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Re: “Montpeculiar: Rep. Dylan Giambatista Spiffs Up Vermont's State Song

Nice work, Dylan! Keep groovin' with the creativity!

Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 01/16/2019 at 11:11 PM
Posted by lassy2 on 01/16/2019 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Why a State Obsessed With 'Local' Doesn't Eat Vermont Fish

The State is so screwed up it stinks. Human activity pollutes the lake far more than agricultural run off. The only reason they are hitting farmers is because they don't have the money to fight them. My family has eaten fish from the lake for over 50 years. They would do better at cleaning it up if Burlington would stop dumping raw sewage in it.

Posted by Luke Turco on 01/16/2019 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Rep. Dylan Giambatista Spiffs Up Vermont's State Song

This is a beautiful vocal rendition
https://youtu.be/UIHm8zJIsu0

Posted by A. Smith on 01/16/2019 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Bagpipes, Speeches and Drive-By Protesters Mark the Raising of New Trump Flag

Go on and define how he is a dictator that somehow wouldn't also be able to fit for the last 20 or so administrations.

Go ahead. I don't think you'd be ok with calling most of them dictators. I highly doubt you're some subset of anarchist that defines any state power as an infringement.

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Posted by doom on 01/16/2019 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

YOU SIGNED A CONTRACT.

Posted by doom on 01/16/2019 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Bagpipes, Speeches and Drive-By Protesters Mark the Raising of New Trump Flag

Hi all - We've had to pull some comments from this post, and I'd just like to hop in here and remind you that we ask that you treat other commenters with respect. When you're responding to someone, please make sure you're addressing the idea rather than the person.

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Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 01/16/2019 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

Amazing how Johnson the (D) took the (R) and moved them so they really can't do anything. Her quote
"Johnson denies that the move is a demotion for Agriculture. "That was not my intention at all," she said. "I want all committees to be involved in rural issues." That meant shifting some members to other panels, such as Rep. Harvey Smith (R-New Haven), a dairy farmer who's now on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife. But also, Johnson admitted, "There aren't as many members requesting Agriculture." Sign o' the times." The (D)s don't want farms in Vermont. Now it will be just Pot farms.. Surprised she didn't move all the (R) into the basement to take over the mopping and window cleaning.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 01/16/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Scott Proposes a Paid Family Leave Partnership With New Hampshire

The key here is making a program that works and is financially viable now and in the future.
Currently our state faces a pension crisis due in large part to promises being made with inadequate funding provided. This has caused a downgrade in our ratings that will cost the state millions and further downgrades will happen if more constructive action is not taken.
Perhaps addressing the pension crisis should come before adding new programs of questionable cost.

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Posted by John Freitag on 01/16/2019 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

I'm sorry you had a bad experience with a delusional person, but the research discussed in the article indicates the reality of the situation, which is one that involves a single unlucky break forcing a family away from "barely holding on" and to "really struggling to get back on their feet." Individuals can always do ridiculous things, but if a program like this can really make a difference, perhaps we shouldn't let isolated anecdotes scare us away from making an investment.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 01/16/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Seven Days emphasizing that Freeman was a young child when Knodell entered office is a cheap shot and of course very condescending. And mentioning she was a Connecticut native, when Knodell is from out of state, plays up this foolish outsider, not Vermonter stereotype. As far as I'm concerned, if Knodell runs, it would be to assure that a Miro supporting democrat like Carter would get in, instead of Freeman who is following the dictates of the Old North End, which is under extreme gentrification, as young people, new Americans, and working class Vermonters try to survive in this hotbed of capitalist exploitation. Do we want Burlington to turn into an upscale playground or can it survive as a truly diverse and afforable community, beholden to it's residents, first. We are not disposable commodities.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 01/16/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

I will be very sad to no longer see Kymelya Sari's byline in the paper. Her stories gave me a lot of new insight into the New American communities here, and I really hope 7 Days works to continue that level of reporting. Thanks, Ms. Sari, for all you've written! Good luck.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 01/16/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Bagpipes, Speeches and Drive-By Protesters Mark the Raising of New Trump Flag

DONNA BOUTIN Anyone who voted for trump or even supports that dictator has to have mental problems with them. He's unbelievably stupid and is a disgrace to the United States!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 01/16/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Young people are inheriting the debt the mayor and this council have loaded onto their future in this city. I admire the younger candidates for stepping up.

Meanwhile, what a cheap shot for Clavelle, saying: "Is there room in the Progressive Party for folks who want to govern to get things done rather than oppose things?" This is from an ex-mayor who was resoundingly defeated when dropped his Prog label and ran for governor as a Democrat.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/16/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

I once had tenant who had a good job- single mom, 2 kids, family in the community. One month she didnt pay the rent and did not reach out. When I caught up with her, she said that she had decided to take her young children to Disney World instead of paying the rent. She said it was more important to provide for her children in that way then for me to have her rent with which to pay the mortgage on her apartment house. She would not agree to a plan to pay the back rent and told me I could do without. I hired a lawyer and had her evicted and soon found a much more responsible tenant.

If the State were to use my tax dollars to bail out a family that chose to visit Disney instead of paying their rent, I wouldnt feel any obligation to voluntarily pay my taxes.

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Posted by Good Landlord on 01/16/2019 at 2:10 PM

Re: “White Nationalist Crashes Press Conference on Racial Harassment of Kiah Morris

As the previous comment demonstrates, referring to the press conference as a "shindig," with the white nationalist making his appearance is egregiously minimizing. This is stalking behavior and his intention is to intimidate re: his white supremacist and racist agenda. Nothing less. It's about white power and control. I deeply feel for Kiah and her family in trying to cope with deeply ingrained implicit and explicit racism in Vermont. Under the 1st amendment as we know it, hate and intolerant speech is protected but it is not without grave and longstanding consequences for ALL OF US.

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Posted by Odysseus Manzi on 01/16/2019 at 1:19 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

The arrogance of these long time politicians astounds me. Just because you've held your seat for 20 years doesn't mean your entitled to keep it! The city needs fresh voices and ideas but I find the voters continue to elect the status quo despite the clamor for change. These politicians should realize by stepping down after 10 years(?) or so is a needed, healthy change for everyone. Are their egos so big they think the city can't be run without them? Apparently so. We have the same issue in Ward 5 with Joan Shannon. The younger generation is smart, energetic and has some interesting (different) ideas. Step aside Jane....you had a good run...time to let others take over.

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Posted by RB on 01/16/2019 at 12:55 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Give Knodell credit - she has been among the biggest spenders of taxpayer money in the history of Vermont's largest city

Her successor may even eclipse her affinity for grabbing other people's wallets.

But the Progressive candidate has one thing Knodell doesn't - passion for reaching out to voters.

You can't win elective office forever by having your campaign slogan continually be "Because I Can."

Knodell's calling her opponent "sister," meanwhile, is demeaning, condescending and infantile. She should try to go out as an adult, not a bitter caricature.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 01/16/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

In the end Jane sounded more like a Hillary Democrat ( which is almost as bad as being a Republican) and had a tin ear when it came to Miro's reckless drive to over-develop and over-populate the city. Rents in Burlington have been high forever and yet the so called Progressives over the last two decades have fled from the idea of rent control.

If Knodell runs as an Independent it will prove how out of touch she is with her constituents. It is past time for the Old Guard of the Proggies to move on, whether on City Council or at CEDO or any other city position. Neo-liberalism is a destructive failure in spite of our current Mayor's grandiose inclinations and the shot-callers at the Chamber of Commerce.

"Old and in the way
is what I heard them say.
They used to heed the words he said
but that was yesterday.
Gold has turned to gray
and youth will fade away.
They'll never care about you
'cause you're old and in the way."

Thank you for your efforts and time, Jane, but please don't run again, walk away with your head up.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/16/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

The collapse of his pro-capitalist voting bloc on council (Wright, Knodell and Hartnett) has the mayor's machine scurrying for candidates. Now we have the fauxroots "run, Jane, run" effort. The fact that she cast a racist vote to maintain the white supremacist Marketplace mural should have been enough to disqualify her. No racists on city council. #noapARTheid....#noknodell

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Posted by Albert Petrarca 1 on 01/16/2019 at 11:38 AM

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