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Re: “Sanders to Return to Iowa in September

It would be a revolution if he ran & won as an independent and, at the same time, helped flush the senate and congress of the republicans and democrats. Just imagine this country with a solid and unified government that actually represented the interests of the people again.

Posted by FreedomToThink on 07/21/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “As He Ponders a Presidential Run, Sanders Crushes Off-Year Fundraising Record

I like Bernie Sanders but I have to say, I don't like seeing him standing under the Democratic Party sign. Both the DNC & RNC should be tried for Treason. We will not again have an government of, for and by the people while these two parties hold a monopoly on our political system.

Posted by FreedomToThink on 07/21/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “ICE Halts Deportation of Migrant Activist Danilo Lopez — For Now

You would think law abiding citizens would want their Senators to uphold the oaths of office they swore when they keep getting reelected. To support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Not circumvent the Federal government employees from doing their jobs, and showing poor examples to the public by ignoring the law and preventing the Federal government law enforcement officers that you fund and are undermining for cheap underhanded election maneuvering for your next "photo op". Shame on you! We used to call people traitors for less.

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Posted by Michael McGarghan on 07/21/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Police Take Hands-Off Approach to Investigating Massage-Parlor Prostitution

I'll play devil's advocate here. I've been to Rub Maps and here in the states and Rub Maps has more protection and leeway. The reviews are spot on with what you're getting. The real problem here is the lack of govt regulation!! The sex trade is just like the drug trade, if it wasn't for our Puritan politics, things like these can easily be monitored and regulated.

Posted by Alex Vanderipe on 07/21/2014 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Williston Landlord Charged With Allowing Prostitution, Customers May Be Identified in Court

Does anyone see this listed on Rub Maps? I'm trying to find it cause I'm shocked something like this could happen. What is this world coming to, I never such a world of "happy endings" existed.

Posted by Ryan Page on 07/21/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Sanders to Return to Iowa in September

Sanders would certainly serve the interest of the majority of Americans. The question is whether the majority will acknowledge that or whether the marketing techniques of big money will prevail.

It would be a revolution indeed.

Posted by Jan de Vries on 07/21/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “A Photographer Is "Banned" for Taking Pictures on Church Street

Post a list of businesses on the list so that we can BOYCOTT them....

Posted by Jim Duffy on 07/20/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “As He Ponders a Presidential Run, Sanders Crushes Off-Year Fundraising Record

Our Senator and Congressman are, of course, shocked and appalled at the role money plays in campaigns, especially the protection of incumbents.

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Posted by Chris Roy on 07/17/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Burlington Will Investigate Alternatives to Buffer Zone

A person has the right to access a health care facility protected from "obstructing, detaining, hindering, impeding, or blocking a person's entry or exit from a clinic." No one questions that part of the ordinance which has survived the Supreme Court's ruling.
Why is there an "urgency" to protect anyone from speech that they would rather not listen to? Isn't being subject to unwanted speech the price we pay for our own ability to speak our minds?

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Posted by Barry Kade on 07/16/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oh, Boies! Shumlin's Campaign War Chest Dwarfs Milne's

I am a candidate for Governor with a growing base of support. I am fascinated with Paul's insistence that I am not worth his time to cover. Can anyone explain it? For the record, I am spending my own money, roughly $2000 so far in the race. I really want to get money out of politics, but Paul wants to keep it the singular bench mark of viability it would appear.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 07/16/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Burlington School District Asks City for a Loan of up to $4.8 Million

So your lack of preparation and ability to operate within budget is now everyone else's problem?

A concern I have is this could be used to circumvent the voting process. Instead of cutting costs especially at the bloated administrative level. If the citizens vote to not approve budget increases but yet they borrow money to meet an increase who pays that loan back? The citizens naturally will be forced to pick up a tab they don't approve of.

Not saying this is the case here. Just that hopefully checks and balances are in place.

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Posted by Balancedapproach on 07/15/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Burlington School District Asks City for a Loan of up to $4.8 Million

Our property taxes increased over 1K again this year. I think its time to review and cut back the system
and pass the savings on to the tax payers. A full review of expenses is needed at this time.

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Posted by John Day on 07/14/2014 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

"Much of the wood for McNeil comes from clearcutting." Prove it.

Clearly the Rankin cycle can only be approx. 25-30% efficient...at best. I'm not arguing that the McNeil plant is an efficient use of resources but once again, your original point was comparing vandalizing planted trees in an urban environment to silviculture as a form of vandalism. Clearly not the same thing.

I do agree that burning wood for electrical production is not an efficient use of the resource, unless there is cogeneration involved and the waste heat is being used for heating. This has been the intention from the beginning at McNeil, but unfortunately it hasn't happened...yet.

"Also the carbon footprint from McNeil is 50% worse than a coal plant in terms of carbon released per energy produced, so just about any source would be better than burning trees based on climate concerns."

Once again...prove it. You would really rather have a coal plant in Burlington? There already was one, called Moran. The citizens of Burlington voted to shut it down and build McNeil...using the democratic process. And then they voted to have the most state of the art emissions controls installed and paid for with taxpayer dollars.

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Posted by Mdavis on 07/14/2014 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

Now if only we can replace our wood paper products with hemp paper products. Hemp TP, Hemp notebook. Someone made hemp plastic, I'm sure we can make hemp logs. Hemp is way faster to grow than wood so that would be better and more efficient use of resources.

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Posted by Ashton MacKenzie on 07/14/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Burlington School District Asks City for a Loan of up to $4.8 Million

Hi, leaterhune: The information about the consultant had been published in a prior story. We've added a link to it in the story above, second graph from the bottom. Thanks.

Posted by Matthew Roy on 07/14/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Burlington School District Asks City for a Loan of up to $4.8 Million

Re: The school board hired an education finance consultant to help on an interim basis...

Who did they hire, and what is the person's experience and credentials? Whether the District is in control of it's finances depends on the qualifications of the person they hired for the interim, i.e. now, at this time when they are requesting the loan from the cash pool. Why are the person's name and qualifications not included in this article?

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Posted by leaterhune on 07/14/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The Chips Are Down: Does IBM Have a Future in Vermont?

Thanks, Terrence Sehr

I too, find it odd that no one (media or politicians) are talking about the toxic pollution at IBM BTV and the on-going cleanup that will take decades if not hundreds of years - nasty, nasty chemicals spills. I have posted these same concerns, including Nancy Bazilchuk's article from 1998 on my FB page since last winter. I've contacted the Vermont congressional delegation re; the toxic cleanup as well as media (including Paul Heinz) - not to mention VPIRG. No one seems to be interested in talking about this. I've been employed at IBM for nearly 30 years, I don't want to lose my job but more importantly, I want the toxic cleanup and containment efforts to continue.

John Goetz is on the mark, it's nice to have Trusted foundry status but DoD product is a miniscule component of the overall product portfolio. Not enough DoD work to sustain BTV.

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Posted by Joe Nektar on 07/14/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

Responsible forest management? Much of the wood for McNeil comes from clearcutting. Of course woodchucks will make self-serving claims that clearcutting the forest is being done to "help" nature.

Human delusion and rationalization knows no bounds.

Also the carbon footprint from McNeil is 50% worse than a coal plant in terms of carbon released per energy produced, so just about any source would be better than burning trees based on climate concerns.

Nobody said never cut a tree, but cutting and burning trees for energy is the dumbest possible choice for energy generation and a stupid waste of our limited resources, almost as stupid as the perpetually recycled toilet paper comment.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 07/13/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

Comparing responsible forest management to the vandalism of planted trees in an urban environment is silly. Really, are you actually suggesting that there is a reasonable comparison here? Would you rather have the energy McNeil generates come from Hydro Quebec? This uber VT Nimbyism is getting kind of old. No Nukes, no Wind, No Solar, no logging, no fracking, no VT gas, no hydro, no ______. Where is the electricity to power your smart phone and laptop going to come from?

I encourage you to learn a little more about silviculture and forest management. I checked out the map and saw nothing more than a bunch of managed forests. Most of these land owners are likely in the current use program and are harvesting timber and firewood, or chip wood, or managing sugarwoods. Likely so they can avoid having to sell their land to developers and keep it in their family. Would you prefer condos or housing developments over managed woodlots?

Reality check. There is no free lunch. Even the tomato on your gluten free vegan sandwich was killed and the plant it came from cut down and tilled back into the soil. Go visit a farm or a managed woodlot. Talk to a landowner that cares for their land and harvests timber and firewood. Get a clue.

You likely live in a house made of wood and wipe your bung with toilet paper. Where did those resources come from? Trees. Comparing intentionally injuring or vandalizing a tree to silviculture is absurd.

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Posted by Mdavis on 07/12/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

Want to see some large-scale tree vandalism in Vermont that 7 Days has strangely refused to report on? Check this out...

McNeil Biomass Incinerator -- Vermont Sources Map

Zoom in to see extent of each logging operation and click on stumps for more information.

http://www.energyjustice.net/map/mcneil

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Posted by Josh Schlossberg on 07/12/2014 at 8:17 PM

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