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Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

I am disgusted by the way we bow down to illegals. Do you think any other country does the same? No they do not.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 08/31/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “A Climate Change: Phil Scott 'Evolves' on Global Warming

Oh, Mr. "Oracle," Believer-In-Science: Please confirm that you agree that all Vermont schoolchildren must be vaccinated? Please tell us that you agree that GMO foods are safe?

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/31/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Ranger Solar Is Winning Support for 100-Acre Arrays

These guys used to be wind developers and proposed one of the worst wind projects I have ever seen for Maryland, 600 foot tall turbines near homes and schools. Beware!

Posted by A. Smith on 08/31/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Sam Miller's letter in today's 7D has it exactly right about Zuckerman. Party Dishonesty. But what would we expect from a guy who took state reimbursements he didn't earn?…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/31/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

It is amazing how many people believe an undocumented immigrant can simply "pursue a legal avenue to be a US citizen." This is ignorance being perpetuated. Almost a all undocumented immigrants want to be documented. They want the protections that go with documentation. They want to be able to visit their families in their countries of origin but our immigration system is broken and favors the wealthy and those of certain origins over others. While there are avenues to legal residency and citizenship they are severely limited for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants or those who remain in other countries but wish to immigrate. Even those who do qualify are often prevented from pursuing those avenues by the astronomical costs. Further, while these people reside here they are treated extremely poorly by certain groups of people who incorrectly state that these people are taking advantage of public assistance (undocumented persons do not qualify for government assistance) or that they are "taking our jobs" and not learning our language (America has no official language).

Regardless, Vermont (<3) finally created a program to lighted the burden on these people by allowing them to legally drive. It is ludicrous to create such a program and then put those who participate in greater peril merely as a result of their participation. That is not the Vermont I know and love. This man faced humiliation, fear, and stress merely for participating in a program that was designed for him to use. $40,000 is not enough.

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Posted by Legalese23 on 08/31/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

Mr. Rababah is in the US illegally, let me repeat that: ILLEGALLY. Yet, in spite of this, he is legally licensed to operate a vehicle and, on top of that, he's rewarded with $40K for being here ILLEGALLY. There are legal avenues to immigration. Why over all of these years did Mr. Rababah choose not to pursue a legal avenue to be a US citizen? Basically this ruling is saying: 'Hey, if you're a DMV employee and you see someone breaking the law just look the other way.'

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Posted by Paul Jones on 08/31/2016 at 6:22 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

He may have received a monetary settlement, but that is hardly justice in this case. He went through two years of hearings in immigration court, with all the attendant fears and worries. We don't know what happened there but can be reasonably certain that he was not given permanent resident status, and is in hotter water than he was when the racist DMV employee ratted him out. I am stunned that there was not a clearer mandate to employees when the legislation was passed. I note this happened at about the time Kim Davis was making it clear that, to some at least, there is no reason to follow the law. I hope we won't see more of this scofflaw behavior, but if hopes were horses, we all could ride.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 08/31/2016 at 3:44 AM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Shumlin was one of 3709 votes cast for Brooks. His vote is simply equal to each of the other 2708 votes, no more and no less. Each of those votes could be considered to be the swing vote. Suggesting that it was the Shumlin vote is ridiculous at best. Who knows it may have been Brook's own vote or that of some member of his family.

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Posted by SchMan on 08/30/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

"According to multiple reports, Sanders tapped Weaver to take over the organization after questions arose over its fundraising practices. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Our Revolution is permitted to raise unlimited contributions without disclosing its donors."

Who is "transparent" Bernie trying to hide?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/30/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Sounds a lot like the Clinton Foundation. Not involved. Sure....

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Posted by Egmatic on 08/30/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

@ Stephen Fox .. Bernie run for Sec of State are you kidding!!!! and to run again for Pres in 2020 man you love for this country to be Socialist're surly not a true Vermonter..
As for Zuckerman, would not vote for him to be a dog catcher..He's a IDIOT..the one who thinks we can be a better state if the legislation goes to Cuba (on taxpayers dime) to learn about health care, education and economy..yeah right..dumbest thing ever,,they all (democrats/progressive) just want a expensive vacation..Sure don't want Zuckerman for lieutenant governor. nor dog catcher, maybe a pooper scooper picker upper..!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/29/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Actually, now that we know Brooks won the seat by one vote, we can conclusively say that Shumlin's vote did swing the senate race.…

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 08/29/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

"How does it feel to lose to the person you made fun of for so long?"

Dems made fun of him? Guess you're too young to know your history. He has spent most of his 20 years in politics hating on them and making fun of them. Who's making fun of whom? How does it feel to hate on the Dems for 15+ years but then, when you want to have any chance at statewide office, run under their banner? How does it feel to claim that the Progs are morally superior, but then not have the integrity to run as one of them for statewide office? How does it feel to be the most basic electoral opportunist?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/29/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Reading Thomas William Hibler's comment about how members of the Vermont Democratic referred to Sen. David Zuckerman rather derisively as "The Ponytail" left me felling a mixture of amusement and outrage. Amusement because it was the late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne who gave Zuckerman his nickname, "Ponytail Dave" -- and Zuckerman took it as a tongue-in-cheek compliment. Outrage because there are some Democrats of a certain age who seem to have a problem with people whose appearance reminds them of who they were and what they did in the '60s and '70s (Read: Hippies). Too bad.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/28/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Chickens coming home to roost? I worked for the VDP during this last election season, and I can tell you that the VDP loathes the progressive party. Every day I would hear the entire office deride "the ponytail(Zuckerman)", as if making fun of someone's appearance was somehow more important than listening to voters. How did that work out for them? How does it feel to lose to the person you made fun of for so long?

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Posted by Thomas William Hibler on 08/28/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Fewer Algae Blooms in Hard-Hit Bays Could Point the Way to Cleanup

Been hanging in Alburgh for the last 3 summers and definitely vouch for what this article suggests... i reckon we boat in north hero waters too. Would be interested to hear more theories on why this year has been so different and more about how the legacy phosphorus is released

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Posted by Jes Scribner on 08/27/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Plans for Utopian 'Ubuntu' Community Cause Stir in Bolton

Money was created as a form of control? Open yourself an Economics 101 book please, because money originates because it is a medium of exchange, a common measure of value, a standard of deferred payment, and a store of value. Also just saying "money" is vague. If you made an argument about how fiat currency may limit economic liberty -- maybe I'd listen, but just blaming money without having some kind of logically structured argument as to how and why that will work economically... That's just arm waving, it's not an economic answer to anything.

So making people feel good with platitudes about things they don't understand (like economics), such as saying (paraphrased) "money is the problem!" and making them feel emotional about it (because having money problems IS hard on people)... And then in turn TAKING their money starts to sound like a tactic a cult would use.

You know the real reason why this Ubuntu idea will never work? I do, but I think the people considering it as a good idea need to go read up on a few theories that might prove it otherwise. I'd recommend starting with both "the tragedy of the Commons" and "the prisoners dilemma" (an example of game theory) which in my mind both demonstrate that if people defect from the "we are all equals sharing and singing Kumbaya" -- not only do they benefit themselves greatly, but they also harm those who originally tried to cooperate.

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Posted by economist on 08/27/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Oddly, if any recall Bernie Sanders did the same thing. When he lost his bid as a democrat he jumped on the independent wagon ( he's well known for bandwagon jumping while creating the illusion he began the movement), to win his seat. Vermonters either didn't notice or care when he did the same thing.

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Posted by Red Winter Sky on 08/27/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

Yup, new cars, new plane, new house, expensive trip to Rome with 50 family and friends all on the donations from others..Socialist Sanders knows what he's doing..stealing from others just like wife did and lying like the devil..With all this campaigning how is he going to do his so called job on voting on bills in Vt?? Seeing he only voted what 3/4 times on issues..We're paying him to jet around spending hard workers money..he never did show his tax returns, cuz the wife was still working on them, trying to hide extra money?? "Our campaign, as you all know, took on virtually the entire Democratic Party establishment," he said to knowing applause. "And I mean the entire Democratic establishment." yeah that's why he is supporting killary right!!! His so called Revolution is nothing more then trying to make America into a SOCIALIST Country..Bernie go back to Brooklyn NY ..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/27/2016 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

The Bennington DOC is the most corrupt unfair agency I have had the displeasure to have to deal with. They have no rules to follow and are given the discretion to do what they want to you for as long as they want to with no consequences to them whatsoever. If they don't like you it matters not if your charge was a misdemeanor. They have kept my three year old from access to her father for over two and a half years for no explainable reason with no end in sight. Years of begging for mercy and trying to find help did nothing but make things worse. If it's so known what they do why haven't they been stopped?

Posted by victim of doc on 08/26/2016 at 5:39 PM

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