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Ernie Hotchkiss 
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Re: “Montpeculiar: Feeling Spurned, House Republicans Threaten to Boycott

How shameless that Alan Gershin would try to push through an amendment to specifically help his business and hinder his employees, in a blatant conflict of interest. Are there no ethics rules to hold him accountable for such maneuvers and abuse of his position? Yet one more reason why I avoid Sugarbush.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 04/15/2017 at 3:38 AM

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

Is anyone at ICE capable of even a shred of empathy? How do these ICE agents sleep at night, knowing their Gestapo tactics have caused this poor woman (AN AMERICAN CITIZEN) to have a miscarriage?

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 04/13/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Land O'Lakes Buys Vermont Creamery: 10 Questions for Allison Hooper

How sad that they chose to sell to this company. It must have been a massive payout. Land O'Lakes' CEO Chris Policinski testified before Congress in support of the anti right to know, pro-Monsanto, DARK Act, that blocked Vermont's GMO labeling law. His company also spent around $100,000 in defeating GMO labeling efforts in Washington state. Land O'Lakes is heavily into the GMO business, and also developed GMO alfalfa, which is now threatening organic and non-GMO farms:
http://www.windyridgepoultry.com/docs1/boy…

Land O'Lakes, makers of GMO Monsanto Butter:
http://foodbabe.com/2014/01/20/is-butter-s…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/31/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Land O'Lakes Buys Vermont Creamery: 10 Questions for Allison Hooper

How sad that they chose to sell to this company. It must have been a massive payout. Land O'Lakes' CEO Chris Policinski testified before Congress in support of the anti right to know, pro-Monsanto, DARK Act, that blocked Vermont's GMO labeling law. His company also spent around $100,000 in defeating GMO labeling efforts in Washington state. Land O'Lakes is heavily into the GMO business, and also developed GMO alfalfa, which is now threatening organic and non-GMO farms:
http://www.windyridgepoultry.com/docs1/boy…

Land O'Lakes, makers of GMO Monsanto Butter:
http://www.windyridgepoultry.com/docs1/boy…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/31/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

Notice how ICE always goes after migrant workers for violating the laws about undocumented employment, but never imprisons their employers, or the corporate executives who buy the bulk food and dairy products produced with undocumented migrant labor. It is a farce of justice. The truth is our current food systems would collapse without migrant labor. Everyone wants food prices to stay low, while keeping the minimum wage at a non livable level, resulting in not enough American citizens being willing or able to do the hard work on farms for such low pay, poor working conditions, and lack of health care. Based on that reality, it is no wonder the US Dept. of Labor reports that 57% of the entire agricultural workforce in the US is undocumented.

ICE knows they cannot deport every single farm worker. The profiteers of Big Ag won't stand for it. So they will single out the activists, and some of the workers, as a warning shot to scare others into silence, while serving their other monied interests, the profiteers of the prison/detention industry.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

It is a sick irony that ICE has a division with the Orwellian name of "Criminal Exploitation Unit", given the fact that the past few centuries of American foreign policy in Central and South America has been nothing short of Criminal Exploitation. It is those policies of American Imperialism that has stolen land from the local and indigenous populations of those countries, giving it to American and multinational corporations like United Fruit and ITT, for massive plantations and mining operations, while kicking subsistence farmers off their land, paying them paltry wages to work for the corporation, poisoning their land with pesticides that are banned in the US, and oil and mining pollution, and installing and propping up dictatorships and corrupt governments who are sympathetic to the criminal exploitation of the foreign corporate interests. And added to the mix have been the numerous death squad police forces over the decades that have been armed and funded by the US, and trained at the School of the Americas, in the US.

So when the people of these countries we have exploited so criminally try to come here for a better and safer life, we send in the "Criminal Exploitation Unit" to round them up. A truly sick and cruel joke. 1984 was written as a warning for the future, not an instruction manual.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “ICE Arrests Immigrant Worker Outside Burlington Courthouse

Absolutely disgusting, shameless and despicable that ICE so willingly tears apart families, and in this case a father married to an American citizen, who should qualify for a green card. I wonder if these ICE agents buy and eat Vermont dairy products, or other foods grown and produced by migrant workers. I bet they do, and if so, they are complete hypocrites. Maybe these ICE workers should get jobs working on dairy farms, but I doubt they will, since the pay, working conditions, living conditions and lack of health care does not compare to their cushy compensation packages.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/16/2017 at 10:49 PM

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