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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Fair Game

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

Glad you all are publishing the responses!

Senator Bernie Sanders Needs your Help Defeating John McCain's Plan to Privatize Tonto National Forest in AZ and turn it into a giant Copper Mine.

This Bill tests his stature as a reformist Senator, and the limitations of corporate manipulation, because Rio Tinto Mining, the Australian mega land-raping corporation last year convinced McCain of Arizona to privatize the Tonto National Forest in Arizona and turn it into North America's largest copper mine. This was opposed by Bernie Sanders' Save Oak Flat Act (S2242), cosponsored by NM's Martin Heinrich and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin. Your Senator could join this as cosponsor, if you would ask them to do so. This bill is stuck in Lisa Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee, and certainly letters to her in this regard will help a lot, plus to your own Senators asking them to cosponsor Bernie's Save Oak Flat Act (S2242).

Here is a more extensive article on this outrage, which needs your help with letters to your Senators: Saving Oak Flats Arizona from Copper Mining Giant Rio Tinto: Bernie Needs YOUR Help to Prevent Privatizing Nat'l Forest

For some of the grimmest photos of environmental destruction you have ever seen:

Bernie Sanders stands with Native Americans

Stephen Fox, Founder, Facebook Group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win!

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Posted by Stephen Fox on 07/27/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

It is time for us Bernie or Bust revolutionaries to lead follow or get the hell out of the way and confine our disappointment in failing to nominate Bernie to our own efforts and not those of anyone else (Bernie included) ---get over it, NOW. We have to date only demonstrated ourselves to be successful in word and ineffectively so in deed. Fortunate it is that missteps when not repeated down the wrong road are but blips in history and it ain’t over till it’s over. If we muster the gumption of great purpose over the crippling that comes of obstreperous disappointment, we can avoid the irrelevance that come of or failing more and more and recognize it is we that have been politically ineffective and out maneuvered.

We now need to assemble ourselves as Fifth-Column Democrats, take it over, and get Hillary Clinton in a landslide that brings to office a progressive Congress and force the both of them to do what needs getting done that even goes far beyond what Bernie envisions and got our progressive views in the party platform and the Hillary has no idea that she is going to accomplice because she cannot envision such.

If Hillary was as visionary as was FDR she would in her acceptance speech echo that remark to Bernie or Bust revolutionaries and tell them to make her do what needs doing in the magnitude to the New Deal that the Greatest Generation joined with FDR in making happen. And in this you cannot believe how excited I am to work harder than ever before to elect Hillary Clinton president and make her the greatest one in history---whether she likes it or not

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Posted by Sam Osborne on 07/27/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

@John Dupee you said a mouth full "Non-Resident Money Buys Vermont Elections" just like Non-Americans buys United States Elections..Non-residents of any state and non-residents of the United States should not be allowed to contributed to any elections..Saudi Arabia has contributed to Clintons elections many times..These people are having a say (buying) the politicians, a way to get favors..and it's both democrats and much money is going into the politicians pockets??There needs to be a law against foreign money getting into the US elections and non-residents money from out of staters..if you don't live in that state you don't send contributions..if there is laws against it then enforce it!!! Leahy accepts a lot of foreign money..he's not the only one..but I think Leahy doesn't have Vermont on his mind anymore..Think it's time for him to be put to pasture and get new blood in..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/25/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

It's my feeling that Lisman and Milne are perceived by many voters as not needing donations due to media reporting on their net worth, I'll call it The Trump factor. In this bought-and-sold corrupt politics country, I find personal wealth and lack of insider money a plus.

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Posted by saysme on 07/22/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

You can read the list of campaign donors and see how much money is from out-of-state, including Sue Minter. Why do you think that is? You can get away with saying you're not accepting corporate money IF the individuals belonging to said corps or organizations are paid to donate.

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Posted by Deborah Wright on 07/22/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

Your headline should have read - How Non-Resident Money Buys Vermont Elections.

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Posted by John Dupee on 07/21/2016 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

the problem I have with this article is that I don't believe the author bought the firearm exactly as he said he did. Why would the seller back off on checking his ID so easily? If he had said he offered more money to the seller to skip the ID it might be a bit more believable but It makes no sense when you consider the price he paid. $500 is a cheap price as even the police told the buyer. Why would the seller go through a private sale and sell it at a price any dealer would have paid. AR type firearms sell for $750 and up. A dealer would buy the gun at $500 and turn it over quickly and make a good profit. I'd like to read the sellers version of this transaction because I simply don't believe the authors version.

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Posted by Marc Laurencelle on 07/19/2016 at 7:41 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

And let's get to the real issue here. Their agenda is not really gun control. That is just an avenue to accomplish their end. The real issue with gun control does not involve the word gun...only control...the left wants absolute and total control of all aspects of your life. They are already trying to control the way people think and reason. Hence all the illogic in people. Look at what our schools are putting out for product. Look at the dogma being taught, look at the brainwashing going on. Do you think this is by accident? No it was documented in a process created by the communists in the 1950's and it has been in the works since then. I will leave you with one statement they made back then. " We will destroy you from within". They are well on their way. Read the communist manifesto and learn. Then talk to me about gun control.

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Posted by Michael Ferrari on 07/16/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

It is all well and good that he wrote this article. However, there are several points to make. The seller has a right to sell his property. The seller was negligent in the course of the sale and possibly violated federal law concerning the transaction. Seller has a duty to ascertain whether the buyer is a felon or not, lives in the state and is of required age. It is his responsibility to maintain a record of who he sold it to. Otherwise if it is used unlawfully by an unlawful purchaser he becomes liable. Next point is criminals always find a way to get a weapon, if not a gun, then a knife, bomb, truck, bat etc. it is not the is the person that kills people. We prosecute people for a crime. We do not prosecute an inanimate object.

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Posted by Michael Ferrari on 07/16/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Snooze Alarm: Vermont Democrats' Sleepy Gubernatorial Race

Luckily, my panties remained bunchless. But I was annoyed at myself for falling for this as a legitimate survey. It reminds me of DNC "surveys" that are nothing more than fundraising appeals. I'm sure all parties do this.

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Posted by Tom A. on 07/15/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Snooze Alarm: Vermont Democrats' Sleepy Gubernatorial Race

Tom, you doth protest too much! I have received similar calls from the Bernie machine and from the Democratic party. Of course all sides try to portray the opposition in a bad light. No need to get your panties in a bunch, just hang up on them if you do not like it

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 07/14/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Snooze Alarm: Vermont Democrats' Sleepy Gubernatorial Race

I just got what seemed like a legit political polling call form Long River Research. But it was from Phil Scott's campaign saying biased things about the democratic candidates, and asking me if these "facts" would make me more of less inclined to vote for them. It then asked me if I would vote for each of them against Scott. This made me SURE that I won't be voting for Phil Scott. I'd rather vote for the evil "tax and spend liberal," the person who didn't do as much as possible following Irene, or the candidate whose wife and children live in Norway. (The last fact DID surprise me, if it's true.) The woman on the phone was so pleasant, I didn't want to hang up on her, but Phil Scott owes me 20 minutes of my life back!

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Posted by Tom A. on 07/14/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Snooze Alarm: Vermont Democrats' Sleepy Gubernatorial Race

“For what it's worth, his hostility to large-scale renewable energy projects — not exactly a liberal stance…”

Industrial wind development is not a left/right issue; it is an issue that involves crony capitalism, environmentalism, and social justice.

Wind turbines are developed by an industry that contributes tons of money to political campaigns and reaps fabulous rewards from those contributions. Those rewards include handsome transfers of taxpayer and ratepayer money and a preferred status that enables developers to skirt development regulations.

The wind installations do tremendous environmental damage and exacerbate the very impacts of climate change that promoters feign concern about. (In Vermont those would be accelerated extinctions, loss of food security, and increased vulnerability to stormwater disasters.)

Finally, wind projects are built in economically disadvantaged areas. Thus, the well-heeled get to live the delusion that they are saving the planet while they externalize the impacts of the huge machines. The poor country folk who are affected are not compensated for the loss of quality of life or the loss of property values.

Why is this a left/right issue?

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Posted by Mark Whitworth on 07/14/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Museum Piece: Inside the Most Important Garage in Vermont Politics

Yeah, Walter, that panel's reds (the tractor and US flag stripes were the same cherry red at first) ended up pretty orange. I think the explanation is that they were both out in the sun too long. In fact, I'm sure that's the problem!

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Posted by Timothy Jay Newcomb on 07/06/2016 at 5:33 PM
Posted by SchMan on 07/06/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Museum Piece: Inside the Most Important Garage in Vermont Politics

Farmall tractors are RED. What MAZZA has according to your cartoon is an old Allis Chalmers. Jeeze, get it right.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 07/06/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Truant Story: His Presidential Run Is Done, But Sanders Is Still Playing Hooky

I believe the phrase is "a bucket of warm spit".

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Posted by Brad Wilhelm on 06/30/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Truant Story: His Presidential Run Is Done, But Sanders Is Still Playing Hooky

Seriously, Senator Egomaniac? It was more important to be on the Stephen Colbert show than to cast an important senate vote for gun control in the wake of Orlando, when it's already been decided that you're not going to be the Democratic presidential nominee? Please resign your Senate seat so you can travel around the country and be all important-like.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/29/2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

Nice to see the man wanting our top law enforcement position in the state "TJ Donovan" mince words afraid to lose votes as usual.

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Posted by Green Mountain Boy on 06/25/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

So if private sales are the problem, where are the statistics of mass shootings involving private sale firearms? So far all the firearms were purshased leagally or stolen from someone who purshased legally.

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Posted by Michael Simonds on 06/25/2016 at 2:26 PM

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