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Oh, anonymous mythical seer from Delphi, pray tell where in my post I reveal that I don't "believe" in science. Of course, science isn't supposed to be a belief system at all, is it?
Putting aside the "Loyalty Oath" aspect of this climate change issue (Trump is evil and un-American for suggesting a Loyalty Oath for immigrants with reference to the US, but such an oath regarding climate change is de rigueur), can someone explain to me how Scott's previous statement and your summary of the current science are the least bit inconsistent. "'I believe the science is real,' Scott responded during the online event. 'Climate change is happening. And I believe as well it is a combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.'" You then claim that the following summary of the science is diametrically opposed to what Scott said: "Most scientists would disagree with that assessment. According to NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, humans are LARGELY responsible for the warming planet."
Use of the term "largely responsible" explicitly contemplates that there are other factors at work, with human-made causes being the largest contributor. Yet, in an effort to continue with the press's lazy meme that all Republicans are troglodytes, Scott's phraseology -- which is entirely consistent with the scientific statement you trumpet -- is deemed somehow to be sufficient heresy that a burning at the stake or general public shaming is warranted absent his prompt and complete conversion to acceptable thinking and language.
Oddly, the scientific method and small "l" liberal education used to encourage critical thinking and the perpetual testing of hypotheses. No more. 100% obeisance is required, all in the name of "science" as declared by partisan politicians and researchers dependent upon them for research dollars.
The Chittenden County mega-district is an abomination. These sorts of multi-member at-large districts have been invalidated throughout the South through the years as the preferred way for whites to deny minorities proportionate representation. Since Vermont Republicans aren't protected by the Voting Rights Act, however, they can apparently be victimized through the same tactic. A 51% majority can seat 6 out of 6 senators in a mega-district, and voters in the urban core can dictate Senators for the suburbs and beyond. How convenient.....
It would be quite simple to divide the state into nothing but 2- and 3-member districts, making all Senate districts comparable in size and scope, while still coinciding with most county boundaries with minor tweaks: North Chittenden (3), Burlington (2), South Chittenden (2), Addison (2), Rutland (3), Bennington (2), Windham (2), Windsor (3), Caledonia/Orange/Essex (3), Washington (3), Orleans/Lamoille (2), Franklin/Grand Isle (3). Ask a legislator or other state leader for a good reason why not to do that.
Very informative article in that it explains how a firearm can be purchased in the real world. But your article does not explain how someone with criminal intent would not be more than willing to violate the law in order to acquire a weapon. If you're prepared to kill dozens of strangers, you probably won't hit a moral roadblock when it comes to violating gun regulations. Nor does it explain how various gun control regulations that have been proposed would have -- again, in the real world -- actually prevented any of the mass shootings we have experienced the last several years. A complex issue with no easy, pat answers -- much to our politicians' chagrin.
It is said that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Well, no one will accuse the Legislature of consistency. The age of adulthood in Vermont is 18, yet adults aged 18-20 are not deemed mature enough to make basic decisions for themselves (but we're more than happy to have them defend our nation in the armed services). Strap on a rifle, vote in elections, get married and sign contracts, but don't you dare have a drink or smoke a cigarette.
Yet, our purportedly health-conscious, anti-smoking Legislature is at the same time pursuing the legalization of marijuana. According to one British study, just three cannabis joints a day can cause the same amount of damage to the lungs as an entire packet of 20 cigarettes. Its research suggests young cannabis smokers may also be at greater risk of throat and gullet cancers. Finally, tar from cannabis joints contains 50 per cent more cancer-causing toxins than cigarettes made from tobacco alone.
But think of the revenue .....
Every ten years, there are complaints about the Chittenden District. Predictably, the Democratic majority doesn't see it as a problem For instance, see: http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/Th…. A six-member district makes running for office inordinately expensive and results in such a large number of candidates from all over the county that it ends up being primarily a matter of incumbent protection and name recognition. See: http://vtdigger.org/2016/01/13/rama-schnei…
The inequity of the Chittenden mega-district again reveals itself. Democrats need only retain a 51% majority of the electorate in order to theoretically hold all 6 seats. Such at-large mega-districts were a favored tool of whites looking to marginalize African Americans in the South, and aren’t allowed under the Voting Rights Act for that reason. Since Vermont Republicans aren’t a protected class under the Act, however, the Democrats are free to use the same discriminatory and inequitable technique to stack the electoral deck. It would be easy to create Senate districts across Vermont with only two or three members everywhere. In Chittenden County, if Colchester were included, Burlington could have 2 Senators, the northern suburbs could have 3, and the southern suburbs could have 2. Such districts would be equitable and equivalent, bringing voters closer to their Senators. Of course, such a fair apportionment would likely end the Democrats’ stranglehold in the county, so we continue with the discriminatory mega-district instead.
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