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Re: “Dunne's New Wind Stance Draws Criticism — and Surprising Praise

Matt Dunne is showing that he is not a zealot and cares more about Vermonters than finger in the wind politics. This is OUR state, owned and run by its towns and citizens, not big industry or industry funded "private non-profits". And as Annette has stated above, the deployment of these renewables is driving the demand for frack gas, something the new neoliberal "environmental community" has been mum about. To support industrial scale wind is not only to support the destruction of Vermont's mountaintop environments but to support frack gas development and pipeline deployment. It is utter madness. Time for an honest conversation. Readers should also know that Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith were the only Dems to show up for the Irasburg debate earlier this month together with Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman to respond to questions from residents impacted by industrial scale wind and solar. Sue Minter,with her uncompromising stance on the siting of industrial wind at all costs, was a no show. Hmmmmmm..... Matt and Peter are showing their progressive roots and concern for their constituents on matters that impact them and our natural environment.

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Posted by John Brabant on 07/30/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Dunne's New Wind Stance Draws Criticism — and Surprising Praise

Who is going to step up and pay the back taxes on the Therrien's property in Sheffield. The town of Sheffield which has benefitted from millions of dollars from the wind project, has put their 50 acres and home that they had to abandon for health reasons and to protect their children up for sale. Where are the champions of social justice? How can anyone support an industry and take campaign donations from people who knowingly are causing harm to neighbors of wind projects? When did causing sleep deprivation in children become acceptable Vermont policy? Tax sale is Aug. 10. The Therriens already sought abatement and were denied. Shumlin, Springer, Recchia, Chen, Welch, Sanders, Leahy, Klein, Burns, they all know about it and don't care. Do you?

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Posted by A. Smith on 07/30/2016 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Dunne's New Wind Stance Draws Criticism — and Surprising Praise

How do wind turbines address climate change? They destroy the very elements of our environment that we need to protect the most to adapt to the changing climate. And the renewable industrialists always fail to tell people that the more big wind and solar we throw up on the regional grid, the more new natural gas plants the region is going to have to build.

This conversation has been captured far too long by the likes of Klein and Burns who care nothing for the people whose lives are being destroyed by wind energy. An appropriate stance at this point is to call for addressing the problems before any more wind energy development is considered in Vermont. Apparently Paul Burns, Tony Klein and Sue Minter are fine with a regulatory process that has consistently allowed harm to public health and the environment at extraordinary levels never seen before in Vermont.

As for Dunne's statement, didn't Shumlin say the same thing a few years ago?

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Posted by A. Smith on 07/30/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Love this review, so well said! And I love Patsy and Eddy, may they reign supreme.

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 07/29/2016 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Dunne's New Wind Stance Draws Criticism — and Surprising Praise

Will Sue Minter try to soften her anti-environmental, anti-democratic energy platform? Or will she double down on it?

Will she give back all of the campaign money from the mountain destruction lobby? Or will she try to raise more?

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Posted by Mark Whitworth on 07/29/2016 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Selectboard, Vermont Gas Reach Agreement on Pipeline

Good question. The land was given to the town by the Geprags sisters, and it came with a covenant requiring that it be used for recreation or education purposes. Eminent domain is necessary to overcome that covenant.

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Posted by Alicia Freese on 07/29/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Jill Over Hill'? Stein Makes a Play for Bernie-or-Bust Protesters

Thank you Vermont! In little over two weeks the Jill Stein campaign has collected over 1405 certified signatures,with more arriving in the mail, Today an enthusiastic group of Stein supporters submitted the necessary consent forms and signatures to put Jill Stein on the presidential ballot here in Vermont! Seventy four towns from Bennington and Brattleboro to Burlington and the Northeast Kingdom were represented. We are moving forward carrying the message initiated in Bernie's campaign to voters and citizens in Vermont and the United States. If you haven't contacted the campaign we await your call. There is much to do in the coming months. Elizabeth Parker, Central Vermont and Lamoille Organizer.

Posted by Elizabeth Parker on 07/29/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Selectboard, Vermont Gas Reach Agreement on Pipeline

I am confused! Why doesn't the agreement with the selectboard make the eminent domain proceedings moot?

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Posted by Donald Maurice Kreis on 07/29/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

But who does Bernie's dry cleaner endorse?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/29/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

Dunne: a man who's re-promising us everything that Peter Shumlin promised us, and we know Shumlin was lying. Why would we possibly fall for the same false promises twice?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/29/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

Because our next Governor should be a wealthy tech executive, whose campaign is being bankrolled by Silicon Valley. That really seems to fall in line with everything Sanders espouses......

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 07/29/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Howard Dean Endorses Sue Minter for Governor

I've always found Gov Dean to be good looking, but I would rather see Sue Minter's image front and center in this story. #genderbias #eveninvtliberalmedia

I suppose you could rationalize that the story is about Dean's endorsement, not Minter's candidacy, but I think it's really the other way around. Cheers

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Posted by Ian Robert Hemley on 07/29/2016 at 10:04 AM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

The three commenters here obviously have their point of view. But we were given the vote and told it was our chance to express our beliefs and values in a democracy. It is not something that can be bartered for or counted on by some political parties. We never were told that we were only allowed to vote for one of two candidates. That would smack of totalitarianism. Instead we were told that it is a valuable and inalienable right to participate in an election. Why, then, are we not allowed to express our true beliefs and feelings? Why do we have to "get with the program?" I will not vote for either Trump or Hillary because they are equally dangerous, in different ways. Trump will destroy civil society. Hillary will cement the oligarchy in place forever. Each means a loss of freedom and equality. Just because you all feel the preference for one result is somehow preferable to the other doesn't mean we have to agree with you.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 07/29/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

You lost any semblance of credibility when you said with a straight face that now they're called Bernie Bros. Just clueless. And sexist. And marginalizing. And parroting one campaign's propaganda unquestioningly.

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Posted by Dev Martin on 07/29/2016 at 3:42 AM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

Seriously, Brian's right. If this was about true conviction and not (more) posturing, Ms. Nelson would know in her heart and express IN HER ACTIONS that it's time to stop being so incredibly selfish and take one for the team. Team Not Trump, since there's no better way to put it. We support Bernie too (please note the present tense). But this is not about Bernie anymore, he conceded as much himself when he threw his support behind Hillary this week. In fact there is only ONE person now, who can prevent our world from looking exactly like Ms. Nelson's precious smashed glass globe in the future, and that person - however you may feel about her - is Hillary. She IS the choice at this late stage in the game. Yes there is evidence now that, as previously suspected, the whole process was stacked against Bernie from the start. It's demoralizing, unfair, and highly undemocratic. Yes, Hillary represents that very establishment in some dismaying ways. And no, Hillary is not anything close to being a substitute for Bernie and what he stands for. But get with it Shyla. Open your eyes, hold your nose if you must, and get over yourself long enough to use your powers for good in encouraging others to do the same, and soon, unless you want Trump to be our next President. Even in VT he has an alarmingly strong following. Door 1 or Door 2. Now. It IS that simple.

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Posted by Dabs on 07/28/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “With Assist From Sanders, Clinton Claims Democratic Nomination

Columnist Chris Hedges noted,

“Sanders squandered his most important historical moment. He had a chance, one chance, to take the energy, anger and momentum, walk out the doors of the Wells Fargo Center and into the streets to help build a third-party movement.

His call to his delegates to face "reality" and support Clinton was an insulting repudiation of the reality his supporters, mostly young men and young women, had overcome by lifting him from an obscure candidate polling at 12 percent into a serious contender for the nomination.

Sanders not only sold out his base, he mocked it. This was a spiritual wound, not a political one. For this he must ask forgiveness.”

Walter F. Wouk

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Posted by Walter Wouk on 07/28/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Pedaling the Rail Trail in Saranac Lake

We are so excited about our upcoming trip on the Rail Bikes. Our six-day Adirondack bicycle vacation will be using paved roads most of the time, but we can't wait to "ride the rails" in August!
Simon Burrows
Great Bike Tours (

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Posted by Simon Burrows on 07/28/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Thanks, Kevin, for the comparison, reminding us that we face many of the same issues now, even though the long arc of history has bent in a slightly positive direction. The horrible policies of the 1968 Democratic establishment, with a candidate complicit in a war based on lies that would ultimately kill over 3 million people, shut progressives out and almost wrecked the party. (FWIW, I voted for Dick Gregory.) Establishment Democrats screamed at us because the alternative would be Nixon. They were right about how terrible Nixon would be, but at some point one can't vote for evil even if it is the lesser of evils. I don't think it's nearly as bad this year. If Bernie and others can keep up the constant pressure, Hillary may even keep a few progressive promises. But I absolutely understand the anger of many of Bernie's supporters, and believe their reluctance to support Hillary will help to keep up the needed pressure on her and the party.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 07/28/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

Shyla loves the spotlight!

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Posted by Brian Harwood on 07/28/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Article in the Nation July 21 by John Nichols

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Posted by Lucille on 07/28/2016 at 2:33 PM

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