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Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

@ some of us are sometimes right.. if you want to call me a he thinking it will upset me, that's fine.. in fact, I laughed.. but when you still have your tallywacker you're still a male...

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/19/2018 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

I stand with Nurses! Therefore I will make sure to have testing, appts made who have "no" affiliation with UVM! I urge others to do the same. Without Nurses there is no need for those overpaid buffoons, support our Nurses as our Nurses support out economy by living, shopping and raising their families here in our state!

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Posted by Robin Martin on 08/19/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

Now is the time to change our laws for contributions to campaign financing! To be sure donations will be pouring in from other states to help with the campaign! Yet we as US citizens consistently help other countries oust or elect officials, yet complain when allegations are focused on another country influences our election...no different in state elections...all monies need to be from " residents" within this state...however...no elected official will ever make a stand and do everything in his - her power to make sure contributions are from in state residents! Phsssss! Another fiasco on the horizon in the Dems corner!

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Posted by Robin Martin on 08/19/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Over 3.1 Million dollars a year for the two top execs at U. VT Medical center = Obscene. The medical system
is as broken and corrupt as the political system in the USA. and that's a real mouthful. The only free medical
we are getting is all the Big Pharma drugs in the water supply.

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Posted by Ted Sargent on 08/19/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

where there priorities are

Next time try the word their.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/18/2018 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

@ NorthOldEnder

What we are being fed as capitalism & socialism for that matter, is nothing but good old fashioned fascism in nice clothing with a really good PR manager. The sooner we stop ignoring the "man behind the curtain" & stop believing the propaganda that everyone to our right or left is our sworn enemy, the sooner we all get to setting things right again.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/18/2018 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

It looks like the board of trustees of UVMMC has abrogated its fiduciary duty to ensure proper staffing for safe patient care and fair and equitable wages and conditions for the people who provide care. The board approves outrageous executive salaries but says it has no role in ensuring equity for the nurses and support staff--how is that meeting its duty to protect the institution and the community it serves?! It's been said that management will only pay what they have to. I appears we, the community, will have to make them pay the nurses fairly, The Care Board must exercise its oversight responsibility and ensure that the UVMMC budget includes expenditure lines that pay nurses and support staff what they deserve & need and block any budget that doesn't.

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Posted by Gene Bergman on 08/17/2018 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Exits Primary in the Red, Scott Kickstarts Fundraising

"many of Republican Governor Scotts wealthy donors are also Democratic Mayor Weinberger's donors"
Some people support whoever is most likely to be able to turn gratitude into favors, or at least invitations to swank affairs, which means winners, which usually means incumbents.

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Posted by prion on 08/17/2018 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Once again, the argument for executive pay is justified because it is "approximately the midpoint of salaries for health care executives with similar responsibilities." Nurse pay, however, is not based on the same criteria. Vermont ranks 47th in the nation in paying their nurses when cost of living is included in the calculation. Burlington has a very high cost of living, with lower than average wages. The nurses are not asking to be the highest paid in the country. They are asking to be average, if not slightly lower. If the administration does not agree, more nurses will leave for higher wages elsewhere, and the shortage-of-nurses problem will only get worse, resulting in poor care for patients. The word is out across the country: "Don't work as a nurse in Vermont. You will not be valued and it will be economically unsustainable." So sad.

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Posted by Ben James on 08/17/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

I'm taking note of the Board members - and their business affiliations - in light of this disgraceful move by administrators.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 08/17/2018 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

Donna makes some interesting points. He says "Vermont has become a JOKE," but his reasoning involves a lot of good policy options. Then he says that Christine Hallquist and Bernie Sanders should go back to New York, but must be forgetting that Bernie Sanders is actually the most popular senator among their own constituents nationwide. Sounds like he (Donna) is in the minority.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 08/17/2018 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Exits Primary in the Red, Scott Kickstarts Fundraising

This campaign makes me want to leave Vermont.

There ought to be campaign laws that forbid non-Vermonters from influencing our local politics.

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Posted by BDE on 08/17/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

The rationale provided for paying hospital executives so much is that the hospital needs the best people for the job. If thats the argument, then lets make it clearer just what makes hospital administrators the best. Surely, at a time when US medical costs are already the highest in the world and rising steadily, one criterion should be affordability.

So, I propose that hospital executives receive a low base salary, perhaps commensurate with nurses, and that they then receive significant bonuses for cutting overall costs. The bonuses should be titrated to the savings, so that greater reductions in cost result in greater bonuses. Top executives may still earn millions, but this way, the public will also benefit from their high salaries as well.

A smaller bonus could be offered for raising the salaries of those at the lowest end of the hospital pay scale. Clearly, any institution benefits from happy workers and better compensation is likely to result in a happier workforce.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 08/17/2018 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Huge pay raises as they are the # 1 responsible party for the growing tick disease epidemic in the state of Vermont. Corrupt healthcare system totally owned by Big Pharma and their horrid ads on the TV,something
that is illegal in almost all the so called civilized world. Up continues to = Down Down Down as the medical
system creates another epidemic.

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Posted by Ted Sargent on 08/17/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Once again the greedy executives at the hospital have shown where there priorities are and it sure as hell isn't health care. They could have put the money they got for raises towards the nurses but apparently they are only thinking about themselves as usual!!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 08/17/2018 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

The insanity continues in Vermont politics.

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Posted by Fred Snide on 08/17/2018 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

I saw Hallquist on CNN the day after the election. The host showed her a poll taken among Democrats as to what they preferred: capitalism or socialism, the split was fairly even. The host then asked Hallquist about her preference between those two choices . Hallquist seemed flummoxed and bungled the interview badly, muttering at the end that she didn't like labels and looked as if she was ready to sprint away from the camera. There were a few easy answers for her but she seemed unaware of them. Maybe she was expecting softball questions or some sort of celebration of diversity to break out. If Hallquist wants to be taken seriously and not as some sort of novelty candidate she had better improve her game plan.

Vermont has proven in the past that it prefers Governors who are somewhat moderate to conservative ( Snelling, Douglas, even Dean who was a Democrat) without all of the foaming at the mouth that seems to be mandatory of the national GOP. Phil Scott is conservative enough without all of the rabid rantings of the Trump Rump kissers. This is his election to lose. The only way he does lose it is if he is caught on a hot mic saying that Trump should be impeached and the unhinged Far Right Republicans in the state abandon him.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 08/17/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Christine Hallquist, First Transgender Nominee for Governor, to Face Phil Scott

Yeah like Hallquist had any challenge with the three other Democrats on the ballot: James Ehlers, who works at Lake Champlain International, Brenda Siegel, works for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn, who can't even vote yet. Big competition to run against.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/17/2018 at 4:20 AM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Enjoying Flood of Media Attention After Primary Win

Vermont has become a JOKE. A 14 yo kid who can't even vote and a transgender who said He will raise our taxes, has said that if he becomes Governor gun laws will be stricter, there WILL be a carbon air tax, he was very strong about that. He needs to go back to NY and take Sanders with him...
@FreedomToThink In Montpelier Weds at the Montpelier HS they had a circus there.. No animals just people. lol

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/17/2018 at 2:01 AM

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