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Re: “Ho-Ho Pomerleau: Vermont Pols Kiss the Ring

"A bit surprising that the idea came from Jane and Bernie. Seems a bit ... palliative ... coming from lifelong advocates of systemic change. A nice meal is always welcome, of course, but you still wake up hungry the next day." This article appears to subtly disapprove of both Mr. Pomerleau's and Sen. Sanders' altruistic efforts. It is possible to work towards systemic change while doing immediate good along the way. Sounds a tad Grinchy to me, but I'm sure I'm wrong. We'll look forward to hearing about your activities in improving life for those who struggle.

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Posted by Patti Casey Komline on 12/13/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

I'd like to know what the plates with the small "VT" next to the number are about. I've searched online and found nothing about them.
Also, why did trucks get changed to 7 characters?

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Posted by Dweebus on 12/07/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

I can see The Winooski headline now: Walters Works Tirelessly To Push Readership Into Single Digits

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 12/07/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

Number 100 was the plate given to Harlan Sylvester by Gov. Dean. If he is still living, I would assume he's still got it. I read that in an article about him published in this paper in 2010. So, yes, plenty of special political folk get these plates, and those of us with a 3-digit plate have often wondered if politics would cause ours to be taken away as a gift to a governor's buddy or supporter. Jason Gibbs has a 3-digit that I guess Jim Douglas gave him (though he currently has a 2-digit cuz, you know, being on the 5th floor and all). Former Lamoille County Senator Susan Bartlett got one somehow. I would love to read a list of 3-digit plate owners just out of curiosity. We got ours the old fashioned way - passed down since maybe the 1920's when some great-great-someone was one of the first people in his community to have a car and VT maybe had fewer than 999 cars total. Silly though it is, I'm pretty fond of it. And it's sure easy to remember!

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Posted by FlashPoint on 12/07/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

ConcernedVTer should know it's all about privilege. Your mom and dad were the duke and duchess of somewhere or something in the late sixties. That privilege was passed on to you. Montpelier is full of this BS.
I remember when house speaker Ralph Wright was accosted in a traffic jamb by a Vermonter who did not agree with old Ralph about several bills he was promoting in the house. I believe Ralph removed his plate for the common old 7 number/letter variety. Always admired Ralph for that one.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 12/06/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

Maybe slow news day about the License Plate article but it is not always about the privilege. I have a low 3 digit license plate that was one that my parents got in the late 60's. Upon their death I had it transferred to me as a family reminder.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 12/06/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Info Wars: Does the Legislature Demand Too Many Studies?

I predict the Dems will come out quite rabidly against fixing the public financing system. Given how much they're whining about groups like RAD and Indivisible taking their money - imagine their horror if people could run for office without kissing the ring of big donors and bringing on 5-figure campaign consultants.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 11/29/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Now everyone is coming out and saying something, where were your values and self respect when this stuff was going on??? It seems everyone is looking for a little press time. The downside to all this is the poor women who are and were truly assaulted will not be listen too!!!!
Someone does something wrong then people need to speak up and people need to be held accountable. If these ladies wish to name names and things can be proven the people need to go and without the pension!!!
No one should be above the law. Which is the other side, if you make a false claim, your butt should be throw out and charged.

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Posted by Edward McGrath on 11/24/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Where are all the other comments? Where is the outrage? This is all so disgusting. Shame on all the people who voted to keep Norm McAllister. Was his behavior okay to overlook because it's truly "the Norm"? Not being outraged at how women are treated is supporting injustice. And some women are just as guilty of that as men, as the list above clearly shows. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." MLK, Jr.

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Posted by Patreecia Rowse Spaulding on 11/24/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Names, we need names. Powerful men in the legislature? As far as I can see they are not powerful, they are pitiful if they abuse women. Give the public names and the voters will drain that swamp. As long as we have no transparency this will go on and on. There are more than a few who think they are anointed and privileged. They aren't.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 11/23/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Thank you for persisting in this story when no other news organization would. I'm sure there is still more to be told. Whether it will be or not is the question. Many thanks to the women who did speak up. It's way past time for this behavior to be exposed and called out. Kudos for excellent reporting.

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Posted by Kathy Callaghan on 11/23/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

even Days: Would you please ban Donna Boutin from posting? Her EXCESSIVE abuse toward the Democrat/liberal parties is nothing more than angry hate mongering. For goodness sake they are only political parties. That intense kind of ignorant negativity is scary! What's with her excessively being allowed to pollute these comment pages with her intense hate?

What a way to go through life!

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Posted by marianne1 on 11/23/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

You think voting to keep ol' Norm in the Senate is bad? A few former legislators LIVED with him while his teenage intern was going over to spend the night.

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arc…

Great reporting - I wish these women would name names.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 11/22/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Least we forget below is the list who voted to keep Norm McAllister in office:

Brian Collamore R Rutland bcollamore@leg.state.vt.us
Peg Flory R Rutland pflory@leg.state.vt.us
Dick Mazza D Grand Isle
Dick McCormack D Windsor rmccormack@leg.state.vt.us
Mark MacDonald D Orange mmacdonald@leg.state.vt.us
Norn McAllister R Franklin
Kevin Mullin R Rutland
Alice Nitka D Windsor anitka@leg.state.vt.us
Robert Starr D Essex-Orleans rstarr@leg.state.vt.us
Jeanette White D Windham jwhite@leg.state.vt.us

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Posted by Martin on 11/22/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Alicia, good journalism. Really appreciated you delving into this.

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Posted by Laura Wilson on 11/22/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Sound and Fury: Wind Foe Unleashes Blast of Rhetoric

Bears actually like the cleared land around wind turbines and access roads, for the same reasons they like the cleared land under power lines. There is no evidence to date that wind farms have any adverse impact on bears. People are another story. Get someone really, really angry about harmless wind farms and they actually can't sleep at night. They have been fooled into thinking wind is harmful and evil, they believe it, and it actually harms them. So sad. Wind is utterly harmless. People love the much, much louder and more constant sound of brooks and of surf. That's because no one has gotten them all hateful about it. Hate is an extremely powerful emotion. It affects your judgement. Wind farms are harmless to people and they reduce climate change.

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Posted by Bill_C on 11/13/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

Donna Brazile just wants her 15 mins of fame again, she's nothing but a lying crooked liberal democrat.
Socialist Sanders might run again for pres. lol lol lol he'll be bought off again just like he was by Clinton and Soros. For a man who keeps saying he's poor, he's worth millions now.....Mmmmm????
Wonder whats going on with the FBI investigation on him and Janey on the bank fraud charges... Because she did lie to the bank and college about the amounts of the people pledges and that's a FACT !!!..

7 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 11/09/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

Donna Brazile is out for Donna Brazile... she's pointing fingers and stirring controversy to sell books to outraged Berniecrats and Trumpites so that they both can scream "You see!!!"... she provides red meat to the opposition and then tries to say that's not what she meant?!?!... she's trying to position herself to get back in the game in 2018 and 2020... talk about a self serving pol...

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Posted by critikboy on 11/09/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

Doug Hoffer is right. This guy attacking Bernie and those of us who stand with Bernie is a coward.

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Posted by Laura Wilson on 11/08/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

Mr. Cronkite - Please explain why those with whom you disagree are trolls, but your right to comment is blessed.

And maybe tell us your name while you're at it.

15 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/08/2017 at 6:21 PM

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