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Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

I remember Weinberger saying in his campaign that he was going to help the homeless people. So far he has not kept his promise, typical crooked politician!! He only gets what he wants like that worthless town center that could have used the money to build a bigger homeless shelter!!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 10/23/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

Ugh

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Posted by ArtBell on 10/23/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

I know people who fall into different age categories who have left the state or are planning to leave the state because they are educated, motivated, and are either unemployed or underemployed. Before we promote how great it is in Vermont, maybe we should make sure we're offering the opportunities to the talent we already have here.

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Posted by Tina R on 10/23/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

Think! Vermont ... the slogan looks like a warning asking Vermonters to think. Maybe the Governor needs to learn about punctuation placement. Though, no one has ever accused him of being the sharpest tack, this seems like a campaign that is all website and no substance.

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Posted by lance740 on 10/23/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

The governor has previously said that he wants to grow Vermont's population and that is clearly the main purpose of this web site despite the fact that Vermont's population is relatively stable right now and the unemployment rate pretty low.

So what is growing the population going to do for decreasing our green house gas emissions, preventing forest fragmentation, improving water quality, sprawl, traffic congestion, destruction of view sheds, growing more of our own food, and becoming more sustainable? Or don't those critical issues matter?

As global warming creates more catastrophes around the country people are going to want to move here in increasing numbers anyways so why push population growth now. Why not focus on being more resilient in the face of global warming.

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Posted by George Plumb on 10/23/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

"So, widespread search of all state employees private devices has now been sanctioned by Beth Robinson and the rest of the Supreme Court."

Please calm yourself. That's not what the decision says, and this article summarizing the decision doesn't say that either. The decision doesn't authorize any "widespread searches" of government employees' private devices. All it says is: 1) that government agencies should train their employees that they should not have public records on private accounts; and 2) that if a government agency receives a public records request implicating specific employees, the agency must ask those employees either to assure that they don't use private email for public business, or to look for any public records on his or her private email accounts. The only person who needs to do the search is the employee himself. And the only thing he is required to search for is public records. He's not even required to sign an affidavit.

Why is this a bad thing? Don't you agree that public officials and employees should not be using private email to discuss things that fall under their government responsibilities? Frankly, I don't think this affects the average government employee at all. They're not the ones who are using private email to discuss public issues and make public policy and conduct government business. It's the elected officials and agency heads and commissioners, etc., who are using private email to hide their doings from public scrutiny.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/23/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

Managing a contentious public meeting is what employees at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation should be trained to do! That doesn't mean bringing firearms into a meeting. That's intimidating and has no place in Vermont's public discourse. They should have canceled the whole thing if public safety was threatened and tried another route to engage with the public. My guess is DEC has not been sufficiently responsive to the public's concerns and does not have the resources to do the job right.

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Posted by Gina Campoli on 10/23/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Hmm. Let's see. In determining whether Bernie blatantly sided with the gun nuts to win the 1990 election, I suppose we could accept the storyline of Mr. Gallagher, a confessed Bernie-adorer. Someone who just called Bernie "the finest political figure that these United States has to offer."

Or, we could go with dozens of objective analyses, and the memoir of a Bernie aide during that election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ho…

https://books.google.com/books/about/Makin…

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/guns-n…

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/bern…

"Bernie let the NRA do his dirty work on that one to sink Smith. He played it very close to the vest, said Garrison Nelson, a professor at University of Vermont who has known Sanders for around four decades. Instead, Sanders said that he didnt support the proposed Brady Bill, which instituted federal background checks and a five-day waiting period, and vowed that he wouldnt flip-flop on the issue."

Umm . . . I guess I'll go with the latter.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/23/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Assumption, that is a dirty lie, and further, you know it. The NRA came out against Smith for the assault weapon ban vote. Bernie neither accused Smith of being "anti-gun, nor "appealed directly to NRA voter." Simply never happened; I know, I was there. I'd say get your facts straight, but your MO is distortions and untruths, and has been for the many years you've been writing your screeds here. You, sir, have zero credibility.

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Posted by John Gallagher on 10/23/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

I'm not too sure about your reading comprehension skills. My criticism of Bernie on this thread was only about his very hypocritical attitude toward fundraising; it was not about stealing elections. You then asked if I also thought he stole an election. I responded that I didn't know why you raised that topic, since it was not on point, but I gave you an example of where I (and many others) thought he played so dirty by getting in bed with the NRA that, yes, he did virtually steal the 1990 election. Now you come back and suggest that I'm saying he stole the election because he had more money? No, I didn't say that. Please read carefully, think, and then type. Thanks.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/22/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

If the ACLU truly cared about these homeless people they would be finding them real housing and sueing the city to create more affordable housing and finding jobs for these people. If the homeless were minorities or illegal immigrants the ACLU would have all ready taken care of the problem. The ACLU is full of shitty lawyers that only care about filling their own pockets. Nice of them to wait until just before winter to take up the cause.

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Posted by citizen on 10/22/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

That's how you think he stole an election because he had far more money? Meanwhile, you don't seem to mind when the Burlington mayoral race features one candidate who out-raises all the rest by a large factor thanks to donations from developers. I get that you don't like Bernie but your criticism of him here just misses the mark.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/22/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

Well written post Mr. Barrows but it's not "unknown reasons " that have stopped the state from acting . In Vermont dairy farms are , pardon the pun , a sacred cow .

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/22/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

So, widespread search of all state employees private devices has now been sanctioned by Beth Robinson and the rest of the Supreme Court. Any idiot knows that the artificial limitations put on such searches will be ignored and that the vast majority of state employees will not be able to afford to hire legal representation to fight such search demands. Apparently the Vermont Supreme Court believes that state employees are deserving of no personal privacy. Perfect. Everyone wants total transparency in state government? Good. Then the state Supreme Court needs to rule that all employees working with anything that has been seen as confidential information now have no obligation to keep such information confidential and that in the legal arena, no records may be deemed privileged. This will of course put the state at a huge disadvantage but hey, al these idiotic transparency advocates will get what they want, right?

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Posted by Roy on 10/22/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

First, it doesn't matter where he gets the money. He calls money "obscene." Yet he's raising truly obscene amounts when he absolutely doesn't need it to win Vermont. He's not running for reelection from California, but from Vermont, remember?

Second, why are you talking about stealing elections? I don't know why. But I can give you an example of when in my view Bernie dis steal an election. It was in 1990, when he first won the seat in Congress. Close to election day, he was down in the polls to liberal Republican Peter Smith, the incumbent. Smith had recently decided to support a ban on assault rifles. Suddenly, Bernie accused Smith of being "anti-gun" and appealed directly to the NRA vote. The gun nuts came out and gave the election to Bernie. In desperation, Bernie played dirty and won the election. He stole that election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ho…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/22/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

Let the shredding and Hillaryesque Bleach-Bitting begin

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Posted by JimM on 10/22/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Fifty Years, 13,450 Students and 5,000 Interviews: UVM's Garrison Nelson Calls It a Career

You were one of my favorite professors. You rock. Thank you for everything.

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Posted by Blythe Goupee Bates on 10/21/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Of course you can explain your Hyp. O. Crite comment with facts that show how Bernie takes money from super pacs and large corporations. I bet you can also cite the elections he has stolen as well.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/21/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

This is NOT a comment on the validity of the charges against him but clearly McAllister was correct in firing his first lawyers and withdrawing his initial plea. I wondered at the time if he was making a very risky legal move . I guess he knew better .

Posted by Rich ard on 10/21/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Highway to Hardwick: Driver Leads Vermont Cops on Slow-Speed Chase

Defendant - Yes your Honor , I did attempt to elude, and yes I was driving with a criminally suspended license, I was careless and negligent and in violation of conditions from a previous arrest BUT I only drove 43 miles , not 59 miles .
Judge - Case dismissed !

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/21/2017 at 4:22 PM

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