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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Politics

Re: “The Emperor’s New Bros: Can Shumlin Sell Single-Payer to the Vermont Legislature?

When I described Governor Shumlin's notional financing plan for the single payer health care system on the Senate floor in May, I relied on information that I obtained from a Vermont reporter that I confirmed independently. It had nothing to do with a meeting I had a month or two before with Jeb Spaulding and Michael Costa that focused mostly on the plan I had put forward for single payer financing.

In any event, Spaulding's comments are a red herring. There should be a robust debate about the options for single payer financing. There is no justifiable reason for keeping the plans secret and it reflects poorly on the Vermont press corps that no reporter has yet written about plans that clearly already exist.

Peter Galbraith
Senator, Windham County

Posted by Peter Galbraith on 10/19/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The Emperor’s New Bros: Can Shumlin Sell Single-Payer to the Vermont Legislature?

Well now, Seven Days' cover artist sure took more than a bit of artistic license in depicting Shummy's bod. Can't imagine the Gov is ripped like the cartoon. At least Shummy's nose was drawn in perspective.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 10/16/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Emperor’s New Bros: Can Shumlin Sell Single-Payer to the Vermont Legislature?

What was the point about including the following paragraph about Shumlin's actions immediately following the WCAX debate?

"At the end of the debate, Shumlin worked his way back to the chairs where the audience had been seated and introduced himself to the Champlain students. He clasped one young blonde's right hand with his, then traced a line down her forearm with his left pointer finger, as if it was the most ordinary thing in the world to do."

Was something being cleverly suggested by writing about how Shumlin shook the hand of the young blonde Champlain College student? Does it have anything to do with equating Shumlin to Bill Clinton? Does Shumlin have some kind of reputation as a "horn dog" or "philanderer" that people can't just come out and state plainly?

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 10/15/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Young Republicans Challenge Incumbent Dems in New North End

Dave Hartnett is described in the article as a "moderate democrat." What does it mean to be a moderate democrat?

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Posted by Daniel Cahill on 10/02/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Young Republicans Challenge Incumbent Dems in New North End

Shumski has my vote!

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Posted by Jamie Cahill on 10/02/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Young Republicans Challenge Incumbent Dems in New North End

Ly is also Wright's opponent since two people will be elected from District 6.1. If Cole(D) and Ly (R) come in first and second, Wright (R) is out and can focus his attention on his other elected position, serving as a City Councilor. Write-in Hooper (D) is also a challenger.

Candidates Forum, Oct 22, Miller Center. 6:45pm. Moderated by North End Neighborhood Planning Assembly. Dist 6.2 candidates O'Sullivan and Shumski will also participate in the forum.

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 10/01/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Young Republicans Challenge Incumbent Dems in New North End

I'm surprised by Joanna Cole's contention that meeting with her constituents, hearing their interests and concerns directly from the people, themselves, and shaking their hands, forming a bond with the people she represents is "political garbage" to her. The devil is in the details.

Cole deplores the "political garbage" she tries to avoid in campaigning, then requires the same political maneuvering as a necessary ingredient for Michael Ly to be successful. When deciding who best to legislate on my behalf, I'd prefer a financial expert who has proven his business acumen, over someone who demonstrates fuzzy thinking.

Fortunately, Michael Ly treats meeting with his constituents as a priority. He seems to want to learn, firsthand, what is important to the people he represents, to really get to know them and to let them know who he is and what he stands for; to demonstrate his integrity, instead of relying on rhetoric. That's the best way to predict what product he'll deliver once he's in office. Michael Ly is an excellent choice for the Statehouse.

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Posted by chai613 on 10/01/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Young Republicans Challenge Incumbent Dems in New North End

First let me thank my friends and neighbors in the NNE for taking the time to write me in on the Ballot last August. I was out of state dealing with the death of my father and a new secure residence and guardianship for my mother-and didn't even have the chance to vote for myself!!

Although I do not think I will have the time to go door to door again this year, I do plan to reach out to voters by web based, and telephone contact, as well as the traditional North Avenue News. I do not believe raising money dictates the viability of a local neighborhood campaign, and although not mentioned in the article, placed Campaign Finance Issues as one of my primary issues along with property tax restructuring.

Along with a 30 year career in state government, I have served for over a decade on the retirement board of Burlington, VPIC- the committee that invests over $4 Billion dollars in state retirement funds for Vermonters , and am appointed by the Governor to his Veterans Advisory Committee. I remain active as the past county chair and current treasurer of the Chittenden County Democrats and am involved as data base administrator for the Vermont Old Cemetery Association.

Voters interested in talking to me about campaign issues can reach me at 862 0708. Thanks

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Posted by Bob Hooper on 10/01/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Liberty Union Party Sticks to Its Ideals — and Keeps Losing

The article misses the point. Liberty Union has never been about people but principles. Liberty Union stands against war and violence. We stand against Nuclear power and for community control of all processes in society. We advocate that all get their basic needs met including complete medical care, housing, education and food.

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Posted by Marina Brown on 09/25/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Why Doesn't Vermont Elect More Women to Higher Office?

I’m Emily Peyton, a woman independent for governor,( http://www.emilypeyton.org/) and here are my three campaign priorities: It would help the public if Ms Flagg covered my campaign!

Health
Merely focusing on lowering costs of treatment of symptoms will not solve our core health issues. Vermont should directly open clinics with salaried doctors and nurses educated at UVM in exchange for service allowing any Vermonter to freely visit them. 84 million a year is enough for that. Encouragement to displace pharmaceutical drugs with other natural healing methods, major reduction of opiate prescriptions and research on legal to grow Cannabis is prudent. Ultra-Fine particulate aluminum and other metals are currently being sprayed into the air from planes causing the huge rise in autism, and Alzheimer’s. Toxins in the air, soil, water, food, financial stress and the medical industry itself are leading causes of poor health, disease and death.
As Governor I’ll focus on reducing both costs and root causes.

Economy

I'll serve the needs of future generations giving them economic thriving sustainability. A Vermont branding that puts our products and services on par with German and Swiss standards is the right direction for us. State support for micro businesses, worker-owned cooperatives, a state reserve bank and hemp product research are important means I will use to direct money flow to Vermonters who live now with enforced scarcity. I have proposed policy to give land tax free to those willing to create perma-farms and perma-farming communities for our much needed statewide food independence and security. Instituting these are critical to our State’s wellbeing. In short I’ll direct policy for new money to spurt up bringing with it a fully engaged economy . Good monetary policy will bring a new economy where taxation can be slowly phased out.

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Primary Goal:
I won’t allow our youth to be indebted to the banking industry so I’ll encourage a wide variety of educational methods based on building unilateral confidence for learning, and development of individual purpose, with individual sense of community responsibility and belonging. I’ll direct money for independent schools, homeschooling, add to that high school apprenticeships, and post high school college tuition exchanges with multiple methods for debt-free education.// I’ll build out from Vermont’s understanding of harmony with nature, not follow mandates coming from those completely out of touch with it. That why I’ll demand imagination and end compliance with directives that only benefit a dying model of uber-corporatism. Remember, imagination is our direct route to community value.

Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/25/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Liberty Union Party Sticks to Its Ideals — and Keeps Losing

Emily Peyton is me, an independent for Governor comprehensive policy at http://www.emilypeyton.org/
. Elections by the people, not the press.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/25/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Liberty Union Party Sticks to Its Ideals — and Keeps Losing

Seven Days has been doing its part to rig the election for years. Using mocking and silence, they support the status quo that has brought us such poor result (climate change, war, economic war, for-profit medicine, addictions and more). I am an independent woman for governor, a fact well known to seven days reporters, I espouse positions popular with many readers ( no fracked gas, legal to grow cannabis, hemp research and development, no ridge line wind, State Reserve Bank and alt currencies) but will they give readers information about me or my platform? NOT a word. Not one word over 5 years. They will, however, deride, mock and denigrate me. The press should be simply trotting out information, unilaterally, not attempting to influence voters in elections. Seven Days is in my experience the most egregious of offenders in Vermont. It shares that prize with VT Digger.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/25/2014 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Liberty Union Party Sticks to Its Ideals — and Keeps Losing

Seven Days' online comment guidelines include "don't be mean-spirited." I wish the same rule applied to their articles. Kelley makes no attempt here to be objective or open minded. Despite not winning elections, Liberty Union has won thousands of votes and shaped the political debate in Vermont. We have been a bulwark against the rightward shift in US politics.

Liberty Union is part of a global movement for socialism. Our ideas are still vibrant and relevant today. Look at the organizers and their message at the People's Climate March in New York City September 21st. Socialists organized a conference with over a thousand attendees the day before. The award-winning journalist Naomi Klein was one of the most popular speakers, who says in her new book on climate change, This Changes Everything, “The really inconvenient truth is that it's not about carbon – it's about capitalism.” In this age of rampant capitalism and crisis, it is Keller's dismissive attitude that is out of step with history.

Kelley confuses our opposition to selling out with being against fundraising. As a candidate talking to voters, I constantly find myself working to overcome enormous skepticism about the system - and myself for participating in it. Money in politics and Kelley's horse-race perspective on elections turns off voters and leads to low voter participation.

There is certainly room for fair criticism against Liberty Union. But judge us on our own terms. Liberty Union's website, www.libertyunionparty.org includes over a dozen statements released to the press addressing topics, such as climate change, police brutality, wars in the Middle East, and the fight for a $15 minimum wage. Kelley's failure to examine any of these issues, or even quote a single word, is a disservice not only to a legally recognized major party, but to all Vermont Voters.

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Posted by Matthew Andrews on 09/25/2014 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Contest for Votes Spotlights a Changing Winooski

By the way Clem Bissonnette is not 80 years old. More like 69.-70.

Posted by John R on 08/22/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Institute for Social Ecology Marks 40 Years of Anarchy

If I may add some nuance to Mr. Kelley’s characterization of my presentation, I’d like to note that my focus was on what we have to learn from families who are deschooling, or unschooling, about why so many young people are alienated from the educational process. Yes, the national standardized testing and textbook industries have a stranglehold on educational resources, but my point was that these monies could be redirected to materials, resources, and educational activities that would really engage young people in learning. As a teacher educator for decades and author of books on democratic leadership and defending public schools, I remain committed to the democratic promise of public schools, but I believe that we must do substantially more to make them places of creativity, engagement, relevance, social justice, and democratic practice. In fact, I spoke favorably of Vermont’s new initiative around personalized learning and expressed optimism that this will be successful in engaging young people and their communities in the kinds of learning experiences that will do just that.

Kathleen Kesson

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Posted by Kathleen Kesson on 08/20/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Contest for Votes Spotlights a Changing Winooski

Clem Bissonnette and Ken Atkins are downplaying the extent of their intense intolerance towards the GLBT community, and personal human rights in general. Turns out, they voted multiple times against gay marriage, as well as the civil union bill before that. How disdainful and narrow-minded of them to vote against the personal freedoms of a large number of their own constituency? Winooski is proud to count a large and thriving GLBT population among its diverse inhabitants. In fact, Winooski’s own City Manager is gay! It’s evident that these elderly men would deny her the right to marry if they had their way!

Additionally, they have repeatedly demonstrated their disregard for their own constituent’s welfare from the projected environmental impact of the F-35 basing in Winooski by their continued support of the decision. They continue to fully support the bomber/fighter basing in our densely-populated residential neighborhoods, despite the USAF’s prediction of the enormous damage that the F35s would disproportionately inflict upon Winooski. Atkins also voted against a fracking ban for the state, and lobbied heavily in Montpelier as a private citizen last spring against all of Burlington’s proposed common-sense gun restrictions. Do these positions sound to you like they are in the best interests of Winooski and Vermont?

Both Bissonnette and Atkins have also both voted in the past to restrict young women’s access to reproductive services. With the very scary trend in other states to restrict or deny women’s reproductive rights, we simply can’t run the risk of representatives from our city who would vote this way. They both voted against the “death with dignity” end of life decision laws. Yet despite their voting records to the contrary, they glibly state that they have “generally supported most Democratic priorities”?

Let’s see, they have voted against marriage equality rights, civil unions, reproductive rights, medical marijuana use, decriminalization of marijuana, end of life rights, and against the personal health, safety and property rights of Winooski citizens from the F35 noise impact which will cause over half of our houses to be deemed “not suitable for residential use”, and Atkins is heavily pro-gun rights and supports fracking in Vermont.

Just who ARE they representing, anyway? From their records, they have made it clear where their priorities lies, and it is NOT with the best interests of Winooski and its residents. At least, not if you believe in ensuring personal liberties and working towards improving Winooski’s future.

Enough is enough! Time for a change in our little City with new representatives who will truly reflect today’s Winooski and protect its future, as well as the dignity and rights of its residents.

Vote Gonzalez and Millar! It’s time for a CHANGE!!!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 08/20/2014 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Where Do Your Vermont Income Tax Dollars Go?

All tax rates provided by the State Tax Calculator of PayMyCheck.info site

Posted by Rameswar Reddy on 08/06/2014 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Some Make the Case to Keep Burlington Telecom

It would be amusing if this deal with Citibank fell apart because of the farcical belief that this dog might one day become a golden goose.
Glad I'm not a tax payer in this never never land. BTW, why weren't Kiss and his cohorts charged with financial fraud or misuse of public funds ?
(I'm looking forward to seeing how many thumbs down I get)

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Posted by Richard Guttman on 08/05/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Some Make the Case to Keep Burlington Telecom

The people of Burlington have not been told the truth from the start and that will not change. Government can not and should not be alowed to run a business. BT has been a problem from the start!
For those that support it, you giv ethe taxpayers back their money and you run it if it's so damn good!

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Posted by Edward McGrath on 08/05/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Some Make the Case to Keep Burlington Telecom

Well maybe if seven days diddnt blog about an author of theirs electing fairpoint because it was cheaper - maybe bt would be doing a tiny bit better.

Posted by Mike Ferlandium-FourtySeven on 08/03/2014 at 8:20 PM

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