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Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

So, the mission failed, and the anti-rebel, just-moved-to-vermont faction wants to play nice for the time being.

Do I have that right?

I'm quite Krishna teared up. Since the BS was exposed.

5 gets ya ten that Josiah Leach doesn't do a serious day of time in the pen like he should for terroristic threats. Which he should. The guy threatened to kill:

a) cops
b) fellow students
c) himself, hysterically
d) [FILL IN THE BLANK]

But it'll be chalked up to "white racism forced this young man to piss away a bunch of money (which I and the rest of VT is paying for) to make a point.

VT Teachers Unions, you have a special place in hell. This is why people are turning against you. You're the most spoiled people on the planet.

Posted by Ed McIlrath on 04/27/2017 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Feds: South Burlington Student 'Admitted' Sending Email Threat

The teen has been arrested multiple times, including for a 2014 burglary in progress in Burlington, according to prosecutors. But Leach does not have any criminal convictions on his record, ??? WHY??? Because he's black??? If he had been arrested multiple times and now this threat to killing people, so what does this mean another sweep it under the rug and a tap on the wrist?? All is forgiven?? boys will be boys?? Bull he should be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.!!! Anyone who threaten to kill students and teachers should be prosecuted..So did he add his name to the list hoping to throw the law off the track??

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/26/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Conduct Board Removes Side Judge Over Estate Case

This article is missing only one thing . I wanted to see a picture of Paul Kane , a man with no decency or morals . Shame on him .

Posted by Rich ard on 04/26/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Norwich Students Win National Contest for Counterterror Tool

I'm just a little queasy about some of the tactics, which, as history has shown, may have a tendency to grow and even become fear driven draconian sanctions. There is a danger of authoritarian over-reach.

Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 04/26/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Backs Budget 30-0, Setting Stage for Adjournment

A statewide teacher's healthcare contract would resolve a lot of issues. It's unfortunate that the House and Senate Democracts are so in bed with the VT NEA. Call your legislator and let them know we need them to support the Governor's plan to save $26 million a year. No imact on teachers! #VTNEABUYSVOTES

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/26/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

Secession. Now wouldn't that make all Vermonters REBELS? Wow.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Moses on 04/26/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

"what a riot- VERMONT CARRIED TRUMP so guess who's fault that is....besides Bernie's!"

Vermont carried Trump? WTF?

I am among those 21%, though they did not poll me:( We have not been a country for decades, just the United States of Corporations, and its time to leave it.

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Posted by stubborncuss on 04/26/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

what a riot- VERMONT CARRIED TRUMP so guess who's fault that is....besides Bernie's!

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 04/26/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

No doubt that Ann Cummings is a liberal democrat..They want things their way, never mind the rules that's only for the Republicans to follow not the liberals..Like I have always said it's time that Vermonters "TAKE BACK VERMONT"..Had enough of these liberal out of staters taking over our state..

13 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/26/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

Let's see.. the poll... mmm bet you they asked A) just liberal democrats B) college students who aren't even from Vermont but think they know everything and C) 21 % that is just a big laugh it means they asked maybe 50 people and that's how they conduct their polling.. Instead of secession and attitudes toward Washington.Why don't they do something about the liberals in the legislation..you know the legislators, the ones who moved here from another state who think they know more then we (Vermonters) do on how to live our lives..Think it would be better to KICK OUT all these out of state liberals..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/26/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Feds: South Burlington Student 'Admitted' Sending Email Threat

Please don't let this young man loose in Chittenden County...his threats were dead serious and if he is let go because he is an African American with a slap on the wrist...we will be sorry.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Saffron on 04/26/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

If California and New York go, I'm all in. There is no longer common ground between sane, sentient Homo Sapiens and republiKKKlans.

2 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by ksmith610 on 04/26/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

Tell you what, republiKKKlans: the Vermont supermajorities will start treating Scott with all the respect and decorum with which the congressional majorities in Washington treated Barack Obama. Sound fair? Well, I don't give a d*** what you retrogressives think, although your squealing has gotten even more annoying.

4 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by ksmith610 on 04/26/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

More teacher hate from Penelope. Very few teachers make 6 figures. More should. More Vermonters in general should. The money is out there for it to happen.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/26/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

Teachers and their union have been squeezing taxpaying Vermonters for too many years. The union has too much power over individual school boards who always are forced to cave to outrageous demands for huge salaries and Cadillac benefits. We have teachers earning six-figure salaries and paying less than ten percent towards their health care premiums.

We need the power of the state to equalize negotiations. This is a great idea from Governor Scott and it's sad that legislators are cravenly dismissing it in order to keep their union cronies happy.

25 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/26/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Rebuffs Attempt to Raise Smoking Age

Isn't it time to let your 18 year old adult children make their own decisions. I know it will be hard for you, as then you will have no control, but you can do it.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Homer C on 04/26/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

I'm a school board member, and I think the idea of the state negotiating teacher health insurance is foolish. The Governor, VSBA and board members who stand with the Scott is this do NOT have my agreement or support.regarding this issue.

I've been around contract negotiations enough to know that the two big financial items, salary and health insurance, go hand in hand. In the above scenario the salary negotiations will quickly follow the health care to the state level, and that will make it functionally impossible for districts to negotiate any working conditions not actively supported by the teachers' association.

What will happen (and is probably meant to happen) is a statewide teachers' contract. And once you have a statewide contract you will have in practice a single statewide school district run from the distant and hidden halls of state government.

I'm a school board member, and I think this idea is foolish.

11 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 04/26/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

This is the most dysfunctional Legislature we've seen in years. They refuse to take up any idea the Governor has to offer.

28 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/26/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

If the House won't go along with it, then we will vote more pro-pot candidates to take their seats. It's as simple as that. You stand in the way of progress, you will get pushed out of the way eventually.

This state is held hostage by tax-and-spend Democrats and conserve-and-complain Republicans. We need both parties to be on the same page for this to work. Continuing to use the heroin epidemic and supposed lack of impairment tests as barriers to legalization will only galvanize those who wish to see it passed.

So if Phil Scott and the crybabies that oppose legalization are listening, GET OUT OF THE WAY or lose your seats!

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

Give me a break. 21% is not a majority of Vermonters. I have read about the fringe First Vermont Republic movement. It's WAS led by people who moved here with the desire of seceding from the federal government (Thomas Naylor). I honestly do not think that supporters understand how important federal dollars are to this small state. We are not Texas or California. We don't have a large economy or a large population to support secession. It's a pipe dream and nothing more.

I do want to add that Dr.Rob Williams is an excellent lecturer (I took a course he taught, "Cars, Culture and the Media"). I just don't buy into the secession movement.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:13 AM

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