted by vtjoy on 11/24/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “New Audit Describes Problems With Vermont Health Connect

When pointing out some of the [ongoing] security issues with VHC to one of "my" (in geographic location only) legislators I mentioned I'd be doing all I could to keep my family's information off any state IT system due to security concerns. The response: "I can't say I blame you."

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Posted by ToucheTurtle on 11/24/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “South Burlington Residents Raise Conflict-of-Interest Concern — Again

Yves Bradley of Pomerleau Real Estate was the listing agent of the 77,000 SF/32.4 acres located at 311-351 North Avenue, Burlington. The seller was the Catholic Diocese and the buyer was Burlington College. Bradley is also the chair of Burlington Planning Commission and chair of the Board of Trustees of Burlington College and chair of the college Development Committee (LOL). Largest development in the city now proposed for the Diocese/BC land which has been re-sold to a developer. Conflicts of Interest are so common in Burlington that officials barely hold each other to the standard of the lowest common denominator.

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Posted by leaterhune on 11/23/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Group Condemns Calls to Block Syrian Refugees

We pick up the tab, and I'm happy to do so. Our finances aren't in shambles because of refugees - it's because Republicans are fond of cutting taxes on those who most need to pay them: corporations and the very wealthy people who already benefit from those corporations.

On the other hand, an influx of immigrants often helps to fuel economic growth, because they bring new ideas and skills to a population. I for one would find Burlington boring and would be less likely to live here if we didn't have the various new immigrant populations here that we do--and most of these folks were introduced through the Refugee Resettlement program.

So yes, we pick up the initial tab, and we are payed back with interest.

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Posted by Amberh on 11/23/2015 at 3:46 PM

Re: “St. Mike's Won't Approve a Planned Parenthood Internship

Good job St. Michael's! What's ironic is that this student talked about the need for 'transparency' from the administration on these issues. Laughable comment coming from someone who supports the abortion industry. How about showing some videos on what happens during an abortion, information on saline abortions, pictures of abortions, etc. etc. Ironies of ironies.

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Posted by Vermont's Good at Abortion -- 18 PP Clinics?! on 11/23/2015 at 1:17 PM

Re: “A Winooski Cobbler Seeks a Successor

Just in case you should ever need to know, the correct term for thinning the edge of leather so that it blends better into the repaired piece is "skived" rather than "scythed."

Thanks for the article! I've shared it with my network of leather workers, in the hope of finding a buyer and keeping the shop going.

Lisa Sorrell
Cowboy boot maker

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Posted by Lisa Sorrell on 11/23/2015 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Planned Parenthood Faces Hostility in N.H., and Vermont Solidifies Defenses

Yeah another Holocaust! Really Mark!

Posted by Dave Meek on 11/23/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Shumlin: Vermont Will Continue to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Are you kidding me!!!!... This is why our country is the way it is....All you ignorant bleeding heart liberals.... It's been said over and over .THERE IS NO WAY TO VET THEM PERIOD!!!!!! Our citizens should come first OUR VETERANS who fought & shed blood for US .SHOULD COME FIRST...We have vets living in the streets....THE JOB OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES...Not IMPORT terrorists ..... But then again he is the enemy within .... May it be on your head SHUMLIN if anything happens to the people of VT and the people of OUR country .... May it be your family first...Then we'll see ..... TRUMP 2016 !!!!! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!! Bringing HOPE back to the AMERICAN PEOPLE...

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Posted by fedupwithliberals on 11/23/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Barring the Door

I am victim of I'd theft, verifiable at Windham's County States Attorney. The guy who took out fraudulent mortgage, not anyone but stateinveinvestigators

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Alice Eats: Erica's American Diner

Damn. I will miss your column. Have a happy life wherever it is taking you.

Posted by LuLu on 11/22/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Barring the Door

Why do you represent the lousiest mortgage company foreclosing then, like Nationstar?

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Barring the Door

Then how is it you represent Nationstar doing their foreclosures? Before I personally would keep trying to foreclose on myself, you need all the facts.

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “A Winooski Cobbler Seeks a Successor

We have known Steve for many years and he has saved several shoe, boot, and leather jackets for me. He is an awesome guy and truly an artist. Love you Steve!

Posted by Nicki Johnson on 11/22/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Weed in the Green Mountains [SIV420]

Think of the revenue that Vermont could use. Legalize it.

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Posted by Karen E. Koskoff on 11/22/2015 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Weed in the Green Mountains [SIV420]

My goodness. Legalize it already!

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Posted by Guinness317 on 11/22/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Group Condemns Calls to Block Syrian Refugees

Even if we have a vetting process that is, no pun, bullet proof, who picks up the tab?

There is the cost in terms of American resources to vett and process. Then there are the long term costs associated with resettled refugees.

The Center for Immigration Studies just released a new report on refugee welfare, compiled from statistics from Obama's own Office of Refugee Resettlement.

According to the report, 91 percent of Middle East refugees are on food stamps, 73 percent on Medicaid, 37 percent on TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), 19 percent on Section 8, 20 on WIC vouchers, 20 percent get free school lunches and 32 percent are collecting SSI.

So the good news is, not all the Syrian refugees are potential terrorists. The bad news is, the vast majority of them will be leeching off us. And guess what - according to a report by the Congressional Research Services, in 2013 only 11 percent of "refugees" who have been living large here for more than five years were getting coverage through their employers. Because, most likely, they don't have employers. They're still on welfare.

The finances of VT and especially the USA are in a shambles. Huge debt and deficits will eventually create a huge crash. Then the real shit hits the fan.

What about our own unmet needs? Are some folks driven to causes like this because they are desperately searching for meaning in their own lives? This matter requires much more planning before we move forward, in a typical DC and Montpelier half assed fashion!

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Posted by MarkW on 11/22/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Persistent Gas Pipeline Protesters Are Pushing the Limits

Mr Palmer: I'm not sure what it is you are protesting. Right of ways, that have mostly all been secured - and paid for? Could it be that you dislike the PSB process. Maybe you are against fracked gas. Maybe a cheap energy source that goes a long way to cutting dependance on Middle East oil. Perhaps you found you enjoy public protesting. Maybe you think Rising Tide is a cool outfit. Maybe you just protest what you think is poor project management by Vermont Gas. I just can't tell as articulated thoughts are hard to get.

I seriously doubt that this project will get, as you say, 'flushed'. I think I'd bet on that. Anyhow, actions that break the law and possibly put people into danger need to be dealt with. Doesn't matter if the perps want to be punished or not.

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Posted by MarkW on 11/21/2015 at 4:45 PM

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