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Re: “Mr. Popularity: Scott Stands Alone on Bad Night for Republicans

Scott's done some good things, but he's also done plenty of bad things and now he's screwed.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 11/08/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Mr. Popularity: Scott Stands Alone on Bad Night for Republicans

What sucks about the Burlington free press is they charge you to read them online so you can't always get the stories from their site. I wish 7 days would publish the stories you get from them. That is the only place that charges money. But they are a money hungry paper

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 11/07/2018 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Mr. Popularity: Scott Stands Alone on Bad Night for Republicans

This election cycle demonstrated that dishonesty and bullshit can provide for electoral success. Fresh off covering up wholesale fraud at The Brattleboro Retreat, VT AG TJ Donovan never provided the public any specificity of what was unearthed in nearly 3 years of a criminal fraud investigation of the historic hospital. The Attorney General falsely claims no losses existed but the vast evidence demonstrates otherwise. I will happily work with any reputable reporter to show them the dozens of remittance documents where the Retreat admitted receipt of huge sums (stemming from double billing) spanning a decade. Sadly, Governor Scott who also was sent sufficient evidence of patient losses together with examples of double billing has remained silent despite claiming falsely that he strives to protect the most vulnerable. If we can't insulate mental health patients from stunning losses, most would agree the Governor's rhetoric is disingenuous. State Auditor Hoffer who has had all the evidence for years quietly helps the AG cover up the malfeasance by not acknowledging the vast trove of documents he possesses including admission of overpayments by Retreat staff. Then again, the AG threw Mr. Hoffer a bone with the auditors EB5 review. Finally, the Vermont media also shares blame for blindly taking our political leaders word on multiple frauds statewide without much due diligence. While the focus has been on Jay Peak/EB5, the Retreat malfeasance was equally staggering when you consider the many hundreds of mental health patients who were robbed by the hospitals failure to return patient credit balances for a decade. Treasurer Beth Pierce also shares responsibility for allowing the Retreat to remain delinquent for years with Unclaimed Property Filings which gave the Retreat cover to retain patient &other money (to which the hospital was not entitled) for many years.

10 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 11/07/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

VPR lost me a while ago over personnel issues and parroting of the national line. I am now even more appalled by their behavior and will ask them to stop using comments I made years ago to support the station. They give journalism a very bad name with their decision to treat an abuse sufferer in this way.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/31/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

Cwinklem
While this is not connected to the lt. Governor's race, I did read your message and you hit it right on. I'm looking for a decent one bedroom apartment in Burlington and have section 8 through Vermont state housing and too many apartments are high priced which need a lot of work. Landlords are too cheap to fix problems but they know students will pay the rent

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 10/25/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

I'd be even more embarrassed to call myself a republican these sorry days,Go Zuckerman !

8 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Ted Sargent on 10/25/2018 at 1:18 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

Vermont is waking up. There is a fine replacement for defuct Bernie Sanders for Senate. We are secure with our Governor who has no real challenger, but we really need assurance that in any eventuality, we have a Republican Lt. Gov. VOTE RED LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT, CAUSE IT DOES.

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Posted by timothy price on 10/25/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

Its been really disappointing to see that no major Vermont news outlet have shown interest in covering the Boves Boycott (http://Boycottboves.com), where female tenants have shared stories of the Boves turning a blind eye to drug dealers (Almighty Peaks Painting) and sexual solicitation by a building soup, so reading this about VPR doesnt surprise me.

I have even offered to connect journalists with multiple low income renters, single mothers willing to risk eviction and homelessness to share how they have been preyed upon by the Bove Brothers. And yet, so far, crickets.

Kudos to Luskin and The Commons for showing bravery. Seven Days, youve got the chance to not only criticize other outlets but lead by example.

9 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 10/24/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

"When news organizations deny a platform to people such as Luskin, aren't they effectively providing cover for abusers? "I don't want to think of it that way," said Ashworth."

Here's a question for Sarah Ashworth: what way DO you think about it? The fact that you'd prefer not to think about it doesn't mean it isn't so. I'm struggling to think of another way to think about it..

And thanks to Deb Luskin for her courage. It's too bad that courage is still necessary, but this story makes it obvious that it is.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/24/2018 at 7:55 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

Good luck, buddy. Might as well be Ike Turner.

6 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 10/24/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

That is a fair and accurate take on the LG race, thank you.

20 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Walter Cronkite on 10/24/2018 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Could She Win? Evaluating Hallquist’s Chances for Victory

Hallquist won't win.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/18/2018 at 7:39 PM
Posted by The Oracle on 10/18/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Could She Win? Evaluating Hallquist’s Chances for Victory

The question should be not if Hallquist could win, but if she won would it be good for Vermont?
She has run a campaign has been incredibly light on specifics and vague on whether or not she supports major policy issues like a carbon tax. The one policy position she did stake out: free tuition paid for by cutting the prison population in half has not been endorsed by anyone else running for office as all know how unrealistic this would be.
One should have some experience in governmental service before running for the highest office in the state and it is discouraging that the Democratic Party in Vermont which has a deep bench of experienced talent (think Shap Smith, Deb Markowitz, Doug Racine) ended up with Hallquist as their standard bearer.

39 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by John Freitag on 10/17/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Could She Win? Evaluating Hallquist’s Chances for Victory

"and the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party ( Obama, Clinton, Cuomo, Schumer, Leahy, Weinberger) would rather keep control of the party apparatus then let any real Progressive Wave take it over. Just ask Bernie Sanders about that."

Lotsa hyperbole and baloney here. Bernie is not and never was a Democrat. He just refused the Vt. Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. So he and his Bernie Bros had no business attempting to "take over" (your words) the national Democratic Party just because his clinically significant ego problem drove him to seek the Presidency and he needed a party structure to support his bid. And the Party had no obligation to welcome a hostile takeover from a lifelong non-member who has spent his entire career shitting on the Party. He and the Bros should hardly have been surprised about getting the cold shoulder from the Party bureaucracy. Gee, might he have been more welcomed as a Democratic candidate for POTUS if he had spent his career trying to shift the Party from within, rather than shitting on it from the outside for decades and then suddenly trying to take it over because he needed it?

34 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/17/2018 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Could She Win? Evaluating Hallquist’s Chances for Victory

Hallquist wins only if Scott screws up . . and screws up in a big way. Like if a photo of him in a pink ballerina tutu and his MAGA hat were to leak to the press. The disgruntled ammosexuals who chafe at the idea of having to load three 10 round magazines as opposed to one 30 round clip for their AR-15s will vote for Scott as opposed to Hallquist, someone they see as the embodiment of impending liberal decadence , mandatory veganism, and global Sharia Law.

As far as a "Blue Wave" is concerned, it may not materialize as much as it is being hyped. Why? Because Republicans excel at ruthless, shameless voter suppression, and the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party ( Obama, Clinton, Cuomo, Schumer, Leahy, Weinberger) would rather keep control of the party apparatus then let any real Progressive Wave take it over. Just ask Bernie Sanders about that.

The Democrats should take over the majority in the US House of Representatives, but they have plenty of time to screw that up, and they are perfectly capable of blowing it. Which is why we have the unending multi-car pileup of the Trump Presidency.



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11 likes, 51 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 10/17/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “‘A Complete Bonfire’: Kiah Morris Speaks Out on Racism

Gotta say that John Greenberg is remarkably consistent: he can reliably be counted on to ALWAYS take an elitist stance to let us deplorables know how we can improve our lives if we are willing to conduct our lives and spend our money as he would have us conduct and spend. Thanks Mr. Greenberg! We are unworthy.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 10/10/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Where’s the Money? Gubernatorial Candidates Are Feeling the Pinch

In regard to the governor's race. Maybe no one wants either of them?

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Walter Moses on 10/10/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “‘A Complete Bonfire’: Kiah Morris Speaks Out on Racism

"Morris is reluctant to detail every incident of bigotry and harassment, saying that if she did so, each one would be picked apart in isolation. "When we see these things in aggregate, we understand it," she said. "
Huh?
It's racism, but only she can see it? Has she considered that maybe she is the problem? Not racism, but someone who screams "RACISM!!!!" over every little perceived slight or imagined insult?

27 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Patrick Cashman on 10/06/2018 at 11:24 AM

Re: “‘A Complete Bonfire’: Kiah Morris Speaks Out on Racism

Dr. Steinmans remark that Vermonters are people that will need to utilize just about the same amount of carbon-based fuels to heat their homes and get to work, no matter how much it is taxed defies everything we know about economics, as well as our actual experience during gasoline price spikes.

It is true that the need to heat homes and get to work, are relatively constant, which is why statements like this are repeated so often.

But the assumption that we can deduce the demand for carbon fuel from the need for either is totally specious for a uniform reason: there is more than one way to heat a home or get to work. That being the case, those differing ways compete in the marketplace, where PRICE is a key determining factor.

Heres one of MANY examples. With gasoline cheap and the purchase price of hybrids and EVs high, it makes little economic sense to purchase an EV or even a more efficient gasoline vehicle. Hence demand remains relatively low. But when gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon in 2008, there were waiting lists for Priuses and customers couldnt give away their SUVs.

When the price of any commodity rises, alternatives to its use become relatively more cost-effective. Demand for it decreases; demand for the alternatives rises; price impacts the demand for commodities in ANY market.

Carbon taxes raise prices, so when high enough, they will have precisely this impact. Vermonters will still heat their homes, but they may choose to invest more capital in insulating them. Over time, they may buy smaller homes. Theyll still drive to work, but maybe theyll choose public transportation when its available, and surely theyll buy more efficient vehicles or even (gasp!) EVs.

Maybe Dr. Steinman should stick to straightening teeth.

4 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/04/2018 at 7:43 PM

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