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Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

http://www.thewinooski.com/index.php/2018/01/12/maplefields-doubles-employee-wages-closes-down-all-locations/

One of these comments hits it on the head!

Posted by Big Red on 02/20/2018 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Full Disclosure: How Burlington Prog Tim Ashe Came to Power in the Vermont Senate

antigun masshole,.. using his wife to promote his true all the proposed gun restrictions are good,.wish these folk would secede chittenden county to n.y. and let them play bob newhart show there,..

Posted by Hank Poulin on 02/19/2018 at 4:22 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Thommy Taber Can you just try to step it up a little & get your research right? Not an op-ed. Testimony before a US Senate Field Hearing in Burlington, called in 2012 by your best buddy Bernie Sanders. How is any of this non partisan? As for identity politics, you have made clear your position. You identify with the Sanders camp that has attacked my cousin since 2012. By the way, you have twice referred to "Northeast Vermont" as a profitable place to sell gasoline. Spoiler alert, Chittenden & Franklin County are in Northwestern Vermont.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 02/18/2018 at 10:00 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

I don't understand the point of this article. Is it to talk about people fighting multiple myeloma? Is the purpose to talk about a 1%er who cares about nothing more than putting the screws to NW VT with high gas prices? Seven Days could have found many VTer's fighting multiple myeloma right here at UVMMC while having quality care from dedicated professionals. Seven Days also could have written about some other Diet Koch wanna be who screws people. An Ernie Pomerleau he ain't.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 02/18/2018 at 7:50 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
Excuse me, but I'm not bringing any political bitterness into this debate. You're the one that thinks so incredibly poorly of individuals that have political feelings that lay to the left of yours. I know plenty of people from all political standings that simply do not like Skip Vallee or his business practices. It's not partisan, so please stop with your identity politics.

Lastly, just because something appears in a newspaper as an op-ed it doesn't mean it's factual. Show me something peer-reviewed that appeared in an economics journal and I'll care about your diatribes.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/18/2018 at 7:43 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Thommy Taber You seem like an educated fellow. Yet you decide to weigh in by calling a member of my family a "wealthy prick". Then, you try to justify your position by extolling the Socialist Workers' battle cry "People over Profits." You further compound the difficulty of your untenable position by claiming to fail to understand how far left your position actually is. You contend that I have written a "diatribe" (a bitter and abusive speech or piece of writing). That that is an unfair characterization, as is much of what has been written and said about my cousin, especially in this forum. High taxes, real estate costs, Vermont's anti-business climate, complicated environmental regulations, high transportation costs, as well as an uneducated consumer class in Burlington unwilling to "shop around" all contribute to the high cost of retail gasoline in Northwestern Vermont (Vermont Petroleum Association Burlington Free Press 1/8/2015) We all know Bernie thinks this is a conspiracy of some kind. Your position that this is not about right or left is a failed argument.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 02/18/2018 at 5:35 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
Uhm okay. I'm still not quite understanding what your diatribe means in this context, but it seems that you just have an extreme distaste for anything having to do with the left. That's cool, I guess, but this isn't a right vs. left dichotomy. This isn't a discussion about the right of the state to tax a product. This is about how Northeast Vermont is one of the most profitable places to sell gasoline and that it's due to the actions of some greedy men.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/17/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Why is this a story?

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Posted by Ken Millman on 02/16/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Thommy Taber- you espouse Socialist Worker slogans in the same breath that you claim this isn't a right vs left issue, which makes me laugh. "People over Profits" comes right out of the International Socialist Organization's talking points. As for that evil profit, I dare say the State of Vermont makes more on every gallon of gasoline than any of the distributors (30 cents per gallon, with virtually no cost of doing business). R.L. Vallee is only one of several gasoline distributors, a third generation Vermont business founded on hard work, caring for their employees, & a great safety record. Slightly tongue in cheek, let me just observe that Costco is clearly lying in a wetland that Canada geese nest in. And I rather enjoy buying gas at Maplefields on Williston Rd. at Skip's 10 cent a gallon Sunday discount.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 02/16/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
Actually he's demonized because of his unfair pricing practices that have caused northeast Vermont to be one of the most expensive places to buy gasoline and one of the most profitable places to sell gasoline. This isn't a right vs. left dichotomy. It's simply the fact that he values profit over people and attacks people that question his business strategy.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/16/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Hey folks,

Thanks, everyone, for weighing in here. Just wanted to hop in and remind everyone that our comments section is a place for civil and respectful discourse. You're certainly free to be critical in this space, but we do ask that you stay within our guidelines when you post: http://7dvt.co/comment-guidelines

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Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 02/16/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Demonized for decades by VT Liberal media, Skip Vallee is an old school VT Republican from an old Vermont family who has ruffled some feathers. Because he fights back, he is viewed as "too extreme". So Seven Days feels obliged to include cheap shots from Bernie Sanders & Howard Dean. Maybe not the right time to pile on. Skip Vallee, like many Vermonters all over this state, have been dominated by the Liberal/ Progressive/ Trust Funder/ College Student groupthink voting block in Chittenden County. The hate-filled narrow minded comments from some Seven Days readers bear out an ugly truth- the left, while preaching tolerance as a virtue, in practice have very little of their own. I am proud to call Skip Vallee my cousin & my fellow Vermonter. Congratulations to Paul Heintz for a long overdue, wide ranging, and insightful look at the other side of the coin, & prayers for Skip's recovery. Forecheck like it's the last minute to play. I like it!

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 02/16/2018 at 8:51 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

While I don't envy Vallee having cancer and hope he doesn't suffer he sure has the resources to get top notch healthcare . . lucky guy. Tony Pomerleau, he ain't.

Hey Skip . . try to stop blocking Costco from opening their gas station . . maybe your cancer will disappear.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 02/16/2018 at 8:02 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Great to hear this toxic and noxious waste of human skin will be gone soon. A welcome retribution for all the thousands of people he caused to suffer during his lifetime of pillaging from less fortunate Vermonters. All to amass millions that cannot save his rotten body or his rotten soul.

The vast majority will cheer the day he dies. What a sad legacy. When will these short-sighted and shallow and inexplicably greedy millionaires learn they cant take it with them? And their idiot kids are likely to lose it all on drugs, divorce, bad business, or buying one too many money-draining yachts.

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Posted by Julie Green on 02/15/2018 at 10:56 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Why does this matter? Why does some wealthy prick get to have an entire spread about their battle with cancer? Why not run a spread on a single mother with cancer who has issues paying for chemotherapy and paying for the artificially inflated gas prices this prick has caused?

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/15/2018 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

In fact, the notion of a charter change to give more power to the NPAs is profoundly undemocratic. As we recently saw in the NNE, there was single-issue, single-minded UNELECTED opposition to a proposal that otherwise saw broad support (the re-configuration of North Avenue and, oh, lookit: traffic accidents are down and the sky did not fall).

The NPAs are a lovely thing for those who've time on their hands. But they are analogous to caucuses vs. primaries and, I think, appeal to the same mind set. No, thank you. While I'm not often in agreement with my representative on the City Council, he is responsible to and answers to the voters. NPA attendees are none of that. The last thing Burlington needs is to grant more influence to the unelected.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 02/15/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

I admire this man for wanting to put his past behind him and move forward. However, you are talking about the leadership of the city. That takes more than just a college education and some ideas. It takes knowledge about how government works FOR the people and being able to make budgets work for all. The remark about being invisible so you can "let my people go" is confusing. Who are you letting go?

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Posted by Ted Miles on 02/15/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

Seven Days, your bias is showing. That headline about leading from behind sets people up to take on the point of view that you've obviously chosen to run with, rather than leaving the door open for them to form their own opinions based on an objective report. You want to point out things about his leadership skills? Please do so, objectively! Yeesh. I thought YOU were the ones who were supposed to teach US about journalistic integrity.

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Posted by BTVong on 02/15/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

Faried,
So everyone should ignore the multiple narcotics felonies, the violent assault on a witness by Mr. Culcleasure, his admission in court that before coming to Vermont he sold crack for Mr. "Boo" Hickman in New York, then moved to Vermont to again sell crack for "Boo", the gun found in his apartment during his second narcotics arrest in 1998, and god only knows what else. Instead we should focus on his call to more than double the size of government, get crosswise with the 14th Amendment, make demands on the legislature to provide a massive and unique charter change, pay "low income" folks to attend city meetings, and redefine the definition of a "resident" to include anyone who sleeps in City Hall Park. How about a third option; people just vote for someone else?

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Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/15/2018 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Infinite Possibility? Mayoral Candidate Culcleasure Aims to Lead From Behind

I think there's a lot really cool and inspiring about Infinite's campaign, but I won't be casting my vote for him.
Being mayor is more than about having a transformative vision, its a challenging administrative job supervising hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars.
As best I can tell, Carina has more political and administrative leadership experience than everyone who publicly supports Infinite combined. (If I'm wrong, please prove me as such!)
If you see Burlington as so far gone that those types of experience are a liability, sure, vote for Infinite.
Luckily, since "the movement" and "the campaign" aren't one and the same, I can vote for Carina and still support the movement, right?

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Posted by Ben Dube on 02/15/2018 at 8:58 AM

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