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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: News

Re: “7 Places to Swim That Are Not Lake Champlain

The Matters have only worsened The Lake George and Lake Champlain Water Shed is an EVEN BIGGER MESS. Seems that Campaign Donations from the CorpORats and Their Banksters allow the SLOBS to make an even BIGGER MESS ...... A Racketeering Suit for 5 BILLION in Clean Up has been forwarded to the US Attorney in New York City and the US ARMY , NOAA and Vermont and New York's ENVIRONMENTAL CONservation Departments are ON NOTICE. https://theadirondacksconspiracy.wordpress… see especially https://theadirondacksconspiracy.wordpress…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 02/23/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

As principal software engineer and UVM grad who lives in Vermont yet commutes to Boston for work, I can say that this article does not fully describe the glaring wage gap between the two areas. When I read that a software engineer with a four year degree was "already" making $50k after nearly two years, I'm sorry, but I had to laugh. The website Glassdoor gives pretty good data as to salaries for various job titles. The national median for plain vanilla (junior level) software engineers is $95.1k. Among competitive companies that actively recruit new grads, the median starting salary is $110k, with the 10/90 range being $94-120k.

Furthermore, Vermont has virtually nothing to offer to the most experienced developers, ie those at the principal, senior principal and director level. Wages in Boston metro area for these positions range from $140k to $180k, not including bonuses and stock options. Yet the demand outpaces supply.

Salary and advancement options alone do not completely describe the problem of being a software developer in Vermont. Labor market liquidity will bite you too. If you are mid-level and are laid off for any reason, you can expect to spend six months or more finding a new job. This is an unacceptably long, career damaging period of time.

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Posted by Thomas McLeod on 02/16/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

Vermont has the extra problem of poor connectivity. Cell phone connections and speeds are spotty, and broadband is lame, generally speaking (some high speeds in Burlington, near dialup in some rural areas).
This does not attract young people.

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Posted by Bryan Alexander on 02/13/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

We often see studies of why the cost of living is so high in Vermont, but we never hear about why wages are so low, especially with such low unemployment. I would love to see Molly Walsh, Doug Hoffer, or Art Wolfe answer that question.

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Posted by Dave S on 02/13/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “F-16 Aviator Must Take Civilian Pilot Exam After Small Plane Crash

I have been an avid Seven Days reader for almost 20 years. I value the fact that it reports news and is creative. That being said, I am extremely disappointed with the timing of this article. Many members of the Vermont Air National Guard are currently deployed. These men and women are doing their jobs and serving our country. In particular, calling out Lt. Col. John Rahill at this moment, while he is deployed, is in very poor taste. He and his family deserve better. I would have expected fellow Vermonters to have greater respect for one of their own. I hope this is a mistake that is learned from in the future.

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Posted by Jeff on 02/11/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

The affordability issue has two elements: costs and wages. But we rarely hear about wages. Mr. Kelly makes the point in the comment above. It's Econ 101: if you pay them, they will stay or come.

Second, Vermont is tiny compared to the metropolitan areas so for any particular occupational title there might be 50 jobs here (with limited turnover each year), but 800 in Boston or New York. It's just a matter of scale having nothing to do with state policy.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 02/09/2017 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

I've lived in LA, SF, NYC, HI and of course, VT. What is surprising is how much it costs in rent and home prices here, comparable to those areas, and yet there is no SoCal sun, ocean, Silicon Valley tech center or finance/arts epicenter to command that basic cost. And not much job base to afford it. In 1990 you could rent an apt in the metro for $550 and earn $30,000. Today that apt is $900 but the job base salary is hardly above $30,000.

If the State wants people to stay, give them a compelling reason. Legalize marijuana. It has the potential to put the States at the forefront of emerging trends, just like the craft beer craze. Entrepreneurship would boom along with tax revenues and penalty revenue.

Burlington shouldn't sell Burlington Telecom, but instead wire the whole city with hotspots using fire hydrants and street lights and give free internet service. It will unleash small business and grow the economy in ways we can't yet imagine and again, make a compelling reason to live here.

If we are truly in competition for residents, what do we offer or can we offer that no other State/municipality can?

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/08/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “F-16 Aviator Must Take Civilian Pilot Exam After Small Plane Crash

Very good follow-up article, Sasha. That was a lot of work on your part, not only to get all the documents and perform the research, but to reach out and interview the parties involved. And you provide a great deal of detail. Well-done. Investigative journalism at its best.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 02/02/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “F-16 Aviator Must Take Civilian Pilot Exam After Small Plane Crash

This story is worthy of The Onion.

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Posted by John Dupee on 02/01/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Wreck Hunter

Perhaps the heat from the fire caused any on board ammunition to start being discharged. Thus seeming as though one was being shot at.

Posted by Ben Clifford on 01/24/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Backstory: Stupidest Journalistic Injury

Albeit a well written story, I didn't see a dateline which would have helped me place the story in time. Is there a video of the authors bloodbath?

Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 12/31/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Backstory: Story I Wish I Didn't Have to Keep Writing

sevendaysvt is a lefty mouthpiece and propaganda asset of the local lefty government and it is for this reason that sevendaysvt silences dissenting voices on its comment threads

Naughty naughty.

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Posted by Christopher M. Hayden on 12/30/2016 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Backstory: What Seven Days Reporters Didn't Tell You the First Time

Great format for recapping the year . Well done . Happy New Year .

Posted by Rich ard on 12/29/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Backstory: Unlikeliest Story

Sheriff Marcoux deserves kudos at every level, and Mr. Szad does the same. The factors most associated with successful rehabilitation of former offenders coming out of prison are a stable living style, including home, job, and family and community support. From what I glean, none of that would have existed for Mr. Szad without this sheriff and his department. He deserves a hero of the year award.
National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws

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Posted by Shelly Stow on 12/29/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Backstory: Most Awkward Moment With a Public Official

The ghosts of Wayne Brunette and Phil Grenin howl in the cold winter winds as they blow through these once Free and Proud Green Mountains on this cold, dark, icy night....can you hear them?

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Posted by Christopher M. Hayden on 12/28/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Backstory: Most Awkward Moment With a Public Official

Go T.J.!

Never before has a more prolific supporter and suborner of perjury under color of authority and other police misconduct ever risen to the vaunted heights of the Office of the Attorney General of Vermont....except for William Sorrell, of course....

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Posted by Christopher M. Hayden on 12/28/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “The Year in Cheers and Jeers from Seven Days Commenters

Fun article. Thanks.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 12/28/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “The Year in Cheers and Jeers from Seven Days Commenters

Ahem, it's Aron. Check the birth certificate, marriage certificate, and recording contract ;)

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Posted by stellaquarta on 12/28/2016 at 12:33 PM

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

I know this dog and pony show first hand, x files a false police report and the first time it gets thrown out of court the second x has friend baby sit for my 14 and 16 yr old brings my boy to emergency room and claims boy said he would rather commit suicide rather than see dad. I spend 20g fighting this because divorce court has no rules and judges can rule anything. they cannot follow a case because they are rotated so much. court says I connot see or communicate with kids and its been two years and counting. son went to emergency room because it was only way mom would let him play football. come to find out he hates it. son said nothing in ER and when evaluated by DCF and Howard mental health they determined it a crock and sent him home. I have been suffering since and once x got kids 24/7 judge gave her another 550.00 a month in child support. filing a false police report is a felony. the lawyers are just there to agree with the judge. upon approaching the school I find out that she has told the school that she cannot handle the kids and work for dhs because her job is so demanding so she signs responsibility over to her friend and ADL doesn't bother to tell me. And the pisser is I train left behind kids to be successful. these actions need a class action suit to make these liberal thinkers pay the price for destroying families.

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Posted by Richard Irick on 12/24/2016 at 7:34 PM

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

Opinions without background knowledge mean nothing. Go to and watch some of Michael Tellinger's videos. Then make your comments.

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Posted by John O'Dowd on 12/20/2016 at 12:57 PM

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