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Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

Got a glimpse of one on rte 4 in Rutland this past Friday 10/17/14. We were passing through in a car just onto the highway so there was no time to get a picture. Tan body about 5 feet long with a long tail. ( about 4 ft) did not get a look at the head and face but know what I saw

Posted by Joni Webber on 10/19/2014 at 8:09 PM

Re: “The Emperor’s New Bros: Can Shumlin Sell Single-Payer to the Vermont Legislature?

When I described Governor Shumlin's notional financing plan for the single payer health care system on the Senate floor in May, I relied on information that I obtained from a Vermont reporter that I confirmed independently. It had nothing to do with a meeting I had a month or two before with Jeb Spaulding and Michael Costa that focused mostly on the plan I had put forward for single payer financing.

In any event, Spaulding's comments are a red herring. There should be a robust debate about the options for single payer financing. There is no justifiable reason for keeping the plans secret and it reflects poorly on the Vermont press corps that no reporter has yet written about plans that clearly already exist.

Peter Galbraith
Senator, Windham County

Posted by Peter Galbraith on 10/19/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Art Review: Sculpturefest 2014, Woodstock

In regard to Avery Lee's comment, I thought it worth noting that I've visited the site three times and never encountered a dog. I was sorry to hear about that experience, but I don't think that dog lives on site.

Posted by Margaux on 10/18/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/15/14)

Mr Williamson has done it again. He has been going around Vermont telling this story as well as other rhetoric for as log as he has lived here. He moved here just a few years ago from Chicago where he was instrumental in putting the anti gun laws in place there. Since then that city has become the murder capitol of the U.S. and now he is trying to do it here. Mr Williamson is not just a volunteer for gunsense he is also a board member of the New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. This is a division of Brady the most anti gun organization in the nation where he makes a really good living. There are many reports by federal and state agencies showing that Vermont is the safest state in the nation as far as firearms are concerned.
Mr Willamson I have asked this before and I am now asking again. WILL YOU DEBATE ME ON THIS MATTER.
Ed Cutler
Gun Owners of Vermont

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Posted by Eddie Cutler on 10/18/2014 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Milne's Brain Freeze Makes 'Daily Show'

Keep Vermont weird.

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Posted by Matthew Andrews on 10/17/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Patricia's Restaurant, a.k.a. Sully's Place

Four Tennesseeans, touring Vermont on bicycles, landed at Sully's one evening in early October. Patrons enthusiastically greeted us and asked about our exploits. The food was truly amazing...cheese spread, salad, vegetables, venison, haddock...every item was delectable! In fact, the meal might have been the finest we enjoyed on the entire trip! My olnly regret was that I didn't have room for dessert!

Posted by Randall Allen Gilmore on 10/17/2014 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Ché Schreiner

I d like to buy one. do you expose in New York

Bitchy Betty
or Nasty Ned

PS> your market for paintings is NOT in Montreal, NOT in Montreal. Take your paintings on the road trip...let s stop being afraid of ABUNDANCE

Posted by Andre Ewert on 10/17/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Independent Docs Struggle to Compete With Hospitals

Thanks to Ms. Flagg for a balanced and readable approach to this important issue. Pay inequity must be addressed on the road to health care reform. I don't think we want unregulated monopolies to control health care delivery, or to unilaterally decide willy-nilly how much to pay practitioners on your behalf. patients need to know that if they choose hospital employed physicians for their care they will be subject to much higher fees when paying their deductibles.
A few clarifications are needed:
1) MVP has been supportive of independent physicians, recognizing their value to patients and to the healthcare system, and we have a strong positive working relationship with that healthcare insurer.
2) "Single payer" concepts have merit, but a de-facto single (commercial) payer system such as that developing in Vermont, where that payer dictates and defends unfair and unjustified pay inequities, and unnecessarily inflated health insurance rates, portends trouble.

Posted by Paul Reiss on 10/17/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “South Burlington Teachers Strike

This is all the more reason for a statewide teachers contract. The union plays off one district against the other for the best outcome. Plus the volunteer school board is at a disadvantage against professional union negotiators. I'm not against unions, let's just have a statewide contract.

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Posted by RB on 10/17/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “South Burlington Teachers Set to Strike

This is all the more reason for a statewide teachers contract. The union plays off one district against the other for the best outcome. Plus the volunteer board is at a disadvantage against professional union negotiators. I'm not against unions, let's just have a statewide contract.

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Posted by RB on 10/17/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Farmers Run Afoul of Labor Laws — and Pay for It

As tough as it is for these farmers to deal with these regulations, the bottom line is that it is their responsibility to know and follow the labor laws that are in place.

I was a victim of wage theft by this same practice (misclassifying employees as exempt when they actually perform duties that do not allow them to be classified as such) at a former employer so I am somewhat sensitive to the issue.

The DOL must not have been paying as much attention to the issue back then, because it took a class-action lawsuit to get our overtime pay.

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Posted by Scott Harriman on 10/16/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Renewable Energy Conference Draws Hundreds

Solar panels and windmills are at best nothing more than bridge fuels and and at worst feel good distractions
from the gov /industry sequestered energy technologies. A future of conventional RE will lead us into Kunstler`s '"reality mandated economic contraction". "Real" RE will lead us into economic expansion…

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Posted by Kevin Goslant on 10/16/2014 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilor Proposes City-Owned Gas Station

For such quality reporting, this article features an incredibly tacky image... can't you do better, Seven Days?

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Posted by StopThePipeline on 10/16/2014 at 5:55 PM
Posted by VermontCE on 10/16/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/15/14)


Say it isn't so!
Do I have to take you to school again like I did for the CAP Bill 5 years ago?

Where are you getting your info? Using % to fudge the numbers AGAIN?

Here is some light reading…

The Boston Globe reported on April 24, that Massachusetts is the source of 46 percent
of the handguns in Boston that were traced back to the gun's state of origin. In spite of
the extremely restrictive Massachusetts gun control laws.…

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Posted by Bob Pierre on 10/16/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Scott Milne Campaign Ad Captures His Cow-Pie-Flinging Glory

Wow. They threw that together in iMovie - it's a template I've used!!

Posted by Kate Cartwright on 10/16/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Emperor’s New Bros: Can Shumlin Sell Single-Payer to the Vermont Legislature?

Well now, Seven Days' cover artist sure took more than a bit of artistic license in depicting Shummy's bod. Can't imagine the Gov is ripped like the cartoon. At least Shummy's nose was drawn in perspective.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 10/16/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “South Burlington Teachers Strike

Let's just stop with the entire "my tax dollars" spiel. Yes, teachers are paid, in part, from tax dollars but it is not as if your tax dollars go directly into the pockets of fat cat teachers. Furthermore, if this principle applies, teachers are paying their own salaries in paying taxes. If you think taxes are high, unfair, or making the cost of living unbearable, take a look at where your tax dollars are actually going. Teachers are not the problem.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 10/16/2014 at 11:16 AM

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!…

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

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/15/14)

Mr. Williamson's statements are untrue. As others have stated, a recent report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives showed that Vermont is NOT a major source of illegal guns in other states.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kurt Eckert on 10/16/2014 at 7:27 AM

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