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Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

Shumlin is we can all agree on the left and right is an asshat. Nothing to show for any of his wild eyed spending sprees This rube thinks that taxpayer money is his to piss down rat holes. I don't trust Shumlin to hire competent individuals to run his VITL's plan if history is prologue we can expect some half witted neerdowell to send good money after bad, just look a the abject failure of his Vermont Health Connect team. It is one thing to make declarations about fixing things but Shumlin has a proven track record of failing to hire competence and execute well. I have Zero confidence in his ability to understand the health care cost containment problem let alone create a working plan.

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Posted by Walt on 12/17/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

A striking reversal, Paul? You didn't see it coming? So much for the notion that you are in the inner circle. Seriously Shummy? All those words in your presser to try to hide behind, when you knew long ago SPHC was dead. Talk about a classic scam on VT-ers. I'm so sick of intelligence of VT-ers subjected to continued insult! What would have happened on election day if Pete had given full disclosure? VT Legislature: forget dopey tradition and vote Milne in to stop the continuing lying to VT! We need a fresh re-boot.

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Posted by MarkW on 12/17/2014 at 7:52 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

Green Mountain Care "Dead On Arrival" !

So the big announcement of the "single payer" financing plan is “Oh, Never Mind !” – R-E-A-L-L-Y !

The millions of dollars spent on Vermont Health Connect, Green Mountain Care (and the foolish activities of the GMC Board) could have gone to help insure the uninsured instead of chasing Shumlin's "single payer" pipe dream.

Shumlin knew all of this over a year ago when the UMASS study was presented to him – he short circuited the completion and release of the financial study because he and Gruber knew that it was all bad news. Of course Gruber and Shumlin counted on the “stupidity” of the citizen voters to keep the “single payer” charade going.

Can we now get to work making sure that every Vermonter has access to necessary healthcare (universal access) – Please!

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

postscript to Paul Heintz: Is it time to ask Shumlin “Why don’t you just concede?” yet ?
I’m just saying!

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 12/17/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Dream to Save a Tree Dies

boo hoo,,,sniff sniff.....maybe you should have chained that loud mouthed terhune to the tree...she knows everything about everything....just ask her, she'll ramble on for days!

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Posted by Bob Comp on 12/17/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

The four proposed reforms the Governor describes at the close of his statement are perhaps the most rational description of what needs to be done that I've seen from Montpelier in years. These are feet-on-the-ground realistic proposals, and based on a solid diagnosis of where the problems are that make our system "broken."
Had we focused on these four actions four years ago, instead of frittering away millions of dollars and millions of minutes on"single payer," we might actually have had something closer to a "fundable" system today. But, let's all look forward and face the facts.
If the doctrinaire single payer folks will please just take a deep breath and get behind these proposals (instead of causing further delays), we can make huge progress toward our shared goals, just as the Governor points out.

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Posted by Jeanne K on 12/17/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

The four proposed reforms the Governor describes at the close of his statement are perhaps the most rational description of what needs to be done that I've seen from Montpelier in years. These are feet-on-the-ground realistic proposals, and based on a solid diagnosis of where the problems are that make our system "broken."
Had we focused on these four actions four years ago, instead of frittering away millions of dollars and millions of minutes on"single payer," we might actually have had something closer to a "fundable" system today. But, let's all look forward and face the fact.
If the doctrinaire single payer folks would just take a deep breath andget behind these proposals (instead of causing further delays), we can make huge progress toward our shared goals, just as the Governor points out.

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Posted by Anonymous291 on 12/17/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Police Wear Cameras to Record — and Avoid — Trouble

If the camera is resent, then the person arrested / charged must have access to the video. Not allowing access to a recording of an arrest would be tantamount to evidence suppression.

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Posted by Craig Chevrier on 12/17/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “L.J. Palardy, Longtime DJ and 'Jazz Curmudgeon,' Dies at 73

Thank you Dan for your wonderful tribute about my brother LJ. When I was there 2 years ago, he took my husband and I by the radio station and introduced us to "his world". He loved it so much and it was wonderful that he had this "love" in his life for many years. He was truly a great brother who I will miss so much!

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Posted by Janet Haviland on 12/17/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Two Dems Compete for New North End City Council Seat

Jason L'Ecuyer has been the facilitator of the North End NPAs for going on 4 years, a role similar to that of the Moderator at Town Meeting. In this role, he has earned wide respect. He served two terms as our representative on the Community Development Block Grants Board, CDBG. This board allocates federal funds for City programs managed by CEDO, and makes small grants to non-profits in the city. His background in city planning and development review is important at this time when there is so much growth pressure on remaining open land in the North End.

Tom and Jason are respectfully challenging each other for the newly created Ward Councilor seat in Ward 7. A previous Seven Days article made it sound like the current sitting councilors are the ones deciding who will run for the open seats. Tout au contraire, fellow citizens in this great democracy -- the legal voters of each Ward and District choose their candidates at caucus. The Progressive caucus is airing on Ch17 now, and is on-demand at the website. The Dem caucus is Jan 11, 4pm, at Barnes Sustainability Academy.

Posted by leaterhune on 12/17/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Left Behind: Will Elizabeth Warren Eclipse Bernie Sanders?

Liz Warren has eclipsed Bernie in every metric that matters. she is measured in her message and effective. Bernie is a terrific pundit, the fact is if you look at Bernies accomplishments he hasn't really made any significant strides for the collective its all about the "Bernie" branding. his op-positional and out sized ego will lead him to run for president. He has been named to a leadership position on the budget commitee if he runs for president that important position will be lost. Sanders hasnt a real chancefor a presidential bid.

Warren understands that moving the herd in the Senate is as important or more important than winning a presidency where her positions would become lost. Sanders on the other hand driven by ego not results, his ego driven agenda is working toward his foot note in history not for the greater good of the American people that is just a secondary goal.

We would be better served by Sanders if he left the Senate and concentrated his efforts a s a political pundit another TV personality. and leave the real hard work of creating meaningful legislation to folks who place the peole over self like LIz Warren. Less hot air and more effective leadership if Sanders runs and foregoes what could be his most effective whip hand for the people we know what he is an egomaniacl blow hard in the mold of Bill O'reilly.

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Posted by Walt on 12/17/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

Yes, Kate, David Logan is there. It looks like Logan's of Vermont is going to be more focused on catering. More on that in the new year!

Posted by Alice Levitt on 12/17/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “L.J. Palardy, Longtime DJ and 'Jazz Curmudgeon,' Dies at 73

LJ was my mentor and without his guidance and sense of humor, I probably wouldn't be able to achieve my own dream of hosting a radio show. LJ loved to make fun of the music I played and would often pretend to bang his head on the door of the studio whenever I had something heavy playing. I'll miss the curmudgeon! - Brad Barratt Dissection Theatre

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 12/17/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

This is great news! One question: David Logan will be there? I thought he and his brother were going to reopen Logan's Market in another location and offer catering as well. At any rate, David will be awesome and provide excellent customer service as always.

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Posted by Kate Haslam Paine on 12/17/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Leahy Splits With Sanders, Welch on 'Cromnibus'

Leahy needs to be put out to pasture

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Posted by Walt on 12/16/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

Looking forward to it...See you there, MO!

Jim Daley

Posted by Jim Daley on 12/16/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

Gorgeous job on the interior! Perfect Vermonty-urban.

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Posted by Seasonally Raw on 12/16/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

It sounds like the "good ol' days" have returned! One of the prettiest spots in the State.

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Posted by Maurice Diette on 12/16/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

Waterworks doesn't have kibbeh (at least not yet), but I've had it raw several places in Vermont. We're not in California — tartares and crudos are just fine here.

Posted by Alice Levitt on 12/16/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink Opens in Winooski

The question would be whether they could serve the kibbeh raw or if they would be required to cook it.

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Posted by Matt Wills on 12/16/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Vermont's Seven Best Cookies

What about cookie love?! Puppy love? True love? First love? Forbidden love? All buttery and delicious...

Posted by Carolyn Crotty on 12/16/2014 at 2:32 PM

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