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

we need to keep the conversation going until it becomes the son without end praise the lord thank you jesus halleluya you all keep on keeping on love israel

Posted by Dan Phillips on 09/25/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Rutland Basketball Uproar Makes National Headlines

My name is Steven Greene and I played on the Burr & Burton championship team 1975-1976. Ormsby Hill was a beautiful experience and it gave me an opportunity to receive a better education than schools in New York City. Basketball was only a small part of my years at BBA. To this day I am very grateful to Burr & Burton Academy and the Ormsby Hill Program for the opportunities that was given too me.

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Posted by Steven Greene on 09/24/2016 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Burlington Lawyer Poised to Play a Role in National Immigration Debate

Incredible! There are many lawyers who have variety of skills and have years of experience, profiling like According to the law described its important for a lawyer to have all the relative information coming into the change these days. Applause for the attorney. Worth reading article.

Posted by AnthonyMcNeil on 09/17/2016 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Why More Vermont Parents Are Losing Their Children — Permanently

Yes children are removed for petty reasoning say lack of education put into the system and forgotten 13year old girl put into institute fed cocktails of medications switched all around the parents have 3other kids living at home and doing great in school still fighting for there daughter no drugs involved no alcohol involved 3years she has been in when does she get her life back

Posted by Josie Farnham on 09/16/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Court Finds Abuse Claims Baseless — but a Mom Still Can't See Her Son

Has there been a update on this?? Has Ken Picard did anymore about checking on this.. It would be interesting to know if the court is believes the the father and stepmother are still the greatest..from witnesses they don't sound innocent at all.. it's been months since this article was written..What about it Ken Picard and Vt Digger, going to do a follow up bring out the truth..???

Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/13/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Court Finds Abuse Claims Baseless — but a Mom Still Can't See Her Son

Ten million or more (too many) child custody/access cases are litigated
each year, rather than being resolved by courts through skillful, respectful
treatment of both parents, and relentless encouragement of or orders for
inter-parent communication and mediation.

Whether any given child custody/access case is resolved amicably, reasonably
amicably, or through warfare and litigation and never properly or fully
resolved, is dependent virtually entirely on whether the family court judge(s)
assigned to the case is highly-skilled and well-trained, or not. Given our
current family court system, the likelihood of that is about one in a hundred, at
best, at least in most states. Even in a child custody case involving the alot of
property and the greediest, most dishonest and violently cruel family lawyers,
there is almost nothing they can do to permanently harm the children or parents
involved in the case, if the presiding judge is highly skilled and well-trained.

Posted by SevenDaysDancing on 09/13/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Court Finds Abuse Claims Baseless — but a Mom Still Can't See Her Son

Child custody litigation is generally extremely harmful to children/parents. Courts treating parents equally, telegraphing just neutrality, and ensuring regular, continuous inter-parent communication and mediation resolves these cases, in the best interests of children; the research on this is not in dispute. Parents are advised by lawyers, however, sometimes “friends”/family, to demand sole custody, to accuse, blame and/or malign a co-parent. Parents in flux/distress do not always consider the co-parent--an adversary to be “defeated”--requires access to his/her children like air or water. A protection order (PO) severing/criminalizing inter-parent communication and exiling a parent from his/her family, in most counties, is granted ex parte, first to file. Entering a PO, without first quizzing both parents, is the most thoughtless, cruel thing a family court will normally do to children/parents, typically at start of separation/divorce cases. They do this “just to be on the safe side.” Family lawyers refer to the PO as the “nuclear option,” enabling quick depletion of all family assets in the ensuing litigation. Judicial “sheople” routinely enter these orders automatically because "protection" precedes the term “order.” Most importantly, ex parte POs create intense, long-term inter-parent conflict, very lucrative for family lawyers. If family judges were properly selected and formally trained prior to service, child custody cases would generally not be litigated. Public service announcements need to warn parents of the health, safety and financial threats posed by child custody/access litigation in the US because judges are not yet properly selected or formally trained as judges prior to service, and family judges are typically the least experienced judges in a court. Most will quickly take sides, escalate conflict, appoint “experts” whenever requested, make “decisions” on sensitive parenting issues and, as a general rule, help family lawyers create complex litigation and impoverish/harm vulnerable parents, children, grandparents.

Posted by SevenDaysDancing on 09/13/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Local Ad Campaign Seeks to Soften Pit Bulls' Dangerous Image

Pit bulls are terrible and should be banned nationwide! The only time I've been attacked on my bike has been by these vicious breeds. Pit bull owners tend to be a-holes as well, who would want a dog that looks and acts like a menace?

Posted by Jake McGrew on 09/09/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “A Massive Tupper Lake Development Gets the Green Light

And the alternative? You've got to find a way to welcome development while preserving the best "local" has to offer. That is what people new to the area will want. Yea, you might need a new grocery store but you've got to be willing to make some trade-offs. You can accomplish all that without it becoming NJ.

Otherwise, 10 years from now, TL will be a ghost town and everything local you want to preserve will be gone. Get your head out of the sand and find a way to make this work. Your future depends on it.

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Posted by Bill Fitzgerald on 09/04/2016 at 10:02 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.

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Posted by economist on 08/27/2016 at 4:24 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!

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 08/26/2016 at 1:20 PM

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

Katherine - my guess is that Sedona had too many purple dinosaurs already...err..."medical intuitives." I have my own *intuition* about someone that charges $180 dollars to talk to ghosts and prescribes raw food and thinking super duper hard to "cure" ailments.

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Posted by RDS on 08/25/2016 at 11:02 PM

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


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Posted by wmlanza on 08/25/2016 at 8:51 PM

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

Why did Krysta and David leave Sedona, AZ?
That's a beautiful place for an Ubuntu contributionism community too?

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Posted by Katherine Patronis on 08/25/2016 at 8:37 PM

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

I find it difficult to imagine that the owners of the Lotus Lodge are surprised by the attention this has received. As a BV resident who has been following this closely, I can explain the attention from my perspective. When their fundraising efforts began, the Lotus Lodge owners posted their intention of purchasing the ski resort and the water and sewer company. (They have since taken this down.) Many of us live in and/or own property in the resort residential zoning district adjacent to the resort. Our homes are hooked into the already maxed-out water and sewer company. Incredibly, in their online monthly collaborative meetings (available on YouTube), Ubuntu folks were saying that the community was entirely on board with the plan and that they were getting a lot of local support. In fact, most of us had NO idea this was being planned. My concern is not just for my own position, but for those in the Ubuntu community being seduced into donating money to the project based on the misinformation of town-wide support of this plan. Transparency from the start might have avoided some of this fuss.

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Posted by VT802 on 08/25/2016 at 3:30 PM

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

That's exactly correct, RDS. Medical intuitive is a real thing (although I would never go to one) and a purple dinosaur is not. You got it. So in using the same language the author would use in allowing the woman to call herself a purple dinosaur, she is casting the same kind of doubt on a profession (again, I would never trust a medical intuitive but many people do).

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 08/25/2016 at 3:15 PM

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

Where the rubber meets the road is simple. The current system does NOT work or serve us well and moving towards cooperation not competition and division based on names,words and assumptions but strategies and ideas we can all understand and get behind that benefit ALL involved. That's where the conversation can bring light not heat and be had by those involved NOT so much by spectators.

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Posted by Vinny Oliveira on 08/25/2016 at 12:17 PM

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

The reporter has an agenda - perhaps reality?

She describes herself as a purple dinosaur vs. She is a purple dinosaur

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Posted by RDS on 08/25/2016 at 11:55 AM

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

Its an enviable organic flow in our current structure.
Not a cult, religion or segregated community.
It's using the political structure we have and moving toward more self sustainability and freedom. You have to start with one town. it's a grass roots approach to freedom for all.

Give me a break ! Since when does freedom require 500k. Self sustaining, no electric, no phones, no cable, no sewage system, all organic.
I love how you monkeys play with words. You will create a structure (laws and rules do not equate to freedom), and infrastructure. stop playing with words to suit your agenda. Just say you want life to be free which does not equate to freedom.

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Posted by Red Winter Sky on 08/25/2016 at 11:20 AM

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

Oh for god's sake. There is no such thing as a "medical intuitive." The author's choice of words was perfectly appropriate.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/24/2016 at 9:56 PM

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