Tom Bisson 
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Re: “Lisman, Scott Campaigns Clash Over New Flier

I thought Lisman was going to run a campaign about issues. Creating "guilt by association" flyers is not an issue-oriented campaign. Instead, why doesn't he tell us exactly what he would do to improve the health care system. All we get is "We can do better." That's a glittering generality. What ideas does he have about growing Vermont's economy? His experience on Wall Street is not something anyone should trust. The best I can conclude is that Lisman is using the money he got at Bear Stearns (while investors he was protecting lost their shirts) to run a vanity campaign. Rich guy in a small state. Not exactly a compelling reason to vote for him.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/31/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Utah Engineer Hires Local PR Firm to Pave the Way for Vermont Settlement

Vermont has a history of intentional communities being established here. We're a small but tolerant and welcoming state. I assume that is a tradition that we will keep.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/24/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

How many metaphors/puns can fit in to one paragraph? I count three (not including the slam-dunk which mixes the metaphors)
Despite the governor's support, and passage of an early version of a bill in the Senate, the bid to legalize marijuana in Vermont went up in smoke this year. While the average Vermonter might have expected it to be a slam dunk, pro-legalization forces had trouble agreeing on who could grow and sell pot. Opponents were louder than supporters. And budding advocacy efforts never turned into the kind of statewide grassroots effort required to overturn federal legislation.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/13/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Pot Shot: Shap Smith's Marijuana 'Compromise' Misses the Mark

Thanks for the reporting on this issue. There is a real lack of leadership under the dome. Some of that can be blamed on a lame duck governor, but not all of it.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/04/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “State Treasurer's Challenger Calls for Fossil-Fuel Divestment

One thing that really bothers me about the folks who are calling divestment is that they forget whose money they're talking about. The pension fund comes from public employees and teachers who have been contributing to it for years. (The state is supposed to contribute but you can't count on the state making its annual contributions to keep the pension healthy.) Divestment may be a great thing, but the people who should be making that decision are the people who are counting on the fund for retirement. Why not ask them? Distributing an electronic survey to all the pension fund members would not be a hard thing to do. Not doing so is arrogantly cavalier to the people most affected.

I appreciate that Treasurer Beth Pearce is doing the morally right thing by putting the pensioners' interest first.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 04/12/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “House Considers Decriminalizing Small-Scale Pot Cultivation

I wish they would put the issue to a vote in November.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 04/07/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Plans for a Railroad's Freight Facility Outrage Shelburne

Railroads have more power than towns or states. They can do almost anything they want to do. I'm not saying that's good or bad, but that's the truth. Ask Middlebury.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 02/05/2016 at 2:35 PM

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