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Re: “Vermont Legalization in Limbo After House Democrats Pull Pot Bill

I hope the residents of Chit 6-3 do 'some more vetting' before we vote in 2018. Just to be sure we don't push our Legislators out there if they need more time to......oh, i don't know - actually figure out what policies their constituents report.

Krowinski's campaign slogan in 2018 should be: Just Wait, Don't Elect Me Until 2020 - I Need More Vetting

Posted by Adam Salem on 03/30/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “After Tie, Burlington Inspector of Elections Candidates Square Off

Adrian Burnett has been registering voters since he worked on the Bernie campaign in 2016. He's out canvassing every day for Rights and Democracy fighting for a fair-wage for all Vermonters.

I agree with what Ryan says, Adrian is an example of someone taking Bernie's message and responding to his call for action. On the other hand, Andrew Champagne supported Hillary Clinton in the Vermont primary.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 03/30/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

Not sure what the cause is but Burlington is definitely much grittier than it was 15 years ago. The Great Recession, the opiate epidemic, policies that encourage vagrants, combo of all three? There is more litter, more cigarette butts, more homeless, and the homeless and day people are seemingly more aggressive. Unfortunately seen people walking with little kids in broad daylight near Muddy Waters or City Hall and get yelled at.

The Marketplace Garage & Keybank Building staircase areas were always a little sketchy. Burlington seems to have no problem with people living in the various parking garage staircases and using these areas as bedrooms and bathrooms. Taxpayers can only subsidize so much public housing when Leahy and Sanders are simultaneously insisting we spend trillions on Military Keynesianism like the F-35. In the old days, there was comparatively economical and supervised state housing. Yes, abuses at places like Willowbrook, but not all state housing was like that. People were at least fed and sheltered and not necessarily harming others or themselves as much.

Sometimes First Amendment issues with panhandling ordinances, depending on how implemented. Yet not every city has this problem, why is it getting worse here?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/30/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

First off, Burlington needs a No Panhandling law. Everywhere, not just on the Marketplace. Second, we need to stop the "not in my back yard" attitude toward services and the "derelicts" people are complaining about. Everybody was once somebody's baby. Let's be human about this. There's no magic bullet, but no progress will be made until people speak up and get involved in some solutions, rather than simply complaining in forums like this one. And yes, "derelict" as a noun, refers to a person.

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Posted by written on 03/30/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Vermont Legalization in Limbo After House Democrats Pull Pot Bill

The VT General Assembly failed miserably in the quest for sensible drug policy. Prohibition has been a manifest failure, and yet H.170 cannot muster the votes in the legislature. It cannot garner the votes despite the fact that a majority of Vermonters want sensible drug policy. We need referendum power in VT. These neoliberals need to go.

Posted by clamjam22 on 03/30/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

My, my, my... What a stark, stark contrast in both the reporting and the comments on this tragedy. The man was a "Transient", a full listing of all the past illegal transgressions against the law going back to 1996, discussion of mental health issues, etc etc. How completely, and embarrassingly, different it would be if he had used a gun instead of a knife.

On a side note, nice job Burlington! You want to push full steam to become an overdeveloped big city, you got overdeveloped big city problems. "The fastest growing city in Vermont" soon to become known as the armpit of Vermont.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 03/30/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

It's sad for anyone to die in this manner and, while the rush to find a solution--as expressed in many of these comments--to prevent further violent events is human and makes sense, it might be best in the immediate aftermath to just take a moment and mourn that someone lost their life.

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Posted by Lindsey83 on 03/30/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

Eva you are smart gifted and beautiful inside and out. Thank you for being a breath of fresh air for us in Vermont!

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Posted by Sharon Schroeder on 03/30/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

Re: So yeah, conservative, Tea Party, far right, free-market, limited government (except when it comes to immigration?) ... And except when it comes to policing women's heath care. Bah!

Posted by leaterhune on 03/30/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

Eva McKend is such a gift to Vermont. Do whatever you can to keep her happy here!!

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Posted by Judy Mayer on 03/30/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

Something does have to be done about the aggressive street people. Try working near the corner if Church and Main. These people, though clearly with issues, are drunk, dangerous. And yes, mentally unstable.

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Posted by Egmatic on 03/30/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

Here you are getting a full crank on about Watchdog having a tilt to the right, while your rudder is jammed to the port having "Seven Days" in tight circles to the Left.
What is it with the Proggy people that cannot seem to grasp that they took an Oath of Office when they assumed that elected place. Did that say something about upholding the laws of the State and Country? It didn't say only the ones you happen to like.
The State's economy vies with Venezuela for who will reach bottom first. You don't have enough people in the state to pay the tax load to get out from under the unfunded liabilities. Yet there is that willingness to dump on anything Conservative; but it isn't the Conservatives mired in debt.
One thing we can be thankful for in "Seven Days" is there isn't eight of them.

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Posted by Vermont Woodchuck on 03/30/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

Walter, you have a curious definition of decriminalized. Maybe get out of Burlington more? It is spineless to not pass legislation that a majority of Vermonters support. Jill Krowinski represents UVM students and the Old North End. So yes, pretty spineless to not support a piece of legislation a super-majority of your constituents support.

In regards to H. 170 - yes, it is not best piece of legislation to ever hit the Statehouse floor. I supported Sam Young's bill that would have created a legal, commercial market. H. 170 doesn't go far enough...but at least it goes somewhere. The de facto decriminalization that we have here in Vermont may work out just fine for folks like yourself - but what about Vermonters who want to grow their own?

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Posted by Adam Salem on 03/30/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

Does the "working class" include trust funders who hide in Vermont to "farm"?

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/30/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

jsnodgrass just won the comment section. This thread is officially over.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 03/30/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Vermont Legalization in Limbo After House Democrats Pull Pot Bill

There is plenty of data and precedence to make the social and health aspects moot; so let's have a bipartisan agreement that the economic aspect is something Vermont needs.

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Posted by Kitt on 03/30/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

"characterized the Vermont House's attempt to conduct an election recount as a plot "to reverse the victory" of the Republican candidate"

Well, isn't this true?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/30/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

In the land of Bernie, I would hope that we would be a leader on many of these working-class issues,

Oh, I didn't realize that sparking up a blunt and spacing out while listening to Pink Floyd was a "working class issue." I thought that was for college kids and former college kids who haven't grown up.

I can't believe that one of our 50 Lieutenant Governors is so absolutely obsessed with making sure that everyone can get high.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/30/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

The story I linked about the Wall Street investor/developers who called the Vermont neighbor a "lone wolf" for her opposition to a 27 acre forest clear-cut in a highly visible area and accused her of killing the planet due to her opposition, while that same developer had opposed Cape Wind because it would impact the views from his mansion on Martha's Vineyard is a story I first told reporters at vtdigger.org, VPR, Seven Days, and others about, and they all said they were going to do the story. None of them did, only Watchdog wrote about it.

One of the important aspects of working with people in our communities is that we hope to work together with reputable developers to build good projects that benefit Vermonters and help meet our state's goals. There is more to it than just "build build build". When developers come into a community and call people names, badger them, bully them, and make false statements or accusations, they degrade our communities and our state. Right now, none of these big wind or solar projects is counted towards our state's goals, and they are enriching investment bankers.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/30/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

A Burnett, I call it like it is, and note that all media these days seems to have bias. I talked to one of Watchdog's reporters about the Koch brothers connection and he was not even aware of it. I sent him the info to inform him. He happens to be a good reporter who cares about getting out good stories. I am not defending the Koch brothers any more than I would defend George Soros-funded enterprises (I have heard that NPR gets funding from him, but, as with the Koch brothers, have no direct knowledge). I will work with anyone who wants to work with me. My concern for the planet is perhaps even greater than those who want to carpet the world with glass, metal and rare earth minerals. I take a big picture view of things, and appreciate it when good reporters want to investigate.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/30/2017 at 9:34 AM

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