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Re: “Wrestling the Octopus: Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education

Jay Eshelman

"Vocational studies are still looked down upon by teachers who are rewarded when they receive additional college credits (primarily in the liberal arts) from the prescribed 'professional development' benefits inherent in their union contracts. There are no salary 'step increases' for welding, plumbing, electrical or CNC certifications"

Ironic really considering many of these folks received their start in a VT high school CTE program and now they return as teachers only to be told the path taken is sub-par to the traditional ivory tower path

Why did you put me on the path in the first place?

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Posted by Herman Planten on 10/13/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Wrestling the Octopus: Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education

Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education
An Educational Octopus of their own making:

These very same issues were raised more than a decade ago when I served on the Workforce Investment Board (liaison between businesses and schools) and the River Valley Tech Center School Board. Nothing has changed.

It should be no surprise, for example, that today, still, only 6.7% of female students receive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.
https://mspoweruser.com/only-6-7-of-women-…

Vocational studies are still looked down upon by teachers who are rewarded when they receive additional college credits (primarily in the liberal arts) from the prescribed 'professional development' benefits inherent in their union contracts. There are no salary 'step increases' for welding, plumbing, electrical or CNC certifications.

The fault rests with legislators who persist in supporting Vermont's antiquated public school monopoly and the one-size-fits-all methodology that continues to resist School Choice because they can't fathom the educational innovation enabled in a School Choice environment. Instead, our legislators double-down with 'Act 46 Consolidation' while their re-election campaigns receive support from the monopoly's special interest groups.

What is it that is said about those who do the same thing over and again expecting a different outcome? Crazy,..... like a fox!?

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 10/12/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Water Wariness: Concerns Rise Over Scott's Commitment to Cleanup

Videos of Climate Action Commission Public Hearings:
St. Johnsbury https://youtu.be/w9ebGOt37JE
Manchester https://youtu.be/X7hTkcpmYl4
St. Albans https://youtu.be/2VlvEJKbtVc

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/05/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Water Wariness: Concerns Rise Over Scott's Commitment to Cleanup

The three public hearings held by the Climate Action Commission were all preceded by activation alerts from VPIRG, the Sierra Club, and VPIRG"s program called Vermont Energy Independence, offering to bus people in, providing talking points, and holding indoctrination forums in the local area prior to the public hearing.

One person who showed up to speak at the St. Albans public hearing was greeted at the door by someone asking if they were there for the energy hearing, and were invited in to what turned out to be the carbon tax activist's educational forum, not the Climate Action Commission's public hearing.

There is no question the activists are overwhelming the pubic hearings with the sole ask of "carbon tax", just as they did in past years at public hearings on the Comprehensive Energy Plan. I haven't noticed anything specific about political parties' involvements.

The sad thing is that there are a lot of intelligent people coming to speak to the Climate Action Commission, which is charged with coming up with three ideas (not just one), and by scripting people to promote the carbon tax, they are doing the state a disservice by failing to encourage people to think for themselves and come up with other ideas.

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/04/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Timothy Price: You asked for help, here it is. Do you suppose that any incumbent office-holder cannot fundraise for herself or her party? I was at that meeting and Beth Pearce was talking about weekends and any other days when she was not on the job.

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Posted by Bill Kuch on 09/29/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

John Walters, why didn't you report on the lack of fundraising being done by the Chair of the VDP (Faisal Gill), instead of relying on him for all your information?

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Posted by WD40 on 09/28/2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Well done, John Walters.

Dems in VT, and nationally, are focused on serving an establishment that is perceived as ruled by the wealthy elite. The immense popularity of Bernie in VT, and nationally, would have guided a party ruled by Democratic principles, serving the interests of the people.

As for the Free Press' Pomerleau tribute -- tacky tacky tacky. We all saw right through it The police chief's donation of $500 out of the dept budget -- we'll remember that when the chief says we can't put a speed reader on North Ave, or a camera at the intersection of 127. It's a blatant example of a City dept using taxpayer dollars frivolously.

If Pomerleau is the civic santa the Free Press presents, then he was not flattered or impressed. Every ad purchased by a City dept or a non-profit took money away from services to city residents. Better to invite him over for lunch and shower him with heartfelt affection and praise.

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Posted by leaterhune on 09/28/2017 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

About Ms. Pearce, "She promised to spend one day a week fundraising for the party 'until we get out of this mess' and called on other Democratic statewide officeholders to do the same." Help me out here more informed Vermonters: Can Ms. Pearce and other Democrats (or any party) fundraise while on the job? If the answer is yes, it's no wonder so little gets done in government.

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Posted by saysme on 09/27/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Contributing to the Democratic Party seems like a treasonous act. After what they did to Bernie, and the unfolding Awan Bros. Spy Ring/drug/weapons trade, with Debbie Wasserman Schulz, tied to Weiner, Podesta, to Huma, to Hillary... and did I mention the sex trade... and probably using the whole NPGVAN data system for the Dems to run it all,.. yes, I think treason will eventually be the charge. Not a dime for the Democrats, please.

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Posted by timothy price on 09/27/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

The next time you send money to a Jon Ossoff, Rob Quist or James Thompson (which means Doug Jones, I guess) ask yourself, "Where are the individuals donating to VT races?"

More than a few races in the state legislature will be decided by a hundred votes, give or take. If you want to flip seats, what's the most effective use of your money? Sure, national races attract more attention and often demand our support - but are Vermonters building the Democratic bench in Vermont?

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 09/27/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Vermont Democrats are so far to the left it doesn't really resemble the Democratic Party of twenty years ago.

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Posted by Mike Burnham on 09/27/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Adam Salem, despite your unnecessary personal attacks, I appreciate your eagerness to learn.

When you write: "Alt-right = White supremacism Alt-left = supportring universal rights" you are talking about the ends/the goals.

When I wrote I don't disagree with James Haslam causes, I meant we have the same goals, or, as you put it: I support universal rights and I don't support white supremacism.

HOWEVER, and this is a big however (hence the caps), when I said his "ends justify the means" approach was what scared me, I was NOT talking about any of the above. In fact, I was saying I agree with the goals but when anything goes to achieve those goals than those goals are not as lofty.

Essentially: what is the cost of those goals. This is where the alt-right and the alt-left converge. NOT in there goals but in their methods. Both believe that the goals should be achieved at all costs.

The goals become a personal mission and often the people who carry them out are egotistical and lack empathy for those immediately impacted by their actions.

Finally, I will add that one of the true horrors to me, particularly in the Progressive movement in VT, is the way white men tend to treat people of color and women in the name of "supporting universal rights."

At the end of the day, the goals may be different but, if the goals fail and all we are left with are the means, than the alt-left and alt-right are looking pretty similar to me these days.

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Posted by Isay on 09/27/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Like with Montpelier's spending, even within it's own party the Dems don't recognize that they're spending more than a budget can afford. They really don't get it. Until our Montpelier majority changes, nothing will change in state spending. "Still, the financial crunch is real. Is excessive spending to blame? The party's money experts say no. "This is a revenue problem," said Pearce. "Cutting expenditures is not the way to go."

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Posted by Valerie Mullin 1 on 09/27/2017 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

The far left is the other side of the same coin as the far right. They are both made up of extreme, impractical fanatics that think "compromise" is a dirty word. Many lifelong Democrats such as myself find the Progressive's takeover of the Vermont Democratic Party to be alarming and are keeping our money in our pockets. Many of us are also, much to our chagrin, declining to vote for "progressive" candidates that run on the Dem ticket. If I wanted to be a Prog and support Prog candidates, I wouldn't be a Dem. I've found Progs to be totally inflexible and impractical. As long as the Vermont Democratic Party is actually the Dem/Prog party, I'll keep my money in my wallet and vote as an independent, sometimes supporting moderate Republicans over extreme left Progs.

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Posted by Roy on 09/27/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Alt-right = White supremacism
Alt-left = supportring universal rights

Anyone, including @Isay, who draws a false equivalency between the two is political dunce - in every sense of the word.

I wonder what extreme confluence of circumstances could lead someone to be so dumb...but I guess I have a lot to learn.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 09/27/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

"This is a revenue problem," said Pearce. "Cutting expenditures is not the way to go." Why does that sound so familiar?

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Posted by Veggiguy on 09/27/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

James Haslam represents the alt-left. I may agree with the same causes but his "ends justify the means" approach to everything makes him just as scary has anyone Brightbart would praise.

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Posted by Isay on 09/27/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “EB-Fail: Jay Peak Is Part of a Troubling Pattern

The troubling pattern is the crony capitalism practiced by Vermont's Progressive politicians. Campaign donations pay off big time again and again in Vermont. Whether you are investing in Telecom, Solar, Wind, or EB5 ponzi schemes. The donors (both For-Profit & Non-Profit) get big contracts, tax breaks, & favorable regulations, & We the People get stuck with the bill.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 09/21/2017 at 6:01 AM

Re: “EB-Fail: Jay Peak Is Part of a Troubling Pattern

The Fraud at Jay Peak likely has similarities to the Fraud that occurred in Burlington with the 'stand alone' City Telecom venture that also allegedly had governmental body safeguards and legislation built in to it that was designed to prevent exactly what happened. Many connected politicians and lawyers 'with good intentions' that were friendly to the Liberal cause were incestuously intertwined in that theft as well for the powers that be to allow any public transparency, let alone criminal prosecutions; so all involved got Hillary-Passes instead and the mean and evil Wall Street Citibank was the only 'victim' that got stiffed out of millions besides the taxpayers that were disenfranchised.

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Posted by JimM on 09/20/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Bern Notice: Sanders Lays Down a Health Care Marker

You know, John Conyers, the democratic congressman from Michigan, has been introducing Medicare for All legislation in the house since 2003. It's not like this is the first time this is being introduced.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 09/16/2017 at 4:05 PM

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