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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Politics

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

The vote should be considered as a support for marijuana . But for sure it is a vote of illegal undergound and non taxed transactions. Nothing changed except the industry is still in the hands of the underground.

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Posted by downhillracer on 05/13/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

If the issue is about the kids and keeping it away from them, why is it that if you wanted to find some pot you would ask a kid. Where do these folks live??? Kids have anything they want, anytime. Are these the same people that don't lock their liquor cabinet at home so the kids have access anytime? You want to do something for society, sell alcohol at the drug store, by prescription only.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 05/13/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

"budding advocacy" and "grassroots effort" - cute

There was nothing in the bill about enforcement of the prohibition on sales to minors. The House did the right thing for our kids.

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Posted by Bruce Cunningham on 05/13/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

Responsible recreational drug use is an oxymoron. It requires only a minor amount of intelligence to see that society as a whole pays a much greater price for legalizing recreational drug use/abuse.

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Posted by Vermont Patriot on 05/13/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

How many metaphors/puns can fit in to one paragraph? I count three (not including the slam-dunk which mixes the metaphors)
Despite the governor's support, and passage of an early version of a bill in the Senate, the bid to legalize marijuana in Vermont went up in smoke this year. While the average Vermonter might have expected it to be a slam dunk, pro-legalization forces had trouble agreeing on who could grow and sell pot. Opponents were louder than supporters. And budding advocacy efforts never turned into the kind of statewide grassroots effort required to overturn federal legislation.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/13/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

If you are worried about the use of tobacco , you should be equally concerned about the use of marijuana .Otherwise you are just a stoner hypocrite . Do we really need easier access to more drugs ? Maybe pot should be decriminalized and perhaps it should be taxed and regulated as we do with alcohol and tobacco products . Perhaps , but it is NOT a benign product ! Care should be taken .

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Posted by Rich ard on 05/12/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Interactive: Explore the Military Equipment in Your Community

Question: nowhere do I see on the list a "helicopter" that flies around mostly during certain "seasonal" times... Now who owns that, pays the pilots, the fuel, the equipment and man hours and maintainence of said aircraft? Those are questions the people have a right to know. I'm 95% sure it's their tax money......

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Posted by Brian Eskew on 05/12/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

"In the House, people said they were not hearing from their constituents on this,"

they're lying. 50 fucking people testified for legalization at the house hearing, 10 against.

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Posted by Jeff Laughlin on 05/12/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

The House reflects the status quo. Clearly the House doesn't actually represent the will and vision of the people. There are too many members, and we need term limits. We also need an ethics commission. Then Vermonters can truly say it's the "People's House". What a spectacular failure. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Let's end prohibition.

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Posted by clamjam22 on 05/11/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

"Clearly, the House reflects the state more closely."

It sounds like Kevin Ellis has never looked at a public opinion poll on the subject of marijuana legalization.

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Posted by Matt Simon on 05/11/2016 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Pass/Fail: The 2016 Legislative Session's Final Tally

I see Vermont's legislators are pretty much like those anywhere else in the disunited states: uninspired and prone to too much compromise instead of making necessary, courageous decisions. I expected better out of a state that can produce a real mensch like Bernie. And I thought this legislature had a majority of sentient beings (i.e., Democrats)!

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Posted by ksmith610 on 05/11/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Road Wars: Will New Rules Help Cyclists and Motorists Coexist?

Seven male respondents--no women (except author Remsen). Over 90% do not/will not bike because US/Vermont urban areas have no safe infrastructure. Beginning to change (not yet in Chittenden County) with several downtowns/village centers with the intersection "safety belt" roundabout. Walk/bike fatalities climbing. Tony Redington of Safe Streets Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 04/27/2016 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Road Wars: Will New Rules Help Cyclists and Motorists Coexist?

Interesting--about seven men, no women comment. Only about 8% of Vermonters bike because in most downtowns, town centers and built up areas unlike many modern nations, America and Vermont have little to none (Burlington,none). Ditto for walking except for Manchester, Middlebury and Montpelier which now have town center roundabouts--the intersection safety belt. Thank you Nancy for the article.

Tony Redington TonyRVT.blogspot.com Member of Safe Streets Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 04/27/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Road Wars: Will New Rules Help Cyclists and Motorists Coexist?

A camera on a bike is no good unless you have one on the back and the front. I say this because if you are hit from the rear the camera in the front will not record what hit you. If a vehicle turns in front of you then it will be recorded but not from the rear. But then again one camera is better than none.

Posted by Keith Johnson on 04/24/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Empire State-ment: Clinton Trounces Sanders in Crucial NY Primary

Bernie hasn't complained at all about the rules. It is true, though, that each state has its own rules for primaries and those rules are well known, or at least should be, in advance. Bernie had plenty of time to get independents to register as democrats before the primary in NY. However, this does not explain missing registrations, voter purging, and other difficulties those that followed the rules had in voting.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/23/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Empire State-ment: Clinton Trounces Sanders in Crucial NY Primary

"Everyone who wants to vote should be able to."

Not a well thought out statement. We're talking about party primaries here. Non-Democrats do not get to vote in the Democratic primary, at least in some states, like NY. That fact was well known long before the primary took place.

"They should let everyone know the rules Before the day of the Primary."

Another uninformed statement. What does this statement even mean? Who's the "they"? And what "rules" were not known before the day of the primary? And not known by whom? Bernie's campaign knew all the rules about the Democratic Party system before he decided to crash the Democratic Party and run in its primary. All he has done from day one is complain about the rules.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/23/2016 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Rescue Chief: Don Turner Leads Unruly Opposition

Hopefully, Ms. Branagan will be out of the legislature after November.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 04/22/2016 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Empire State-ment: Clinton Trounces Sanders in Crucial NY Primary

Journalists like Hillary and Apple products more than your average person. Unfortunately, in Vermont the first one means you're terribly unrepresentative of actual people. Same goes for the rest of the country, to a smaller extent. Congrats on life in an echo chamber.

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Posted by Dev Martin on 04/21/2016 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Empire State-ment: Clinton Trounces Sanders in Crucial NY Primary

Everyone who wants to vote should be able to. Yes, it was a Democratic Primary, and he's running as a Democrat even though the Party higher-ups would rather have Hillary. Everyone should still be able to vote - and more importantly - they should let everyone know the rules Before the day of the Primary.

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Posted by stickinthemud on 04/21/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Empire State-ment: Clinton Trounces Sanders in Crucial NY Primary

Darlene, respectfully, you don’t seem to get it. The Democrats are a political party. They have a process for them to select their party’s nominee. So do the Republicans (and Liberty Union, Socialist, Green and many others. If there are so many non-committal - er, I mean, Independent voters, let them start their own Independent Party and nominate their Independent candidate to run in November. If they want to allow people from other parties to vote in their nomination process, that is their choice. Grumpy Grandpa Sanders apparently thought that he could persuade the Democratic Party that he should be their guy. He appears to be wrong, but still sees a “path to victory” which he apparently intends to follow until he needs to win 99.5% of the remaining pledged delegates in the last primary and when that doesn’t happen - - he’ll blame the 1% - - which is who he blames for everything else he doesn’t like in the world.

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Posted by Stacybtv802 on 04/21/2016 at 5:35 PM

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