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Re: “A Less Raucous Protest Puts Statehouse on Alert

@ stellaquarta

Statehouse an "echo chamber"?

Are you serious? Yes, it is an echo chamber, but an echo chamber entirely of the ultra Left. Unless you're advocating for full throated communism, there is nothing left to complain about.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/04/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “A Less Raucous Protest Puts Statehouse on Alert

Protesters shouldn't be allowed in the building? Really? It's precisely that kind of insular attitude that gives some people the impression that Montpelier is an echo chamber.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 05/04/2015 at 4:33 PM

Re: “A Less Raucous Protest Puts Statehouse on Alert

Well half pint, kudos to you on balancing 3 jobs and still having the time to protest in the Statehouse. Since you're receiving 3 paychecks, you've likely noticed how much is withheld to pay VT income tax. Doesn't it piss you off when you discover on April 15th that you owe even more?! Factor in property and sales taxes and walla, Vermonters continue to be among the highest taxed in the nation. This is hurting many middle income earners and driving away top income wealth. But geesh, at least the human services are good!

My snarky and (possibly) non-clever comment is a reverse on the traditional chant, thus intended for the legislators, who really should look for a new job. These folks spend the session presenting all kinds of new services and increases to existing, for Vermonters who are typically on the lower end of the income scale, When budget time hits, they sit around and argue what services to cut -- I guess that's why the protest... All this while the 900 pound gorilla in the room is a $100 million+ deficit.

It IS easy to sit at my computer (actually mobile device) and try to be clever. What is very difficult is to witness year after year a fools parade of new ideas, broken promises and increased deficit. Maybe next time I should join in the protest, half pint.

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Posted by MarkW on 05/04/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “A Less Raucous Protest Puts Statehouse on Alert

Real original, Mark W.

I was there and guess what? I have a full-time job and two part-time jobs. I was also with a contingent of people who are all employed and were there to speak out for real individuals who will be hurt by budget cuts. Your stereotyping is typical of those who can only attack others who practice free speech and show commitment to causes and taking action. How easy it is to just sit at your computer and type clever (or not so clever) one-liners.

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Posted by halfpintyogi on 05/03/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Senate Backs Budget, Scales Back TV and Candy Taxes


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Posted by JUSTBRIAN on 05/03/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Sanders' Bear-y Good Day on the Campaign Trail

He is not "our" candidate.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/03/2015 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Sanders' Bear-y Good Day on the Campaign Trail

Hope about they donate 50% of the profits to Bernie's campaign ? They are a Vt. Based company he is our candidate , makes Beary good cents to me!

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Posted by Terie Morton on 05/02/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “A Less Raucous Protest Puts Statehouse on Alert

"Ho ho hey hey, go and get a job today!"

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Posted by MarkW on 05/02/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Mayor Unveils Plan to Solve Burlington's 'Housing Crisis'

Date change: Housing Summit, Contois, May 20 at 7pm.

Pros and con's of the mayor's housing plan, and ideas about how to create communities of housing that preserve the uniqueness of Burlington. For small group discussions of how the plan would impact your neighborhood, check with your Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA). NPAs meet monthly in every ward.

Keynote speaker, Tom Angotti, The New Century of the Metropolis. He builds on the work of community planning by neighborhood groups in NYC that are similar to Burlington's NPAs. He is a professor in the Hunter College Dept of Urban Planning, former Peace Corps in Peru, land use columnist for Gotham Gazette, co-edits Progressive Planning Magazine, chaired the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the environment.

Come think outside the big boxes!

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Posted by leaterhune on 05/02/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Brave New Bureaucracy: REAL Licenses Slow Down Vermont Drivers

I spent over 2 hours there, and almost missed my son's school bus. I also asked about the non-REAL ID, and was told that it would only grant me permission to drive and would not serve as an ID at all, anywhere, ever. So of course I got the REAL one. Wish I had known it wasn't so cut and dried. This new system sucks, and requiring my passport to get a license will not stop terrorists from making fake IDs. This is BS.……

Posted by Adam Hall on 05/01/2015 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Brave New Bureaucracy: REAL Licenses Slow Down Vermont Drivers

Fuck, I didn't even realize I ended up with a REAL ID the last time I had to go in to renew...totally would have taken the privilege card if I had known about it.

Posted by Dylan Boardman on 05/01/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Shumlin Rankles Lawmakers with Last-Minute Proposals

The shell game goes at a fast and hectic pace. If you shake hands with the Administration, be advised to check your wrist, your watch might be gone.

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Posted by MarkW on 05/01/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Brave New Bureaucracy: REAL Licenses Slow Down Vermont Drivers

Will the DLC allow establishments that sell alcohol to accept a "driver's privilege card" as proof of age?

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Posted by Michael Ponte on 05/01/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Brave New Bureaucracy: REAL Licenses Slow Down Vermont Drivers

The more we mindlessly accept inane government regulations the more mindless inane government regulations we will be forced to obey. Look at the income tax law (mind boggling)...I have decided that it is better to live a simple life and not be productive and not travel. Time is more important than money, excessive travel is the bane of the biosphere. Let the rats run the pointless race. I am will stay home and take care of myself. Am I protesting because I chose a driver privilege card? No I'm just rational.

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Posted by Mike Connor on 05/01/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Ceiling Collapse at Hotel Vermont Injures Five

Well, that's certainly one way to clarify that the City Building Inspectors are clueless . .

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Posted by Stacybtv802 on 05/01/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Sanders: 'I Will Be a Candidate for President'

Vermont works! What planet are you on? Obama would love to see Bernie win because he wouldn't end up being the worst President in history.

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Posted by Edward McGrath on 05/01/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Sanders: 'I Will Be a Candidate for President'

Here's my "Give 'Em HELL! Bernie!" Bumper Sticker:

Vermont Works! SO could the USA!

Regards, Terry King ...In The Woods In Vermont

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Posted by Terry King on 04/30/2015 at 10:01 PM

Re: “House Panel Smacks Down Burlington Gun Rules

Great photo-bomb Ms Hallenbeck please tell your readers: Who is that behind the Mayor?

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Posted by JackAnderson on 04/30/2015 at 9:56 PM

Re: “House Panel Smacks Down Burlington Gun Rules

Imagine the outrage that would be expressed if the following local charter change story was aired:
"Town of Island Pond passes local charter banning Birth control, also requires all Muslims be subjected to 'safe storage' laws which prevent their unfettered access to the Koran as it has resulted in so much death."

Yet that is exactly what these nimrods from Burlington are asking for.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 04/30/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “House Panel Smacks Down Burlington Gun Rules

There was NO "overwhelming" support for the charter changes!

Burlington statistics:
42,282 residents
29,685 registered voters
Only 26% of the registered voters actually voted on these gun ordinances!
The margin of results at most was 12%.
On the safe storage ordinance there was only a FIVE PERCENT difference of the total voters!
Mayor Weinberger claims, on VPR, "that the people of Burlington overwhelming supported them".
GunSenseVT says it was overwhelming.
Five percent of the voters is in absolutely no way, overwhelming support!
At all of the public hearings, the overwhelming support came from people whose Rights will be violated, AGAINST Bloomberg-sponsored gun control.

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Posted by bobdepino on 04/30/2015 at 9:08 PM

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