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Re: “South Burlington Motel Residents Worry About Its Planned Demolition

Skip Vallee is very greedy and could care less about people. His gas is higher than any other stations. The money is all he cares about. He tried to stop Costco from putting in a gas station. Vallee hates competition. I hope So Burlington denies him.!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/19/2018 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Why isn't anyone asking the Democrats why they insist on making Vermont an expensive state to live in., why they insist on changing Vermont into the state they left and why Vermonters have to pay for the legislator's pet projects??? Most of all why must the taxpayers of Vermont have to keep paying for the overinflated reimbursement claims??? Vermonters need to do what NH does with their legislators.. pay them $200. for a 2 yr term !!!! Vermont use to be a great state to live in. People made a decent living. We had GE, IBM, some factories, Democrats don't want business in Vermont... It's something when you have a legislation that won't even listen to Vermonters. They feel it''s their way or the highway. in other words, screw the taxpayers. Just pay what we tell you to pay so we can spend spend spend and raise the taxes every yr..Another thing paying out of staters $10,000 to move here is the stupidest thing there ever was. What democrats thought up this idea? Will they pay $10,000 for Vermonters not to leave the state???

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/19/2018 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief del Pozo Hospitalized After Serious Bike Crash in Adirondacks

know your assumptions: you assume too much. What an idiot you are.

Posted by BDE on 06/19/2018 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief del Pozo Hospitalized After Serious Bike Crash in Adirondacks

I echo the wishes for Chief del Pozo to have a speedy and full recovery!

That being said, del Pozos solo crash did not involve any other vehicles, and occurred in the day time, in good weather, on dry pavement along a stretch of main highway that, according to a New York State Police spokesperson is much traversed by cyclists and is not a location where I would not say we have a lot of bicycle accidents.

One can only hope that those responsible for investigating the crash and for implementing BPDs un-biased policing initiatives had the good sense to draw an evidentiary blood sample to check the Chiefs BAC and to determine if he was under the influence of drugs (or possibly steroids frequently a go to cop favorite). Just like any other driver who careens off the road and totals their vehicle for no apparent reason. At least a piss test, nest pas?

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Posted by flipflopfly on 06/19/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief del Pozo Hospitalized After Serious Bike Crash in Adirondacks

BDE: you give it up. It is you who is covering for the fact that you misunderstood the situation. Your 6/18, 4:43 pm comment clearly shows that you thought this accident occurred in Burlington.

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/19/2018 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Muddied Waters: No Clear Solutions for Burlington's Wastewater Problem

It is beyond disheartening the low value the city places on water quality. "Last year, the city spent $734,000 on an "integrated wastewater plan" that isn't even real, only imagines what Burlington might be. And now, the city's hired a consultant? And the director of public works might float a bond at some point? Until the consultant has a plan to present, how about a moratorim on building in Burlington Mayor Weinberger. It is the only responsible course of action at this terrible juncture.

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Posted by saysme on 06/19/2018 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Mr Hoffer, I respectfully disagree with you. Kansas went to far with their trickle down approach, it was destined to fail. Affordability is a real issue in VT and taxes, of all types, are a significant piece of that. I dont need peer reviewed literature to tell me otherwise. I am a non Chittenton County Vermonter and know far to many friends and neighbors that are adversely impacted by their taxes. Phil Scott gets it!

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/19/2018 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Vermont State Police Talk Changes in Enforcement With New Weed Law

"That means drivers suspected of being impaired must be taken back to a police station or hospital to be evaluated by a drug recognition expert." ...or just do a field sobriety test.

Posted by stellaquarta on 06/19/2018 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Has even one Republican managed to explain why the budget was perfectly acceptable to him or her a few weeks ago and is now anathema? I want to hear from each and every one of them about their hypocrisy, and why the very same budget had their full support then, and not now. We'll wait.

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Posted by Kathy Callaghan on 06/19/2018 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Magnolia Bistro Owner's Facebook Post Sparks Calls for Boycott

Never will you see me in that restaurant. Addiction is absolutely a huge problem and yes many addicts are troubled and do bad things but there are equally as many non addicts that are doing the same. It is time to find solutions not throw hatred and intolerance into an already huge problem, shame on Shannon Reilly for those comments, not in any way professional.

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Posted by Cindy Kane Trombly on 06/19/2018 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Mr. Frazier - With respect, it's a little late for Trickle Down. The facts are in; it doesn't work. The peer-reviewed literature is clear on this: state taxes are a tiny cost for most businesses. For the most recent example of a failed ideologically-driven failure, see Kansas.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/19/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Mr Hoffer, if you lower the cost of taxes and continue to encourage economic growth as the Governor is doing, there will be natural growth in our general fund revenues to cover the additional cost as Vt becomes a more attractive place to do business.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/19/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Mr. Freitag said "All that is needed is to move all the legislative mandated costs in the Ed Fund back to the General Fund where they belong."

Sounds reasonable, but it is not quite as simple as you would have us believe. Even if some of the estimated surplus was used to cover such expenses in year one, how do you suggest the legislature pay for them next year and the year after that? Your focus on the savings to the property tax ignores the need for additional General Fund revenue going forward. Please tell us how you propose to raise the necessary funds or what services you would cut.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/19/2018 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

With record surplus revenue it is hard to justify the need to raise property taxes. School boards have done their part in keeping their budgets under inflation. All that is needed is to move all the legislative mandated costs in the Ed Fund back to the General Fund where they belong. Use the surplus to balance the budget without the need to raise property taxes and let the legislature set the priorities for the remaining 20 to 30 million in excess revenue.
It appears that Democrats are willing to shut government down and risk the financial integrity of the state all in order to deny Governor Scott from keeping his core pledge on which he was elected of not raising taxes or fees. Not a fine moment for a party which has in the past done a great deal of good.

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Posted by John Freitag on 06/19/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

"no wonder so many people are moving out of the state!"

according to IRS data, the percentage of older and younger citizens moving out of Vermont is virtually identical to New Hampshire

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/19/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Vermont doesn't need anymore taxes put on them! We're one of the highest taxed places in the country, no wonder so many people are moving out of the state!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 06/19/2018 at 4:55 PM

Re: “South Burlington Motel Residents Worry About Its Planned Demolition

There are already 2 maplefield gas stations along that area, I know 1 was turned into a luckys a while ago but there are enough gas stations on shelburne road. When I needed housing I tried calling the maple leaf but they never answer the phone.
Either way Burlington needs all the low-income housing they can get and not another greedy business.

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Posted by Gi Grape on 06/19/2018 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Why isn't anyone asking each and every Republican who is voting for these budgets but then voting to sustain the veto why their voting record is not inconsistent?

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Posted by stellaquarta on 06/19/2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “South Burlington Motel Residents Worry About Its Planned Demolition

Does SB need another gas station?! Why not another CVS? This community needs charm and culture, not more retail schlock.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 06/19/2018 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Magnolia Bistro Owner's Facebook Post Sparks Calls for Boycott

I have a friend who is a recovering addict who was a waitress employed by him. I wonder what she would have to say if she knew he thought this way. Probably be a pretty amazing lawsuit she could bring up.

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Posted by Justin Haight on 06/19/2018 at 3:21 PM

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