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Re: “Revenge Porn: Is Shaming Criminal?

This is the most pathetic argument. Resist being shamed? That's it? Ugh. Sorry, that's a bit weak. Revenge porn isn't just about shame. It's about destroying a person and the image others hold of them. It seeks to destroy credibility and appeal, all for an individual's hurt feelings. When did someone's pride being hurt become a valid reason to broadcast private pictures of an intimate nature? That's just bull.

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Posted by alizabeth on 02/26/2015 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To Donna Lauzon:

Here's the "one single statistic" you're looking for: Vermont ranks near the top of the list for gun suicides among US states, and the pattern in relation to background checks is clear: States that perform only a federal background check with loopholes, like Vermont, rank near the top of the suicide list. States that perform state- or local-level background checks rank near the bottom, with about half as many suicides as Vermont.
Check the data here:

http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-37…

No one is trying to take away your guns; we're trying to keep our young people and seniors alive. You can keep your guns and let other people live too. Background checks work for everyone.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 02/26/2015 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To Michael Pisano:

The platitude that you're repeating is a distinction without a difference. It is also particularly inapt in Vermont, which has more elements of purely democratic institutions than the other states you referenced.

We in Vermont are looking for gun violence prevention, not gun control.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 02/26/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To Don Nelson: You are quoting from the Declaration of Independence, which is a political document, not a legal document. So typical of the gun crowd not to know the difference.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 02/26/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “House Panel Balks At Rising Efficiency Vermont Fee

Walt:

I agree with all of Annette’s suggestions.

Here are 2 more. First and most obvious, call BED and discuss the matter with them. Certainly, if there’s a billing issue, they’re the folks to deal with it.

Second, there are devices on the market called demand meters which you can use to measure exactly where the power in your house is going. The ones I’ve heard about cost around $30. It’s quite possible that BED or EEV would let you borrow one for a day or two.

Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/26/2015 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Four for Mayor: Queen City Candidates Vie for the Helm

With all the money Weinberger has it is apparent he has his sights set on something greater than mayor of Burlington. Is he doing what is best for Burlington or what is best for himself?

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Posted by Mark Lade on 02/26/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “House Panel Balks At Rising Efficiency Vermont Fee

Walt, I live off-grid so can assure you that LEDs are a huge savings over incandescents and CFLs. I can turn things on and off and immediately see the reading on the meter. When I used incandescents, I would have very few lights on, mostly 25 watt, sometimes 40 watts, rarely 60 watts. Electric lighting is a big drain on the system. Got LED lights which use 3, 4 or 5 watts, and now I can have numerous lights on if I want to and there is barely a blip in the meter reading.

Hope that helps to isolate why your bill is high. Sounds like it's more about BED's billing. What most people who are grid tied don't seem to do is turn things off, especially at night or when you're not using them. How many printers and computers are left on all the time? And TV sets and TIVOs and the unit that serves the computer or TV all have phantom loads so even if you turn them "off" they still draw power. Keep them on a power strip and turn the power off entirely.

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Posted by VermontCE on 02/26/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “House Panel Balks At Rising Efficiency Vermont Fee

I have been reviewing my Burlington Electric Bill after swapping out a lot of devices computers washing machine fridge converted to gas the stove and electric hot water heater etc etc.. and all of the incandescent and halogen lighting in my home.

Our usage yoy is going up not down WTF? I thought all of the 60-100 watt bulbs with less people in the house switched to 9.4Watt or less LED's would move the needle a little bit but it has not not one bit in fact we show more usage on our bill, not that Burlington Electric has ever been good at accounting they have in the past been very good at over billing.

But if LED's are a fake then what the hell I spent lots of $$$$ to be a good steward of the earth and use less. has all the energy savings begun to impact Burlington Electrics ability to bill honestly or is all the energy savings rating a sham????

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Posted by Walt on 02/26/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

if they want to pass a back ground check they should first pass a back ground check on persons running for office. then we have less losers in office. you anti-Americans get a life. Vermont is the safest state in the union. If you don't like it move out.

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Posted by Louis Lesage on 02/26/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

I always find it amazing that people assume Vermonters want this. No native Vermonters i have spoken to want this. It is the paid, Bloomberg flatlanders that want this. Ann Braden won't disclose her funding or her long term goals- that you should tell you something. I am native Vermonter, a female and I have several firearms that if you think I am going to give up, well you can as they say, "go pound salt.". There is no way in hell I am going to be convinced that my state has a gun problem when not one single statistic exists to that. But Vermont does have one current problem- out of state a$$holes

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Posted by Donna Lauzon on 02/26/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To greenman48:
We are a constitutional republic. Learn your history.
If you want gun control, move to a state/city that its working so well for... NY, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Chicago, Detroit, DC, etc...
Oh right... It doesn't work for those places. Maybe other states should model VT.

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Posted by Michael Pisano on 02/26/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

If you worked for me I would know what you are paid............

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Posted by Buck Warren on 02/26/2015 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

Dick Sears (D) hales from Mass., John Campbell (D) comes from N.Y.: as reported by The Seven Days, Mr. Campbell has " In the last two years, he's quietly increased his office's staffing and more than doubled his payroll." He also increased his aide workers salary from $20,000 to over $100,000.... Dem's who hale from other states come up to try and change Vt. and make a pretty fat paycheck.

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Posted by Skip Lucia on 02/26/2015 at 6:10 AM

Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

It is outrageous that Mr. Campbell pays over time to his employees when the other state employees are not allowed to receive compensation for over time. Meanwhile tax payers are paying for Mr. Campbell 's political campaign. Mr. Shumlin better start cutting those commissioner salaries and higher ups salaries rather then have thousands of workers without jobs and the working people paying for the outrageous salaries of bureaucrats.

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Posted by Rita Ann on 02/26/2015 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

bullshit, Copyright law cites "work made for hire" as being owned by the people who paid for the work to be done.

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Posted by Indy Vt on 02/25/2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

Are we really that aloof that we thought Vermont was that a far from the rest of our nation when it comes to money and politics?

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Posted by Michael Dale Page on 02/25/2015 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

Definition....

inalienable right :
noun
a right according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred

any questions?

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Posted by Don Nelson on 02/25/2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To Brian: what it tells me is that gun advocates enjoy ludicrous hegemony and blind fanaticism in our society, a fact which you seem to acknowledge but not find deplorable. Which is sad, really.

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Posted by Jana Beagley on 02/25/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Comp Dime: When Pay Spikes in Montpelier, Who's Watching?

Just because Campbell isn’t the “Gov.” doesn’t mean he shouldn’t pay his staff like he is !

While John Campbell probably will never make it to the Governor’s Office, that shouldn't stop him from gathering an impressive staff to manage his "part-time" office. While he is at it why not pay them top dollar and allow them to accumulate lots and lots of overtime?

Budget troubles ? What budget troubles?

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 02/25/2015 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Gun Control Supporters Concede Defeat on Background Checks

To Jana Beagley - The fact your freedom of choice is are already so restricted by bad laws makes you ask gun owners why they shouldn't submit to the same tyranny? Please keep you slave like mindset to yourself so Americans can be what they should be: Free and proud self governing individuals.

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Posted by Brian Thomas on 02/25/2015 at 3:12 PM

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