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Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

Terjeanderson: i know the Supreme Court was specifically exempted but i guess you missed the point. The GOP will quickly do a 52-48 simple majority victory-vote to include the SUPCO appointments and, voila, the Supreme Court is no longer exempted. Did you not understand? Do you think for one moment the GOP Senate majority will hesitate to invoke the nuclear option for Supco appointments?

Posted by wahrheit on 03/26/2017 at 12:39 AM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

To explain to "E Greene" and "Wahrheit" why Carrillo should not be deported: the United States is a signatory to the Helsinki Accords of Auguest 1, 1975,signed by 35 Euopean nations, the Soviet Union, the USA, and Canada. Article VII of the Helsinki Final Act provides for reunification of families divided by an international border, the object being that family unification (and reunification) was and is an inherent human-right that transcended any internal national law. Bottom line: the US cannot "deport" and thus bust up a family, the other members of which are residents or citizens of the US.

Although the US Senate took some ten years to ratify the Helsinki Accords, in fact they are ratified, and for Mr. Greene (and Mr. Wahrheit) Treay law is the highest level of law; Treaty law supersedes all other law, including law confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. To illustrate: The US Government was obliged to return the child Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba after his mother took him to Miami and drowned in the attempt. The 11th Circuit held that the US, as a signatory to the Helsinki Accords, was obliged to remove Elian from his relatives in Miami and take him back to his father in Cuba. Janet Reno, the Attorney General (hence, minister of justice in the US scheme) under Bill Clinton, ordered a raid to remove Elian at gunpoint, whch they did. That was in JUne 2000. Elian went back to Dad in Cuba.

Trust this explains.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by wolfganger on 03/25/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “'Neighborly' Will Let Burlington Residents Invest in Their City

And you don't see anything amiss about "a path for democratic involvement" with a minimum investment of $1000? That strikes you as "democratic" somehow? Um...

Posted by Brett W on 03/25/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Public Service Board Proposes Stricter Wind Regulations

Wind: unreliable and inefficient=unacceptable. Period.

Posted by wahrheit on 03/25/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

Seriously? Instead of the normal 6% Vermont sales tax, there is already a 9% rooms and meals tax that applies to all lodging and hotel rooms. Which goes up even higher to 10% in the many jurisdictions with a local option tax (i.e., Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, etc.) And they want to add this on top of it?!

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 11:34 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

Just want to give kudos to Seven Days for allowing direct commenting and promoting robust freedom of speech, without requiring registration or log-in via some other "free" third-party data-mining and data-selling site like Face-book or G-mail.

Until this week, Vermont Public Radio did the same but unfortunately announced yesterday that, based on comments no different than the 4 below, they can no longer allow direct commenting. They will only allow commenting via third-party registration sites.

The debate around immigration is obviously very contentious. Classic "wicked" problem in that there are legitimate competing values on both sides. That said, inhibiting free speech beyond profanity or direct personal attacks is not the answer. As embodied and defended by former Seven Days contributor Judith Levine or HBO's Bill Maher on the left; or the half wack-job/half-harmless Milo Yiannopolus on the right, the answer generally to speech we disagree with is more speech. Not to label it "hate speech" and then try to censor it or end commenting altogether (as VPR's parent web-site, NPR did last year).

We saw the recent attack on speech at Middlebury, which, rather than marginalizing Charles Murray and his views, perhaps elevated him and made the students, who physically attacked the speaker and (liberal) moderator, simply appear unable to handle the First Amendment.

Sad time in America when even public radio seeks to narrow the opportunity for its own community members and donors to learn from each other or dialogue with their generally outstanding journalists. Not everyone wants to create 500 different on-line accounts or use third-party sites like Facebook for commenting. Over the years, I have been informed and educated and had my views challenged by the journalism from VPR and from Seven Days. I look forward to continuing to do so at Seven Days!

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

I have gladly paid such a fee in the past when traveling, most recently in St. Lucia, where the charge was about $2.50 US per day. With our hotel bill we were presented with a letter from the prime minister thanking us for visiting and explaining that the fee is used for community development and low-income housing. Frankly I felt glad knowing that our visit helped in that effort even in a very small way, and it actually increases the likelihood that I will return there if I have another opportunity. I think presenting a similar letter to Vermont hotel guests upon check-in or check-out would be well-received.

10 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by DeeBee on 03/24/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

They just can't help themselves, creating a tax when one isn't even needed. Imagine the possibilities if we had a Legislature working with Gov Scott to make VT more affordable rather than against him.

18 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/24/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

A comment from someone who uses the German word "wahreit" which can translate to the English "truth"?!?... English not good enough for you, Heinrich?... if you don't want to use regular English like a good 'Murican then you can just giiiiit out!!!!

4 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 03/24/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Normandy is personally invested in contracting with the state and his commentaries are aimed at boosting his ability to win RFPs. Time to hear from a less partial source.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by AnnNormandy on 03/24/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

This article has perfect timing. Mazza had absolutely benefited from this drug ring. How? I'm not sure yet. But what Walters wrote in this articles is EXACTLY what I was thinking the day this story broke. Mazza is a scum bag, we've known it for years. I really hope his actions come to light sooner than later so we can finally move on and get somebody worth sitting in that Senate seat.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

There is nothing in this article that makes me feel sorry for Carrillo or his family. It's actually too bad that he didn't apply for US citizenship because we need more US citizens with good family values. However, he can not expect sympathy for being a criminal. He committed a crime everyday since 2010 while being here illegally. Then he was arrested for driving under the influence - he was brought to an American court, given a hearing (like a citizens with rights), and his DUI charges were "dismissed." Can someone please tell me why he SHOULDN'T be deported???? If this article was supposed to make be feel sorry for him, it didn't.

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Imagine a person applying for public assistance, and not reporting income, because the form didn't have "boxes to check off".
And it seems he gets away with this because he's buds with the Governor, and with the Senate President ProTempore, Tim Ashe.
Shame on Tim Ashe.
Mazza apparently is a bum. It's time for a either an independent prosecutor, or for the Senate to do an investigation.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Bud on 03/24/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

Just love to see the compassion coming from people like wahrhelt, don't you? The immediate assumption that something fishy is going on here, and that a person presumed innocent is actually guilty? We've come a long way from the birth of this nation, when the ideals of our forefathers were the reason for our existence.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/24/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

The Safe Injection Site Commission is searching for a safe drug shooting gallery location in Chittenden County. Senator Mazza needs a new tenant for recently-vacated commercial property in Colchester, which has served this purpose, more than adequately, for many years. Anyone else thinking win-win?

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by flipflopfly on 03/24/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

As 3rd generation residents of around-the-corner Spaldings West Shore we've known Dick from his store since at least 1957 or before. There's no one more honorable, honest, genuine, and kind around. He routinely goes beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. Yes, Vermont does need better ethical standards for it's representatives, but to try to tie that fact to this drug bust, where beyond any doubt Dick had absolutely zero involvement or culpability, or to question his honest success, is more than beyond absurd, this kind of sensationalism, and muckraking reduces 7Days' credibility to zero, in our view.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 03/24/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Mazza said, "I said to the police department a year or so ago, If anything ever happens, I want you to know he pays occasionally in cash."
"Occasionally"? That's interesting, because in the VT Digger interview it appears Mazza always was always paid in cash. "The senator confirmed he accepted cash about $1,300 each month for Holmes rent at Almighty Peaks Painting." And the fact that he failed to disclose large income streams on his disclosure form is troubling. Got ethics reform? This shows how much Vermont needs to keep fighting for real ethics disclosure reform, which Dick Mazza has opposed.

19 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 03/24/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Nice work Walters! Finally a piece with some "bite." Dick Mazza is a nice decent and popular guy and he's been a loyal and very effective public servant. That said, it sounds like he's willing to release his tax returns for public scrutiny. Take him up on it, Publish them. I'm certain we will all be bored to tears because everything will be in order. Then any lingering "questions" will be forever answered.

17 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Nadworny recently had a thoughtful commentary on VPR about how our technology is not serving us well.

Whether it is Vermont Health Connect or the complete lack of cyber-security, it is arguable there have been more cons than pro from forcing everything on-line. Every few months there is a new major hack of everyone's data, including social security numbers and critical identifying information allowing for identity theft, the most recent being this news about Vermont Department of Labor/Job Link Alliance. This follows on major hacks of Federal Office of Personnel Management (exposing over 21.5 million people); the Anthem HealthCare data breach (78+ million people), etc.

There have obviously been many conveniences from the incredible expansion of the internet over the last 20 years. But as for record keepers of personal identifying data such as government bureaucracies and health care or financial companies, at what point do we as a society demand these organizations must go off-line and return to paper record-keeping and paper files simply for personal safety and protection of privacy? Maybe all of these companies and government agencies must be held personally liable for every single identity theft, including not just money stolen but time and hassle of being forced to recover identity? The banks seems to do a better job, why are health care companies and the government not able to follow suit?

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Eff this noise. Seriously Seven Days? So you want to be serious? This is trivial shite. Get it together, JW, this is pathetic.

9 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by 8valvegrowl on 03/24/2017 at 12:25 AM

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