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Re: “Work Begins on Crafting New Vermont Marijuana Bill

PEOPLE ENJOY SMOKING WEED

People enjoy smoking weed.
The government should let them.
And if some pig should say they can't.
The people should arrest him.

People should not smoke cocaine.
And they should not use needles.
They should not huff on gasoline.
Or listen to the Beatles.

John Lennon was a Communist.
George worshipped an Indian demon.
Ringo was no threat at all.
And the second Paul broke even.

People enjoy smoking weed.
The government should try some.
The next time I have a little loot.
I'm probably gonna buy some.

-CHRISTOPHER HAYDEN

Posted by Christopher Hayden on 05/28/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

John I'm sure that all the sources will remain anonymous and the first lesson I learned in high school journalism class was that if you can't get at least one source to allow their name to go along with the story, you don't have a real story. When people report thing that are based on facts they tend not to have a problem with putting their names on it and having ownership of the facts they are reporting. Not one of these stories that the Washington Post or the New York Times have released have had a named source, so a real journalist would tell you they don't have real stories. It sound like you might be suffering from something called Trump derangement syndrome and I'm not sure you or others like you can be helped, but please feel free to report on the presidents ice cream consumption. And John I never said Trump never had contact with people from Russia, what I was saying was that you can not politicize what private citizens have done in their private lives.

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Posted by citizen on 05/28/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

One of the recent mis-statements by the Mayor and Sinex says the Planning Commission approved the Sinex project--it not only did not review the project but stated clearly in open session it was not judging one way or the other the zoning change, merely handing back to the Council the question. The important aspect here is that now many these issues will be argued as facts not as opinions. And all can eventually be appealed and decided by higher courts. Tony Redington Burlington

Posted by Tony Redington on 05/28/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

Citizen:
I provided you with a timeline of evidence which you previously said doesn't exist. What you choose to make of the evidence is your business -- at this point.

As you imply, the evidence may just point to the fact that Trump and his associates were international deal makers. To be fair, there is already SOME evidence that the contact was not as limited as that suggests. (E.g. the allegation that before the inauguration, Flynn told the Russians not to concern themselves with Obama's sanctions: that could be construed as treason)

What is undeniable, at this point, is that Trump and his associates believe there is more to it than just plain vanilla business dealings: there has been repeated lying, failure to report contacts on required forms, etc. Whether or not the lying is perjury remains an open issue, but that there WAS lying is no longer in doubt (e.g. Sessions, Flynn, and now Kushner).

In short, there's plenty of evidence of attempts to cover up the contacts. As of now, we don't know precisely why. Stay tuned. Day by day, the answers (and more questions) are forthcoming.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/28/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

http://bfpne.ws/2qs9AxA

Show of hands - who wants police restraint in the face of growing crime?

[http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/n…]

When our wonderful police are fighting crime and thugs, we the law-abiding taxpayers want no restraint.

Who is holding Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo to this new soft-on-crime standard?

The mayor?

Council president?

If either one or both of their families were being threatened, would they preach restraint? Of course they wouldn't. Not on your life. They'd want the cops to come fully ready to sacrifice their lives.

They preach restraint because they think their liberal political base likes it. Oh, the base loves it because talk is cheap and it's so sexy to sound progressively against what they like to call police excess - until, of course, some thug is assaulting or robbing them or their relatives.

The police chief knows this.

If some lunatic is out of control, we want our great cops to do whatever necessary to neutralize the threat, for our good, our children's good, for every law-abiding citizen's good.

The law-abiding, taxpaying public is 100 percent behind our police - if they are tough on crime.

We don't want restraint when we are confronted by dregs.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/28/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Race On: A New American Aims to Diversify the Burlington City Council

Diversity on City Council is a worthy goal, and Ali Dieng is a worthy candidate.

One person can't represent all residents -- councilor Hartnett doesn't represent everyone. It's good to have balanced representation. Dieng represents many residents as reflected by his landslide win in the Ward 7 primary caucus, and diversity on City Council is long overdue.

As noted, Dieng's commitment to families and the integrated community, inspired by his life experiences and fueled by high energy and eagerness to learn, makes Dieng the best candidate. The fact that he doesn't follow old style party politics is his strength. There's an authenticity about him that is refreshing.

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Posted by leaterhune on 05/28/2017 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

It seems like Chief del Pozo has some serious guilty conscience issues left over from the gruesome, yet-unpunished murder of poor, 78 year old, demented Phil Grenon. A review of his Facebook posts and other public comments on the subject show a pattern of consciousness-of-guilt statements. The fact that this guy is still in charge of the state's largest city's police department after micromanaging the death of that mentally ill old man (he even posted a snuff film of it on Youtube) is just bizarre and pathetic. What an evil person. Power-addicted and blood thirsty. As the BPD didn't have enough scandals per fiscal quarter, they had to bring in this narcissistic, New York City maniac to stir the pot. This will not end well. More citizens are going to die in the hands of del Pozo and his lying, thieving, wife-beating, drunk driving, murdering 'law enforcement' team. Mark my words. Burlington deserves much better.

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Posted by Christopher Hayden on 05/28/2017 at 3:11 AM
Posted by Toby Record on 05/27/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

John very interesting read, you seem to be missing the fact that even if everything at your link is true Trump was a private citizen and the head of an international development company at the times when said Russian contact was being made. Business deals get made everyday by businessmen and businesswomen from different countries. So what you are saying is that if you do business as a private citizen in another country you can't be President after that? That seems to limit qualified people from helping to lead this country, very short sighted if you ask me and the millions of others that voted for Trump and for a change in the backwards direction our country was heading in before the election.

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Posted by citizen on 05/27/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

So, the teachers union refuses to budge on a statewide health benefits negotiation. And Speaker Johnson, after offering a half-hearted compromise proposal, was quickly and sternly told "No" and put back in her subservient place by her puppetmasters at the union.

So, the Republicans and the emerging block of young moderate Democrats should send the union a message by proposing legislation that would prohibit public employee unions from making any contributions to political candidates, officeholders, PACs, SuperPACS, etc. No political contributions of any kind. Nada, Zip. Zilch.

It's time for the Vermont legislature to represent the interests of the taxpayers, not the teachers union, not the state employees union, and not VPIRG.

Then we can work on banning the insidious practice of the majority party in the legislature engaging in discipline to force the rank and file to follow the "caucus position" on votes. Every state rep should be beholden only to her own personal judgment and conscience, and the interests of her own constituents, when voting on any and every issue, and not to the twisted power structure of the House. If you can't win a majority of votes for a bill on its merits, you shouldn't be able to pass it by issuing threats.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/27/2017 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

Citizen:

You will find an excellent timeline of evidence about Trump, his team, and the Russians here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/0…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/27/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

Prison bad freedom good....who could argue with that... the people who end up in prison have somehow transgressed against some of us...should there be no punishment for them and should the victims turn the other cheek?
We can't hardly educate our children in our schools, how can we set up prisons that will educate our offenders, do they really want to be educated?
Unfortunately we are not Sweden, there is no comparison, the US tax payer would never want to pay what the Swedes pay in taxes. Because of the high taxation they can provide a great life for all their citizens.

Posted by Saffron on 05/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

"Teachers, Democrats Throw Taxpayers Under the Bus"

Caledonian Record
May 20, 2017
http://www.caledonianrecord.com/opinion/ed…


On Thursday, Vermont taxpayers saw exactly what Vermont NEA candidate campaign contributions to Democrats and a fully staffed, $2 million bullying operation in Montpelier is good for.

After nearly five weeks (two of which werent expected, and at an extra cost to taxpayers) of drama concerning the implementation of a statewide teacher healthcare contract, Speaker Mitzi Johnson and President Pro Tem Tim Ashe presented their grand plan to achieve the $26 million in savings that Governor Scott has demanded.

The punchline? A study and a full-throated, $6 million pillage from Education Fund reserves to create the illusion of a property tax cut in FY18.

It sounds like a joke, but every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for it including local Senators Kitchel and Starr (Rodgers was absent), and Representatives Toll and Troiano. Thankfully, local Republican legislators all voted against this folly.

Fortunately, Governor Phil Scott intends to use his veto, and he made that point perfectly clear as the Legislature adjourned after midnight.

How this standoff will end up is anyones guess. We hope that, ultimately, public opinion carries the day. But weve been around long enough to realize that the Democratic majority cares little about the public when it comes to spending our money wisely. Were fully cognizant that Democrats bow to the NEA in exchange for huge campaign contributions.

The rhetoric and misinformation from Vermont NEA and local Education Associations across Vermont will go into hyper drive until the Veto Session on June 21st. They will bring out their tired and flatly untrue arguments: teachers are underpaid, collective bargaining at the district level is sacred, and unions are under attack.

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Posted by Andrew J. Tarantino on 05/27/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

Also makes it easier for voter fraud; which is probably the reason for the opposition to this intelligent policy.

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 05/27/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

I am tired of this PC nonsense. It seems the State of Vermont once again, is putting the rights of illegal aliens ahead of legitimate/legal citizens. The state should be jumping through hoops to make the world a safer place. But instead, it puts up road blocks.

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Posted by saysme on 05/27/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

Nichael please provide us with one proven fact that Trump or any of his campaign ever conspired with Evil Russia to "interfere" with our election. Please also note that it was Clintons man Podesta and his brother that have business ties to Russia not Trump or any members of his team. The Democrats and crazy liberals are trying to pull a fast one on the people of this country and only people with low intelligence are foolish enough to believe their lies. Open you eye and ears and you will see that Trump is trying to move our country forward in a way that Hillary and her lackeys never could have. That is why real Americans voted for Trump. He will protect us from all enemies whether they be radical Muslim losers or crazy liberals that are trying with everything and every lie they can come up with to stop our country from being it's best. As your boy Obama once said election have consequences.

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Posted by citizen on 05/26/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Work Begins on Crafting New Vermont Marijuana Bill

To try to pull the wool over our eyes like this should be inexcusable in a public servant. Stating surprise when his phones have been inundated for the past several weeks is ludicrous. I don't buy it for s second . This attempt to wash your hands of this in a way that you hope leaves you looking like the good guy while the legislature takes the blame for not working on S.22 is absolutely transparent to some of us.

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Posted by Jeff Marshall on 05/26/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

"The commissioner, who took office in 2009, told Seven Days he was unaware of a 2004 state law that specifies the DMV 'shall not implement any ... processes for identifying applicants for licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification cards that involve the use of biometric identifiers.'"

If this is true -- could the commissioner's ignorance of a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

If this is false -- could the commissioner's complicity in violating a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

So, basically -- can Ide be terminated from his position for his ineptitude or his corruption? Is that an option on the table?

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 05/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

I voted for Governor Scott, but I've lost a lot of respect for him after watching his handling of this bill. Why wait until hours before the bill would have been become law to weigh in with recommendations? That conversation could easily have happened a month or two ago. That's just plain mis-management.

The Governor's concern for safety is obviously important, but we've already been living with every one of those issues for some time and I haven't seen any initiative to address them before this bill came along. Is the Governor really saying that as long as people are driving while smoking pot illegally (as they do now) our kids and roads are safe, but once they can can do it legally we will suddenly be in danger? Based on the experiences of 8 other states, there is no data to support this.

Whether it's legal or not has little to do with whether we need to address safety concerns. But those two separate issues keep getting mixed up, as if they go together. They don't.

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Posted by Southwinds on 05/26/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

"Everybody thought, This is the state of [U.S. Sen.] Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.]. This could never happen here..."

That's the problem with PR campaigns - it's not just the collateral damage to reality, it's the fact you wind up believing in your own product.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 05/26/2017 at 12:53 PM

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