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Re: “Liberal Activist Enters Mayoral Race

Repugnicans and Bushies were elated when Nader refused to get out of the race in 1999 even when the outcome was foretold. As I recall he received a great deal of support from Koch-types, who saw him as the perfect foil for Gore. I never understood how left-leaning Nader voters in key swing states like Ohio and Florida could be so stupid (most of them repented after the election), but the data were very clear that Bush won because of them. Guma is paving the same road if he persists.

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Posted by mctommy on 01/25/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Liberal Activist Enters Mayoral Race

One almost wonders if Guma is getting money from Weinberger or his stealth supporters? At the very least, Weinberger has to be thrilled Guma has joined the race since Guma will no doubt help dilute the anti-Weinberger vote that would have gone to legitimate candidate Goodkind. Playing the Dan Feliciano or Ralph Nader role to ensure Weinberger's reelection will not advance the issues Guma pretends to care about. Imagine how different the country would have been had Gore been elected in 2000. He wasn't perfect but certainly things would have been closer to what Nader espoused on the campaign trail, while ensuring G.W.'s election. . .

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/24/2015 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Now Tweet This: Vermont's the Smartest State!

Rick, they only used Twitter to get this info, so I'm pretty sure the homeless and people who can't read and write in English weren't included...

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Posted by Leanne Salls on 01/24/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Liberal Activist Enters Mayoral Race

Welcome to the narcissistic world of Ralph Nader, who dismissed vote splitting as unworthy of his attention. Mr. Guma apparently labors under the same delusion that he won't undermine the legitimate challenger, in this case Mr. Goodkind. Who are you kidding?

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Posted by mctommy on 01/24/2015 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Land Lovers Speak Out Against Burlington College Development Deal

City parks are not conserved natural areas. They are playgrounds, amusement parks. City recently increased lot coverage for development in our parks. We need protected natural areas that preserve wildlife corridors.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/24/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Bosnian Refugee Sakoc Convicted; Prosecutors To Seek Deportation

This is a sad case for everyone involved. I wonder if Acting US Attorney Eugenia Cowles would speak so emphatically about the laws that govern fraud in our country? Thanks to the Burlington Office of the US Attorney which includes the FBI, they have allowed the historic psychiatric hospital, The Brattleboro Retreat, to escape justice. Then again, the stunning reality is that federal prosecutors "selectively" enforce the law in our country. We also know that the Honorable William Sessions III is not exactly up to speed on the laws of our country as he missed the boat as it relates to the established case law in the Second Circuit of the applicability of the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), which is also now being heard before the US Supreme Court. An important case to reference regarding the WSLA is United States v. Wells Fargo, US District Court, Southern District of New York which tolls the statute of limitations for all fraud against any federal agency including CMS or Medicare. Thanks to Judge Sessions and the Retreat’s attorneys who are now under formal investigation for ethical misconduct, the Retreat was able to further escape liability with a "get out of jail card" which reduced the period at issue in the federal complaint from ten years to six years. No wonder the US Treasury is bankrupt!

As noted above, The Brattleboro Retreat’s Nashville Attorney Matthew M. Curley of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is now under formal investigation for ethical misconduct before the Board of Professional Responsibility of The Supreme Court of Tennessee as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Stay tuned folks.

Thomas Joseph
United States ex. rel. Joseph v. The Brattleboro Retreat
Twitter: relator_joseph

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 01/24/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Land Lovers Speak Out Against Burlington College Development Deal

Burlington College is a disaster for this community. It's time for it to close its doors and end the charade that it is a creditable institution of higher learning. There isn't a student there that would not benefit from enrolling in a real college program somewhere.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 01/24/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Liberal Activist Enters Mayoral Race

One clarification. I actually said Miro could be called the "Republicrat," but our phone connection wasn't the best. In Burlington the Republicrats emerged in the late 50s, when Dems and Republicans joined forces to control commissions and patronage. Mayor Gordon Paquette (71-81) was the leading Republicrat, a Democrat whom Republicans embraced and even chose not to oppose. Sounds familiar. The term was in wide use once, and based on Mayor Weinberger's approach and policies, might well be resurrected.

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Posted by Greg Guma on 01/24/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Scott Milne: Vermont's Latest Lobbyist

To: H. Brooke Paige in Washington, Vermont...very articulate commentary. Well done and bravo!

It's time to Empower Woman and put the Old Boys Club, the same club that has destroyed America - - out of business once and for all.

Thomas Joseph
United States ex. rel. Joseph v. The Brattleboro Retreat
Twitter: relator_joseph

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 01/24/2015 at 5:17 AM

Re: “Scott Milne: Vermont's Latest Lobbyist

Lobbyist Milne? How About Shumlin Potentate of the Vermont Lobbyists?

Hold on now, if Mr. Milne was required to register as a lobbyist in order to solicit legislator's support - shouldn't Emperor Shumlin be required to do the same. He and his minions were certainly as engaged as Mr. Milne was in arm twisting to gain support. Further, the costs of Shumlin's use of staff and fellow paid Democratic "operatives" in the effort to be reelected by the Legislature most assuredly dwarfed any monies spent by Milne.

So come on Emperor Shumlin – get out you wallet and pony-up the five hundred bucks, what is fair for the goose is fair for the gander! (Heaven knows the ladies say you are the king of the ganderers! or was that king of the gawkers?)

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/24/2015 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Now Tweet This: Vermont's the Smartest State!

They forgot AK & Hawaii

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Posted by M Ildiko Mester on 01/23/2015 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Taste Test: ArtsRiot Kitchen

I like pickled pigs feet, Any chance on that making an appearance Phat Hawg

Posted by Kenneth Croucher Jr on 01/23/2015 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Pick Up Something Sweet...

Never done one of these before; thought now is the time.

Posted by Edward Burke on 01/23/2015 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Centrist Lawmakers Pitch New Health Exchange Option

What kind of contractural obligations does the State have with Optum? How much would we be on the hook for if we dump them in favor if the federal marketplace? And what does the possibility of a GOP takeover of the White House mean for funding for these projects? Hopefully folks in Montpelier are looking at long-term risks to a functioning health marketplace.
That said, the current level of disfunction in VHC is appalling. As if the working class didn't have enough to worry about . . .

Posted by Seth Gillim on 01/23/2015 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Land Lovers Speak Out Against Burlington College Development Deal

The Land at Burlington College/Catholic Diocese: What Next?
Diane Elliott Gayer
January 23, 2015

The Save Open Space-Burlington (SOS-B) Public Forum on Wednesday January 21 was meant to open up the dialogue about Open Space in Burlington. The meeting focused on the Burlington College/Catholic Diocese property currently under contract to EF Farrell. With the full-on mayoral backing for building additional housing across Burlington, for raising the height limits from 3 to 8 stories via Form-based Code, and for intensifying the development on the waterfront; it is only logical that we must stand up to protect the natural environment. This biome of sky, water, field, and mountain that sustains us, both literally and figuratively, is why Burlington is nationally designated a “most livable city”.

We have not historically pitted housing against open space/conserved land. We have both an open space plan and housing policies; we have both a conservation commission and housing agencies. We have been able to juggle the needs of both, but not all land is equal. Learning to understand what is the appropriate use for a specific site is important and critical to our future. For example, we are going to need ecosystems services from land in a way not yet understood by current planning and development.


Our city is becoming denser. Taller buildings, bigger projects, infill housing are occurring across town. The critical question is how do we create a parallel conversation about open space. Increasing density necessitates increasing open space; they go together. We need our elected officials to represent both sides.

We established the Conservation Fund for just such properties. We can use the Fund to instigate the preservation of the bluff, the sandplain forest, and the open parkland. We ask our city official to follow through with this charge.

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Posted by VDI studio on 01/23/2015 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Now Tweet This: Vermont's the Smartest State!

The smartest people stay away from the twit-wits entirely. What could we expect from a medium that destroys good communication by constraining it to a business model and an I-thing screen? Voltaire joked that he'd have written a shorter letter if he had had more time, but there are limits. One hundred forty characters is like a starvation diet for anything resembling adjectives, adverbs, or proper verb tense. Hmmph.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 01/23/2015 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Centrist Lawmakers Pitch New Health Exchange Option

This is not a "tri-partisan" proposal. One of the proponents is an independent, not a member of a political party at all. If it were a tri-partisan proposal, then it would be endorsed by the Progs., and their absence at the table is significant. This is a good way for the state to lose its ability to subsidize health care, lose the federal subsidies, and lose its state-run exchange altogether. Republicans and conservative Democrats don't want to accept the AHA as law, and they will do anything they can to find a way around it.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 01/23/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Now Tweet This: Vermont's the Smartest State!

I totally agree being a race, most people of color do not like cold climates anyway...however we have people of all nationalities living here, Muslims too btw, and they are treated well, live amongst us so called whitest staters....they are treated well, accepted everywhere here, we participate in their holidays, food fests, sports, entertainment, its all really fun, entertaining and educational white, have black, brown, yellow skinned people as friends I enjoy a lot....I really enjoy people of other ethnicities, backgrounds, races. Here in VT we pretty much allow everyone to live their own lives unfettered, as long as they don't hurt others, we're not perfect but we strive.............

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Posted by Gail Fiske on 01/23/2015 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Legal Pot in Vermont? Not Yet, Say Some Top Policy Makers

This past weekend, over 3000 Americans died of Cancer.

Today, tomorrow, and every day after that, 1,500 more Americans will die, in pain, of Cancer. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.

Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn't be used as "Political Footballs" Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

There are also two petitions you can electronically sign on One to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1, the other to legalize it completely.

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Posted by Jeff Deutsch on 01/22/2015 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Now Tweet This: Vermont's the Smartest State!

Yeah, right, analyze tweets - that should give reliable results. Vermont isn't just the smartest state, it's the WHITEST state (really, you can look it up). Are white people smarter? Absolutely not. So before you accuse me of being racist, consider this: Fewer second language speakers, fewer ethnic slang speakers, and fewer homeless (would YOU want to live on the street when it's 20 below?). Tweets measure adherence to standard English. Big Deal!

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Posted by Rick Silberman on 01/22/2015 at 7:58 PM

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