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Re: “Party Time: Vermont Dems Have an Organizational Edge

Watch Dumb and Dumber having lunch!

Obama informs that Vermont is a state in the “Northwest” and that our governor is Pete “Sumlin”. They declare that Obama can move heaven and earth – I guess he has moved Vermont to the West Coast and has appointed Mr. “Sumlin” to replace Mr Shumlin as our governor. Can I vote for Mr. Sumlin” in November? Anyone would be an improvement over our current fearless leader! http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024…

Posted by Brooke Paige on 10/16/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Single Issue: Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate Vermont Voters?

Vermont is a beautiful state. I'm not a resident but I own property there. Liberal Vermont politicians strongly believe that Vermont is a "Disney World" and second home owners need to pay high property taxes to enjoy the privilege of part time residency. Non-residents already pay higher taxes than residents and receive much less Government service. Funding health care from property tax will increase that inequity. Wake up Vermont liberals, there are lots of nice places to live. By the way, many of those places have better weather.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Locke on 10/09/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Single Issue: Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate Vermont Voters?

Good Luck Neighbors Shumlin is out to bankrupt the entire state. His band of jackals destroyed health care connect. Everyone I know who has come in contact with this morass of a program ends up in tears or tearing their hair out or both. Recently retired high powered attorneys to the lunch lady at the school. This man and his band of incompetent fools have burned through 100 million dollars and what have we got nothing to show for it he took the entire system off line and gave up before the election.
Shumlin is a feckless liar and a coward.

School Property taxes won't get fixed.

If the recent story inthe NY post is any indication http://nypost.com/2014/10/06/denver-census… his economist are lying through their teeth about the employment numbers.

And the reality is showing up at the food bank in droves record numbers are being fed via the kindness of strangers over 25% of Vermonts population. Im certain another cold winter and folks will be starving but Pete will promise they all get helath care 25% cant pay for food who will buy their health care. its all Freemium Ello?

Are you voters insane the democrats are running this place into the ground.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walt on 10/08/2014 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Single Issue: Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate Vermont Voters?

"My expectations for legislative action to solve property tax challenges are not exuberant, for the reason that I have yet to hear anyone walking around with a plan for which there's consensus that it solves the problem," Shumlin told Seven Days last week.

Again, I have been mislead. I thought it was the Governor and the Legislature's mandate to ". . . solve the problem." not to wait for some unknown entity to knock on the door with a solution.

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Posted by John Dupee on 10/08/2014 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Single Issue: Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate Vermont Voters?

10% school tax increases two years in a row in South Burlington, my home town. Unsustainable. Stick that in your sustainability agenda.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Linus Leavens on 10/08/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Single Issue: Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate Vermont Voters?

Shumlin lies and says we wait until January to see his plan to pay for health care. Get a clue. He is a pathological liar. You are being led to slaughter. Wake up. Maybe its the fluoride.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Linus Leavens on 10/08/2014 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Plan B: A Lefty Lawyer Has His Own Prescription for Single-Payer

A federal court ruled ACA subsidies unconstitutional so until SCOTUS decides the issue, its best to file this plan away under Plan B.

Posted by John Cisar on 10/02/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Plan B: A Lefty Lawyer Has His Own Prescription for Single-Payer

Deb Richter, a Montpelier physician and founder of Vermont Health Care for All, says she's spoken with Franco about his concept, but considers it more of a "back of the napkin" theory, because it hasn't been vetted by economists, well, neither has The Health Care Committee's plan to fund our 2.2 billion health care plan been vetted. Mr. Fisher, who knows the plan to raise our taxes to come up with this huge amount of money, crickets.

Posted by Valerie Mullin on 10/01/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Keep the Change: Shumlin Warms Up to Fossil Fuel Divestment

flying has a worse footprint, depending on your vehicle, trains are the best. I’m Emily Peyton, independent for governor, I will be working on climate change if elected Governor in a completely comprehensive and environmentally benign manner. I wish Seven Days would run an impartial story about my platform and candidacy (elections by the people, not the press) but until they do please see http://www.emilypeyton.org/ and tell your friends !

here are my three campaign priorities:
Health
Merely focusing on lowering costs of treatment of symptoms will not solve our core health issues. Vermont should directly open clinics with salaried doctors and nurses educated at UVM in exchange for service allowing any Vermonter to freely visit them. 84 million a year is enough for that. Encouragement to displace pharmaceutical drugs with other natural healing methods, major reduction of opiate prescriptions and research on legal to grow Cannabis is prudent. Ultra-Fine particulate aluminum and other metals are currently being sprayed into the air from planes causing the huge rise in autism, and Alzheimer’s. Toxins in the air, soil, water, food, financial stress and the medical industry itself are leading causes of poor health, disease and death.
As Governor I’ll focus on reducing both costs and root causes.

Economy

My primary goal is to serve the needs of future generations giving them economic thriving sustainability. A Vermont branding that puts our products and services on par with German and Swiss standards is the right direction for us. State support for micro businesses, worker-owned cooperatives, a state reserve bank and hemp product research are important means I will use to direct money flow to Vermonters who live now with enforced scarcity. I have proposed policy to give land tax free to those willing to create perma-farms and perma-farming communities for our much needed statewide food independence and security. Instituting these are critical to our State’s wellbeing. In short I’ll direct policy for new money to spurt up bringing with it a fully engaged economy . Good monetary policy will bring a new economy where taxation can be slowly phased out.

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Primary Goal:
I won’t allow our youth to be indebted to the banking industry so I’ll encourage a wide variety of educational methods based on building unilateral confidence for learning, and development of individual purpose, with individual sense of community responsibility and belonging. I’ll direct money for independent schools, homeschooling, add to that high school apprenticeships, and post high school college tuition exchanges with multiple methods for debt-free education.// I’ll build out from Vermont’s understanding of harmony with nature, not follow mandates coming from those completely out of touch with it. That why I’ll demand imagination and end compliance with directives that only benefit a dying model of uber-corporatism. Remember, imagination is our direct route to community value.

Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/25/2014 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Power(less) Grab: Scott and Corren Duke It Out for Number Two

I’m Emily Peyton, independent for governor, here are my three campaign priorities:

Health
Merely focusing on lowering costs of treatment of symptoms will not solve our core health issues. Vermont should directly open clinics with salaried doctors and nurses educated at UVM in exchange for service allowing any Vermonter to freely visit them. 84 million a year is enough for that. Encouragement to displace pharmaceutical drugs with other natural healing methods, major reduction of opiate prescriptions and research on legal to grow Cannabis is prudent. Ultra-Fine particulate aluminum and other metals are currently being sprayed into the air from planes causing the huge rise in autism, and Alzheimer’s. Toxins in the air, soil, water, food, financial stress and the medical industry itself are leading causes of poor health, disease and death.
As Governor I’ll focus on reducing both costs and root causes.

Economy

My primary goal is to serve the needs of future generations giving them economic thriving sustainability. A Vermont branding that puts our products and services on par with German and Swiss standards is the right direction for us. State support for micro businesses, worker-owned cooperatives, a state reserve bank and hemp product research are important means I will use to direct money flow to Vermonters who live now with enforced scarcity. I have proposed policy to give land tax free to those willing to create perma-farms and perma-farming communities for our much needed statewide food independence and security. Instituting these are critical to our State’s wellbeing. In short I’ll direct policy for new money to spurt up bringing with it a fully engaged economy . Good monetary policy will bring a new economy where taxation can be slowly phased out.

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Primary Goal:
I won’t allow our youth to be indebted to the banking industry so I’ll encourage a wide variety of educational methods based on building unilateral confidence for learning, and development of individual purpose, with individual sense of community responsibility and belonging. I’ll direct money for independent schools, homeschooling, add to that high school apprenticeships, and post high school college tuition exchanges with multiple methods for debt-free education.// I’ll build out from Vermont’s understanding of harmony with nature, not follow mandates coming from those completely out of touch with it. That why I’ll demand imagination and end compliance with directives that only benefit a dying model of uber-corporatism. Remember, imagination is our direct route to community value.

you can find more at http://www.emilypeyton.org/

Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/25/2014 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Keep the Change: Shumlin Warms Up to Fossil Fuel Divestment

What is the carbon footprint and fuel consumption of the airplane compared to driving?

Posted by VermontCE on 09/24/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “On the Road Again: Shumlin's 141.5 Days Outside Vermont

He is hunting down the delicious taste of fruit loops. The joke being that he is Toucan sam.. the bird.. which is a Toucan.. and has a large beak.

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Posted by General Wrath on 09/18/2014 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Comcast Calling: Shumlin Backs a Donor's Mega-Merger

Comcast is bad for Vermont in many ways. One example, that should make any serious PSB question it's certificate of public good, is that they don't even bother routing within Vermont. Folks unfortunate enough to be Comcast customers will find their local Vermont traffic is going to Boston, Atlanta, and even farther-this to simply get to a neighbor, a server across the street, or one in Montpelier. While this may seem trivial to some, this communication network was meant to be a resilient network. By not routing locally, Comcast does a severe disservice to it's customers and Vermont as a whole.

As seen in events like Irene, connected communities are better able to respond to disaster. Folks who have local ISP's that habitually route within Vermont will have more resilient local connectivity, even while uplinks to the wider world are temporarily down. Communication can mean lives in times of disaster, and we will continue to rely more and more on the systems we build on the "inter-network", that is the Internet. Because of the way Comcast decides to peer and route their networks, I worry they may leave their customers locally unconnected when events like Irene come to call-and this is certainly not in the public interest.

It's really very simple, keep local traffic local. Comcast doesn't do this, every other ISP I've looked at in Vermont does.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Bright on 08/28/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Cheer Up! There's No Bad News in Shum-Land

To send 5.7 mil to Georgia to hire 125 people to fix health care sends good $ after bad. For that kind of money we should have open 18 clinics for an entire year that any Vermont can walk into. It would be good journalism, paul, to show the voters the difference between common sense and money in politics. Hope you get round to covering my positions.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 08/04/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Cheer Up! There's No Bad News in Shum-Land

Growth, growth, growth. Though it continually falls on deaf ears...perpetual growth on a finite planet is impossible. When are we going to come to terms with this reality? Everything else is just blah, blah, blah.

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Posted by Kai Mikkel Førlie on 08/03/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Cheer Up! There's No Bad News in Shum-Land

Still wondering how it will be paid for.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 07/30/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Granite State of Mind: Scott Milne's Ode to New Hampshire

I have to take issue with the comment "Milne evidently missed the memo that West Leb is a wasteland of sprawl, traffic and miserable chain restaurants." I'm a native Vermonter who lived for a few years in the Upper Valley and from my experience, Lebanon is a far more desirable place to live than White River Junction. I appreciate the planning commission's desire to see a renaissance in White River, but its strategy of prohibiting growth elsewhere has been a failure. The "sprawl" has been an economic boon to Lebanon, while White River Junction continues to be a rust belt village.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tom Bisson on 07/24/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Oh, Boies! Shumlin's Campaign War Chest Dwarfs Milne's

I am a candidate for Governor with a growing base of support. I am fascinated with Paul's insistence that I am not worth his time to cover. Can anyone explain it? For the record, I am spending my own money, roughly $2000 so far in the race. I really want to get money out of politics, but Paul wants to keep it the singular bench mark of viability it would appear.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Emily Peyton on 07/16/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “A Shot at the Sheriff: McLaughlin Faces a Challenge

Jim Barnett now works for the US Chamber of Commerce! What a great job for him! Feet on desk, coffee cup in hand, trip to the local eatery at noon. Once a loser, always a loser! Always backing a loser! This is as classy as you can get for ole Jim.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 07/12/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “A Shot at the Sheriff: McLaughlin Faces a Challenge

The sherriff's office is the only true law enforcement agent in a constitutional republic such as Vermont and the US at large. It is charged with acting on behalf of the people as an agent of issue, enforcement and record of prosecution. Even the State's Attorney is technically subject to the assistance and advice of the constitutionally mandated sherriff. Of the two the position is inherently meant to be distanced from politics and favoritism as the experience of early colonists had led to a deep mistrust of the King and his prosecutors/henchman/cudgels. The neutrality of the sherriff is ensured by his or her popular election and often a requirement that they live in the community they serve (and protect). Both officers of the court are required to pledge similar oaths that demand an honorable defense of the constitution and the state.

Obviously, this Cafferty fellow denies history, legal tradition, the constitutional protection against the crown and all reasonable respect for firearms rights. The only thing that will stop his ilk is to vote early and often for Sherriff McLaughlin. Caff should run for King if he wants a bully pulpit! Yantchatka should also be targeted as an enemy of our cherished Vermont gun freedoms! First to the ballot box, then to the soap box, last to the ammo box!

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Posted by William Floyd on 07/10/2014 at 8:39 AM

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