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Re: “Shumlin: Repealing Obamacare Would Be a ‘Disaster’ for Vermont

NONE of the 178 Republicans in the house or senate voted yes to the Affordable Care Act. Re-verified with Wikipedia.

Fake news and agendas go both ways.

Posted by Not a Sheep on 12/04/2016 at 5:01 AM

Re: “Shumlin: Repealing Obamacare Would Be a ‘Disaster’ for Vermont

NONE of the 178 Republicans in the house and senate voted yes to the Affordable Care Act...reverified with Wikipedia.

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Posted by Not a Sheep on 12/04/2016 at 4:54 AM

Re: “Shumlin: Repealing Obamacare Would Be a ‘Disaster’ for Vermont

NONE of the 178 Republicans in the house and senate voted yes to the Affordable Care Act...reverified with Wikipedia.

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Posted by Not a Sheep on 12/04/2016 at 4:47 AM

Re: “Howard Dean Drops Bid for DNC Chairmanship

Dean is part of the reason the SS Democratic Party is sinking.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 12/03/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Howard Dean Drops Bid for DNC Chairmanship

Dean is a rat trying to flee the sinking ship known as the S.S Democratic Party.

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Posted by citizen on 12/03/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Howard Dean Drops Bid for DNC Chairmanship

Howard decided to "step aside" when he realized he didn't have (and wasn't going to have) enough support to win.

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Posted by hofsterini on 12/03/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Chittenden Democrats Nominate Three to Succeed Donovan

Thanks for pointing that out, Ralph! We've corrected it.

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 12/02/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Chittenden Democrats Nominate Three to Succeed Donovan

the Vermont Attorney General is elected to a 2 year term not 4 year!

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Posted by Ralph McClintock on 12/02/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Mitzi in the Middle: How Johnson Prevailed in the House Speaker Contest

Can Terri Hallenbeck please just continue writing Fair Game? She is easily the best writer you guys have on staff.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 12/02/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Former al-Qaeda Prisoner Theo Padnos Reflects on His Ordeal

Nice job on this piece. His piece in the Times was really intriguing as well.

Posted by Walter Cronkite on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Harbor Place, Motel for the Homeless, Can Stay in Shelburne

Lol! Anything with walls for homeless is flawed and unsustainable: http://www.departitionedhousing.com/

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Posted by Wayne Wignes on 12/02/2016 at 1:37 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

here's an idea every one should be armed. by choice of you don't want to be then don't. but no gun law will change this. of and once guns are banned, the criminals will still posses them and make it twice as easy to rob a stand up citizen.

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Posted by Cj Last on 12/01/2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Votes — Twice — to Welcome Immigrants

Refugees are legal immigrants vetted by the US Government, no issue there. But the pursuit of "sanctuary city" is absolute nonsense. Federal law, under an immigration statute signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, mandates cooperation with the feds on immigration law. Even when local law enforcement might not be specifically looking for violations of federal law, when they recognize it, they need to inform the relevant federal agency.

Becoming a "sanctuary city" is no different than Governor George Wallace blocking integration after Brown vs. Board of Education. Under the same principle, should the Burlington Police Department now stand down on all federal crimes? No more enforcement of federal drug laws unless it's a DEA agent who catches you? No more enforcement of federal gun laws unless an ATF agent is there to enforce the law? No more enforcement of mail or wire fraud unless the FBI is present? If a local policeman sees human trafficking or the killing of an endangered species, they should just turn a blind eye? These are all federal crimes, like immigration, so ignore them.

And states in the South are now OK to say, hey, we are a sanctuary city from Roe v. Wade or from marriage equality? This is what Jane Knodell and Weinberger are supporting. That they are not going to cooperate with or enforce federal laws they don't like.

The sadly departed Democrat, African-American Congresswoman Barbara Jordan would never have supported sanctuary cities. Let's hope Burlington's actions do not lead to the death of anyone, such as the tragic murder of Kate Steinle by a multiple felon illegal alien harbored in sanctuary city San Francisco. Enough independents and former Democrats were so thoroughly turned off by this issue it has led to the election of Donald Trump. It is truly bizarre that illegal immigration is the hill the Democrats have chosen to die on.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/01/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Shumlin: Repealing Obamacare Would Be a ‘Disaster’ for Vermont

To claim that "Obamacare" was named by Barack Obama after himself merely shows how ignorance is one of the most besetting evils our country is facing. What the organizations like FOXAGANDA initially and derisively called "Obamacare" is actually named the Affordable Care Act. It was voted on by a majority of the two houses of Congress, including many Republicans. Obama never named it after himself. In every reference he has made to it, he has used the term Affordable Care Act or some similarly accurate phrase.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 12/01/2016 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Harbor Place, Motel for the Homeless, Can Stay in Shelburne

Hi Sean - I did sit through some of those meetings. I concur that this is a viable use for that troubled property. Some issues remain unresolved, however. The Town as a whole has does a poor job of updating and addressing zoning issues, just like it is now behind in trying to adapt to a adult-club issue.

The Shelburne Road corridor itself was developed poorly originally. The new form-based code for that area, which promotes more housing, will help, but not alleviate, the issue of unoccupied properties. The problem is that corridor was developed with a strip-mall suburban mentality, which doesn't work well when folks are just "passing through". It's an outdated model which is failing across the country.

I do get concerned when some people make issues like this into one of "class" or a "us-vs-them" mentality. Shelburne is a diverse community. It still has four mobile home parks (by contrast, South Burlington has NONE and Burlington has ONE). And let's not forget that Paul Bohne, long-time Town Manager for Shelburne prior to Joe Colangelo, was board President of CHT for many years. The Town always supported his efforts.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 12/01/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Former al-Qaeda Prisoner Theo Padnos Reflects on His Ordeal

What a dope ,or if I'm feeling charitable, a lost soul . .Padnos says of his captors " "I am sympathetic to their claims of victimhood at the hands of the Americans. " . Hmm - Well I'm not sympathetic to his victimhood at the hands of these terrorists . It is chilling that their stated goal is to migrate to Europe .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/01/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Harbor Place, Motel for the Homeless, Can Stay in Shelburne

VTPolicyAnalyst- did you sit through these meetings? i did. And my comments were on the waste of money by the Town manager and the select board. I agree there are many kinks to work out- but count the number of vacant buildings/motels/ furniture stores & restaurants on Shelburne road- and tell me this was not a good solution for the property.

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 12/01/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Harbor Place, Motel for the Homeless, Can Stay in Shelburne

I wish people would not jump to conclusions. CHT has many supporters in Shelburne, and the Selectboard even voted to donate money to the organization last year. They also supported the building of CHT's other project, Harrington Village, right in the heart of Shelburne Village.

Harbor Place has legitimate issues to be dealt with regarding the project, most notably:

(1) Safety: Harbor Place residents have been nearly hit by cars on Shelburne Road on numerous occasions, because they do not cross the four-lane divided road at intersections, nor look adequately for oncoming cars. And the safety of the residents themselves while staying there due to many individuals coming from abusive relationships is also a problem.

(2) Increased demands on Police and Rescue Services, which are at the facility almost daily.

(3) Taxes: as a non-profit, how has the tax structure of the motel changed?

(4) The facility is far from other needed services for its residents, and transportation is a problem (buses do not run adequately).

Even with the DRB's decision, some of these remaining issues need to be resolved. Current zoning does not address these adequately, which is indeed actually the problem.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 12/01/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “U.S. Attorney’s Office Adds a Civil Rights Prosecutor

Just another reason for not investing in Vermont where God forbid you should accidentally infringe on anyone's perceived rights . Great place to visit but a hard place to live or invest . God save Vermont from the social engineers .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/01/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Harbor Place, Motel for the Homeless, Can Stay in Shelburne

so glad we wasted thousands of dollars to sue- along with the law suit against the railroad salt depositories....PERHAPS OUR TOWN MANAGER could manager a little better instead of being so sue-happy.
Colangelo stop spending our money on this....but now with the Gentleman's Club moving in - he'll have his hands full....imagine a town that didn't even want Dunkin Donuts now having a strip club- protected by the constitution as free speech.......I delight in the irony!

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 12/01/2016 at 3:09 PM

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