Ma 
Member since Oct 3, 2012

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Re: “Bikers to City: Make Streets Safer

I opted out of bicycling after trying it over the course of several months. I'm not the anxious type - but felt like I was risking life and limb during the daily bicycle commute. I've ridden through about half of Winooski and through much of Burlington. Some of the worst parts I've experienced are the areas between the intersection area of Riverside Ave/South Winooski in Burlington along all the main roads (Willard, N/S. Winooski Ave, Battery Street, etc. to the South Burlington Line. The one exception is Pine Street, where I actually felt like my bicycle and I weren't completely out of place and I can relax a bit.

Across Burlington bike lanes disappear into the ether and motorists don't seem to understand, or be willing to care to interpret, the "sharrows" on streets without a bike lane. On Union street I see more cars in the bike lane than bikes. While the city places signs saying 'Bike Lane Ends' - their abrupt ending leaves cyclists with nowhere to go - suddenly dumping the bicyclist into unwelcoming traffic.

On the flip side - while the dangerous situation isn't great - I can understand some of the frustration drivers feel. None of the traffic lights are timed properly to drive the speed limit. Cars should be able to go just under the speed limit and go through at least a few traffic lights. The reality is that, in most areas throughout the Greater Burlington area, you need to speed to make it through multiple lights - ask any professional delivery, courier or cab drivers. So while I wait more during my car/motorcycle commute than I go, it seems, at least I believe I'll get to my destination in one piece.

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Posted by Ma on 07/13/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Trash Talk: Seven Things to Know About Vermont's New Recycling Rules

Look forward to composting being a routine part of the 'waste stream'.

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Posted by Ma on 06/29/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Facing Blowback, Sanders Calls 1972 Sexual Fantasy Piece 'Stupid'

Looks like a piece on male/female roles in 1972. What's stupid is that people think this is anything other than an article about the roles each gender used to be pushed into, or that anyone things this piece says anything more. Does it use some colorful imagery to pull you into the piece? Yep. Is it even worth the read? Probably not, unless your name is Bernie Sanders and you want to look back at how you started writing about equality for women 40 years ago, and how much or little gender has changed since you first penned this article.

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Posted by Ma on 05/30/2015 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Senate Votes to Nix Philosophical Exemption to Vaccine Mandate

There are many good reasons to get a philosophical exemption. One, simply put, is that there are 'recommended' CDC vaccinations (in the current list of over 110 vaccines/combination strains given today) that are not necessary. If your child has had chicken pox, your child is not going to a daycare (the recommended CDC list vaccinates for certain STD's like Hepatitis) or you are not travelling to one of the three countries where polio is actually not cured - your child may not need those immunizations, but you cannot avoid them unless you take the philosophical exemption.

The biggest issue with outbreaks is that people who are given many vaccines should avoid contact with others for several days to even several weeks. Some doctors don't even seem aware of this, and in our own state over 85% of cases of whooping cough (which is the norm) have been traced back to people who have been partially or fully immunized http://vtdigger.org/2012/10/08/90-percent-… Whooping cough was proclaimed a 'dead disease' by the inventor of the vaccine, but parents are not informed to prevent contact with a recently immunized child for 48-72 hours following a whooping cough vaccine. The lack of information is what keeps the disease, and fear, alive and well.

Another commenter asked what the difference is between religious and philosophical exemptions - basically some religions do not allow for blood transfusions or foreign material to enter the bloodstream. Philosophical exemptions are a large catch all that contain well informed people who choose to opt out of a few specific vaccines because the child has had the disease/is not at risk, because the parent is making a life choice which can include avoiding certain immunizations (veganism, etc.) or the parent is fearful of all vaccines

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Posted by Ma on 04/24/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Don't All Vermont ATMs Offer French?

Interestingly - French is the international language of Diplomacy, is spoken as a first language by ~130 Million people (number 9 on the spoken language list in the world). That includes about 50 Million Americans, 97 Million Africans and Half a Million 'French Creole' speakers (to name a few groups). Of the 7 million Canadians speaking French, 6 million are in Quebec (don't see any number son French as a second language in Canada) . French is also the #3 language on the internet and is frequently spoken in international trade. Looking at the numbers - really a surprise it's not offered on ATM's.

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Posted by Ma on 04/14/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Vaccine-Nation: A Viral Debate Over the ‘Philosophical Exemption’

What we really need is transparency by the pharmaceutical companies and medical industry to include real clinical trials of the safety record of the vaccine against a control group receiving a placebo (currently not occurring with several), a risk assessment 'matrix' to make it easy to determine what the risk of a young child or infant is to an illness and post vaccination procedures (like warning signs that your child is having an allergic reaction, or how long to prevent contact with your child and other children post vaccination). Many people claiming the exemption do so because they don't see a risk for a few of the vaccines, or choose to live with the consequences (like the flu or chicken pox).

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Posted by Ma on 02/12/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “What comfort food are you tired of seeing on menus?

I would eat at a restaurant with only the items from your comfort food poll any day of the week... In other words - I am tired of exactly NONE of those.

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Posted by Ma on 12/03/2014 at 9:28 AM

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