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Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

When did 7Days start running humor as news? Blaming gender? Seriously? Minter lost because she never had any intent to represent Vermonters. She was the first candidate to ever run for statewide office on a platform of gun control. That is a political death sentence here in Vermont. We have a proud tradition of firing candidates who attack Article 16 of the Vermont state Constitution, so why would we possibly consider electing someone who commits to doing so? Why even Senator Campbell, for all his tenure and power, knew enough to retire gracefully after the gun control debacle he tried to force through last year, yet not once does this article mention the gravity of taking such positions. If you are going to report on something like this, at least be honest rather than trying to deflect to so obvious a red herring. To be blunt, Sue Minter shot herself in the foot.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 12/09/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

we can pick

1) a park with grass
2) a weekly farmer's market in the park

cant have both sry

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Posted by Rick Infinity on 12/08/2016 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

I'm still surprised by Shumlin's comments regarding gender. Many states have elected women to the governor's post, including Vermont. And it is hard to imagine a liberal state like Vermont, where women out number men by a small margin, would not do it again, all things being equal (which was the case when Kunin won).
Is Shumlin that out of touch? Yes, which is why he'll soon be out of a job.

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Posted by Allen Theodore on 12/08/2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Ashe Hires Liberal Health Care Lobbyist as Chief of Staff

Good choice.

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Posted by A. Smith on 12/08/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Sue was a true fighter with actual plans and real heart. Vermont missed an opportunity to be a leader on several fronts - from renewable energy, to affordable higher education, to women in leadership - but instead we elected a race car driver as chief executive. We elected a Republican to the governorship in the year of Donald Trump. No matter what Scott says about being different from the national Republican party it absolutely matters that he is going to be running our state from the same ideological stance. Instead of being a bulwark against extremism when our nation needs it most, Vermont rolled over and let a race car driver become our leader because it was 'his turn.' So much for Vermont values. So much for Vermont leadership. Now we're just another Republican state. Sue Minter didn't lose. Vermont did.

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Posted by Simone de Beauvoir on 12/08/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Minter should be able to get a nice paying job at Planned Parenthood. They pay really well, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on political ads AGAINST Phil Scott, a pro-choice candidate. I think they may owe her a favor.

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Posted by Brenda Pepin on 12/08/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Walters: Conservative Operative Wins Influential Post in Scott Administration

Oh, this is precious. The very first person pro-wind Walters quotes is his pro-wind pal Paul Burns. Walters notably wrote his almost-final column on his former blog as an advertisement for wind developer Blittersdorf. I guess his Seven Days column will now become the site for him to expound on behalf of his buddies and continue his attacks on people who he doesn't like, without ever having met or talked to them.

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Posted by A. Smith on 12/08/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

There is a lot of truth in the comments by previous posters. It was known early on that Minter matched up poorly against Scott, and that the polls showed Matt Dunne would have been a better candidate against him. But the Democratic "machine" rallied behind Minter, in a similar way they went for Hillary early on.

Many on the left went over to Scott because of some very un-Democratic stances by the Democrats in power, some which came across as hypocritical and ingenuine. The list is a long one: VT Gas, Big Wind, Ethics Reform, environmental issues, VT Rail, PSB, school consolidation, and of course, taxes, etc.

And Minter's call for free college tuition literally scared people senseless. Just how was this going to be paid for? Even the most progressives States like NY and California are having a very difficult time supporting Higher Education. Higher Education must be tacked on the national level, just like health care, as Bernie clearly pointed out. Folks feel like the education property tax is already out-of-hand.

Minter lost this race on her own. Blame is squarely on her shoulders and the Democrats in power as this was a winnable race. She had the opportunity to stand up for Democratic principles, but she ran away from them.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 12/08/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Walters: Conservative Operative Wins Influential Post in Scott Administration

Following the tactics of Trump in Vermont is a sure sign of weakness and ignorance of the people of our state. We don't like partisan liars very much, Mr. Brooks, watch yourself.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 12/08/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I wonder why Amanda Bean wasn't interviewed for this article. Seems to me Ms. Bean would have the most insight into why people resort to stealing and what might help them to stop.

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Posted by Gwen Gray Lavoie on 12/08/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

A bit odd to include hyperlinks to retailers in this story. I only support *local* businesses who *don't* buy cheap goods made overseas and then jack up the price. Sadly, there aren't many like that anymore.

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Posted by The Oracle on 12/08/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

It's possible to dislike someone who is a woman without being biased against all women. Sue Minter appeared to me to be a entitled and out of touch person who I didn't think would represent my interests. I would happily vote for Elizabeth Warren for any elected office. I would happily vote for Bernie Sanders for any elected office. What do they have in common? I like their policies, their passion, and their integrity.

I hate Hillary Clinton because she cheated and stole the democratic primary with the help of the DNC and her establishment power brokers. I hate money-grubbing Wall Street bankers like Bruce Lisman who suck the blood from middle class workers and the world economy for their own personal aggrandizement. I don't care if they are male or female, transgender or gay, Muslim or Atheist, I vote based on my view of who will best help improve our government.

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Posted by Penelope on 12/08/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents March on TD Bank in Montpelier

Can we clarify how TD Bank is "funding" the DAPL? The bank isn't an investor in the pipeline - it's a creditor. Are we really going to start protesting banks based on who they lend money to? Pick any bank - local or national - and I bet you can find a company that bank has lent money to whose values and actions you disagree with.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 12/08/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Phil Scott Appoints Susanne Young, Al Gobeille to Top Admin Jobs

From a Minter-voting Democrat.........I don't know much about Ms. Young, but Gobeille is a solid pick. Can Phil give Trump some cabinet-picking advice please?

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Posted by JD on 12/08/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Thank you Rep. Sullivan for standing strong. While yes, what Vermont does isn't going have a significant impact on reducing world green house gas emissions someone has to take the lead and why not this small state where it is possible to make good decisions for the benefit of the ecosystems of the Earth which are being destroyed resulting in the sixth great extinction. A carbon pollution tax will ;provide an incentive for people to reduce their carbon emissions like driving more fuel efficient vehicles rather than huge pick up trucks which are now the most popular selling vehicle in Vermont.

And yes we need to talk about and deal with population growth.
EI equals PxAxT
Environmental Impact equals the size of the Population times the Affluence of that population times the kind of Technology that people spend their money on. As just one example manual push mowers or huge ridding lawn mowers.

Population size is the major factor and our governor elect wants to grow our population by 70,000. What is that going to do to our carbon emissions never mind the rest of our environment?

When are climate activists going to talk about the cause of our problems and not just the symptoms which is failing miserably.

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Posted by George Plumb on 12/08/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

So glad we have such a balanced article. Police, state's attorney, retail, and a person supporting them. How about interviewing the person who shoplifted or substance abuse and mental health advocates, or any alternative viewpoint? How about some statistics regarding the number of people who never reoffend after restorative justice? How about getting facts instead of assumptions about the so-called opiate crisis? Couldn't the growth in thefts (which is actually pretty small) be due to population growth, increased tourism, increased poverty rate, increases in youth population, outliers? And how exactly will jail help these people? We don't give people long-term drug treatment in jail if they are in for short periods of time. How long should people be jailed for stealing a pair of jeans? Disappointed in seven days for this one. But I guess these businesses are the majority of your advertising. Gotta throw them a bone every now and then... ;)

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Posted by ErnestWallace on 12/08/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Former al-Qaeda Prisoner Theo Padnos Reflects on His Ordeal

So what does it mean,writing is his therapy,what those that mean?

Posted by Mariano Bula on 12/08/2016 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Does anyone see the irony of having someone like Mary Sullivan (or Tony Klein before her) on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee? In its own words, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy "considers matters relating to conservation and development of the State's land resources, geology, forestry, State parks and lands, scenery, air quality issues, environmental permitting, solid waste management, and energy."

What happened to the "Natural Resources" component of the committee? The conservation and scenery part? It seems the Democrats on this committee are focused solely on the "Energy" and "development" components. How else to explain the total exemptions from Act 250 and all local zoning so developers can dynamite and bulldoze mountaintops for wind towers, filling in streams along the way; and the same exemptions that permit the solar panel carpet-bombing of land zoned for natural resources protection and wildlife corridors. All thanks to legislation that originated from this Committee (or possibly the lobbyists and campaign donors who worked with the Democratic members of this Committee).

Former Democrats and Independents abandoned the Democratic Party in droves this year to vote for Phil Scott, in no small part because of the policies pushed by Democrats on this Committee.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

It is laughable that 650,000 people in Vermont are going to make a dent in global warming when there are literally billions of people in India and China, many adopting a Western standard of living and consumption. Last I checked, China has zero carbon tax.

And it is amazing that the people worrying about global warming rarely say a peep about worldwide population growth. We've gone from 1.6 billion in 1900 to pushing 8 billion now. How many mammals, birds, amphibians go extinct each year as humans take over more of the planet? Global warming is the least of our problems. Knowledgeable scientists say that assuming current warming projections are accurate, we are already too far along anyway (and still would have been, even if Hillary Clinton had been elected & tried to follow through on her policies).

Anyone who privately wants to drive a Prius; put solar panels on their roof, go for it. Eat vegetarian or better yet, vegan. Follow Bill McKibben's original advice in his book, "Maybe One" (i.e., one child). Private choices can make a difference.

And certainly energy efficiency and home weatherization is a great thing. Vermont already does a great job of education around this and encouraging it. But the Democrats are missing the message from this past election. We do not need any more new taxes. Taxes are already way too high in Vermont.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Sue: You lost because people are tired of the same old liberal rhetoric. Time for people to own up to their responsibilities. Scott offers an "option" - nothing more. The "Shumlin Shuffle" of political favorites from agency to agency needed to end. Cutting the Dem chord at the Gov level will give the public some relief before Scott starts his political favors.

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Posted by Drobin9353 on 12/07/2016 at 9:19 PM

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