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Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

What this VTANG flyboy did is called 'screwing the pooch' in military aviation jargon and it knocks them right off the Right Stuff pyramid when they do it so that's why he skulked off the island with his tail between his legs

Posted by JimM on 09/25/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He'll Sell Business if Elected Governor

'Just what Vermont needs: a Governor that needs months and months of nagging to do the obviously right thing.' --intheolddays

Wait a minute. Hold the phone. Stop the bus. Shumlin still hasn't pulled the plug on Vt Health Connect and I believe it's been longer than months and months.

'When things really get tough, I for one don't want to have to wait for half the state to nag our "nice guy" Gov to do the right thing.'--intheolddays.

You can nag all you want, Shumlin does what ever he wants and I wouldn't define Shumlin as a 'nice guy'.

Posted by Paul Jones on 09/25/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He'll Sell Business if Elected Governor

I understand his campaign is being advised by Elizabeth Metraux, who is also completely unqualified in terms of advising anyone to do the right thing.

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Posted by Incontinentia Buttocks on 09/24/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He'll Sell Business if Elected Governor

Name one time when Shumlin "did the right thing." Was it in 2010 when he was running for Gov. and got stopped for speeding and "accidentally" showed his State Senate card instead of his driver's license? Or was it when he ripped off his developmentally disabled neighbor? Or was it when he said that the problems with Vt. Health Connect were a "nothingburger"? Or was it when he waited until AFTER the election to say what he already knew: single payer was dead? Or was it when he started dating his daughter's friend, 30 years his junior? Or any number of other things.

You're complaining about Scott "doing the right thing" when it's hardly cut and dried that a blind trust wouldn't work? Scott is practically Mother Teresa.

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/24/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Rutland Basketball Uproar Makes National Headlines

My name is Steven Greene and I played on the Burr & Burton championship team 1975-1976. Ormsby Hill was a beautiful experience and it gave me an opportunity to receive a better education than schools in New York City. Basketball was only a small part of my years at BBA. To this day I am very grateful to Burr & Burton Academy and the Ormsby Hill Program for the opportunities that was given too me.

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Posted by Steven Greene on 09/24/2016 at 8:52 PM

Re: “After Criticism, Scott Says He'll Sell Business if Elected Governor

Just what Vermont needs: a Governor that needs months and months of nagging to do the obviously right thing.

Glad to see Scott coming around but I don't feel he should be congratulated for it. Particularly since most decisions the Governor has to make are much harder and not nearly as black and white. When things really get tough, I for one don't want to have to wait for half the state to nag our "nice guy" Gov to do the right thing.

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Posted by intheolddays on 09/24/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

The writer might have added the 3.25% the teachers asked for in salary increase was the amount found by the independent fact-finder. Just try to imagine what the Board would have said if it were the teachers who demanded more than the fact-finder found. They would have castigated the teachers for over-reaching. What amazes me is the lack of reporting on what the Board did in addition to undercutting the fact-finder's number. It unilaterally increased the teachers' contribution to health insurance, and unilaterally reduced the amount of education benefits available to the union. The Board, in other words, took the opportunity to win on all issues with the imposed contract. Such a slap in the face to the teachers may be the reason they asked to come back to the bargaining table. I'm with the teachers on this one.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/24/2016 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Prosecutors: Burlington Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Was Justified

so they tazer a man hiding and when he spazzes out you gun him down?
how was he supposed to act when he was tasered?
the police were looking to murder him they weren't there to resolve a problem.
sad day to see this murdering cop epidemic come to vermont.

Posted by Joseph A Blanchard on 09/24/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

The pilot of the crashed plane did NOT contact the tower or the authorities, if you read the article correctly. The pilot of another plane noticed the crash...six hours later...and radioed it in to the tower.

A full investigation needs to happen here. There are way too many unanswered questions. For a pilot not to notify the authorities or the FAA is very bizarre.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 09/24/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

Everybody here is jumping off the deep end thinking there was a legal responsibility for the pilot to call the police. There was NOT. He had to notify the NTSB, which it seems he did. He notified the FAA by calling the air traffic controller, which he didn't technically need to do. The FAA controller notified the police. The police, well intentioned to be sure, responded in full force to a non-event. I would have hoped that the FAA air traffic controller at BTV, who would have been well aware that there were no injuries, would have helped the police size the response, or call off the response, appropriately.

Think of an analogy; You are out riding a 4WD jeep off-road and you swerve and hit a tree, totalling your jeep but you are uninjured. You're not on the road, you're on private land. You didn't break any law. You're happy to be unhurt. The police get wind "there's been a crash" and show up in full force. Is that your fault? You didn't need them, didn't ask for them, and didn't have any responsibility to call them. Now everyone is on your case, thinking you should pay for it all. Non-pilots don't understand that an airplane like this is essentially a type of off-road ATV.

Once again, a failure to communicate effectively to be sure. But stop casting unwarranted aspersions at a pilot who contacted who he was supposed to.

And the airplane was recovered. It's on an island! What did you expect him to do immediately after... call AAA for a tow truck?

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Redtop on 09/24/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

Go look at the teacher contract, page 61.

http://www.nctq.org/docs/Teachers_-_Burlin…

Teachers do not earn $70K until year 12 of service with a master degree and they top out at $83K. There is no way the average teacher salary can be $73K, especially when you consider teachers start at $45K. The math just simply does not work.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mt.Philo on 09/24/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Addressing Women's Issues, Scott Portrays Himself as a Moderate

More partisan political hackery from terjeanderson.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/24/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

So much for the integrity of one of the VTANG F-16 pilots and a Lt. Colonel at that. I hope this incident is not covered up and he pays restitution for all the services and man hours that were needed to follow through on this accident AND let's hope he is are not one of the designated fliers of the F-35's....

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 09/24/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Protest Contract Imposition

Mtphilo: Penelope is right - the median teacher salary is $73,000. It was reported on the news this week. The median Vermont wage is $53-57,000.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by marianne1 on 09/24/2016 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Confederate Flag Riles Some City of Burlington Employees

I'm amazed at the fact that Bastion of liberal stupidity known as the City of Burlington actually was able to make a constitutionally correct decision

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jtbatch on 09/24/2016 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Confederate Flag Riles Some City of Burlington Employees

Rebecca Roberts, you pointed out valid points and people are going to get mad at you. People have been indoctrinated and are clueless to actual history. The whole civil war was over slavery, wrong. It was over taxes.

People get upset over a flag but don't have a problem with the freaks in Church St.

People should get offended over the heroin needs in our streets.

Knowledge is power. Here you go:
http://www.historynet.com/embattled-banner-the-convoluted-history-of-the-confederate-flag.htm

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Posted by Jay Bissette Sr. on 09/23/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

General Cray has a responsibility to the public to demand accountability and transparency. This incident unreported, placed first responders at risk, and cost taxpayers money. The FAA was contacted, no reason to withhold names of the Airman. Even incidents with death resulting name those involved. This is not credible. VTANG must release name and rank and action to be taken to restore confidence. The cover up as bad as the incident. If no wrong doing, why the secrecy?

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Roz Slater on 09/23/2016 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Confederate Flag Riles Some City of Burlington Employees

What I find funny is i lived in the South for many years. Not in a yippee city, but in rural areas. I found just as many of my dark southern friends held the Confederate flag in regard as my pale southern friends. They were also true Patriots and believed in the founding principals of this country.
That being said, hire many people are saying anything about a terrorist organization having is flag flown over UVM?
People need to grown up. Tired of grown ass people that get their little feelings hurt over everything. I also love that the liberal scream free speech when it comes to their point if view. Yet, if they don't agree, you are a racist, Zionist, hate monger, or whatever else they can dream up.

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Posted by Jay Bissette Sr. on 09/23/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

Yikes. And they want to fly F35s?

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Posted by Steph Holdridge on 09/23/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Addressing Women's Issues, Scott Portrays Himself as a Moderate

Phil Scott is generally conceded to be a nice guy and I have no difficulty with that. I have known of the history as reported by "terjeanderson" and I agree that he has done all the things so reported. I am cautious of a Republican with that history, specifically the support for Marco Rubio and the inclination to write in Jim Douglas for president. His history of being on the losing side in regard to LGBT rights could be overcome with some sign of later advocacy of the winning side. This he has not done. He's also said we ought to slow down on changes being brought to this state. Neither endears him to me.

Sue Mintner has an awareness of climate change that is essential in the near future. She has also experienced many of the same problems that many women have in the private sector regarding wages and the need for more family friendly policies.

I see no reason to vote for a Republican with history problems when there's Democrat who has walked the walk available for this woman to vote for.

19 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/23/2016 at 5:39 PM

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