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Re: “Electric Vehicles Are All the Buzz in Vermont

While I agree electric vehicles are the future and look forward to more of them on the road. An issue that needs to be discussed is their contribution to road maintenance. Currently gas powered vehicles contribute to road infrastructure via gas tax, but EVs don't contribute anything (obviously). The Legislature needs to come up with a way for EV's to help pay for our roads...perhaps a mileage tax?

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Posted by RB on 10/18/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Electric Vehicles Are All the Buzz in Vermont

"Weinberger, who owns a Leaf, pointed out that a low-income Burlington resident could pay as little as $11,300 for the car, presuming that buyer qualifies for the full $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit."

How many low income folks in Burlington can afford payments on $11,000? I'm curious to know the reality of who has bough brand new EVs. Wouldn't the money be better spent on expanding or subsidizing the bus system for low income residents?

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 10/18/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Neighbors Are Fired Up About Target Shooting on National Forest Land

Sounds like a good place to go with my AR-15 when I have my bumpfire stock on it.

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Posted by Justin Bagley on 10/01/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Neighbors Are Fired Up About Target Shooting on National Forest Land

To Jay OBrien

Hi Jay,

I did address some of this in the other comment I posted. We bought land so there was no existing house or well to inspect and no onsite owners to get a history from.

Like I said, I'm a gun owner, I target shoot and hunt. There are a lot of responsible shooters but there have been people here as early as 630a and late as 10p, alcoholic drink containers and whatever people can carry in to shoot at is left there every week. The National Forest doesnt have the manpower and can't get here in time to enforce regulations. I wouldn't have put my family next to this if I had known, but here I am.

Hopefully a formal range will be a good solution. Representative Peter Colon told us there's $300,000 of federal and state grants set aside for a range and the NF is looking at locations, and the state offered to manage it. We haven't been told when it will all happen.

And no, I don't have the right to change this place just for me. It would be great if a formal shooting range would work, but if people want it the way it is and don't want the change, I get it, I'll go.

Chris Pike
Ripton, Vt

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Posted by Chris Pike on 09/28/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Neighbors Are Fired Up About Target Shooting on National Forest Land

This subject is all too often written about, without a counter perspective. Seems to me that the writer of this article could have/should have spoken to some of the shooters who frequent this unofficial range. Unfortunately, Mr. Pike had a dishonest real estate broker, who failed to inform him about a shooting range in the neighborhood. If I were Mr. Pike, I guess I'd speak to them about why a potential buyer was not informed. I wonder why something like this was not brought up in a home inspection, or whether lead was discovered in the water test that happens with a real estate transaction. If it didn't show up during that test, I suspect it won't in additional tests, unless the results are skewed somehow. Mr. Pike says he loves the town he's in. So much so, that the first thing he wants to do is change it. Pretty ironic. I do feel that Mr. Pike has a point though. When shooting, ALL shooters, must bring out what they've brought in. That means spent targets, shells, and trash. It is the shooters responsibility to be a good neighbor to the community. Police your stuff!

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Posted by Jay OBrien on 09/28/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Neighbors Are Fired Up About Target Shooting on National Forest Land

Im a gun owner, I target shoot and hunt. If I had known Sparks was used as an every day shooting range with frequent drinking I wouldnt have bought the property to raise my kids here. But there was no signs posted and the realtors said nothing about it. I didnt know until after I was onsite everyday building. My kids love the school, Im with the fire department and we really like this town. Im trying not to have to move my family again but I wont put them through a big fight if everyone is going to get mean about this. Weve been asking the National Forest to build a free public shooting range, like the ones that already exist on other national forest properties with a shelter, shooting tables, the right size berms and a lead management plan. Its something both sides seem to agree on and if theres a group effort its more likely to happen than if we're polarized. But if folks dont want a formal range and everyone wants it the way it is, well go. I wouldnt want an outsider changing my home town either.

Chris Pike
Ripton, Vt

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Posted by Chris Pike on 09/28/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Trouble Bruin: Vermonters Are Reporting More Problems With Bears

I've been making very bear resistant compost bins out of 55 gallon plastic barrels. With a saber saw cut a large rectangular hole in the lid. Reattach the cut out section with two strong hinges and secure with two locking hasps and lock with carabiners. Cut vent holes with a spade bit. The bears may roll it around but with no reward they get bored and move on.

The peach trees get protected with a charged poultry netting enclosure. When the neighbors compost bin got raided mine was left alone and the peaches were unmolested.

Posted by Tom Prunier on 09/03/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Trouble Bruin: Vermonters Are Reporting More Problems With Bears

The timing of this article comes at a time when the Fish and Wildlife will be considering a request to allow the hunting of Black Bears in the Spring of the year by placing bait and shooting them as they feed. Baits are typically stale baked goods, waste fats or other human food that is deemed unsaleable. It is unfathomable that the Department would even consider a proposal that is so counter productive to the message they have been sending the public for such a long time. As a long time hunter, baiting an animal in order to shoot it ranks right up there with poaching, road hunting and deer jacking. To keep wild bears wild we need to minimize access to human food not be dumping a pickup load of donuts in woods.

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Posted by cathartes on 08/19/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Power Grab: Contracts Could Seal the Fate of Underwater Transmission Lines

The amount of money needed just to build these completely unwanted long distance transmission disasters could easily pay, likely ten times over, for rooftop solar arrays on warehouses, shopping centers, schools, offices and parking lots, at the source of demand. Thereafter producing free, clean power without transmission lines traversing several states. But that doesn't put the cash in the right pockets, does it.?

Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/07/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Bid to Host Visitors in Remote Adirondacks Forest Draws Fire

I see this as an opportunity for some rich people to get a catered meal and entertainment in a "rustic" setting. And I would love to see how 36 people every weekend are going to fill the coffers of the towns in the area. The whole glamping plan seems like a con for the taxpayers of New York State. The State Constitution is clear about what the Adirondack Park is supposed to be. This is just going back to the 1900 way of thinking and starting the whole process over.

Posted by golddragon214 on 07/29/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Thank you for taking your time to share such important information with your readers. I am happy to let you know that Vermont has a cemetery allowing green burials:

Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
430 Orchard Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

It is a hybrid cemetery which means there are traditional burial graves yet the cemetery will allow a burial without an outer burial container.

I love your stories, Terri.

Elizabeth Fournier
Author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

Posted by Elizabeth Fournier Potts on 07/28/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Bid to Host Visitors in Remote Adirondacks Forest Draws Fire

Totally wrong on the businesses here there's more than 3

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Posted by Will Plumstead on 07/27/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

The author writes, "Burlington requires vaults and a five-foot grave depth at its two active cemeteries, Lakeview and Greenmount." That is true, except for the Muslim section of the cemetery, which has no such requirements

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Posted by Angela Moore on 07/22/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Hi Kate,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your mother's burial. It is exactly the kind of thing we are trying to make accessible in Vermont. As of right now there are no designated green burial sites in Vermont.
The mission of Green Burial Vermont is to help people like you be able to have a burial that fits with their ethics and values. In some Vermont cities and towns this will lead the creation of new sites, and in others, that don't have land available, cemeteries may find a way to hold green burials within their existing cemeteries. There are also sites in the works that will fit the conservation model of green burial. We are working at all options to serve all Vermonters interested in green burial.
Please do not hesitate to email with any questions or concerns, or to share your experience.
Sincerely, Michelle Acciavatti co-founder of Green Burial Vermont

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Posted by EndingWell on 07/21/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

My mother was buried in a cardboard coffin in a designated green burial site in the U.K. Which is one of several green burial sites in South West Devon which has been going for at least ten years. There are no cut flowers allowed, no upright gravestones. You can plant a tree in a nearby area (not on the plot) I understand that there is already a designated green burial site in Vermont. I hope that when my time comes it has taken hold here in VT as I can't be transported back to the U.K. Without being embalmed which doesn't fit with the green burial guidelines. Perhaps rather than trying to establish this practice at existing cemeteries a new site could be established?

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Posted by Kate Smith on 07/20/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I agree. Sooooohhh "new" Vermont. I live in a rural area and try to "oblige" the new ways by composting in my back yard. Like many of my neighbors, I have been visited multiple times by bears who are drawn to not only, compost, but also chicken coops and beehives. I decided I would be doing the right thing by taking my food scraps to the local waste facility, Casella in E. Montpelier. Imagine my disappointment when the waste employee charged me $2.00 PER GALLON, for my measly 1 month's accumulation of 2 gallons (which I had kept frozen), for a total of $4.00!!!!! NEVER AGAIN. The folks in charge need to come up with a better plan for residential food scrsp recycling, lest there be garbage on the streets.

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Posted by Cheryl Bean on 07/16/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I will never Pay hard earned money to drop off old food that won't hurt anything to begin with. Its all about the $$$$$$

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Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

That's sooooo Vermont! a $1.50 to drop it off (byLaw) and then they sell it back to you as compost soil for a small fortune! - Awesome ...

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Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

Vermont Set To Enact Cape Cod Commission -Massachusetts 10 X Wind Turbine Setbacks…

Vermont Proposes Cape Cod Commission Ma. Wind Turbine Setbacks 10 X Times
Vermont Like 21 Communities In Massachusetts Are Plagued By Thousands Of Complaints From Wind Turbines Too Close To Residential Homes
Burlington, Vermont June 12, 2017

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Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

South Dakota Adopts Wind Turbine Setbacks Similar To Cape Cod Commission
Testimony and cross examinations around the world show wind turbines generate several types of noise know since Boone, North Carolina 1987…

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Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

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