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Re: “Welch Named to House Intel Committee, Will Take Part in Trump-Russia Probe

House Intel Committee should also follow calls from MLK, Jr's son (Martin Luther King, III) and RFK's son (Bobby, Jr.) to reopen the assassination investigations. Over the years, evidence of FBI and CIA obfuscation and lying to the Warren Commission (and later to the House Select Committee on Assassinations) has been discovered. Even former Warren Commission staffers now admit neither the FBI nor CIA was cooperating with them. Former investigators and lawyers for Church Committee & House Select Committee on Assassinations say the same. Former Washington Post journalist Jefferson Morley's blog covered this:…

As for Trump-Russia probe, to be bipartisan, in addition to focusing on Trump's potential perjury, for ex, regarding a hotel in Moscow that was never approved nor built, they should also recommend prosecution of Obama's NSA Director, James Clapper, for his perjury before Congress regarding NSA's mass warrantless surveillance of US citizens.

Unlike Clapper, not clear that Obama's CIA Director, John Brennan, committed perjury but he certainly lied about CIA's spying on Senate Intelligence Committee and breaking into US Senate Intel Committee computers, in violation of legal agreement between CIA and US Senate. As Washington Post, The Guardian & other media said, Obama should have fired Brennan. In addition to recommending prosecution for Clapper, Brennan is another area Welch ought to look at and recommend further investigation.

If House Intel Committee does not seek to hold people accountable for same crimes in a bipartisan way (for example, perjury), you just end up with the endless tit-for-tat, and strong appearance of criminalization of policy differences, as Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter Alan Dershowitz has argued.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/21/2019 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Vermont Says Federal Workers Could Receive Aid for Food, Heat

OR......idiot Democrats can approve wall funding, which they have been proponents of in the past, and then everyone can get paid. That's right, we've all seen the videos with these big mouthed Dems talking about the need for a wall, so let's just get it done. So sick of this sacrifice of national and individual security just to oppose OUR President.

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Posted by Lucas on 01/21/2019 at 8:23 PM

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

I got out of the business of providing residential rentals as have most of my entrepreneurial peers. Over time I realized that it was not the people who happened to have an unfortunate problem that didnt pay the rent. I knew when that was the case and worked with them. It was the increasing numbers of people who are gaming the system and the system that enables each generation to get better at it that forced me out. Now most of the rental housing that is built is built with tax dollars.

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Posted by Real Old Vermonter on 01/21/2019 at 2:49 PM

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

For those living in subsidized housing, the landlord is also getting a much larger share of the rent directly from the state. $340 from the tenant might mean $600 to the landlord directly. I'm not saying the tenant shouldn't pay, just pointing out that there is some payment being made. As for tenants, there needs to be accountability on their end as well. I know it is difficult passing up things or doing without, but living within ones means has to be part of the equation. Tenants need to think about giving up smoking, getting a cheaper cell phone, and learning to shop and cook, until the larger issues of unaffordable housing are fixed. I grow extra food in my garden which goes to the food shelf to help with food insecurity and donate quality clothing to our thrift store. I give rides when I can to those who don't have a vehicle.

I am not in favor of paying more state funds to cover rent for people until/unless each situation has been explored and there is some hope that the money would assure that the person can be sustainable going forward. Everyone has the possibility of a life crisis that could put them in a bad position. I try not to assume anything but think there are better options to assist than just to throw money at every situation that seems to need help. There are other ways of helping, if one takes time to explore where to be of use, which are more advantageous and long-lasting for the person receiving the assistance.

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Posted by Sue T on 01/21/2019 at 2:27 PM

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

As a landlord this state makes me sick.. its all about handouts. What about responsibikity?? Theres no need to be responsible. I just ended an 8 month battle to evict the daughter of a tenant who wasnt even supposed to be living in the place.

The legal aid lawyers & liberal judges have no respect for those who provide the housing. They care more about the bottom feeders.

This eviction cost me over 3000$. Legal aid advised her how to ditch the sheriff,
How to harass me over every little problem with the place, and more..

The judge & legal aid lawyer played the game for 8mos. No rent from May till she was outed jan 1

The judge & lawyer were told about the disgusting living conditions this pig & 12 year old daughter were living in. And still, they played every game to keep them there

This woman was so lazy she wouldnt even take her garbage to the landfill a mile up the road. Instead the garage became a dumpster for 8 mos. I needed 2 15 yard dumpsters to rid the place of garbage.

And the state wants to help these types even more?? Bullshit. Enough with the coddling.

Thanks to scum like this, my once nice mobile home is trashed with no recourse..

Vermont is ranked 50th in the US for landlord rights. And now legal aid wants another 800k to screw landlords more..

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Posted by Steve Works on 01/21/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

*We had a 3 way race for mayor and the worst candidate won.*

Yeah, I remember that, too. That*s when the Progs* Instant Regret Voting scheme gave us Bob Kiss.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/20/2019 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Vermont Democrats Counter Scott With Mandatory Paid Leave Plan

Just another tax on an already over taxed society. Another program that will be mismanaged and funds used for something other than intended. Last thing I need is another tax that has no real purpose. When someone gets pregnant they have 9 months to figure the details and to save for the time off. If they are working they will have vacation time to use, the rest they should be planning accordingly. Employers shouldn't be forced into another tax and forced to give weeks off paid.

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Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Legislators Call for Delaying Forced School District Mergers

More delays just mean tax payers will be paying millions more into a broken system. The school districts that don't want to merge should be funding their own. I shouldn't be paying a higher school tax in Burlington because some school wants to keep their 80 students in their back yard. If you want to keep them in your back yard then you pay for it.

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Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

@Northoldender, Maybe you should follow your own advice. It seems your time has passed and the only voice you have is to demean on seven days site. Maybe you should step up and run for office as you think you have the answers and know how things should be done, your way or the highway.

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Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

OK, perhaps Councilor Knodell has lost her cred with the Progressive coalition. While I have not always agreed with her positions, Jane Knodell has proven herself to be an independent-minded thinker who has consistently put the interests of the greater BTV community above partisan party ideals. Thats the stuff leaders are made of (or should be). So lets allow the voters to decide whether it is time for Jane "to step aside and let the next gen take a swipe at it..."

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Posted by John C. on 01/19/2019 at 1:42 PM

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

She has a subsidised apartment , paying only $340 , and she still couldn't get her act together to pay this small amount . She couldn't take advantage of the various subsidised summer programs so she could actually work. Shame on her ! What kind of lesson is she teaching her boys , be a leech on society and don't worry because you will always be taken care of ?
I feel for those who struggle to make ends meet, not in subsidised housing , who are responsible adults doing their best . I feel for her children,, not her.

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Posted by Rich ard on 01/19/2019 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I think its fitting that she run as an Independent.... she isnt really a Progressive anymore is she?... I mean... full throttle on the BTC... Zig zagging on the F35s... Turned her back on Keep BT Local... she can say shes getting things done... but who really benefits?... maybe at one time she fought for economic justice and looked out for the little guy?... but it seems to me that perhaps many years up on the hill and her cozy economic status has made her a bit out of touch with the economic struggles many in her district face... lets face it... perhaps she fits the profile of the gentrifiers in the neighborhood... much like the Council Dems under Weinbergers sway and control... maybe its time the Progs get some youth in their ranks and invigorate what has become a moribund movement... perhaps Knodell has just aged out of any youthful desire to fight for justice... shes got her retirement all set... now she just wants to see higher end shops and services that a boutique city will provide her? All this may get her elected... again... in my opinion the City Council needs new ideas and new leadership... thank you for your service Ms Knodell, but its time for you to step aside and let the next gen take a swipe at it...

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Posted by critikboy on 01/19/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Good lord. No matter what the issue is, there is a guy who obsesses on only one topic ** a meaningless mural that almost no one actually sees except an old guy who has nothing to do except wander around Burlington all day looking for things that offend his sensibilities ** and tries to convince people that it*s the most important issue in the history of the world.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/19/2019 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

In 2013, Jane Knodell betrayed the voters of Burlington. She ran on and was elected on a platform that opposed the F35 basing, and repeatedly promised her Progressive supporters to reject the F35 basing by voting to limit the noise of aircraft at the Burlington Airport. However, when the time for the vote came, she instead abandoned her constituents and her integrity by voting to support the basing. Apparently she was offered the Council's future chairperson position by the Mayor and the Democratic council members, in exchange for her honor and her soul. I hope she feels shame at her actions.

Hopefully we won't all live to regret Jane's betrayal and the dangerous and inappropriate basing of the F35s will still be stopped, and Jane and the others who voted for this fiasco won't have to have blood on their hands when this inadequately tested bomber jet crashes in our residential neighborhoods. Perhaps shame is too inadequate a word for what they should feel...

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Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 01/19/2019 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I love the progressive party lately. They're proving why they're not a serious party when they ditch their longest serving and most capable member for a neophyte who's lived in Burlington for less than two calendar years. Simply irresponsible and exhibit A as to why they won't be in mayoral contention outside the Old North End the next time around.

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Posted by imagrownassmanbtv on 01/19/2019 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I may not be supporting Jane Knodell (a strong Perri Freeman supporter), but it is completely sexist and violent, having no place in political dialogue, to allow a commentary describing a politician's stance on development as akin to performing oral sex! It lowers this discourse into the gutter.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 01/18/2019 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Rock on young people. The Progressive Party needs to progress.

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Posted by lassy2 on 01/18/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I'm betting Mr. Nashid case will end up being referred to the Burlington Community Justice Center. There's a good chance he will end up having the book thrown at him . In Vermont that means community service , possibly a fine which will be forgiven . Who knows, Nectars and staff may suffer greater consequences then this fine citizen .

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Posted by Rich ard on 01/18/2019 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Hooked: Kate O’Neill to Cover the Vermont Opioid Crisis for Seven Days

Please, at some point in your yearlong series, cover what is happening and has happened in Newport and the surrounding Northeast Kingdom. It's tragic, and the crater in the ground where Main St. used to be doesn't help. I can't tell you how many classmates from my high school, friends of friends, and people in the community have died the last 10-11 years due to this stuff.

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Posted by 802livin on 01/18/2019 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Jane Knodell has taken the advice of the old guard in spite of the obvious youth movement in her own party She is saying, in effect, "My way or the highway." Much as I have tried to patch up my differences with her over the years, I guess I'm taking the highway this time. Something has to change in city governance, even if she doesn't want it be Jane Knodell.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 01/18/2019 at 3:05 PM

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