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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??

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: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Gibberfish here. We'd like to thank Seven Days for the great write up. This article covers a lot of complex and thorny issues which we take seriously. We've posted a response to the article on our blog. If anyone would like to start a conversation, you can reply to us here, or on our site. Thanks.

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Posted by Gibberfish, Inc on 04/26/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

I hope each person that runs against him gets a nice long puff piece extolling their virtues from "Vermont's independent voice" as well.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/26/2017 at 4:29 PM

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

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

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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: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Genese Grill's apocalyptic criticism of the Mayor is completely laughable. The product of a bizarre, perhaps disturbed mind. Whatever credibility she had should be erased in anyone's mind.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/26/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Do No Harm: New Rules Discourage Overprescribing Opiates

Jimm the doctors and dentists that you are defending are the same people that helped create all the lovely addicts that we have in the state today. It's about time they were held accountable for the mess they created in order to line their own pockets when they prescribed opiates to people that did not need such strong drugs in the first place.

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Posted by citizen on 04/26/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

". . . but its news staff/editorial writers are pretentious self-important smart-asses, puerile college newspaper wannabes pretending to be adults. As exemplified in this article, they generally think that they themselves are a vital and interesting component of stories, regardless of the ostensible subject. Journalists injecting themselves into stories are charlatans; opinion editors injecting their egos into stories are fools."

Um . . . exactly like all of the journalists whom Bernie DOES talk to.

With one vital difference. As the Senator from Vermont (remember?), Bernie's supposed to talk to OUR pretentious, self-important, smart-ass, puerile, college newspaper wannabes, not the ones from all of the other places.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/26/2017 at 3:32 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: “Whose Records? Public Information Law Can Be a Maze

F for transparency.

Posted by The Oracle on 04/26/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Max Tracy for Mayor? He'd be great. Hate to admit it but I voted for Miro the first time around and have found out what a slick politician he is. Time for him to move on.

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Posted by RB on 04/26/2017 at 2:47 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..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/26/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

I trust that Miro thinks that he knows what is best for Burlington going forward. I also trust that he does not feel that public input is really all that necessary to achieving his vision of "what's best." My trust in these beliefs stems from the way Miro handled the BTC affair -- treating opponents like nuisances to his apparent pet project, therefore not encouraging a thoughtful conversation by all sides, for all concerns. Add this to his formation of a PAC to promote the project, sounding off with the message that anyone against the BTC redevelopment is against Burlington's success. I was truly disgusted and disturbed by his petty politics, and I will remember this feeling come election time -- and will hopefully not be the only one who does.

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 04/26/2017 at 2:34 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 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: “Let's Grow Kids' 'Dream Team' Lobbies for Early Education Dollars

An important part of the conversation that was lightly touched upon is the incredibly low wages and salaries for early ed teachers - a serious problem for a field that now requires college degrees and is 98% female - and I really hope that as these conversations continue, we focus on the two-pronged issue of high cost for parents AND low wages for teachers.

For early ed teachers interested in chatting with other professionals, look up 'Burlington Early Ed Community' on Facebook. Thanks!

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Posted by cwinklem on 04/26/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Whose Records? Public Information Law Can Be a Maze

How ironic that you quote Jon Groveman. When he was ANR General Counsel and I filed public records requests, his response was that it would cost $1000 just to prepare the redaction log. The then-author of this column filed a similar request and was told the same thing. Under Gov. Shumlin, Jon Groveman participated in not complying with the law, which at the very least requires state agencies to provide a record of the documents they decline to provide, and the reason why. His successor filled four years of public records requests for me, and there was no charge.

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/26/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Let's Grow Kids' 'Dream Team' Lobbies for Early Education Dollars

I am a single working parent in Vermont. I receive a 65% subsidy to assist in paying for childcare for my 3 year old and I still pay just over $130 a week for her to attend a 5 STAR (high quality) program in central Vermont! I literally choose every month between paying her childcare bill or buying groceries, and I have a good, full-time job.
Vermont NEEDS to do something about the childcare crisis, this has already been going on for too long. I got involved with Let's Grow Kids through my current employer, I have attended their advocacy training's and found it to be a HUGE help. If Representatives are finding them to be "over the top" or feeling "bombarded" then I say, "more power to them!", that is how they should be feeling. Imagine being one of the THOUSANDS of Vermont families, like me, choosing between paying for daycare or eating, or choosing between paying for daycare or just leaving the job market, and getting on public assistance!
Putting money into early education and care NOW is important for an array of reasons at every point of the spectrum, but for those of us living in this situation everyday, the important reason to o this is that maybe in a few years we wouldn't have to choose between paying for childcare or eating.

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Posted by Faye Longo on 04/26/2017 at 12:55 PM

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