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Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

What do you think Bernie is not doing for Vermont? Are you upset that he is not working closely with Trump?

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 02/21/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

"This state is in bad shape.. low employment, our young adults leaving the state, high amount on welfare, refugees comes first instead of Vermonters, liberals in control of the legislation, wants more Vermont citizens, yup more higher taxes.."

Prove it.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by stubborncuss on 02/20/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

Mt. Philo you are correct Bernie does not owe 7days a thing but he does owe the people of Vermont everything. And 7days is reed by Vermonters every week for free so you would think he would want to use 7days to get his message out. But Bernie only cares about money and a 7days interview does not pay the bills. He is a sell out so it's time to wake up and vote him out. He no longer represents real Vermonters. #timetovotethebaldguysout

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 02/20/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

Bernie doesn't owe Seven Days shit.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 02/20/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Two Candidates Vie for Burlington School Board Seat

Ryan McLaren would be a great addition to the school board! He cares about people and knows how to organize!

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Posted by SharonVT on 02/20/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

We have a republican Governor who's a liberal,( hung with Shummy to long), who is against our President, maybe he wanted lying Clinton or Socialist (sell out) Sanders for President..This state is in bad shape.. low employment, our young adults leaving the state, high amount on welfare, refugees comes first instead of Vermonters, liberals in control of the legislation, wants more Vermont citizens, yup more higher taxes..WTH..will we get any one in office who will look out for the "true" Vermonters??? Think Scott is for the refugees!!!!! Screw us..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/20/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

I think it's time that we, his constituents, start demanding Bernie speak with local media. He needs to be held accountable to the people he currently represents (sorrynotsorry if it eats into his precious book tour time).

For those of you who want to do something tangible to hold your elected officials accountable today, please contact Sanders' at any of the locations below and demand that as a Vermont Senator he make himself available to the Vermont press:

Washington D.C.:

U.S. Senate
332 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
tel (202) 224-5141
fax (202) 228-0776

Burlington:

1 Church St, 3rd Floor
Burlington, VT 05401
tel (802) 862-0697
tel (800) 339-9834
fax (802) 860-6370

St. Johnsbury:

357 Western Ave. Suite 1B
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
tel (802) 748-9269
fax (802) 748-0302

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by SharonVT on 02/20/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

@Senator Bernie Sanders, "progressive", "democratic socialist", and self-styled "revolutionary" fully supports military-corporate SACRIFICE ZONES. And of course they're in the poorest towns and neighborhoodo, where neo-liberlistas' donations don't attraCT action. He and @Senator Patrick Leahy have sold out working people to keep the corporate donations and the blessings of their military controllers.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Egmatic on 02/19/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

I trust Jamie Longtin, who posted below about her experience living in Arizona, where they are already flying the F-35A. The forced VT basing of the F-35 fighter jet, against the Air Force's own wishes and own objective ratings system, is a failure of politics. A classic example of why so many people have tuned out altogether. When Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders refuse to even meet with a single constituent losing their homes thanks to their interference to force the F-35 here, the country is going to end up with someone like Donald Trump because "the opposition" refuses to offer an alternative.

Former NY Times journalist Chris Hedges has described the "sacrifice zones" across America of neighborhoods and people's lives destroyed for the profit of corporations like Lockheed-Martin. On the one hand, the rhetoric of Hedges is hyperbolic: Its the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.

On the other hand, if you are among the immigrant refugees; working poor; or elderly of Winooski, South Burlington, Williston and parts of Burlington, among others, it rings true. Fortunately, there is still the legal system and the 5th Amendment/Takings Clause of the US Constitution, which, if applied by nonpartisan judges, will require just compensation to every property owner within the newly expanded "not suitable for residential use zone."

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/19/2017 at 3:56 AM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

I trust Jamie Longtin, who posted below about her experience living in Arizona, where they are already flying the F-35A. The forced VT basing of the F-35 fighter jet, against the Air Force's own wishes and own objective ratings system, is a failure of politics. A classic example of why so many people have tuned out altogether. When Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders refuse to even meet with a single constituent losing their homes thanks to their interference to force the F-35 here, the country is going to end up with someone like Donald Trump because "the opposition" refuses to offer an alternative.

Former NY Times journalist Chris Hedges has described the "sacrifice zones" across America of neighborhoods and people's lives destroyed for the profit of corporations like Lockheed-Martin. On the one hand, the rhetoric of Hedges is hyperbolic: Its the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.

On the other hand, if you are among the immigrant refugees; working poor; or elderly of Winooski, South Burlington, Williston and parts of Burlington, among others, it rings true. Fortunately, there is still the legal system and the 5th Amendment/Takings Clause of the US Constitution, which, if applied by nonpartisan judges, will require just compensation to every property owner within the newly expanded "not suitable for residential use zone."

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/19/2017 at 3:55 AM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

I trust Jamie Longtin, who posted below about her experience living in Arizona, where they are already flying the F-35A. The forced VT basing of the F-35 fighter jet, against the Air Force's own wishes and own objective ratings system, is a failure of politics. A classic example of why so many people have tuned out altogether. When Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders refuse to even meet with a single constituent losing their homes thanks to their interference to force the F-35 here, the country is going to end up with someone like Donald Trump because "the opposition" refuses to offer an alternative.

Former NY Times journalist Chris Hedges has described the "sacrifice zones" across America of neighborhoods and people's lives destroyed for the profit of corporations like Lockheed-Martin. On the one hand, the rhetoric of Hedges is hyperbolic: Its the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.

On the other hand, if you are among the immigrant refugees; working poor; or elderly of Winooski, South Burlington, Williston and parts of Burlington, among others, it rings true. Fortunately, there is still the legal system and the 5th Amendment/Takings Clause of the US Constitution, which, if applied by nonpartisan judges, will require just compensation to every property owner within the newly expanded "not suitable for residential use zone."

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/19/2017 at 3:53 AM

Re: “Media Note: Connecticut Couple to Buy the Hardwick Gazette

Hooray, Ray Small! All patriotic Vermonters, please purchase a subscription to The Hardwick Gazette!

Posted by David Diaz on 02/18/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

It is past the time for folks to start asking Bernie why he won't talk to Seven Days.

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Bud on 02/18/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

FACT: Burlington Airport has had commercial and military jet aircraft operations since 1970. FACT: Anyone who purchased a home and/or rented near the airport since 1970 KNEW jet aircraft would be operating over and around their home. FACT: Since 1970, home purchasers who chose to locate near the airport were advised that eminent domain purchase for airport expansion was always a possibility. FACT: The purchase prices of homes near the airport have been appreciably lower than comparable size homes in other parts of South Burlington since 1970 due to noise issues.
Bottom Line: Airport-adjacent home buyers were warned in advance. You opted for the "bargain" purchase price near the airport. Don't complain now.

10 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 02/18/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

I remember the days when Bernie ranted, raved and whined about the existence of millionaires "when so many low-income workers and others are suffering." Now Bernie IS a millionaire! The new targets of his class warfare are "billionaires!!" The price of freedom is income inequality, i.e., some folks are talented, hard-working, or lucky, and earn or inherit high-incomes and/or a fortune. "Amassed fortunes and high-incomes" are the fruits of protecting the individual's access to "llfe, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Bernie and his ilk want to steal from the middle class and wealthy for re-distribution to his braying,yahoo followers who will keep him and his ilk "on easy street." And now Mr. Walters indicates Bernie demands a "purity test" for Senate candidates. I sincerely doubt those were Bernie's words; the only guy I recall demanding a "purity test" was a German sociopath who killed himself in 1945.

14 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 02/18/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

Scott will be forced to mobilize the Guard if 'The Russians' attempt to hack and infiltrate Burlington Electric's power grid again.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by JimM on 02/18/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

Why resist David Shulkin's nomination? He was the one holdover from Obama's administration. That both our Senators have not negated all of Trump's nominations bears testimony of their voting their conscience on what they believe is best for Vermont and the United States. I am wary of all or nothing groups. Is your intent to promote a cause or ideal or is your intent to behave like zealots promoting nothing more than discord?

26 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by vermontborn on 02/18/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

When a story such as this is "debunked," by someone like Trump, be very careful because that means that they are not "debunking" it. They do not want us to know about it until it is too late. Remember that Hitler and Goebbels also "debunked" stories about what they were doing until they had got completely into power and it was too late.

17 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by stubborncuss on 02/18/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

It's great to see the biased media in Vermont falling prey to fake news!.

12 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 02/18/2017 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Scott 'Resistant' to Using Vermont Guard for Immigration Roundup

The story wasn't "debunked".... the Trump administration denied the story, but the existence of a memo laying out the option of using the Guard for this purpose was not "debunked"... unless you consider Sean Spicer's denial a definitive source (you know, the guy who denied that Michael Flynn had talked about sanctions with the Russian ambassador and who insisted that Trump's inaugural crowds were the largest in history).

When Sean Spicer dismisses something as "fake news", that's a pretty good sign that it is probably real.

So, yeah, the memo that was laying this out got leaked, and as a result the Trump administration was forced to back off and deny. That doesn't change the fact that people in DHS were seriously circulating the option of using the National Guard in 11 states to round up undocumented immigrants.

24 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 02/17/2017 at 10:18 PM

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