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Re: “Bernie Sanders Talks Health Care, Cows During Franklin County Visit

" #TIMETOVOTETHEBALDGUYSOUT " ???? Thank you citizen for the best laugh of the day . Will you be selling bumper stickers with this slogan ? I hope you are aware that this slogan would refer to the majority of Washington pols . OLDWHITEBALDGUY wouldn't narrow the list much either .

Posted by Rich ard on 08/17/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Steveo your are aware that there is a difference between Naziism and white nationals and there is even a difference between white nationalism and conservatives like myself. You sound like you are a member of the hitious group known as the anti-far. I'm sure no one wants those people either. So good luck getting a job unless your employer wants to be associated with a group like that. There's not much difference between the Nazi's and the anti-far both groups are always trying to suppress the freedoms of others. You are just as appuling as Mr. Roy.

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Posted by citizen on 08/17/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

The fact is, any one that takes on the care of another life, whether it is our human children or other species, is taking on all that comes with it. We must be responsible for their safety and well-being, for the costs associated, and do the best we can and yes, sometimes that can feel very overwhelming but, that doesnt make it any less our responsibility.

To the people that shoot animals that come on their property, the sight of an animal should inspire something other than the thought or desire to shoot and kill that life. An unleashed dog, is not a naughty or bad dog. It is a dog either in need of help or in need of a guardian to step up and be more responsible. Use your thinking skills to find alternative methods of handling the situation if you need to but, dont attack the dog. I do believe there should be strict laws and harsh punishment for those who intentionally, and without necessity, harm innocent, vulnerable lives (regardless of species.) Evolve and go find something more productive to do.

Finally, I am sorry if this sounded very harsh. There are lessons we all have to learn and things we should think about. As adults, we should be teaching our children what being responsible is about. That starts with us being responsible for the choices we make and the things that result from those choices. I am very happy to hear that this dog is recovering well though I am saddened for the further trauma she has had to endure through no fault of her own. I am also happy that there are laws in place to help hold this man accountable for his cruelty to this innocent and vulnerable dog.

Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

I will never agree with what this man did to this dog but, in the same way that I think he needs to be fully accountable for his actions, so do I believe that the owners should be accountable for not being more responsible with the dog they chose to rescue. I also think they should be accountable to their neighbors who might not feel safe having a dog running freely about and on their property. It isnt their job to tell you where your dog is. Also, if you are not supervising your dog, how do you know the dog is staying within the 20 acre property lines? They dont have any way of knowing what property is theirs to roam or not. As to notifying the owner before taking action, don't assume that everyone is going to know you or your dog, or know where to find you.

An unsupervised, freely roaming dog is a vulnerable, unprotected dog. It is your job to protect them when you take them in to your care. You would not let your 3 year old child out, unsupervised, and expect nothing will happen to them while they are roaming freely about.

If the dog accidentally slipped a lead or escaped from the house, then I would advise taking measures to prevent such an occurrence in the future. That is your responsibility. Anything less is on you and any vet bills that come of it are considered natural consequences for which you, rather than the generous public should be paying. Accidents happen, sure but, they are not without fault and anyone with pets has at one time or another, vet bills which can get rather high.

Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

The biggest tragedy is the money wasted in government could easily cover the cost of providing service that is needed. $2M here, $3M there, $4M saved and funding is available to hire more nurses at deserved salaries. But unfortunately on our present course this will continue to be a struggle for these families.

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Posted by Veggiguy on 08/17/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Complain away, Citizen. Odds are that your complaint would fall on deaf ears, as disliking Nazis is generally considered to be a good thing on this planet. If, however, my employer was to decide to fire me for that view, it probably wouldn't be all that hard to find a better employer, as next to nobody is going to hold being a decent human being against me.

Our Nazi, on the other hand, is unlikely to find work anywhere in this area, due to his own actions. People don't like Nazis. People don't trust Nazis. People don't want to be around Nazis, and because of that, very few people are going to hire Nazis. If Mr. Roy wanted to remain employable, he probably ought to have considered the consequences of making it known that he is a Nazi. Once he's a well-know pariah, he's actively hurting his employer by remaining employed there, and leaves them little choice but to fire him.

People need to remember that having Freedom of Speech doesn't make them immune to consequences. It only protects you from the government, not from the rest of society. If you tell the world you're a Nazi, most of it will hate you and legally shun you for it.

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Posted by Steve0 on 08/17/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Steveo your world view points are offensive to me I'll be sure to find out where you work and be sure to let your employer know so you can be suspended soon. If you are a boss or management I'll be sure to start a boycott of the company. See the slippery slope your thought process has created. Thanks for doing your part in destroying the economy and forcing another family into the welfare system. Now that the Democrat way.

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Posted by citizen on 08/17/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Leahys in Love: A Senator and His Spouse Weather Cancer

Wow, such a sweet love story...followed by such a sickening display of hate on the part of those who seek to foil a James Ehlers governorship. Hmmmm...who could be against such a thing?? Oh wait, this story rings bells...old bells. Remember way back in '06, when Rich Tarrant was running against Bernie Sanders for U.S. Senate? And there was that sham website that, thanks to good digging by then-political columnist Peter Freyne, turned out to be the dirty work of none other than Jeffrey Bartley, who was a newly salaried employee of Tarrant at the time? (see… for the full story).

Well, well, guess where Mr. Bartley is these days? Tada! He's the executive director of...wait for it: the Vermont Republican Party! And a rabid Phil Scott supporter of course. It couldn't possibly be that Bartley's up to his old tricks again, could it? If so, he's learned a bit about covering his tracks, because the sham Ehlers website was very carefully anonymously registered to a "private registrar" when it was launched Aug. 3 on godaddy, using a "domainsbyproxy" service. How is that even legal?

One thing seems clear: someone is very afraid of an Ehlers candidacy for Governor. Hmmm.

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Posted by Brenda Patoine on 08/17/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/9/17)

Mr Duquette's letter would be laughable if it werent so absurd. I am not shedding any tears for Mosher. What Duquette leaves out is that Mosher had his bulls loose on Rt 4 multiple times before this crash. He was warned, he chose to do nothing. He was even warned that evening he had someone come to his house and wake him up and tell him about his bull on Rt. 4 what did he do? He want back to bed! Explain that behavior. Duquette is actually blaming the victim? Hes going over the speed limit on Rt. 4 a major road so hes partially to blame?! Its so ugly and really despicable that he places the blame on this poor man who did nothing wrong besides hit a huge animal that the owner had repeatedly let get out of his fencing. The real tragedy besides this accident is that Mosher didnt do some jail time. I can only hope he (and not his insurance company) got hit for everything hes worth. He is a menace letting his animals roam loose and doing nothing.

Posted by tapplinx on 08/17/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Vermont Climate Panel Has Three Months to Land Three Ideas

Here's one idea, change the name of the Commission.

Posted by Thomas Sperry on 08/17/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The Animal Issue, 2017

A friendly reminder that there is no medical or physical justification for cropping a dog's pinnas (outer ear). In addition to the bans in many countries around the world, it is described in veterinary texts as "no longer considered ethical."

Posted by Roger Rodriguez on 08/17/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Vermont Filmmakers Contribute to CNBC Doc on Mac Parker

This article was apparently written in July 2014. Why is the author using the term "alleged" when describing Mr. Parker. HE WAS CONVICTED!!! What it should read is "...the fascinating story of this convicted felon and his criminal activities." It seems a person gets far more kudos being a criminal scumbag in the US than a war hero. Get your priorities straight. Shaking my head in eternal disgust!

Posted by David L Jarvis on 08/16/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

In times like this, I am inspired by a woman who, at a 1996 KKK rally in Michigan, protected a fallen white nationalist despite his clear opposition to her views.

She recognized one truth that binds us all: That we are all human beings and need to be seen that way.

Google "Keshia Thomas". The photo is etched into my memory for a lifetime.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 08/16/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

The enduring question should not be the dilemma of how to maintain the properly American social tolerance for blithely racist, fascist hate-mongering. They have plenty of room for their gut-churning poison (too much looks like).

The big-scope, enduring question we need to address is our crisis of vision. How, in a nation overwhelmed by surging fascism and intolerance, can we compel a large enough portion of these unseemly individuals to renounce their hatred once and for all... before the monster consumes this beautiful land we love?

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 08/16/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Here's the thing about Freedom of Speech, Citizen. It gives you the right to say whatever you want without fear of persecution from the government. It does not give you the ability to say whatever you want without fear of being shunned by the rest of society, or fired by your private sector employer. Employment and acceptance by the rest of society are not fundamental rights, being a giant bag of feces is a good way to assure that society rightfully rejects you even if the government allows you to be a giant bag of feces.

The government gives this anus the right to express himself in whatever way he chooses. As a society, we have an obligation to reject this sort of behavior.

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Posted by Steve0 on 08/16/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Dear Citizen: There's a place you can go to study history that doesn't cost a dime. It's the library.

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Posted by written on 08/16/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

@written..So all statues in Vermont should be taken down too,,????
Ethan Allen
Seth Warner
Gen John Stark
Molly Stark
The Whispering Statue
Civil War Statue
just to name a few and there's lot's of them, statues, monuments and markers in Vermont. Should these be put in museums, because they may "offend" someone or remind them there was a war? I for one like being able to stop and see these monuments/statues/markers. in our country..In Rapid City in South Dakota there is a statue of every President up to George W Bush..should these be taken down too??? Statues and Monuments are a way to preserve our Country's's a way for each state to honor these people..They are not to be erase..You people need to wake the he** up..North, South East and West all have a history..We have no right to try to hide/erase this history just because fools are don't like it, then tough!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 08/16/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

What a wide array of views and opinions but to criticize someone for the shape of his ears or saying he needs cosmetic surgery simply because you do not like his beliefs, ironically, shows one's own biases. I believe education and early intervention are the keys to fight against any discrimination as we are not born hating one another, but are taught it. Do I agree with Mr. Roy's actions and comments? No, but our Amendments do call for free speech. It's when this freedom is abused and turns into violence and murder, that it turns into something ugly and fearful and does not belong in any society...

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 08/16/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

Really great article! A good follow up would be to interview the nurses themselves. Find out why they aren't flocking to Home Health Care! Based on nurses I've spoken with, it's the pay and benefits. In fact, research this: Are VNA agencies not employing additional staff at "Full-Time status" because of the added costs related to Health Insurance requirements? We've all read about how small businesses are cutting down on full time staff in favor of part time staff as then they don't need to provide health insurance benefits. Are the costs of insurance and forcing employers to provide them causing our own residents to suffer?

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Posted by Scott Grant on 08/16/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Written no one should have to pay to have the opportunity to study history so unless the Smithsonian is going to put all these monument into it so it will be free of charge a public space such as a park are the only spots for them. When you and your friends are done with the confederate monuments what will you take down next the Washington Monument should we also blow Washington's face off MT Rushmore. After all he was a southern slave owner. When do we as a people put history behind us learn from its successes and it's mistakes and move forward towards a positive future. Im sure running people out of their jobs because you dont agree with them is not the way to that future.

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Posted by citizen on 08/16/2017 at 5:02 PM

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