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Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

GOOD JOB RICKY BOI

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Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

Really spicy article RICK! nice to goooo budday

Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

I really liked this article it was really spicy like my memes but i dont like this guy Michael Lannen Bc hes not spicy enough M8. Dnt H8 M8 just R8 M8 ;) babe

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Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Despite Transgender Ban, Norwich University Cadets Soldier On

This brave cadet should be commended for their academic success. Hopefully the political situation changes, and they will be permitted to help protect our great country.

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Posted by Angela Burnham on 10/04/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “A Student Shortage at Saint Michael's College Leads to Existential Questions

I went to a small liberal arts college in Portland, OR, that faced many of the same problems. The growing pains were difficult, but academic excellence and a committed student body were strong elements in the college's survival. St. Michael is also a a local institution and should use its local roots to help build its name elsewhere. UVM has managed to attract people to winter, and St. Mike's may learn from that too. I note that NESN's big guy, TC, also gives personal testimonials about the college regularly during Red Sox games and that can't hurt. I hope the college survives because it supplies a need for local and other youths. We, as a nation, need to be aware of the value of a liberal arts education, especially one that promotes social engagement. My best wishes to St. Mike's now and in the future.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/28/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “A Student Shortage at Saint Michael's College Leads to Existential Questions

While Saint Michael's may be facing difficult economic decisions, it will endure and prosper. I am confident of this because the real value of Saint Michael's happens each day in our classrooms, laboratories and on the fields and buildings of our campus. You simply cannot quantify or measure the excellence of instruction, the enthusiasms and accomplishments of our students, our gifted athletes or our dedicated scholars. So while economic cycles will come and go, the life of the mind will continue to thrive at SMC!

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Posted by Padraic on 09/22/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Students Embrace Grown-Up Fire and Rescue Roles

So perhaps the whole stupid expensive and terribly financed College model is failing? Maybe financial literacy has finally penetrated our youth. This I think is the edge of a sweeping change that needs to occur. Profiting off educating our population has some short comings.

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Posted by Robert M Gifford on 09/21/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Students Embrace Grown-Up Fire and Rescue Roles

Was on SMFD 35 years ago and think about it and everything I learned everyday

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Posted by C.P. Curtin on 09/21/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “UVM College of Medicine Addresses Diversity

"The advantages of having a diverse student population are clear. Diversity has been shown to lead to creativity and innovation and is key to solving complex problems, said David A. Acosta, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges."

Undoubtedly true but a complicated truth that goes much deeper. Harvard Professor Robert Putnam conducted in-depth research on this topic:

"IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.

But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings."

http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/ideas…

Theoretically, this may be overcome as social identity evolves and changes. But it likely requires a social narrative that emphasizes our commonality as Americans and a true melting pot, including immigration rates at a pace that allows for assimilation. The current social narrative, fed by both right and left, is a salad bowl model of splintering apart based on identity politics & surface differences.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/20/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “UVM College of Medicine Addresses Diversity

So long as admissions is judging each applicant based on their merit and admitting applicants with similar grade point averages and MCAT scores, the amount of melanin or lack thereof should have zero impact on admission. If someone is going into surgery, they want someone who is highly qualified and was admitted to medical school based on their qualifications; not based on what box the person checks on a Census Bureau form.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/20/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “With Teacher Contracts in Play, 'Comparables' Are Under Scrutiny

In terms of salary, it seems folks ought to be including retirement compensation in this discussion because for a 30 year employee, retirement will be ~42% of their last 3 years of salary, so for a 30 year employee retiring at $89k, they would receive an additional 30 year income of ~$35k per year. And average annual cash benefit will approximately be $89k + $35k.

Along these same lines, a 3% is actually a net 5% raise when one include retirement.

This post is not to pick a side though I personally think there are far better ways to resolve disputes than striking against the kids. Our kids deserve better than this.

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Posted by Russell Beste on 09/16/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

Great article. Way to go Rick!

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Posted by Michael Lannen on 09/11/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “With Teacher Contracts in Play, 'Comparables' Are Under Scrutiny

The teachers need to understand that they are well-compensated; often better than most other Vermonters.

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Posted by The Oracle on 09/06/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Please, white people, hold your family, friends and neighbors accountable for the racist things they say and do. Racism is not going to go away on it's own, as long as children are still being taught to hate. It's time to stand up AGAINST racism! Just quietly being a good person is not enough anymore. Take a stand.

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Posted by Dwayne Uke-gottabekidding Doner on 09/05/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Burlington-Area Schools See Declining Enrollment in ELL Programs

Re: "Stay at home parent, disabled, temporarily unemployed, incarcerated, trust fund baby, lots of reasons, not necessarily nefarious, why people aren't in the workforce."

You make a reasonable point. But I'm not claiming the rationale of all unemployed Vermonters is nefarious. I do question the incentives for the school system to claim that there are more jobs than can be filled because Vermonters can't or won't take them. Be it the lack of ability or incentive, if all of these Vermonters were well educated, the jobs the education system claims only refugees will take would be taken by those already here.

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 09/01/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Burlington-Area Schools See Declining Enrollment in ELL Programs

Stay at home parent, disabled, temporarily unemployed, incarcerated, trust fund baby, lots of reasons, not necessarily nefarious, why people aren't in the workforce.

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Posted by Jay-Man on 09/01/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Donna Boutin...

"...Was it a video of black singers singing in it?"
"There was a bunch of colored boys..."
"...When do the statues start coming down in Vermont???

I guess you're right. Vermont never had a race problem.

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Posted by written on 08/31/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Good for you Emily for speaking out publicly about this. Poor Julis. You are a damn good mother. And no child should have to endure this. Like really!? It all starts in the home. If these little crappie heads are doing it they had to learn the hate from somewhere. Why aren't the parents being held accountable too. This Ann Bradshaw needs to go. School is the place where kids are suppose to feel the safest besides their own home. And clearly Milton SD isn't doing that. Something really needs to be done. I guess you have to have money or be athletic to mean something in that district. Unreal. TO ALL THE PARENTS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN BEING RACIALLY TARGETED, I COMMEND YOU FOR STICKING UP FOR YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY AND RIGHTS. KEEP DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

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Posted by Tara Parizo on 08/31/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Vermont never had a race problem and that's the truth..!!! We always got along with each other no matter what color your skin was..BLM is pushing this big time..Ebony Nyoni, isn't even from VT. when she came here she claims people stared at her..Bull crap..
Vermont is a very white state, never have we ever denied it..The way Ebony Nyoni, puts it we should be ashamed of being White..that Vt is a racist state..Sorry sweetie you're wrong..the only ones who are racist are the ones moving into VT..and you...Real Vermonters aren't racist..My father owned a business in Montpelier for decades, this little old lady who moved into Montpelier back in the early 50's, did a lot of business with my father. She was respected and loved by everyone. She used to joke that she's probably the first colored old lady in Montpelier..She insisted that we call her Granny May.
As for the video that says the "N" word..Was it a video of black singers singing it..After all they use that word all the time..I was at the Mall not to long ago and there was a bunch of colored boys calling each other "N".. and when they saw a cute white girl they would say "Check that honkey out., one said "you mean that cracker" Why is it they aren't called racist..When do the statues start coming down in Vermont??? Should Vt be shut down because we have to many white people here??

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/31/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Why would a public school be displaying "culturally diverse symbols" of Islam and Buddhism? That's a clear violation of the separation of church and state. And yet, someone is praising them for this?

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 08/31/2017 at 1:38 PM

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