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Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

Shumlin is we can all agree on the left and right is an asshat. Nothing to show for any of his wild eyed spending sprees This rube thinks that taxpayer money is his to piss down rat holes. I don't trust Shumlin to hire competent individuals to run his VITL's plan if history is prologue we can expect some half witted neerdowell to send good money after bad, just look a the abject failure of his Vermont Health Connect team. It is one thing to make declarations about fixing things but Shumlin has a proven track record of failing to hire competence and execute well. I have Zero confidence in his ability to understand the health care cost containment problem let alone create a working plan.

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Posted by Walt on 12/17/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

A striking reversal, Paul? You didn't see it coming? So much for the notion that you are in the inner circle. Seriously Shummy? All those words in your presser to try to hide behind, when you knew long ago SPHC was dead. Talk about a classic scam on VT-ers. I'm so sick of intelligence of VT-ers subjected to continued insult! What would have happened on election day if Pete had given full disclosure? VT Legislature: forget dopey tradition and vote Milne in to stop the continuing lying to VT! We need a fresh re-boot.

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Posted by MarkW on 12/17/2014 at 7:52 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

Green Mountain Care "Dead On Arrival" !

So the big announcement of the "single payer" financing plan is “Oh, Never Mind !” – R-E-A-L-L-Y !

The millions of dollars spent on Vermont Health Connect, Green Mountain Care (and the foolish activities of the GMC Board) could have gone to help insure the uninsured instead of chasing Shumlin's "single payer" pipe dream.

Shumlin knew all of this over a year ago when the UMASS study was presented to him – he short circuited the completion and release of the financial study because he and Gruber knew that it was all bad news. Of course Gruber and Shumlin counted on the “stupidity” of the citizen voters to keep the “single payer” charade going.

Can we now get to work making sure that every Vermonter has access to necessary healthcare (universal access) – Please!

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

postscript to Paul Heintz: Is it time to ask Shumlin “Why don’t you just concede?” yet ?
I’m just saying!

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 12/17/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Dream to Save a Tree Dies

boo hoo,,,sniff sniff.....maybe you should have chained that loud mouthed terhune to the tree...she knows everything about everything....just ask her, she'll ramble on for days!

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Posted by Bob Comp on 12/17/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

The four proposed reforms the Governor describes at the close of his statement are perhaps the most rational description of what needs to be done that I've seen from Montpelier in years. These are feet-on-the-ground realistic proposals, and based on a solid diagnosis of where the problems are that make our system "broken."
Had we focused on these four actions four years ago, instead of frittering away millions of dollars and millions of minutes on"single payer," we might actually have had something closer to a "fundable" system today. But, let's all look forward and face the facts.
If the doctrinaire single payer folks will please just take a deep breath and get behind these proposals (instead of causing further delays), we can make huge progress toward our shared goals, just as the Governor points out.

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Posted by Jeanne K on 12/17/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

The four proposed reforms the Governor describes at the close of his statement are perhaps the most rational description of what needs to be done that I've seen from Montpelier in years. These are feet-on-the-ground realistic proposals, and based on a solid diagnosis of where the problems are that make our system "broken."
Had we focused on these four actions four years ago, instead of frittering away millions of dollars and millions of minutes on"single payer," we might actually have had something closer to a "fundable" system today. But, let's all look forward and face the fact.
If the doctrinaire single payer folks would just take a deep breath andget behind these proposals (instead of causing further delays), we can make huge progress toward our shared goals, just as the Governor points out.

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Posted by Anonymous291 on 12/17/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Police Wear Cameras to Record — and Avoid — Trouble

If the camera is resent, then the person arrested / charged must have access to the video. Not allowing access to a recording of an arrest would be tantamount to evidence suppression.

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Posted by Craig Chevrier on 12/17/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Two Dems Compete for New North End City Council Seat

Jason L'Ecuyer has been the facilitator of the North End NPAs for going on 4 years, a role similar to that of the Moderator at Town Meeting. In this role, he has earned wide respect. He served two terms as our representative on the Community Development Block Grants Board, CDBG. This board allocates federal funds for City programs managed by CEDO, and makes small grants to non-profits in the city. His background in city planning and development review is important at this time when there is so much growth pressure on remaining open land in the North End.

Tom and Jason are respectfully challenging each other for the newly created Ward Councilor seat in Ward 7. A previous Seven Days article made it sound like the current sitting councilors are the ones deciding who will run for the open seats. Tout au contraire, fellow citizens in this great democracy -- the legal voters of each Ward and District choose their candidates at caucus. The Progressive caucus is airing on Ch17 now, and is on-demand at the website. The Dem caucus is Jan 11, 4pm, at Barnes Sustainability Academy.

Posted by leaterhune on 12/17/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Left Behind: Will Elizabeth Warren Eclipse Bernie Sanders?

Liz Warren has eclipsed Bernie in every metric that matters. she is measured in her message and effective. Bernie is a terrific pundit, the fact is if you look at Bernies accomplishments he hasn't really made any significant strides for the collective its all about the "Bernie" branding. his op-positional and out sized ego will lead him to run for president. He has been named to a leadership position on the budget commitee if he runs for president that important position will be lost. Sanders hasnt a real chancefor a presidential bid.

Warren understands that moving the herd in the Senate is as important or more important than winning a presidency where her positions would become lost. Sanders on the other hand driven by ego not results, his ego driven agenda is working toward his foot note in history not for the greater good of the American people that is just a secondary goal.

We would be better served by Sanders if he left the Senate and concentrated his efforts a s a political pundit another TV personality. and leave the real hard work of creating meaningful legislation to folks who place the peole over self like LIz Warren. Less hot air and more effective leadership if Sanders runs and foregoes what could be his most effective whip hand for the people we know what he is an egomaniacl blow hard in the mold of Bill O'reilly.

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Posted by Walt on 12/17/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Leahy Splits With Sanders, Welch on 'Cromnibus'

Leahy needs to be put out to pasture

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Posted by Walt on 12/16/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

Too bad we aren't hearing the whole story. Just the same BS...poor Wendy. Boohoo. Her domestic abuse claims make it look bad for those of us who have actually lived it. Put on your big girl panties and start learning to stop blaming everyone else for your predicament.

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Posted by Jennifer Cavacas on 12/15/2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “House Democrats Elect Copeland Hanzas Majority Leader

Scott,

Good catch. Thanks! We've corrected that.

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 12/15/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

This article is full of inaccuracies and facts conveniently "left out" to make it appear that Wendy is the victim. I could go on and on about that, but the issue now is where Wendy is to live. The real victim's family doesn't want her residing in Rutland, and I think that is fair considering the crime that took place. Wendy has served the minimum sentence she was given and is now allowed to carry on her life. She has the whole state of Vermont to live in, just not Rutland. Alyssia can move out of Rutland if they need to be together.

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Posted by Melissa Yingling on 12/15/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Leahy Splits With Sanders, Welch on 'Cromnibus'

This is not a good sign. Senator Leahy is treading down the wrong path.

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Posted by M Ildiko Mester on 12/15/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “House Democrats Elect Copeland Hanzas Majority Leader

John Campbell is actually (D-Windsor)

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Posted by Scott McCarty on 12/15/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

"She said she believes her own sister-in-law contracted cancer as a result of the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979."

I believe that more people are going to get sick and die early as a result of increased burning of fossil fuels when this plant closes down.

Posted by John Hughes on 12/14/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Certainly a brighter future than the one facing Chernobyl or Fukushima !

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Posted by Lionel Delevingne on 12/14/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Back in the 1980's I spent many hours at Vermont Yankee performing inspection of various repairs and maintenance to the ECCS (emergency core cooling system) and feedwater platforms. I am proud to have contributed to the safe operation of the plant for all these many subsequent years and hope the wonderful people of Vermont and especially the Vernon and Brattleboro areas can withstand the closure and maintain a reasonable standard of living without too much difficulty.
Jeff Jump
Wolcott CT

Posted by Jeffrey Jump on 12/14/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Great argument. Just cause you write it in all caps doesn't make it true:)

Posted by Michael Benoit on 12/13/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Darin Gillies’s comment errs on three points:

1) “its very cheap power.” It may be “very” cheap, but it’s not cheap enough, which is why the plant is closing, as its owners have clearly stated.

Today’s Brattleboro Reformer features an op-ed from a nuclear power supporter who writes: “I’d note that the decisions now being made on nuclear closures are being made on economic grounds, not any of the controversies that have attended nuclear over the years. Current and temporary market conditions are dictating environmental and energy policy.”

It’s really quite simple: VY power costs more to produce than the price at which the power is sold. That’s why the plant is closing.

2) “I love how there is no plan to replace the base power we are about to loose.” Vermont’s utilities replaced the power from VY years ago when they saw that their contracts were about to expire and that negotiations were not going anywhere. Vermont has been buying its power from other sources since March, 2012. And in fact, Vermont power prices have declined (slightly) as a result.

3) “it doesn't ruin mountain tops, kill birds and bats nor does it spoil green filed agricultural land like solar.” Putting to one side the dubious claims about wind and solar, nuclear power DOES “ruin” the lands on which uranium is mined and where the tailings are placed, as well as in the environs of fuel enrichment plants. It also injures and kills workers involved in these processes. In addition, the areas dedicated to storage of nuclear waste are ruined for millennia, if not forever. All this is under “business as usual” operating conditions.

In the event of accidents – like Fukushima and Chernobyl – the damage is worse, MUCH worse. These events are still having impacts thousands of miles away, as well as far more serious impacts close to the plants themselves.

Posted by JohnGreenberg on 12/13/2014 at 11:25 AM

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