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Re: “Public Service Board Proposes Stricter Wind Regulations

Wind: unreliable and inefficient=unacceptable. Period.

Posted by wahrheit on 03/25/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

No mention of the Fourth or Fifth Amendments, the real casualties of this bill. While it does have Second Amendment ramifications, it goes far beyond that with its overreach. This bill presumes guilt in contradiction to the Fifth, and legalizes the unlawful search for and seizure of private property without any conviction of guilt in violation of the Fourth. Keep in mind that the Constitution does not enumerate rights "granted" to the citizenry by government, but is the restraint of government. THESE RIGHTS ARE UNASSAILABLE, and for this article to mention neither the Fourth or Fifth Amendment violations inherent in this horrible piece of legislation is nothing short of shameful.

There are a great deal of folks with an irrational fear of firearms. By focusing on guns, we ignore the greater concern, the removal of our rights to trial and freedom from unwarranted search and seizure. What will this apply to next?

Generally, the responsible thing to do with a mess is clean it up, not try to pass it off as somehow beneficial. This bill is a clear attempt to cater to the gun-control crowd as they grasp at straws for ANYTHING that can be spun to pass off as a "win".

In closing, it is my understanding that after noting what a mess this bill is, one committee member suggested that rather than continue discussion in committee, they should "just vote on it". This bill is garbage, and even those supporting it are clearly aware of the fact.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 03/25/2017 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

Seriously? Instead of the normal 6% Vermont sales tax, there is already a 9% rooms and meals tax that applies to all lodging and hotel rooms. Which goes up even higher to 10% in the many jurisdictions with a local option tax (i.e., Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, etc.) And they want to add this on top of it?!

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 11:34 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

Just want to give kudos to Seven Days for allowing direct commenting and promoting robust freedom of speech, without requiring registration or log-in via some other "free" third-party data-mining and data-selling site like Face-book or G-mail.

Until this week, Vermont Public Radio did the same but unfortunately announced yesterday that, based on comments no different than the 4 below, they can no longer allow direct commenting. They will only allow commenting via third-party registration sites.

The debate around immigration is obviously very contentious. Classic "wicked" problem in that there are legitimate competing values on both sides. That said, inhibiting free speech beyond profanity or direct personal attacks is not the answer. As embodied and defended by former Seven Days contributor Judith Levine or HBO's Bill Maher on the left; or the half wack-job/half-harmless Milo Yiannopolus on the right, the answer generally to speech we disagree with is more speech. Not to label it "hate speech" and then try to censor it or end commenting altogether (as VPR's parent web-site, NPR did last year).

We saw the recent attack on speech at Middlebury, which, rather than marginalizing Charles Murray and his views, perhaps elevated him and made the students, who physically attacked the speaker and (liberal) moderator, simply appear unable to handle the First Amendment.

Sad time in America when even public radio seeks to narrow the opportunity for its own community members and donors to learn from each other or dialogue with their generally outstanding journalists. Not everyone wants to create 500 different on-line accounts or use third-party sites like Facebook for commenting. Over the years, I have been informed and educated and had my views challenged by the journalism from VPR and from Seven Days. I look forward to continuing to do so at Seven Days!

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

Now that H.422 has had its run through the House, let me make a comment as to what each "Yes" vote accomplished, as I see it:

1. Presented a willingness to circumvent multiple constitutional amendments (the fourth and fifth, at least). These have been brought up many times in many articles on this subject. No doubt Vermont will now face many extremely expensive constitutional law suits.

2. When someone with extreme anger management issues gets released SOON after being arrested...and they usually do get released VERY SOON...and right after having seen their possessions unconstitutionally confiscated...how do you think they're going to react when they get home? And, at who? You really believe this is just a little 5-day inconvenience of a confiscation to them which they'll just get over? They still have a house full of potential weapons, including bare hands, at their disposal.

Yup...each "yes" vote has contributed to the start of a chain of events that will result in the eventual murder of an abused spouse. This is not an exaggeration.

3. When an abused spouse (of either gender) knows how coming forward with a dangerous situation will result in confiscation and the additional dangerous angering of their abusive spouse...do you believe this victim will be, in any way, encouraged to speak up? Yup...each "yes" vote in favor of this bill has resulted in the start of a chain of events whereby many abused spouses will remain in the shadows for fear of further retaliation by the abuser.

So, the folks in the House who voted yes to this have made an EXTREMELY dangerous situation MUCH worse.

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Posted by Will Waizenegger on 03/24/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

I have gladly paid such a fee in the past when traveling, most recently in St. Lucia, where the charge was about $2.50 US per day. With our hotel bill we were presented with a letter from the prime minister thanking us for visiting and explaining that the fee is used for community development and low-income housing. Frankly I felt glad knowing that our visit helped in that effort even in a very small way, and it actually increases the likelihood that I will return there if I have another opportunity. I think presenting a similar letter to Vermont hotel guests upon check-in or check-out would be well-received.

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Posted by DeeBee on 03/24/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

They just can't help themselves, creating a tax when one isn't even needed. Imagine the possibilities if we had a Legislature working with Gov Scott to make VT more affordable rather than against him.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/24/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

A comment from someone who uses the German word "wahreit" which can translate to the English "truth"?!?... English not good enough for you, Heinrich?... if you don't want to use regular English like a good 'Murican then you can just giiiiit out!!!!

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Posted by critikboy on 03/24/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Normandy is personally invested in contracting with the state and his commentaries are aimed at boosting his ability to win RFPs. Time to hear from a less partial source.

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Posted by AnnNormandy on 03/24/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Walters, don't ever stop writing. You are my only life-line in this smoke and mirrors political climate and we need you to keep this BLUE state grounded.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

This article has perfect timing. Mazza had absolutely benefited from this drug ring. How? I'm not sure yet. But what Walters wrote in this articles is EXACTLY what I was thinking the day this story broke. Mazza is a scum bag, we've known it for years. I really hope his actions come to light sooner than later so we can finally move on and get somebody worth sitting in that Senate seat.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

There is nothing in this article that makes me feel sorry for Carrillo or his family. It's actually too bad that he didn't apply for US citizenship because we need more US citizens with good family values. However, he can not expect sympathy for being a criminal. He committed a crime everyday since 2010 while being here illegally. Then he was arrested for driving under the influence - he was brought to an American court, given a hearing (like a citizens with rights), and his DUI charges were "dismissed." Can someone please tell me why he SHOULDN'T be deported???? If this article was supposed to make be feel sorry for him, it didn't.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Imagine a person applying for public assistance, and not reporting income, because the form didn't have "boxes to check off".
And it seems he gets away with this because he's buds with the Governor, and with the Senate President ProTempore, Tim Ashe.
Shame on Tim Ashe.
Mazza apparently is a bum. It's time for a either an independent prosecutor, or for the Senate to do an investigation.

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Posted by Bud on 03/24/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

Just love to see the compassion coming from people like wahrhelt, don't you? The immediate assumption that something fishy is going on here, and that a person presumed innocent is actually guilty? We've come a long way from the birth of this nation, when the ideals of our forefathers were the reason for our existence.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/24/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmate No. 144711 Is a 90-Year-Old Veteran

This story does not bode well for an aging baby boomer generation. When dementia strikes, we may all be aggressive and agitated, and the zombie apocalypse will be upon us with wandering dementia patients with nowhere to go. This is an allegedly progressive state. Can't we do better? And why should his claimed behavior decades ago with his children change our current obligation to care for our elderly and infirm?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/24/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

@Written...Wow you'll believe anything won't you.. that story link was so full of it..ole lyin Janey did not inherit the family cabin..there is 4 other siblings ..it was left to ALL of them, she sold her share to them, Sanders has more then 3 homes..they did not trade the place in Maine to get the one in Grand Isle..Amazing how people will believe lies..and the Sanders are good about that..just ask the people who pledged money to the Burlington College, just to find out that she wrote the amounts higher then what they pledged.. Such honest Sanders..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/24/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I have to laugh when people refer to Bernie's "mansion" on the lake. I have neighbors in Burlington with pricier houses! He's lived a lot more modestly than most politicians. Why can't he have a home where he can relax with his wife, children and grandchildren? Look at the pictures before you judge too harshly. As "mansions" go, it's pretty cozy. More like a camp cabin on steroids. http://heavy.com/news/2016/08/bernie-sande…

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Posted by written on 03/24/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

The Safe Injection Site Commission is searching for a safe drug shooting gallery location in Chittenden County. Senator Mazza needs a new tenant for recently-vacated commercial property in Colchester, which has served this purpose, more than adequately, for many years. Anyone else thinking win-win?

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by flipflopfly on 03/24/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Er... Seven Day is the "state's largest newspaper"? I don't think so...

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Posted by Maura O'Neill on 03/24/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

As 3rd generation residents of around-the-corner Spaldings West Shore we've known Dick from his store since at least 1957 or before. There's no one more honorable, honest, genuine, and kind around. He routinely goes beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. Yes, Vermont does need better ethical standards for it's representatives, but to try to tie that fact to this drug bust, where beyond any doubt Dick had absolutely zero involvement or culpability, or to question his honest success, is more than beyond absurd, this kind of sensationalism, and muckraking reduces 7Days' credibility to zero, in our view.

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Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 03/24/2017 at 11:50 AM

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