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Re: “Sanders Speaks in New Hampshire, Weighs Bid for White House

Jim and Ray if you don't see the writing on the wall for our democratic government you can't read. We are no longer governed by the people and I know that has been eroding over time but recent decisions to allow unlimited amounts of money into the voting process has doomed everyone but the monied few to pawns. If not Bernie speaking out for you, who??

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 04/15/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “GMP to Buy Neighbors' Property in Lowell Wind Settlement

Hold on a minute... someone is saying that having a wind turbine makes 540 acres useless for vegetable growing or haying? Is there any merit in that statement? The wind turbine is going to make the grass die?

Any chance of a follow up or fact check on those claims?

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Posted by OhYeah on 04/14/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks in New Hampshire, Weighs Bid for White House

Yeah, doubled the voter turnout in Burlington in 1981.
You did it by staffing your campaign with
every uninformed over-hormoned 18 yr old college student
who bought your socialist save-the-world voodoo and then spread it to
the rest of the student populace...especially the non-native students.
They then voted in Burlington AND their real voting district in dozens of other states.
If we only had a good voter ID system then!!!

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Posted by Jim Daley on 04/14/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks in New Hampshire, Weighs Bid for White House

Forget it Bernie; We will remember the F-35.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 04/13/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters: On Champlain Cleanup, Environmentalists Doubt Shumlin's Resolve

Yay to VPT Board for cleaning house! CEO oversight happens far too rarely in this country, promoting a culture of ethical and professional behavior in small business means so much to so many. Nice job!

Posted by Penelope on 04/13/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Winooski Police Chief Retiring to Disney World

Steve is one of the best police chiefs this state has ever seen. Very community oriented. His ideas with alternative justice for certain offenders should be standard practice in the entire state. Great job Steve and good luck.

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Posted by Guy Paradee on 04/13/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Troubled Waters: On Champlain Cleanup, Environmentalists Doubt Shumlin's Resolve

Regarding Sen. Hartwell's comments, it might be worth watching the video or reading the transcript of how the Dalai Lama answered a question about climate change when he was at Middlebury College

Watch the video here:

Here's the transcript of his response:

Dalai Lama on Climate Change

What ethical principles should shape humanity's response to climate change?

I think climate change, to some extent, of course our behavior, our way of life... according to some then we also get some sort of blame for that. But overall I think that nature sort of she's changing. One location scientists said, they made a presentation. There are galaxies moving the direction which we are moving, and other galaxies same direction. So one day they clash. {he laughs} This beyond our control. Laughter, chuckling. Don't worry. Billions of years after billions of years, don't worry. Laughter Nature is on a trend now. And our sun, after several millions years the sun becomes hotter and hotter so they automatically, I think some sort of pictures or information about Mars, one time some river, some water, now completely dry. So eventually This planet also may become like that. These are not our responsibility.

But I think one serious problem is firstly, I think the population increasing, population explosion. It's a very very serious matter. And again it is too strict control like China, Chinese do, one child. That also has consequences. So that's very difficult. Then on top of that the gap between rich and poor. Very serious matter. The poorer section of people don't care about environment. Their life, poverty, so because of that fuel... very difficult to follow. So that I think, is a manmade problem. We have to reduce this gap rich and poor and I think American lifestyle, I think should practice a little more contentment [translator: little more simple].

And remember, the same planet, other side, really a lot of poor people. Many people and especially children, undernourished. And starvation. And on top of that there is fighting in this area. Really, really man. Some nations spending lot of money for weapon. Completely neglect..the farms or these things. Very sad.

So the younger people have a lot of work to do, lot of work to do. How many African students here? [a hand or two] African continent potentially, there is great potential, but you need work or effort with vision and more holistic way, I think.. I have been South Africa few occasion, then Nigeria, one occasion, then Gabon one time. In Gabon I got yes I got impression the elite trained France, French speaking, speaks French, or western style, just out of site... naked and poor people. Rich in country, leaders, elite people and masses, huge gap.

I think they really need Mahatma Gandhi's spirit. Live with people, lifestyle like people, then lead people to transform society.

Of course this is not my duty. I have no right to criticize these things. Okay, next question.

Posted by VermontCE on 04/12/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Early-Morning Helicopter Raid: A Wake-up Call for Winooski?

this is kind of awesome. deal heroin in vt, we'll chase you with a helicopter

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Posted by ryanunser on 04/11/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Winooski Police Chief Retiring to Disney World

Great article. Wonderful idea to assign him rewriting city ordinances--with his knowledge of the town and its people, he's probably the ideal candidate. Wishing him well at Disney!

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 04/11/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Miller to Quarterback State Health Care Reform Efforts

I too Wendy had the same thought, Mr. Larson has worked tirelessly on this effort along with Lindsey Tucker, not to mention countless others on the Vermont Health Connect team, who have immense knowledge, by living through this launch. I do hope care is taken to ensure that no key player is cast aside that could continue to add value and insights to this very important effort.

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Posted by Kim Steinfeld on 04/11/2014 at 1:57 AM

Re: “Miller to Quarterback State Health Care Reform Efforts

What happened to Mark Larson?

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 04/10/2014 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters: On Champlain Cleanup, Environmentalists Doubt Shumlin's Resolve

In this realm, he is a failure. The algae blooms will eventually make the whole lake toxic.

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Posted by Pamela Simmons on 04/10/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Farmers Need Seeds to Cultivate New Hemp Crop

From White's viewpoint, one of the apparent marketplaces is oil. "We've been informing farm owners and those interested: 'We are start for company to buy any Vermont almond seeds,'" he said, including that Complete Sun wants to be handling regionally expanded almond "as soon as possible."

Spybubble gratis

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Posted by Timothy Green on 04/10/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Farmers Need Seeds to Cultivate New Hemp Crop

To grow a crop of psychoactive marijuana with any street value,the underground farmer must keep their female plants away from the pollen of the male plants. Otherwise, all that kind, Jah love energy switches from making sticky buds to producing seeds, the black market farmer could not plant anywhere near a hemp farm.
I've heard voices from law enforcement over the years claiming that a hemp farmer could plant marijuana in amongst the hemp plants. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana cultivation would know that this would not be possible. Of all the entities who should be welcoming hemp farming, you'd think it'd be law enforcement. You would die of emphysema before you'd get high on rope!

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Posted by Concerned Citizen X on 04/09/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Morning Read: Single-Payer and the Vermont Progressive Party in the NYT

Interesting take. If I was going to nitpick that article, it would be for underestimating the role that grassroots organizers (including the Vt. Workers Center and Vermont's labor unions) also played in advocating for and advancing the issue, not for its failure to give credit to Democrats. But then, I'm a Progressive!

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Posted by Selene Colburn on 04/08/2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Morning Read: Single-Payer and the Vermont Progressive Party in the NYT

Yes the dems in general do support single payer, but that has been in large part because progressives have been pushing for it since the early 90s.

In the 2010 race, the progs put three issues on the table for staying out of that race, single payer being first among them. Yes, progs passing on the Gov race helped Shumlin win. But progs also helped to define single payer as one of the key issues in the crowded primary race that year. Shumlin adopted the issue, actively courted single payer advocates, and won a tight race because of that. As you point out Racine and Dunne both had some level of support for the cause, but Shumlin's campaign did much more to make that "the" issue rather than "an" issue.

Now the work is to make sure Shumlin does not get "cold feet or fail to follow through."

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Posted by Morgan on 04/07/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Morning Read: Single-Payer and the Vermont Progressive Party in the NYT

For decades the Progressives have been appealing to those Democrats who are getting fed up with the lack of a progressive agenda within the Democratic Party. I left the Dems to become a Prog about 8 years ago. This is a party that has never been divided on the issues that matter to me; single payer health care being one of them.
If not for the Progs breathing down their necks, I doubt if the Dems would be moving on any of the issues that challenge the free reign of a market economy, controlled by an oligarchy.
Barry Kade
Montgomery, VT

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Posted by Barry Kade on 04/07/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Two Ways to Fix Inequality

Let's look at two examples that those who want to raise the minimum wage use in their campaign.

1 McDonalds - if they pay out more in wages do they raise their prices to cover the increase in costs and who spends money at McDonalds - those making a minimum wage - so they gain wage increase and lose by higher living cost.

The same is true for Walmart. If their costs go up will they raise their prices? It seems to me, who once was poor to the point all my clothes were hand downs, that Walmart has been a blessing for the poor, with AFFORDABLE prices.

I do not have the answer but I think that by talking about raising the minimum, wage political people are just pandering to the emotions of those making the minimum wage.

They talk about bringing American jobs back to the US. But they cannot show us a large group of companies that will find it economical to bring those jobs back. YES, they can show us an occasional company but we needs hundreds of companies.

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Posted by Lyle Hughart on 04/07/2014 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Two Ways to Fix Inequality

You're not included because you did not want to be.... I chose to be a teacher of thirty years, and I knew I'd never make money.... But I make a difference. If we are further punishing those who are in "that group" , who is going to pay our salary? Sure, millionaires try to avoid paying taxes, but they also spend, and there are sales taxes. Do we really want to continue to drive them and their money to more friendly, foreign countries? Quit whinning, get off your butts and work.... Two jobs, if you need/want...., Do you really think the rich got that way by sniffling about what others earned with their planning and industry? Wake up! We are poor by choice. We are rich by experience. Wealth(& politicians) provide nothing but misery. Why would you want a share of that?

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Posted by BetterdeadthanRed on 04/05/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Two Ways to Fix Inequality

Bernie Sanders for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Melia Udall-Bond on 04/05/2014 at 10:02 AM

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