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Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

This debate was advertised to happen Tuesday Aug 23. I wonder what happened. I missed it.

Posted by m8rcia on 08/23/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Way to go Charlie and Christine! I grew up at the mouth of the river. Spent every summer at the boathouse with my brothers, cousins and friends. Mr. & Mrs. Auer were the sweetest couple. They loved all the kids that hung around. I'm so happy that Charlie and Christine are still running it. I will stop to see them on my next visit to Vermont!

Posted by Shelia Marquis on 08/23/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

I agree with Phil that the debates should be broadcast to a statewide audience on the networks. With all the ad income they received during the primaries they can afford to use some for public service. We also saw Sue pander to the teachers union who sponsored this debate. So future debate should not be sponsored by special interest groups.
We saw the free spending Sue Minter seeming to continue the spending spree of the Shumlin administration and democratic legeslature, while Phil Scott reiterated his commitment to rein in spending.

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Posted by Peter Daniels on 08/23/2016 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Wanna know why Minter wants to rape the Ridges ? Pull up her campaign contribution list and print it if you have enough paper. Now look at the percentage of out of state money she's pocketing and how Blittersdorf , friends , family and maybe even their dogs and cats are all ready to go on 500' wind fans on all the ridges.
When asked about getting and keeping millennials here, she referred to the "Urbanization" of Vermont because that's what millenials like. I guess you could call the "New Vista" project proposed for 20,000 people near Tunbridge "Urbanization" by her definition. Her Campaign slogan should be "Make Vermont Massachusetts again" Big Money,,,, Big Plans,,,, Big Problems !

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Posted by ezduzit on 08/23/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Scott's position on wind and solar seems to make sense, and appears to me more in tune with Vermonters actual desires. The Doyle Poll last march showed that 90% of those who responded wanted more local control of siting projects.

Wind and solar are vastly different in regards to environmental impacts and how/when they produce power. As two weeks ago showed, on the hottest days of the year when we needed power the most, wind production was negligible. While the hot, sunny day made for optimal solar generation.

It is a wise stance to separate out wind and solar and not lump them together. Wind can hardly be considered "green" when it requires roads on our ridges, environmental degradation, wildlife deaths, habitat change, and noise to those who live nearby. Solar on the other hand has essentially none of these, and can also be built on our rooftops and parking lots.

Vermonters care about about their ridges, and it is part of their identity. I'm not sure why the Democrats don't get this.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/23/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

No gun control or pot legalization discussed. A marshmallow debate.

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Posted by Bill Keogh on 08/23/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

Minter is supporting a bank franchise fee. This taxation of finance capital is, structurally, the only thing that can meaningfully re-shape the politics of merciless budgetary austerity which are crucifying populations from Anchorage to Athens.

You pay taxes on everything. Banks and investment groups pay no taxes on any transactions whatsoever. This is the elephant in our den.

Nobody in either party actually really cares about any of the other issues in politics... the order of the day is to shield financiers from anybody exposing their hostility to the American system of political economics.

Our job us to push the Democratic Party away from the banking industry that has caged them and push for robust taxation and regulation of finance capitalists--the banks--that rest at the true center of power in our society today.

Push her avidly to initiate a full frontal assault on the banking industry and you won't have to worry about or remember Mr. Scott's name for much longer.

Cheers! Bless you all! It's our America--not theirs!

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 08/23/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

"Asked whether transgendered students should be able to use the bathrooms of their choice in schools, both Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott said they should."
Good news, this, but the term "transgendered" implies something happened to change a person. In fact, a person identifying as transgender (there is no "-ed" suffix) is describing who they already are.

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Posted by Sheryl on 08/23/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

$50K being the median income for a family does not make it a good salary. In fact, I'd say it is a problem. I'd look at the fact that the average income in Chittenden county, which is where these teachers work, and see it is closer to $85K. That's quite a bit more than your numbers suggest and quite a bit more than teachers in their early 30's make.

By the way, I wouldn't call a teaching position a 9-month job unless I was grossly misinformed as to what a teacher does.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 08/22/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

"a teacher in their early 30's is making mid $50K, which is not that great of a salary."

Assuming your figures are correct, $50k is the Vermont median income for an entire household. Which includes potentially two income earners in the same household. And which includes people at the end of their working careers, not at the beginning. So, yes, a teacher earning $50k in his or her early thirties is earning more than most of the people who are supporting that teacher. Plus, that $50k is for a 9-month job with fantastic benefits.…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/22/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Do your homework, Penelope. Here:…

A teacher does not approach $70K until earning a master's degree and having 12 years of service. That's not likely for a teacher in their early 30's. More likely, a teacher in their early 30's is making mid $50K, which is not that great of a salary.

Let's also remember teacher's pay taxes as well. On top of everything jhilt says, how would you like to contribute to your own salary with your taxes?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 08/22/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Phil Scott: Bruised and Battered or Road-Tested?

Phill Scott you got to stand up for himself he's still does not Sue Minter still claims he has cleaned up everything after after the big storm I know for a fact Neil lunderville was hired to do that job and he did a very good job. He was interviewed on Channel 3 couple of days ago she asked him if he would sign he started to explain she said this is a yes or no question no it was not depends on what was in the bill that's the second time she ambushed him but does not do that to to sue minter WCAX little bit biased you think

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 08/21/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

If Burlington Teachers had 'The Right Stuff' and were at the top of their game they would be teaching in the South Burlington School System making that wage that they are envying.

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Posted by JimM on 08/21/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

@Penelope - Teaching really is a walk in the park. Perhaps you should do the job of teacher for less and can save us all a bunch of money! I imagine you would have no problem with educating at-risk students who are experiencing emotional/physical/sexual abuse at home. It sounds like you can show up for the 8 hours of paid time and not need any prep time. I suppose you could channel the entire scope and sequence of the Common Core across all content areas, to students of all stages of development, regardless of disability, with flawless collaboration skills, and can work with all families regardless of socio-economic status or culture.

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Posted by jhilt123 on 08/20/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Fantastic idea and story. Would love to paint there to support them. Let us know when the next time is. Thank you. Jennie Kristel

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Posted by Jennie Kristel on 08/20/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

So a teacher in their early thirties with a government job working less than 7 months out of each year, is paid seventy thousand dollars courtesy of me and other taxpayers who make less working full time? And next year wants that amount increased to 75,000? With health and retirement benefits that cost even more. No, this does not sound reasonable to me!

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Posted by Penelope on 08/20/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

@Susan Joy, I am not saying Burlington teachers should be paid the same as South Burlington. Property and income taxes around the state are already very high, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the Brigham decision and Act 60.

But I am saying the Superintendent and the School Board have unfortunately lost significant credibility because of the ethical failings you reference. Has the School Board made a reasonable offer given the economy and endless tax increases from Montpelier? Yes. But the School Board would be stronger & have more support for these negotiations if they were not cheating the system and coming up with nonsense loopholes for their own or the Superintendent's self-gain. The actions of the School Board are not in isolation. It is Mr. Porter who is out there publicly defending Mr. Obeng's misrepresentations about where he was going to live, etc. These are the people who are supposed to be examples and leaders for our children. Instead, their "leadership" amounts to: do as I say; not as I do.

Also, sad to say, with the exception of the courageous Max Tracy, the Burlington City Council has just taken action to weaken the residency requirement for city leaders. At the ballot box, the voters overwhelmingly rejected attempts to eliminate the residency requirement (twice in the last 15 years). So instead of honoring the voters who have repeatedly supported this law, the City Council shamefully amended it so as to have almost no meaning now. What next, will they try and say it's OK to elect anyone Mayor of Burlington, so long as the person resides somewhere in Chittenden County?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/19/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Opinion: Judge Rainville’s Soft Racism

I could easily imagine this exchange between any individual before the court under these circumstances, especially if they were white and privileged. This is a horrible critique.

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Posted by Michael Monte on 08/19/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Thanks so much for a sweet, tender, and delightful story about Charlie's Boathouse! Yes, it will take a community effort to save such a treasure. I'll be interviewing Charlie next week for StoryCorps. Can't wait!

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Posted by Megan Humphrey on 08/19/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Let's not paint teachers as breaking the bank. A teacher in Burlington with a master's degree and 10 years of service earns $66K. That's a decent salary but by no means is that living large, especially considering the cost of living in and around Burlington.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 08/19/2016 at 8:09 AM

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