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Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Wow. So this is THE issue Minter wants to run against Scott on? Really? And she feels the need to ride it so badly that when Scott does exactly what the Democrats demand, she changes her position so that she can still talk about the issue? How pathetic. I guess the one thing she DOESN'T want to talk about is the record of her predecessor in her Party.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/29/2016 at 5:37 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Yeah, Donna! Totally with you!

Sincerely,

Another "stay out of my state," probably racist and homophobic white old man

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by dontshitwhereyoueat on 09/29/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Proposed ‘All-Payer’ Health Care Funding Advances in Vermont

The whole point of all-payer is to control government spending; government spending on health care. Or maybe we should just leave it alone and let everybody end up dropping out of insurance and declaring bankruptcy to pay their hospital bills, that sounds freakin awesome.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Laughlin on 09/29/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “At Rutland Debate, Minter Backs Away From Health Exchange

Don't agree with all of Mr Scott's ideas but more so then dictator Minter..We need a good heath care not a government care..look how obamacare turned out..Vermont Health care is a joke the same as obama care..

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Vermont Delegation Divided Over Spending Bill Extending EB-5

EB-5 never should had happen.. immigrant investors should not be allowed to pay (bribe) their way to come here..and that's what EB-5 is..they should come to the USA like all legal immigrants.
Leahy and Welch voted nay to cover their butts, election time... Sanders..didn't vote cuz he don't care..he skipped 58 percent of the Senate's roll-call votes..Some senator for Vt..only cares about himself..

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Trump denies having allergies or a cold.
Heck, he's even denied sniffling.
I found the denials odd.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by zebnorris on 09/29/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Board Unanimous: Johnson, Lyndon State Colleges to Become One

We would all be a little happier about this if there had been any genuine internal involvement at both campuses prior to the vote.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jay Shafer on 09/29/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Donald Trump is famously a teetotaller; his older brother was an alcoholic and died young, and Trump's claims of never using drugs or alcohol seem to be one of the few true aspects of his self-myth. Which makes this low blow (jokingly accusing him of doing coke when he probably just had allergies) all the more asinine and petty.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Alex Chaffee on 09/29/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Shumlin Using State Plane to Commute from Putney

Guess he's going to make up for not using it..fundraisers for who??He only had a few mos left in office, he wasn't made to move..his choice, should come out of his pocket for the commuting, not the taxpayers..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Now isn't this a bunch of BULL, Shumlin still ran his business..Vermont don't need another democrat for governor..Another dictator ..she learned from obama..she worked for him.. What right does she have to tell Scott what to do.. At least he's a true Vermonter .. Minter can't say that, who's from Philadelphia.and then Rhode Island and moved here in 91'..she's a community organizer, Vote Phil Scott..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Does Sue Mintner also agree that any and all campaign donors (including hers) shall be banned from state contract bids; nor allowed to profit from state tax subsidies (for example, industrial wind and solar)? If not, then what she is saying is she believes in ethics for one candidate but not for herself.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/29/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

I think it's interesting that a business owner can't continue their business after getting elected however all the lawyers who get elected enhance their value tremendously and nobody ever questions whether that's ethically correct or not
The goal should not be that a common man or business owner cannot become an elected official and that lifetime public officials are not necessarily a good thing

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Posted by Pete F on 09/29/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Proposed ‘All-Payer’ Health Care Funding Advances in Vermont

“This [healthcare] is probably the single thing that hurts Vermonters the most economically,” Shumlin said at a Montpelier news conference."

Only if you ignore 'government spending' as being the single thing that hurts Vermonters the most economically. Taxes and interest on public debt, with public debt being a deferred tax hike on ourselves, our children and grandchildren, costs Vermont households 40% of their annual earnings.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Cisar on 09/29/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Shumlin Using State Plane to Commute from Putney

The headline is a catchy exaggeration of the story. Three trips in a month does not constitute "commuting."

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Walters on 09/29/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “At Rutland Debate, Minter Backs Away From Health Exchange

Paul what the heck was up with that interruption from the Castelton student?

https://youtu.be/4cAqeLJ5hIY?t=9504

Posted by Ryan on 09/29/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Burlington Mayor Wants Building Height Issue on November Ballot

I'm glad to see this go to a vote, and I wil be glad to see the proposal rejected. This is not the right development for Burlington in my opinion. Frankly I am not sure it would be right anywhere.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David Ian Lightbody on 09/29/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Burlington Mayor Wants Building Height Issue on November Ballot

Time for a recall.

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Posted by Bob Green on 09/29/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “With Backing from Key Institutions, Burlington to Pursue District Heating

What a colossal charade!

Biomass is NOT "clean" or "green".

McNeil is the biggest local source of air pollution in Vermont and emits hundreds of tons of toxic emissions each year. Additionally, according to the EPA, McNeil emits 400,000 TONS of CO2 per year at a rate per unit of energy produced 50% higher than a coal plant, but delusional Vermont waves a magic wand and succumbs to their own feel-good “carbon neutral” greenwashing and does not even counting these emissions.

Burning trees is NOT “carbon neutral”. It is hard to give up the truth fairy, but it is better in the long run.

If Vermont is serious about actually reducing its carbon footprint instead of just pretending so, McNeil (and Ryegate) tree-burning biomass facilities are going to have to close, and the energy replaced with genuinely clean sources and/or and Vermont is also going to have give up its new publicly subsidized programs for increased in tree burning.

Science Journal “Serious Biomass Accounting Error”
http://www.maforests.org/SCIENCE.pdf

Dr. Moomaw IPCC, Biomass NOT Carbon Neutral:
https://eubioenergy.com/2015/11/20/bioener…

90 Scientists Letter to Congress “Count Biomass Carbon”:
http://www.maforests.org/90scientistslette…

Logging, Bio-energy and Carbon Emissions:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/…

78 Scientists to EPA, Biomass Bad for Forests & Carbon:
http://www.maforests.org/76%20Scientist%20…

Dr Schlesinger, EPA should follow the science:
http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/209863-on…

Biomass Never Carbon Neutral From Trees:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20Assumpt…

Biomass Biogenic Carbon, Same impacts:
http://www.maforests.org/BiogenicGeologic%…

European Environment Agency, Biomass Accounting Error:
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20energy%…

Schulze Et Al: “Biomass not carbon neutral”
http://www.maforests.org/Biomass%20energy%…

Dr Eric Johnson, “Biomass Carbon Neutrality” Mythbuster:
http://www.maforests.org/Carbon.pdf

PFPI, Biomass Basics:
http://www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Chris Matera on 09/29/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Talk about Jekyl and Hyde. This man has been confusing me for years.

On the one hand, we have VT Howard who worked pretty well in a bi-partisan way as Governor and still gives fairly commonsensical opinions occasionally on VT Digger. On the other hand, we have National Howard who will say anything, unfiltered to further part agenda a la Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. What's up with that?!

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Not a Sheep on 09/29/2016 at 4:17 AM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

This quote doesn't particularly bother me, no different than the gutter politics practiced by both Trump and Clinton.

However, in the bigger picture, I've simply lost so much respect for Howard Dean this past year. Voted for him for Governor. He was much more fiscally responsible than Shumlin and, unlike Shumlin, he cared about keeping Act 250 strong, supported zoning and land use planning and fought sprawl. Very different governor vs. Shumlin. We supported Dean in his presidential run when he was 100% right about Iraq. He did a great job with the 50-state strategy to elect Obama.

So what does he do this year?? Completely contradicts himself and everything his 2004 presidential campaign stood for by endorsing and sucking up to a candidate who voted for Iraq. A candidate who, many years later, claimed she learned from this "mistake" (never mind the fact that she voted for Iraq at all shows she completely failed to learn the lesson of Vietnam, which she lived through). So what does she do having "learned" from her "mistake"? Urges Obama into his biggest regret over 8 years - destroying stability in Libya to let ISIS run wild and aggravate the flood of refugees to our European allies. "We came, we saw, he died." A candidate who says she learned from her Iraq War vote "mistake" and then happily embraces the endorsements of nearly all the neo-con liars responsible for the Iraq War! Paul Wolfowitz, Max Boot, Bob Kagan, etc. At least Trump disavowed the support of the psycho-racist David Duke. Hillary refuses to disavow the neo-con liars who are supporting her.

What Howard Dean has demonstrated is strict party loyalty matters more to him than country. Truly sad. The candidates presented by both major parties this year are embarrassing - to themselves, to the parties and to the nation. Whoever wins, the nation has lost. We can only hope we'll have better choices in 2020.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/29/2016 at 1:10 AM

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