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Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

@planetacer09, you are right teachers are not the enemy, the VT NEA is. I say that because they buy votes and there is nothing more dangerous in our state than someone that successfully buys votes.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/22/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

The VT NEA behemoth once again runs roughshod over taxpayers and struggling local school boards. If we don't acquiesce to the union's wishes and demands, we are terrible people who do not support teachers. I condemn this line of reasoning as being unreasonable. For too many years the VT NEA has out-negotiated local citizens.

The VT NEA has teams of expensive lobbyists with a large staff of experienced and highly paid negotiators. On the other side of the table? Unpaid volunteer school board members. Collective bargaining on the state level would level the playing field and benefit everyone, including taxpaying teachers. Please call your legislator and support Governor Scott's brave stand against the VT NEA and for local school boards and Vermont taxpayers.

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Posted by Penelope on 05/22/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

I hope Gov. Scott isn't waiving the white flag and this becomes a blame game between the Democrats and the Governor with the taxpayers on the losing end....again. Stay strong Gov. Scott!

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Posted by RB on 05/22/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

Reading the comments, you'd think teachers and their representation were the worst thing to happen to VT since the Emerald Ash Borer.

Teachers are not the enemy of taxpayers, nor is the NEA. The enemy is a lack of uniform school funding mechanisms, declining populations, and forced consolidation by the threat of losing ones' town schools. Well-funded schools mean better-educated graduates, who can go on to improve and grow the local economy.

Phil tried his hand at being political in a half-assed way, a day (or 2.5 months) late and a dollar short. He won't get his way on this negotiation.

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Posted by planetacer09 on 05/22/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Exploring Vermont's New State Park: Taconic Mountains Ramble

The zen gardens were always a favorite spot to go during my time at Castleton. Even got to watch it snowing on mother's day from Zion Major one year. It's a gorgeous spot, I'm so glad it's be preserved as a state park!

Posted by Scg12050 on 05/22/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Plotting Return to Sea, Technology Park Whales Invest Heavily in Fossil Fuels

A comment that offshore wind impacts whales? The infrasound from waves at sea are a million times stronger than what comes from a wind farm. But that does no harm to whales, who communicate with powerful infrasound, like elephants do. Do you know what can do terrible harm to whales? The sound blasts used all over the world to explore for deep sea oil and gas reserves. These blasts, set off by huge explosions, can permanently destroy the hearing of whales and dolphins. And that renders them "blind" since they see by sound.

Posted by Bill_C on 05/22/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “A Huntington Couple Plan to Turn Their Land into a Cohousing Community

How to get more info about parcels?

Posted by BK on 05/22/2017 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

As John as said here, this was a political move more than anything. This had nothing to do with education. Both sides knew that they could not change union negotiations in the middle of them by waving a wand. This was a grandstanding affair by the governor, showing how tough he could be for his base and election next year. He was clever to use the ruse of property tax relief, for reasons we all know, when he was really trying to destroy collective bargaining and the unions and take that $26 million and put it somewhere else and the property tax payer might have got $10 or $20 bucks back. He was also clever in doing it at the last minute. Yet, I wonder if this was not something else too. Since when does a governor order a legislature to do something as though he or she is boss of it?

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Posted by stubborncuss on 05/22/2017 at 12:46 AM

Re: “South Burlington School Board Won't Put 'Rebels' Question on Ballot

Betcha people forget about the Rebel mascot name change 5 years from now. Not so fast now. Maybe this one is a little different. Seems like a bunch of nice people are just a little bit tired of having to roll over for the wishes of a few. And to have to pay for the rollover as well. Not getting your way sometimes, isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. Believe they taught that in my 8th grade civics class.

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Posted by Al Longe on 05/21/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “In Vermont, a Somali Bantu Youth Finds His Voice

Aden, we are so proud of you! You are an amazing guy.

Posted by Lauren Berrizbeitia on 05/21/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Plotting Return to Sea, Technology Park Whales Invest Heavily in Fossil Fuels

This kind of article is the reason I only pick up Seven Days for use in starting the woodstove.

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Posted by K Zee on 05/21/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Plotting Return to Sea, Technology Park Whales Invest Heavily in Fossil Fuels

This is kind of sad, and not funny. Whales communicate by infrasound. The PSB's proposed rule dismisses infrasound and low frequency noise as issues with big wind turbines, and they couldn't be more wrong. Offshore wind will impact whales. Onshore wind turbines make people sick with infrasound. While the PSB's rules are a step in the right direction, they are not adequate to protect people from the full frequencies of the rules. Making fun of this issue is not helpful. I find most of your posts humorous, but in this case it raises a lot of issues that are not funny.

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Posted by A. Smith on 05/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “What's Good 2016: An Intro to Your Intro to Burlington

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Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 05/21/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Vermont Legislature Adjourns Without Fanfare as Scott Promises Veto

Colorado ER Doctor Karen Randall, MD:" we have opened pandoras box.. this is a nightmare. The marijuana industry does everything they can to beat us down and they have the funds to do it. Since MJ business started here, they quote they brought 1300 jobs to the area. HOWEVER, . all low paying, minimum wage jobs, so [have they] really improved our economy. Certainly, no improvement in schools, police force or ability to provide medical care. The providers here are beaten daily. My hospital has 300 or so beds .. we have had 120% occupancy for the last 2.5 years. Prior to that, no waits for beds, but now.. Along with the marijuana, came increase in opiates and meth. Cartels are not stupid, they have people here and they sell the heroin and meth cheaper than the marijuana. ..all the people who have come here on a fixed (usually some type of disability) income, spend what they can and then turn towards the cheaper substances (meth/heroin) at the end of the month...ER daily overdoses. ICU has had at a minimum 2 patients/day who are ill secondary to drug related complication. Every shift Some young person, addicted to drugs, new to Colorado, wanting more services (medicaid, assistance, food stamps, housing, etc). .Every time we publish the stats, the marijuana folks are there calling us liars. I have been threatened on a number of times for my stance against marijuana (as have the other members of our..group). I think that its interesting that when we present facts, the MJ side yells, threatens and does everything they can to discredit us. YET, the first place they come when they get in trouble is straight to us.. Most members of my group (a long standing private ED group) want to leave".

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Posted by GREENMTCAT on 05/21/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Colorado ER Doctor Karen Randall, MD:" we have opened pandoras box.. this is a nightmare. The marijuana industry does everything they can to beat us down and they have the funds to do it. Since MJ business started here, they quote they brought 1300 jobs to the area. HOWEVER, . all low paying, minimum wage jobs, so [have they] really improved our economy. Certainly, no improvement in schools, police force or ability to provide medical care. The providers here are beaten daily. My hospital has 300 or so beds .. we have had 120% occupancy for the last 2.5 years. Prior to that, no waits for beds, but now.. Along with the marijuana, came increase in opiates and meth. Cartels are not stupid, they have people here and they sell the heroin and meth cheaper than the marijuana. ..all the people who have come here on a fixed (usually some type of disability) income, spend what they can and then turn towards the cheaper substances (meth/heroin) at the end of the month...ER daily overdoses. ICU has had at a minimum 2 patients/day who are ill secondary to drug related complication. Every shift Some young person, addicted to drugs, new to Colorado, wanting more services (medicaid, assistance, food stamps, housing, etc). .Every time we publish the stats, the marijuana folks are there calling us liars. I have been threatened on a number of times for my stance against marijuana (as have the other members of our..group). I think that its interesting that when we present facts, the MJ side yells, threatens and does everything they can to discredit us. YET, the first place they come when they get in trouble is straight to us.. Most of the members of my group (a long standing private ED group) want to leave".

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Posted by GREENMTCAT on 05/21/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Legalize it, don't legalize it.. Not going to change one thing about those who partake in the great state of Vermont. It's already decriminalized. We can posses up to 1oz without fear of jail time. Those who partake are already partaking and guess what. The sky hasn't fallen and children aren't hurt. It's easier today, on the black market, to get weed than it is for a minor to buy alcohol. That should be your concern.

The fear here is not weed, but that people will stop using the far more dangerous product of alochol and tobacco should cannabis be legalized. This is what these corrupt politicians are defending. They don't give two hoots about kids.

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Posted by Travis 1 on 05/21/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

I think the governor has gotten a raft of phone calls from people who don't believe he is behaving properly in this instance and has realized how horrible it will look if the government is defunded as of July 1. He never considered the possibility that his late proposal and intransigence would not get him what he wanted. He's woken up, smelled the coffee, and realized he will lose badly if the state shut downs. Now he's trying to save face and figure out a way to blame it on the dems and progs. If one thing is clear from the elections last fall, it's that the dems and progs are stronger than his team, and got more votes than his team did. He was at best a compromise governor after the appalling behavior of Shumlin, and a nice guy. He may lose that nice guy label after this maneuver.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/20/2017 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

I agree with the post from Barbara, well stated. I have to also add that I am a mother of an inmate. I would like to see our correctional system change and adopt the Sweden Prison system agenda. The longest sentence is 20 years and during their incarceration they learn a trade. They are also treated with respect and dignity. They gain the self confidence needed to rejoin society.
Vermont DOC is a broken system! I believe everyone should be given a second chance. We need to do what we can to help all to become better, well adjusted person so when they join society they will be successful.
I have learned much through this experience and that is never judge another person.

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Posted by Karen on 05/20/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislature Adjourns Without Fanfare as Scott Promises Veto

The Governor aren't forcing the legislators back..the democrats wants their way, and they know they will get paid to come back..What it should be if you can't come to terms to get this bill passed then you come back without getting paid..So it's the democrats liberals who's costing the taxpayers money..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/20/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Legislators at Leisure

I have a feeling they screw off a lot..you would think besides throwing a football, temporarily converting the downstairs womens bathroom into a lilac-pruning shop.. returned to an end-of-session bingo game with his colleagues at Leonine Public Affairs,Jane Kitchel theatrically pulled herself up a winding staircase on her way into the Senate chamber., ..thing is they could had been doing something constructive, I mean after all they are getting paid by the taxpayers to work..not being paid to toss a ball, prune, or play bingo..but I'm not a democrat..I was taught you work until you punch out then you can play..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/20/2017 at 3:06 PM

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