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Re: “Communities Demand More Say on Solar Projects

Article states: Developers and state officials say they take town plans into consideration and that the process works the way it's supposed to. "If the community puts specification in the town plan, it's not clear that the Public Service Board doesn't take that into account," said Darren Springer, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Public Service.

Darren Springer apparently missed the case of Joe Larkin & South Burlington, even though it was the cover story of Seven Days article on solar last fall. Developer Larkin ignored South Burlington's Comprehensive Plan and so did the PSB. They ignored the official letter they received from South Burlington's own Planning Commission, stating the Planning Commission's opposition to the project because it does not comply with South Burlington's Comprehensive Plan.

Here you have a town that spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars and countless volunteer hours updating their Comprehensive Plan, complying with Governor Kunin's Act 200. The land is zoned for natural resources protection and for a wildlife corridor. Connects all the way down to Shelburne Pond. At most, was supposed to be a park. Instead, thanks to total exemptions from all local zoning and Act 250, it is now carpet-bombed with solar panels.

Tony Klein is a good guy whose heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, he seems entirely comfortable with having gutted Act 250 and undermined local zoning. I get zero impression that he supports anything more than window dressing regarding increasing community input. Vermont Democrats have gone overboard in the wrong direction, abandoning the values of citizen input and environmental protection that got them to this point. They were rightly smacked in the last election and face further losses if they don't get on the right side of this, among other issues.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/26/2015 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Aerial Shots Capture Lowell Wind Project Progress

The Sutton_Hoos of the world keep pretending that wind turbines A) don't add cumulative impact to what Man has already built and B) that natural aesthetics are largely trivial. These are the same tired arguments that nature-wreckers have used since the Industrial Revolution began. I think many of these people would be perfectly fine if half the planet looked like an industrial park. They have no real souls or conscience, just a mindless need for their narrow definition of progress, which usually means more people and less nature.

Wind turbines proliferate in such a way that NIMBY is a false claim, since views are threatened far beyond local backyards and towns. The vertical scale, quantity and kinetic aspect of these machines is unlike anything else Man builds. They are being placed far from the urban areas that use most of their power and present a terrible form of urban sprawl detached from its city roots. The very fact that so many people complain about them should be telling. All these fake environmentalists with their endless excuses will take the walk of shame when enough wind turbines proliferate. They loom over current scenery and future quality of life. You have to consider how many of them we'll finally end up with, not just what's here now.

Posted by Alec Sevins on 03/26/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Sorrell Accuses Corren of Campaign Finance Violations

This is astonishing. As Kevin Kelley previously reported in Seven Days, former South Burlington City Council Chair Pam Mackenzie engaged in blatant campaign finance violations. Failure to file the legally required campaign finance reports of her (record-breaking) spending. Black and white violation of Vermont's (rather lax) campaign finance laws. In addition, an affiliated support group for Ms. Mackenzie, the so-called "Citizens for Good Government" also engaged in this same illegal behavior. The penalty for each of these violations is $10,000. Did Attorney General Sorrell enforce the law vs. Mackenzie and "Citizens for Good Government"? Was there even so much as a slap on the wrist, a penalty of any sort? No, the AG's office completely ignored it & let Mackenzie and her allies off scot-free. Now we have Dean Corren facing the full force of the law. Is is just a convenient coincidence that Pam Mackenzie and "Citizens for Good Government" were carrying the Shumlin administration water on the F-35 fighter jet locally but Dean Corren had some questions and concerns about the F-35? Sure looks like if you align with Shumlin & the big business 1%ers, you get a free pass on complying with the law.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/26/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Thousands Turn Out for Ticket Amnesty Day

I would beg to differ on the insurance part of this article -- It is possible to get ins. with out a drivers license.
You can register a car and get insurance for it and have some one else drive it . Please correct me if i am wrong . Of course you need to provide proof !

Posted by Tim Hodgdon on 03/26/2015 at 3:53 PM

Re: “By Lopsided Vote, Vermont Senate Approves New Gun Regulations

Thank you to Senator Campbell and Senator Sears and the 6 awesome Chittenden County Senators who
showed leadership with this common sense public safety issue to keep guns out of the hands of people who have committed serious violent crimes.

I was not born in Vermont (not my decision) but I have made the decision for this to be my home since 1973. I find it very sad, offensive and prejudicial for a senator to tell me to leave Vermont because I support no guns for violent felons.

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Posted by Steph Holdridge on 03/26/2015 at 3:09 PM

Re: “By Lopsided Vote, Vermont Senate Approves New Gun Regulations

Congratulations to the Senate for reflecting the will of the people and using common sense. This bill is not about hunting or even random crime, and it's certainly not about the culture of Vermont, which no one owns (Sen. Rodgers). It's about suicide and domestic violence, which are big problems in need of solutions in Vermont.

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Posted by GreenMan48 on 03/26/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Sorrell Accuses Corren of Campaign Finance Violations

Who says tigers don't eat their young. Poor Dino, now a 2 time loser.

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Posted by MarkW on 03/26/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Republicratic Values: Cuts to the Poor

Sadly, this article nails it. We have cut so deeply that our government hardly functions. We don't invest in our future. I'd be happy to pay more in taxes to fix our roads, clean our lake, educate our kids, provide health care, weatherize our buildings, etc. We've lost sight of how we all benefit through investment. The only thing I see trickling down is contempt for government which is the logical outcome of cutting spending to the point where government can't deliver the services needed.

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Posted by Jeffrey Gephart on 03/26/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “By Lopsided Vote, Vermont Senate Approves New Gun Regulations

Great that the bill passed. i would prefer it included universal background checks, something polls show over 70% of Vermonters favor, which is a pretty impressive majority. I would guess that an even higher percentage of Vermonters would agree that no one is entitled to decide who is and who is not welcome in Vermont.

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Posted by Brian Sawyer on 03/26/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “UVM Campus Smoking-Ban Proposal Sparks Debate

When I was at Penn State about 15 years ago, they banned it, and that campus is many times larger than UVM so smokers had to go quite a distance to smoke. The school justified it simply by saying how much they spend picking up butts and that they wanted to save that money. They had a specialized golf cart type thing with a vacuum hose operated from the driver seat for picking them up.

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Posted by Damon Lane on 03/26/2015 at 8:10 AM

Re: “By Lopsided Vote, Vermont Senate Approves New Gun Regulations

Sen. Rodgers, You are wrong. My family has been in Vermont since before it was Vermont, I am fine with hunting culture, but I support this bill, and other reasonable measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands -- and so do the vast majority of Vermonters, as multiple independent polls have shown.. I also notice you are not complaining about outside influence of the NRA, otherwise know as the gun manufacturers' association.

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Posted by JLPEN on 03/26/2015 at 8:05 AM

Re: “UVM Campus Smoking-Ban Proposal Sparks Debate

Smokers do not have rights. There is not a single piece of legislation ever passed at the state, local, or federal level, protecting the so-called right to smoke a cigarette. You no more have the right to light up in public than you do to swig liquor from a bottle in public or do any number of other things in public that are deemed a nuisance or a danger. I grow tired of these little people with their vile addiction framing the argument as if we were talking about the right to vote or to marry or any number of other true civil rights. It's especially disguising when it's a bunch of spoiled, self-involved millennials squawking and whining. As for Hipster Dickinson, who says it "makes us feel like the school is saying we're too stupid to understand the consequences of the habit we've chosen," well, it feels that way because that IS what the school is saying, and the school is saying it because it is true.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 03/26/2015 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Pipe Dream? Bill Envisions Vermont Pot Lounges, Stores

Ohhh....This is all so hilarious! You ALL are under educated about Cannabis Reform... Most of the problem stems from people being so miss-led about the plant itself. Then the politics, oh the politics. David's bill introduced into the house is actually pretty well written for staters. There may need to be a few tweaks here and there but it's a great starting point.

Posted by Aaron Surprenant on 03/25/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Super Troopers 2 Is Ready to Shoot, Soliciting Crowdfunding

I can operate a camera

Posted by Frederic Dolomite Noyes on 03/25/2015 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Super Troopers 2 Is Ready to Shoot, Soliciting Crowdfunding

The last sentence of the piece was priceless! That's what it's all about...to hell with Farva! (In the trunk, or otherwise!)
Personally, I think it would be great if they came up here and shot in on "real" location...the interstate stretch between Milton and Georgia would be hot! (No...NOT the State of Georgia! You've been chugging one too many bottles of Liquid Gold...)

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Posted by Jim Fleury on 03/25/2015 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Super Troopers 2 Is Ready to Shoot, Soliciting Crowdfunding

They've made $1,955,791 in one day. Unbelievable.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 03/25/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Health Connect Leaves Low-Income Vermonters Struggling

Does Carberry realize that if she is obtaining health care through her partner and they are not traditionally married (same sex marriage/domestic partnership is not recognized by the federal government yet) she is responsible to pay taxes on the value of that health plan? It is considered income because they are not traditionally married. Her tax liability could be in the thousands of dollars.

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Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 03/25/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “UVM Campus Smoking-Ban Proposal Sparks Debate

A few comments
1. "nursing a newport" seems like clumsy language.
2. Change your major, Alex, unless your trust fund is large.
3. The Agront quotation is classic.
4. Smoking is gross and I don't want to be around it. Smokers do have rights, though, and simply forcing them away from where you want them to be does not solve the problem smokers create. Efforts should be made to create places where smokers can smoke without exposing nonsmokers to smoke.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/25/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Communities Demand More Say on Solar Projects

I will note the term 'brownfields' mentioned...so I suppose a field that might not get hayed or other wised used for agricultural purposes would be better turned black, into a 'blackfield' than be turned into row houses.

The solar gold rush is making money for Wall Street and the preppy companies pushing the scam...all the while "Wall Street" and Washington destroyed the ability for a farmer to keep the fields green by being able to make a decent living creating essential wealth.

Put the solar panels on roofs and over parking lots.

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Posted by Bruce Marshall on 03/25/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Amendment Would Push Same-Day Voter Registration to 2017

I'm curious how this legislation would prevent town-hopping by organized bands of "same-day voters."

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Posted by Chris Roy on 03/25/2015 at 10:37 AM

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