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Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Of course you can explain your Hyp. O. Crite comment with facts that show how Bernie takes money from super pacs and large corporations. I bet you can also cite the elections he has stolen as well.

Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/21/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Hyp. O. Crite. Do as I preach, not as I practice!. I'll raise as much money as I possibly can, while criticizing others for doing so, and while decrying the system that allows me to do so.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/21/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Sticky hand Sanders has to go. #Timetovotethebaldguysout

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by citizen on 10/19/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

A course sanders has millions, when he dropped (paid off) out of the race, guess you don't have to pay back the donations you got... Why is he campaigning in other states? He lives in Vt or does he not know this...He sure isn't acting like a senator of Vt, he cares more about his greedy self than the Vermonters...Other states don't vote for him, oh wait, he's getting money from them...having all those houses it cost a lot for upkeep....Think there should be a limit on what politicians can spend..maybe sanders is getting tired of being worth millions, he wants to be a billionaire...

15 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/18/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

I'm proud to say that I've made donations to all three, but most especially to the finest political figure that these United States has to offer, our very own Bernie Sanders. Anyone who says Bernie doesn't walk the walk is either not paying attention or has his head up his own agenda. If one finds it hard to fathom why anyone supports him, one simply doesn't understand Vermont or the four out of five Vermonters who do (which is to say, one is like the 1 out of 5 dentists who doesn't support teeth brushing.) We've all witnessed that Bernie always says what he means, means what he says, and acts on it. Bernie's caterwauling opponent are just embarrassed that he destroys every Republican they muster to run against him. This is because Bernie represents actual people and not merely the GOP's corporate overlords. And, by the by, the United States DOES have term limits; they're called elections.

13 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by John Gallagher on 10/18/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Never given a donation to any one of this Vermont triumvirate and never will. Bernie is the most offensive of the three, the epitome of the professional politician who talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Bernie missed all but one Senate vote during the 2016 presidential election campaign. It is hard for me to fathom why anyone supports him. One of the few political dreams I have is the U.S. enacts term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. Now that would make American great again!

22 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 10/18/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Dirty Water: The 'Lake Champlain Cleanup' That Isn't

Enjoy the Data Folks ..... It seems the EXPOSURE of Sunlight gets the Government back to work :) See ..... Glens Falls, Lake George, Ticonderoga and the PINHOLE GANG of the Glens Falls Banks and the MILLS .... https://www.bing.com/search?q=Poisoning+La…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 10/18/2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Wrestling the Octopus: Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education

Jay Eshelman

"Vocational studies are still looked down upon by teachers who are rewarded when they receive additional college credits (primarily in the liberal arts) from the prescribed 'professional development' benefits inherent in their union contracts. There are no salary 'step increases' for welding, plumbing, electrical or CNC certifications"

Ironic really considering many of these folks received their start in a VT high school CTE program and now they return as teachers only to be told the path taken is sub-par to the traditional ivory tower path

Why did you put me on the path in the first place?

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Posted by Herman Planten on 10/13/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Wrestling the Octopus: Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education

Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education
An Educational Octopus of their own making:

These very same issues were raised more than a decade ago when I served on the Workforce Investment Board (liaison between businesses and schools) and the River Valley Tech Center School Board. Nothing has changed.

It should be no surprise, for example, that today, still, only 6.7% of female students receive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.
https://mspoweruser.com/only-6-7-of-women-…

Vocational studies are still looked down upon by teachers who are rewarded when they receive additional college credits (primarily in the liberal arts) from the prescribed 'professional development' benefits inherent in their union contracts. There are no salary 'step increases' for welding, plumbing, electrical or CNC certifications.

The fault rests with legislators who persist in supporting Vermont's antiquated public school monopoly and the one-size-fits-all methodology that continues to resist School Choice because they can't fathom the educational innovation enabled in a School Choice environment. Instead, our legislators double-down with 'Act 46 Consolidation' while their re-election campaigns receive support from the monopoly's special interest groups.

What is it that is said about those who do the same thing over and again expecting a different outcome? Crazy,..... like a fox!?

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 10/12/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Water Wariness: Concerns Rise Over Scott's Commitment to Cleanup

Videos of Climate Action Commission Public Hearings:
St. Johnsbury https://youtu.be/w9ebGOt37JE
Manchester https://youtu.be/X7hTkcpmYl4
St. Albans https://youtu.be/2VlvEJKbtVc

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/05/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Water Wariness: Concerns Rise Over Scott's Commitment to Cleanup

The three public hearings held by the Climate Action Commission were all preceded by activation alerts from VPIRG, the Sierra Club, and VPIRG"s program called Vermont Energy Independence, offering to bus people in, providing talking points, and holding indoctrination forums in the local area prior to the public hearing.

One person who showed up to speak at the St. Albans public hearing was greeted at the door by someone asking if they were there for the energy hearing, and were invited in to what turned out to be the carbon tax activist's educational forum, not the Climate Action Commission's public hearing.

There is no question the activists are overwhelming the pubic hearings with the sole ask of "carbon tax", just as they did in past years at public hearings on the Comprehensive Energy Plan. I haven't noticed anything specific about political parties' involvements.

The sad thing is that there are a lot of intelligent people coming to speak to the Climate Action Commission, which is charged with coming up with three ideas (not just one), and by scripting people to promote the carbon tax, they are doing the state a disservice by failing to encourage people to think for themselves and come up with other ideas.

16 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 10/04/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Timothy Price: You asked for help, here it is. Do you suppose that any incumbent office-holder cannot fundraise for herself or her party? I was at that meeting and Beth Pearce was talking about weekends and any other days when she was not on the job.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Bill Kuch on 09/29/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

John Walters, why didn't you report on the lack of fundraising being done by the Chair of the VDP (Faisal Gill), instead of relying on him for all your information?

24 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by WD40 on 09/28/2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Well done, John Walters.

Dems in VT, and nationally, are focused on serving an establishment that is perceived as ruled by the wealthy elite. The immense popularity of Bernie in VT, and nationally, would have guided a party ruled by Democratic principles, serving the interests of the people.

As for the Free Press' Pomerleau tribute -- tacky tacky tacky. We all saw right through it The police chief's donation of $500 out of the dept budget -- we'll remember that when the chief says we can't put a speed reader on North Ave, or a camera at the intersection of 127. It's a blatant example of a City dept using taxpayer dollars frivolously.

If Pomerleau is the civic santa the Free Press presents, then he was not flattered or impressed. Every ad purchased by a City dept or a non-profit took money away from services to city residents. Better to invite him over for lunch and shower him with heartfelt affection and praise.

19 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/28/2017 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

About Ms. Pearce, "She promised to spend one day a week fundraising for the party 'until we get out of this mess' and called on other Democratic statewide officeholders to do the same." Help me out here more informed Vermonters: Can Ms. Pearce and other Democrats (or any party) fundraise while on the job? If the answer is yes, it's no wonder so little gets done in government.

29 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 09/27/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Contributing to the Democratic Party seems like a treasonous act. After what they did to Bernie, and the unfolding Awan Bros. Spy Ring/drug/weapons trade, with Debbie Wasserman Schulz, tied to Weiner, Podesta, to Huma, to Hillary... and did I mention the sex trade... and probably using the whole NPGVAN data system for the Dems to run it all,.. yes, I think treason will eventually be the charge. Not a dime for the Democrats, please.

30 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by timothy price on 09/27/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

The next time you send money to a Jon Ossoff, Rob Quist or James Thompson (which means Doug Jones, I guess) ask yourself, "Where are the individuals donating to VT races?"

More than a few races in the state legislature will be decided by a hundred votes, give or take. If you want to flip seats, what's the most effective use of your money? Sure, national races attract more attention and often demand our support - but are Vermonters building the Democratic bench in Vermont?

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Scott Pavek on 09/27/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Vermont Democrats are so far to the left it doesn't really resemble the Democratic Party of twenty years ago.

39 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Mike Burnham on 09/27/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Adam Salem, despite your unnecessary personal attacks, I appreciate your eagerness to learn.

When you write: "Alt-right = White supremacism Alt-left = supportring universal rights" you are talking about the ends/the goals.

When I wrote I don't disagree with James Haslam causes, I meant we have the same goals, or, as you put it: I support universal rights and I don't support white supremacism.

HOWEVER, and this is a big however (hence the caps), when I said his "ends justify the means" approach was what scared me, I was NOT talking about any of the above. In fact, I was saying I agree with the goals but when anything goes to achieve those goals than those goals are not as lofty.

Essentially: what is the cost of those goals. This is where the alt-right and the alt-left converge. NOT in there goals but in their methods. Both believe that the goals should be achieved at all costs.

The goals become a personal mission and often the people who carry them out are egotistical and lack empathy for those immediately impacted by their actions.

Finally, I will add that one of the true horrors to me, particularly in the Progressive movement in VT, is the way white men tend to treat people of color and women in the name of "supporting universal rights."

At the end of the day, the goals may be different but, if the goals fail and all we are left with are the means, than the alt-left and alt-right are looking pretty similar to me these days.

24 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Isay on 09/27/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Like with Montpelier's spending, even within it's own party the Dems don't recognize that they're spending more than a budget can afford. They really don't get it. Until our Montpelier majority changes, nothing will change in state spending. "Still, the financial crunch is real. Is excessive spending to blame? The party's money experts say no. "This is a revenue problem," said Pearce. "Cutting expenditures is not the way to go."

38 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Valerie Mullin 1 on 09/27/2017 at 6:20 PM

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