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Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

Not only does Holcomb have no clue about Rochester. She lives in a town that is exempt from act 46. Actually excempt from any state law. Because of Norwichs interstate identity it literally takes an act of congress to change their structure. So she does have her own little island!

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Posted by Tim Pratt on 11/23/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Names, we need names. Powerful men in the legislature? As far as I can see they are not powerful, they are pitiful if they abuse women. Give the public names and the voters will drain that swamp. As long as we have no transparency this will go on and on. There are more than a few who think they are anointed and privileged. They aren't.

Posted by Walter Moses on 11/23/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “A Year After Al Franken's Visit, Vermont Dems React to His Scandal

So far Franken has no problems with me ( Who knows what comes next) 2 weeks playing around with a comedian & a showgirl and they think the picture of a comedian acting for the camera is forced sex is nuts. In my lifetime 78 years, I have seen this innocent scene played out plenty of times. This is not my definition of sexual harassment. this is an overreaction ( all publicity is good) when you are an entertainer. Some could consider it bad taste but we all know female abuse when we see it .This is not it.

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Posted by downhillracer on 11/23/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Smugglers' Notch Distillery Produces Gluten-Free Vodka

Is, not isnt. Autocorrect

Posted by Adam Dale on 11/23/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Smugglers' Notch Distillery Produces Gluten-Free Vodka

Actually, Seth, not all vodka is gluten free. 100% potato vodka isnt, but many kinds of vodka are made fully or in part with glutenous grains. Also, being organic adds something to the mix. Most of those vodkas out there, even if 100% potato, are still loaded with pesticides and herbicides. To have a gluten free vodka that is also organic is a rare thing. As far as gluten goes however, anyone who does not have celiac disease shouldnt go completely gluten free as it deprives the body of heart healthy grains that should be in the diet, not to mention that gluten plays an important role in the digestive process. Children should have a gluten light diet, adults can have enjoy a higher gluten diet, but as with anything with side effects to health, moderation is key

Posted by Adam Dale on 11/23/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Thank you for persisting in this story when no other news organization would. I'm sure there is still more to be told. Whether it will be or not is the question. Many thanks to the women who did speak up. It's way past time for this behavior to be exposed and called out. Kudos for excellent reporting.

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Posted by Kathy Callaghan on 11/23/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

I am saddened to see Rochester School close. Yes, I know that it is still open, but barely. Our family lives in PIttsfield. We had a choice of schools. We chose Rochester, and it was a good decision. We had just moved from a rather rich school district that did nothing for a child with learning disabilities. At Rochester, they recognized that our son learns differently than they teach, so they taught him how he learns. By graduation, he was in the Natl Honor Society, graduated with honors and is now studying anthropology with a focus on linguistics and culture.
We are willing to chuck away such a fine school. Why? Because it's too expensive. However, when compared with what ignorance and stupidity cost us, it was a bargain.

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Posted by George Simpson on 11/23/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

I work as a kindergarten teacher at the school. I have a couple of things to add to the article:

1. There was a petition that was ignored (upon suggestion of the supervisory union lawyer) back before Town Meeting. It would have opened up other discussion.

2. Not only did we lose students as a result of the pressure from Act 46 and the house of cards that collapsed, we lost our principal just two weeks ago. She was ill, but had to withstand a tremendous amount of stress in this situation. We all have:, the taxpayers, the students, the parents, the Study Committees, and the Board Members.

3, The music teacher's name is Holly Mugford, not Mumford.

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Posted by Amy C. Braun on 11/23/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

even Days: Would you please ban Donna Boutin from posting? Her EXCESSIVE abuse toward the Democrat/liberal parties is nothing more than angry hate mongering. For goodness sake they are only political parties. That intense kind of ignorant negativity is scary! What's with her excessively being allowed to pollute these comment pages with her intense hate?

What a way to go through life!

Posted by marianne1 on 11/23/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

Act 46 not only closed schools it closed communities. The gerrymandering by the AOE and VT legislature limiting various school structures ability to work together was extremely short sighted and frankly mean spirited. There are too many supervisory unions and little trust in local school boards. The independent schools will thrive under this law.

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Posted by Tim Murphy on 11/23/2017 at 1:06 AM

Re: “A Year After Al Franken's Visit, Vermont Dems React to His Scandal

Let's see what the Ethics Committee comes up with? Areas the ethics committee investigates: Gifts, Travel, Campaign Activity, Conflicts of Interest, Prohibition on Unofficial Office Accounts, Constituent Service, and Franking. Either political party has an effective veto over the actions of the committee. Men are in the majority, 8-2 House Ethics Committee, 5-1 Senate Ethics Committee. Rarely have the committees taken action to expel or even censure or admonish a member. "Let's see what the ethics committee comes up with" is a way of sidestepping calls for resignation and squelching public discussion.

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Posted by leaterhune on 11/23/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Book Review: 'Radio Free Vermont' by Bill McKibben

Sue Halpern maybe?

Posted by Dan Bloom on 11/23/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

You think voting to keep ol' Norm in the Senate is bad? A few former legislators LIVED with him while his teenage intern was going over to spend the night.…

Great reporting - I wish these women would name names.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 11/22/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

Act 46 is closing schools and destroying small Vermont towns. I want to be known as verbally fighting Act 46 every step of the way.

Seems this battle over education in Vermont, how to fund it, make money off educating and controlling people has been going on for more than just a few generations. I know Act 68 closed the Two-Room Hancock Village School that had been in operation for 209 years when I was there. Been there/done that. And I do know that history has a tendency to repeat itself. The people in charge tweak it and perfect it for the next time around.

Look what I found reading VERMONT LEGISLATIVE REPORTS An Index to Reports found in the Journals of the Vermont House and Senate:

"Act relating to division of property and assets of school districts. 1872: SJ 418-419; Board of Education, investigation of, 1872: HJ 551-554; Board of Education. nominations by governor for, 1860: SJ 228; Board of Education, selection of books by, 1867: HJ 446-452; 1867: Sl 300-306; School
Fund, 1824:; School Fund, equitable distribution, 1913: HJ 907-913; "

Not impressed Vermont Legislature, not impressed with Act 46. You sold out and now you're selling us out.


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Posted by Amy C. Braun on 11/22/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Last Supper? The Man Behind the 'Meals'

Its a shame that a well run organization operated with close relationships with clients and employees on a local level is being eliminated by a largely disconnected conglomerate with bean counter consultants who think they are the only ones who know how to do it. Meals on Wheels has been doing this on a budget that this conglomerate will never be able to duplicate, for over 20 years. Pete Carmolli does this with with charm and a love for his clients no one will ever equal. Meals on Wheels of Burlington does not need to be closed down, they need more community support to keep an uncaring govt buracracy from screwing it all up.

EC from South Burlington

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Posted by EC on 11/22/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

This article correctly notes the hesitation of people to send their kids at least thirty minutes away with a mountain in every direction but it doesn't go far enough in explaining what it means. People reading this article should think about how their kids' and their own lives would be affected. How would they manage a kids' schedule who wanted to participate in a sport or a play or any extra-curricular activity? Think about the expense of schlepping them around when the school is 40 minutes away. Would they even bother, even if they could afford it? Without a doubt, the people in Rochester understand their situation is unsustainable. Ms. Holcombe's comment that we can't have everything saying. "I want my island in Hawaii, and I'm not going to get it." is insensitive, at best. I imagine if people from Rochester were making $150k like Holcombe is, the conversation would be different. She's from Norwich and can't possibly relate.

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Posted by lassy2 on 11/22/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Thanks Again: A Mom Realizes That Gratitude is a Ride, Not a Destination

Nice . Thank you . Tis the season to remember what we can be grateful for .

Posted by Rich ard on 11/22/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Vermont Officials Welcome Court Ruling on Sanctuary States and Cities

Vermont always has a hand out looking for someone elses money. Maybe if this state lived up to its responsibilities as a part of this nation, it would stand a better chance of getting those handouts. If there ever was a welfare state we are sadly it.

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Posted by Vermont Patriot on 11/22/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Capitol Offense: Women Speak Out About Harassment in the Statehouse

Least we forget below is the list who voted to keep Norm McAllister in office:

Brian Collamore R Rutland
Peg Flory R Rutland
Dick Mazza D Grand Isle
Dick McCormack D Windsor
Mark MacDonald D Orange
Norn McAllister R Franklin
Kevin Mullin R Rutland
Alice Nitka D Windsor
Robert Starr D Essex-Orleans
Jeanette White D Windham

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Posted by Martin on 11/22/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Attorney General Donovan Settles Corren Campaign Finance Lawsuit

Terrific news. Adam Salem is right. Now let's ask our legislature to both strengthen public financing and to pass rules--as permitted in a 2011 case by the US Supreme Court--preventing a member of the legislature or a member of a selectboard from voting on a matter when such an amount of electioneering money was spent on that member's election by a person or corporation that has a pecuniary interest in the matter that a reasonable person would find that the independence of judgment of that member would be impaired. Taking those two steps, strengthening public financing and strengthening conflict of interest rules for elected officials, would finally put a stop to corrupting private election financing. See the article in the Vermont Bar Journal, "How Vermont Can Respond to Citizens United,"…

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Posted by James Marc Leas on 11/22/2017 at 3:54 PM

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