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Re: “PIVOT or Spin? Scott Tries to Reinvent Government

Apologies, @Walter Moses. We left off John's byline on this article by mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by Don Eggert on 01/18/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Taps David Weinstein to Run Vermont Office

David is an exceptional person and we thank him for his continued service to us, the Vermont citizens. Congratulations

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kappy on 01/18/2018 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Authorities: Bar Owner Embezzled $168,000 Intended for Charities

If that guy was selling that many fraudulent tickets how was he not selling enough drinks to stay in business? Strange.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Elrod on 01/18/2018 at 6:17 AM

Re: “UVM Students Save Escaped Hen From Freezing to Death in Burlington

Very nice story but the chicken was not freezing to death. They live outside all winter. However, it was probably hungry and thirsty.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Elrod on 01/18/2018 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Scott Administration Calls For a 925-Bed Prison Campus

No private contractors involved in incarceration, unless they're incarcerated. And in the private prison industry, most of them deserve to be in their own jails.

Posted by John Gallagher on 01/18/2018 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Taps David Weinstein to Run Vermont Office

Congratulations, Dave!
An excellent choice.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Gallagher on 01/18/2018 at 5:51 AM

Re: “Scott Administration Calls For a 925-Bed Prison Campus

This is a bad idea for so many reasons, not least of which is that for-profit prisons are immoral.

I wondered when Scott's republicanism would surface and how.

The very idea of for-profit prisons is antithetical to what Vermont is. Vermont is not about shareholders in other states profiting off of the misery of incarcerated Vermonters. Vermont is not about the state agreeing to occupancy quotas, which these for profit prisons are notorious for, thus incentivizing the state to incarcerate more people.

Governor Scott needs to be pressed hard until he absolutely repudiates this idea.

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Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 01/18/2018 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Private Prison Company Lobbies Vermont Officials to Build Proposed Facility

Finally, people, a voice of reason: mine. You've read the three hissy-fitting Lefties above commenting on the evils of capitalism. Well, it's still the best system in the world to efficiently do things, probably (yes, probably, the jury is still out) including running a prison system. Please consider three letters: DMV. The Department of Motor Vehicles. Think they're efficient? Or our current Department of Corrections, how well have they performed? (My company has a contract to do some painting at the Northwest Correctional Facility. Turns out one of our employees has a criminal record. He has been barred from working at the prison because of it. In other words: the Department of Corrections won't let a criminal into their medium security prison, figuring, I guess, it's better that he be among the general public without a job than working in the prison! Pure genius, huh? And it's TRUE!!) My point is: Please don't knee-jerk us away from a possible solution due to typical VT bias against profit. We should manage the private company to our advantage. Maybe. Maybe maybe.

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Posted by Eric J on 01/18/2018 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Authorities: Bar Owner Embezzled $168,000 Intended for Charities

What a scumbag. Could we put him through some cruel and unusual punishment? Or perhaps sizzle his butt in Ole Sparky?

Generally speaking: The charities that lure donors with If you do this, we'll do this--or: For every dollar you spend we'll give ten cents to Frogs Without Legs--are bogus charities. It's a scummy approach to philanthropy. Make that: Fauxlanthropy.

Like: "Love: It's what makes Subaru a Subaru". No it isn't ya dopes! It's dough ray me. Emphasis on the dough.

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Posted by Eric J on 01/17/2018 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Scott Administration Calls For a 925-Bed Prison Campus

Youd be able to release many if you redo all of Christina Rainville cases in Bennington County! She built many cases here with the help of a lot of corruption of dcf and such! Over sentencing for those who were guilty also .. some should be incarcerated for crimes that arent ! I travel to Pa to see my loved one! Why we pay these States is beyond me.. but most of them treat our inmates better and some .. Vermonters die with little explanation of why:( Im mixed emotioned on this matter but will continue to listen .. ACLU is our last chance to freedom for these inmates! Thank you

Posted by Cindi Harrington-Myers on 01/17/2018 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Republican Jumps Into Burlington Ward 6 City Council Race

Pro-business talk is one of the things that got the Progs involved in more races this year. Could Ward 6 be the testing ground for the final fight between the Growth at Any Cost movement and the Keep BTV a Local Commodity movement? Miro and Karen are the Democrats for the former, and I suspect a Republican will join them wholeheartedly. Vote Charles Simpson if you want this city to stay transparent and livable.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 01/17/2018 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Lawmakers Question State's Approach to Parking Lot Runoff

Wait, she's afraid we take too much phosphorus out of the runoff? Most of us would be happy if ALL the phosphorus is removed, but she's kvetching that the rules might let us take more than 50%? For those of us who enjoy our lakes and rivers, perhaps we might want to question whether the current ANR is anywhere near the one we need for this difficult task ahead. The Scott administration is trying very hard to slow down water clean-up while touting with the other hand our glorious water resources. It just doesn't compute.

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 01/17/2018 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Private Prison Company Lobbies Vermont Officials to Build Proposed Facility

"The Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments.. two of the private prison industry's biggest investors." Clintons may have funneled their stolen gains through Vanguard. http://vice.com/en_us/article/... since these prisons are making money hand over fist...the only way to make sure that we're not individually and collectively profiting off of it is to close these things." Who's getting rich off the private prison complex: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mvpzkp/… Who's Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by timothy price on 01/17/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Pot Commission Wants Education Programs, More Study of Road Safety

While we're having this "important discussion," let's not ignore that the preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents.

Marijuana is not alcohol. In 2015, the Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk.

In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that drivers who had recently consumed marijuana were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.

Punishing marijuana consumers simply because they drive is very BAD policy. --- If it's not broken, don't "fix" it!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John Thomas 1 on 01/17/2018 at 4:39 PM

Re: “PIVOT or Spin? Scott Tries to Reinvent Government

Is this a John Walters masterpiece? Sounds like him.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Moses on 01/17/2018 at 4:33 PM

Re: “PIVOT or Spin? Scott Tries to Reinvent Government

If you think Vermont Life is currently doing anything but publishing stuff as filtered through what you call a "marketing lens," then you need to get new glasses.

The magazine, so-called, has never claimed to represent real journalism.

It has always been unadulterated advertising for Vermont, no more, no less.

If the state's tourism boss claims otherwise, she is joking. Right?

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 01/17/2018 at 4:29 PM

Re: “After Police Shootings, Vermont Cops Are Slow to Provide Statements

"Please ask Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo to support civilian oversight of our police department, which they have consistently spoken against. Now more than ever do we need an independent body to ensure that state and city actors use limited and appropriate force, and are held responsible when abuses like this happen."

God forbid the police have oversight by and answer to, the community they work for... Nobody should "ask" Weinberger & Del Pozo anything. The people of Vermont & Burlington need to INSIST, in no uncertain terms, that this happens or defund and disband the police department all together. They don't make the rules. They police our communities with our permission, the way they are told or not at all. Stop accepting the propaganda narrative that the entire place would descend into certain anarchy without them. We are all adults, all capable of taking care of our own affairs and policing ourselves and OUR communities. Any other occupation would be told by their employers to straighten up or go find another job, but we allow the police to act as though they are our overlords and we have no choice but to have them around. They cost our communities so much, in so many ways, it's hard to believe we can't see past their narrative.

Posted by FreedomToThink on 01/17/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “One Controversial Coyote Hunt Is Canceled, and Another Crops Up

Coyotes are an invasive species in the northeast. The first reported coyote sighting in NH was in Coos county in the mid 1940's. They are here because we killed off the eastern timber wolf and the cougar. As with any invasive species, we try to contain, reduce or end that population. I don't particularly care for contests like this, but the coyote is becoming a problem with the deer herd and turkey population. They exist in numbers the wolf and cougar never did.

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Posted by Gene Gauss on 01/17/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Burlington Ward 3 Candidates Talk Transparency, the Mall and Momos

You got me Brad, graduating does in fact make one no longer a student. Now, there's a bit to go between no longer a student and longtime resident who knows the ward and the community...but thanks for the nuance.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Adam Salem on 01/17/2018 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Pot Commission Wants Education Programs, More Study of Road Safety

"Health Commissioner Mark Levine emphasized that the state should implement public education and youth prevention programs at least a year before any legalization scheme takes effect." Will Scott use this as an excuse to delay signing?

Posted by Patty Smith on 01/17/2018 at 3:16 PM

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