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Re: “On a Big Stage, Sanders Counters Trump on Foreign Policy

Gee, look at how well the collaborative effort approach has worked over the years & long before Trump was elected. I am ready to skip all the PC blathering. Bernie is a professional politician who has never had a real job wants the populace beholden to government. I have never voted for him for any office & never will.

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Posted by saysme on 09/22/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “A Student Shortage at Saint Michael's College Leads to Existential Questions

While Saint Michael's may be facing difficult economic decisions, it will endure and prosper. I am confident of this because the real value of Saint Michael's happens each day in our classrooms, laboratories and on the fields and buildings of our campus. You simply cannot quantify or measure the excellence of instruction, the enthusiasms and accomplishments of our students, our gifted athletes or our dedicated scholars. So while economic cycles will come and go, the life of the mind will continue to thrive at SMC!

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Posted by Padraic on 09/22/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board

I think what the public is not seeing is the fact that it's the children that are losing out when the teachers have their planning time taken away. It's important that teachers work together to set up classrooms where their students have a good flow between classes to make learning a smooth process. I would suggest that Eric take 20-30 children and spend 6 hours or more a day with them, without a break and without time to plan what you, as their teacher, plan on doing in class. Sure there are assistants to help, but mostly they are there for those students that can't keep up and need one on one individual help just to keep them afloat. Eric, perhaps you should try managing a set up like that as well. Oh, and really, I'm sure you aren't the type that would take home your work which almost all of the teachers do...grading papers...lesson planning, etc etc etc. You need a reality check. Go volunteer in a school for 2 weeks full time and see what it is that teachers do.

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Posted by Janvt on 09/22/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

World war 2 and Hitler are not in the third grade curriculum

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Posted by Cathy Belcher Stout on 09/22/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “On a Big Stage, Sanders Counters Trump on Foreign Policy

Yup the draft dodger bald guy is flapping his mouth again.. who thinks North Korea is nothing to be afraid of and that Iran is honest...Who just as soon get rid of the Military. The man is going senile.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/22/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

This isn't what was reported when he was hired as interim town manager. He said he would finish his term because Ron Hubert was retiring and they didn't want a person down there learning the ropes without proper guidance. This is a total flip flop of what was originally reported.

Posted by Bryan Bouchard on 09/22/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Cultivating Spirulina on a Vermont Farm

Is this available through mail order. I used to take dry Spirulina that was purchaed from Amazon. I am very interested in this ...We went by Petes Greens on the way to Stowe last week during our vacation.... Is it readily available there as well? Thank you for any information you can give.

Posted by Courtney Chandler on 09/22/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

Her intent, either way, should get her fired. Demonstrates poor judgement at the very least.

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Posted by Tammi Monfette on 09/22/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

You don't have to give a lesson on doing the salute to teach children that it's bad. Would you give a lesson on giving someone the finger in order to tell kids that it's a poor way to communicate anger. Nazis and nazi sympathizers are given way too much leeway these days.

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Posted by M Draws on 09/22/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “On a Big Stage, Sanders Counters Trump on Foreign Policy

JimM, you might try actually commenting on his comments and proposals. Adults, after all, frequently address global issues with reference to facts and policies than in ad hminem or ridiculous non sequitors.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/22/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

There doesn't seem to be many details here that would warrant someone being immediately fired. Was she simply demonstrating it, was she trying to get students to buy in to it, was it part of an earlier lesson...? Certainly there is no room for Nazi ideals in a school but what exactly happened here?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 09/22/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

Can Seven Days clarify:

Was the teacher demonstrating the solute in a "this is part of history which is bad but we need to be aware of so we don't repeat" sort of way or a "hey kids, try this new cool thing" sort of way?

3rd grade is probably too young for the former and the later is definitely unacceptable but there is still an important distinction that readers should be made aware of if you are going to report on this.

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Posted by TinyTown on 09/22/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

I love shopping at City Market despite the Dismal parking. I appreciate that it's employee and community owned and also that it consistently supports local farms. I want to know where my food comes from. City Market has a great organic produce department, local meats, and ready to eat section with hot and chilled foods. There is no competition to their outstanding customer service. Every employee is vested in making your shopping experience the best. I live in Hinesburg and visit City Market multiple times each week. I'm looking forward to the opening of the new store as an alternative to driving downtown each time that I want to shop.

Posted by Kay Mitchell on 09/22/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

So, Who, exactly is he representing? A couple of dozen rich people? He also managed to pull down 5 figures a year in his volunteer position as fire/rescue chief. He's certainly good at looking out for himself, Glad I no longer live in Milton. I could afford him.

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Posted by Mick on 09/22/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Shrinedom Makeup Concert to Feature Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, David Bowie and More

Well done !!!
Still curious about the Shriners and the failed Fyre festival so this was a welcome breath of fresh air.

Posted by Stewart333 on 09/22/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Same for telecom? "The demand for local is strong; the demand for having a community-owned, member-owned [grocery store] is strong," he said.

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Posted by leaterhune on 09/22/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “On a Big Stage, Sanders Counters Trump on Foreign Policy

Meanwhile, the Bernshevik's comrades in Venezuela are down to eating flamingos

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Posted by JimM on 09/22/2017 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Action Dud 'American Assassin' Kills Michael Keaton's Winning Streak

biased opinion because yer a democrat

Posted by Andrew Nguyen on 09/21/2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Students Embrace Grown-Up Fire and Rescue Roles

So perhaps the whole stupid expensive and terribly financed College model is failing? Maybe financial literacy has finally penetrated our youth. This I think is the edge of a sweeping change that needs to occur. Profiting off educating our population has some short comings.

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Posted by Robert M Gifford on 09/21/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “City Reveals Burlington Telecom Bids, But Questions Remain

Alex: Thanks for the info, but I still remain confused:
1. 14% is 14% no matter who lends you the funds. The greater the perceived risk, the higher the interest. Why would "strategic partner" want to charge such exorbitant interest? 14% is a very heavy burden to carry.
2. If no standard lender will lend the funds, at any interest rate, that should tell you something. No business history and no collateral should also be a red flag.
3. If this is a true net profit, inclusive of debt service and capital reserves, and not just depreciation, this is great.
4. Maybe, maybe not, depends on the details of the loan. Maine Fiber may be making their profit on the loan, not the infrastructue, and not permit a refinancing or require a set amount of the principle bring repaid before a refinancing.
I would also like to hear from a board member. Sounds like the coop has less than a 5% skin in the game.

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Posted by Charles Hafter on 09/21/2017 at 1:36 PM

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