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Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

They need to quit trapping possums for no reason. Each possum can kill up to 5000 ticks in a season.
Another major reason in addition to the ticks is reduced edible vegetation from over browsing leaving lower quality greens. The east needs predators to move the deer and moose otherwise everything gets overgrazed.

Posted by David Robert on 07/23/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

It's my feeling that Lisman and Milne are perceived by many voters as not needing donations due to media reporting on their net worth, I'll call it The Trump factor. In this bought-and-sold corrupt politics country, I find personal wealth and lack of insider money a plus.

Posted by saysme on 07/22/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

Over the last two years, Burlington's Generator makerspace has shared the privilege of leasing 6,000sf of basement in Memorial Auditorium. I'd like to thank the City for their partnership "incubating" our modest home for makers. And most important, I'd like to thank the staff of Parks and Recreation for your excellent support in maintaining a safe, comfortable and operable work environment. While we're very much looking forward to our new home on Pine Street, Memorial Auditorium - that grande dame of WPA construction - will be missed.

Lars Hasselblad Torres
Generator, Inc.

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Posted by PabloX on 07/22/2016 at 7:55 PM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

Three contenders for the Vermont governors seat arguing as to which one is more anti gun. Cute.

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Posted by Jason Michael on 07/22/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

Couldn't there be a possibility of a GRANT
for Historic preservation ???? I bet if they looked into it........

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Posted by Joline Boudreau Cosman on 07/22/2016 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Groups Sue Vermont State Agencies Over Assisted Suicide Law

Note much abuse has been documented in the Oregon assisted suicide system.
See the federal case of Thomas Middleton who was killed with the Oregon law for his assets according to the feds.
There are more details at http://dredf dot org/public-policy/assisted-suicide/some-oregon-assisted-suicide-abuses-and-complications/

Opposition to euthanasia comes from 95% of the entire spectrum of humanity from atheist to eastern philosophies, once they learn how these laws can easily be administered wrongly against the individual 95% say "I'm not for that". It is as simple as that.
Respectfully submitted,
Bradley Williams
MTaas dot org
The promoters have done the public a disservice. Their ordinary bait and switch campaign is demonstrated by their selling "must self-administer" then they do not provide in their legislation for an ordinary witness of the "self-administration". This omission eviscerates the flaunted safeguards putting the entire population at risk of exploitation.

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Posted by Bradley Williams on 07/22/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Groups Sue Vermont State Agencies Over Assisted Suicide Law

They have a way out by sending the person to another Doctor who will inform the person of the right to die
or they could leave the state and work else where.

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Posted by Alan Hugh Chandler on 07/22/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

I would just like to note that Zed is not me. I am Zeb.

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Posted by zebnorris on 07/22/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Cashing In: Who's Financing Vermont's 2016 Candidates?

You can read the list of campaign donors and see how much money is from out-of-state, including Sue Minter. Why do you think that is? You can get away with saying you're not accepting corporate money IF the individuals belonging to said corps or organizations are paid to donate.

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Posted by Deborah Wright on 07/22/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

With only 2000 of any native species in any state there should be armed guards shooting poachers on sight, not an open season, not even a permit season.

. It is concenring that this moose herd is allowed to dwindle to this point without Vermont just shutting down the hunting season for a few years. Yeah - you take a hit for awhile, but moose tags have to be a pretty major cash cow

the Outdoor Recreation Foundation notes that
• Supports 35,000 jobs across Vermont
• Generates $187 million in annual state tax revenue
• Produces $2.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Vermont
– accounting for 12% of gross state product

THE RESIDENTS OF VERMONT should APPRECIATE THE IMPACT VIEWING MOOSE HAS ON THE ECONOMY AND URGE, PETITION AND CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE THE FWD SUSPEND THE MOOSE LOTTERY. WHY? ECONOMICALLY........ WILDLIFE VIEWING IS IN THE NUMBER OF 282,000 PEOPLE OR 54% OF THE POPULATION VS HUNTING AT 72,742 OR 14% OF THE POPULATION. Therefore, of the $2.5 billion dollars in sales, and $187 dollars of tax revenue; 54% of people who are viewing wildlife ( to include moose ) are contributing to the overall economy of Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife page actually dedicates a section to wildlife viewing with a specific notice about observing moose in June 2016.
Also, how is this moose permit season keeping with the FWD's 2010-2020 management strategy points?Management Strategies:
Maintain a statewide fall post-hunt population of
between 3,000 and 5,000 moose.

The moose lottery is now open. SHAME ON THE VT FWD for considering dollars over the sustainable health of the moose in this state! What will moose hunters hunt when the moose are all gone?

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 07/22/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

Historic or not. The space may be usable as an art studio, but even if you repaired the building it still isn't a place where concerts or the like can be held. It requires better seating, better sound, better bathrooms, better bar area for concerts or events, better stairway access, the list goes on. Tear it down and build something modern in its place.

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Posted by Zed on 07/22/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Mayor, New Moran Terminate Agreement to Redevelop Coal Plant

You can buy flowers at City Market. Dion's locksmith on North Street is the best in town.


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Posted by RudigerVT on 07/22/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Mayor, New Moran Terminate Agreement to Redevelop Coal Plant

Is this part of a consistent pattern? More to tax instead of a better place to live?
Develop the downtown for tourists.
Drive folks to live in the burbs.
Kill livability downtown.

1. Develop condo's and hotels on the beautiful & unique Moran. (Plan from day 1)
2. Massive overdevelopment on Church st. - Height is height -
3. Develop tourist hotel on Memorial auditorium.
4. Kill off BT - can't tax what can't be seen or comprehended.

When we develop at all costs; you no longer can buy flowers downtown: no longer have a hardware store downtown: no longer have a butcher downtown: no longer can get a key cut downtown: no longer have a dry cleaners downtown. etc etc.,

We wanted a more livable city. Instead we getting a bigger tax base at the cost of a more livable city.
Can't we have both?

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Posted by ArtBell on 07/22/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

Memorial Auditorium is a historic landmark. We should be maintaining such buildings and pieces of our community, not demolishing them so that the mayor and big businesses can benefit. UVM is going to swallow up the city, and much of the local character will vanish. This development mindset is ruining Burlington. Instead, you could still involve UVM by teaming up with the Historic Preservation program to create projects to restore our infrastructure and keep the Burlington culture intact.

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Posted by poppyhill on 07/22/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Cause-Driven Candidates Aim to Secure Statehouse Seats

Mark Davies missed the point with the unnecessary (and incorrect) addition of just two words: "But she's joined a growing chorus of Vermonters against renewable energy projects large and small." AND SMALL? We are NOT anti-renewable energy. Just the opposite. Most of the environmentalist who are opposing large scale industrial ridgeline destruction are FOR small scale decentralized locally owned renewable energy. Our work is to ensure RE projects are properly sited (away from homes, not destroying intact ecosystems, not impacting the health of neighbors). I have a SMALL renewable energy project in my back yard (two home solar arrays: reviewed and approved under ACT 250). The proposed Swanton project is over 17MW. The proposed Kidder Hill Irasburg project is 5MW. The proposed Holland dairy farm proposal is 2.2MW. These are not small projects. A single 2.5 MW turbine is 499 feet tall, (think of a 50 story building), with blades spinning at 150-200 mph. 2.5MW is NOT a small project: it’s huge. Small scale, locally owned and controlled renewable energy, reviewed under ACT 250, in keeping with town and regional plans - that's what makes sense for Vermont. That's what this fight is about. Penny Dubie is just the person to lead that charge in Montpelier. She will make a great representative.

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Posted by Noreen_NEK on 07/22/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

GreenMan from your post you think controlling guns will control domestic violence? You need to figure out what causes it and how it happens. I grew up in the Kingdom and there was a high incidence of domestic violence and abuse there. Hardly any involved guns so if you want to pass laws that you think will control guns and reduce domestic violence and then think you have accomplished something, then go for it but it will do nothing to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse. You will feel better but domestic violence will not be reduced

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 07/22/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

Outside of a few pockets, Vermont is a very rural and very republican state. I doubt any measure of gun control is going to change that.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 07/22/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

Vermont is the SAFEST state in the country. AGAIN.
Vermont has the LOWEST violent crime rate in the nation. AGAIN.
Vermont is NOT a major source of crime guns.

EIGHT of Ms. Minter's favorite anti-gun claims are debunked here:…


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Posted by bobdepino on 07/22/2016 at 1:03 AM

Re: “With Focus on Guns, Minter Seeks to Separate Herself From the Pack

Yup another out of stater from Pennsylvania, with a master's degree in urban planning from Massachusetts , another democrat who does urban planning who thinks they know everything,who wants to do gun control for everyone..She served on President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, co-chaired the White House Task Force Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Resilience..that there should tell you something, she worked for obumass.. Vt is a hunting state has been from the very beginning..We are not, NYC, Ferguson,MO, Baltimore, Maryland or Chicago, Illinois who has the Strictest Gun Laws in the United States and has the highest gun crimes and killings.. We are Vermont..We need to elect a Republican, a true Vermonter who was born and raised here, who understands all about guns..Guns don't go around shooting people on it's own, it's the person behind the trigger..But liberals don't understand that..Let them do gun control, then it will be no one will have guns..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/22/2016 at 12:47 AM

Re: “Scott Says He Won’t Vote for Trump, Lisman Not So Sure

I was for Phil Scott for Governor till I heard he was not going to vote or support Donald Trump for President.The United States Of America needs a leader to sav.e this Country. The Republicans need to win the White House and control the House and Senate. We can do this with Donald Trump. Any Republican who does not support the whole Republican Ticket is not a Republican. This August 9th I will not be voting for Phil Scott. He does not believe in a better Vermont or a Country that needs to be saved. 4 more years with the Democrats in control and we will no longer have a United States Of America. VOTE TRUMP and Wake Up Phil Scott. My Country is more Important than Phil Scott.

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Posted by davran on 07/21/2016 at 10:19 PM

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