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Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

Terjeanderson: i know the Supreme Court was specifically exempted but i guess you missed the point. The GOP will quickly do a 52-48 simple majority victory-vote to include the SUPCO appointments and, voila, the Supreme Court is no longer exempted. Did you not understand? Do you think for one moment the GOP Senate majority will hesitate to invoke the nuclear option for Supco appointments?

Posted by wahrheit on 03/26/2017 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Hard Lesson: A UVM Econ Prof Fights to Keep His Job

The administrators at UVM are ridiculous, stolid, dull bureaucrats. Ironically, they fulfill the expectations of the Soviet model perfectly.

What is the difference between UVM and the Pentagon? The Pentagon has 22 layers of bureaucrats. UVM, only 17.

Posted by wolfganger on 03/26/2017 at 12:03 AM

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

To explain to "E Greene" and "Wahrheit" why Carrillo should not be deported: the United States is a signatory to the Helsinki Accords of Auguest 1, 1975,signed by 35 Euopean nations, the Soviet Union, the USA, and Canada. Article VII of the Helsinki Final Act provides for reunification of families divided by an international border, the object being that family unification (and reunification) was and is an inherent human-right that transcended any internal national law. Bottom line: the US cannot "deport" and thus bust up a family, the other members of which are residents or citizens of the US.

Although the US Senate took some ten years to ratify the Helsinki Accords, in fact they are ratified, and for Mr. Greene (and Mr. Wahrheit) Treay law is the highest level of law; Treaty law supersedes all other law, including law confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. To illustrate: The US Government was obliged to return the child Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba after his mother took him to Miami and drowned in the attempt. The 11th Circuit held that the US, as a signatory to the Helsinki Accords, was obliged to remove Elian from his relatives in Miami and take him back to his father in Cuba. Janet Reno, the Attorney General (hence, minister of justice in the US scheme) under Bill Clinton, ordered a raid to remove Elian at gunpoint, whch they did. That was in JUne 2000. Elian went back to Dad in Cuba.

Trust this explains.

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Posted by wolfganger on 03/25/2017 at 11:29 PM

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

"What kind of eldercare facility allows one of their residents to be taken out in handcuffs just for getting agitated?"

One that wants to keep staff. Assaulting healthcare workers is a crime in several states, including Vermont. Being a 90-year-old veteran does not make anyone a saint.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 03/25/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “'Neighborly' Will Let Burlington Residents Invest in Their City

And you don't see anything amiss about "a path for democratic involvement" with a minimum investment of $1000? That strikes you as "democratic" somehow? Um...

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Posted by Brett W on 03/25/2017 at 8:26 PM

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

"He's got more important things to do."

Like what? Like doing his job in the U.S. Senate? He hasn't been doing that, either. The "more important things to do" that you seem to be referring to are: 1) continuing on his never-ending publicity hunt, and 2) constantly stoking the flames of his own cult of personality.

He was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate. That's his only job. He ran for that job. He's getting paid to do that job. He should do that job. Or quit and let someone else do it, if he'd rather spend his time on national TV magnifying his ego.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/25/2017 at 2:18 PM

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

This is such a non-issue. We're engaged in an all-out fight over the future of our country and the planet. And Bernie, one of the most popular and respected political figures in the country, continues to lead the charge. Oh, but he should come sit for an interview with you or Mark Johnson? He's got more important things to do.

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Posted by Bill Mitchell on 03/25/2017 at 12:44 PM

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

What this article fails to mention about this terrible legislation is that ALL guns in the home would be seized. Including any belonging to the victim. So if the abuser returns, the victim has also lost the means for self defense. I know someone whose ex has been stalking her for over a year, violating multiple restraining orders. She is convinced that the only thing stopping him from kicking in her door is the knowledge that she has a gun and knows how to use it

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Posted by Heidi Clark on 03/25/2017 at 8:46 AM

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

Norm, regarding your unconstitutional proposal to "temporarily remove weapons from the domestic abuse scene was one of the measures that received overwhelming support..."
The facts however, disprove the "overwhelming support."
Only 25% of the voters in Burlington actually cared enough to go vote.
There was a difference of 11.8% of the voters to SUPPORT the charter change.
Yet you consider 11.8% overwhelming support?
Your continued support for unconstitutional bills is disturbing, but not surprising.

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Posted by bobdepino on 03/25/2017 at 8:41 AM

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.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:47 PM

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