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Re: “Burlington Officials Unveil $30 Million Fix for Wastewater Problems

The only "discharge" that needs to be made is Miro from the Mayor's office.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 09/21/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Burlington Officials Unveil $30 Million Fix for Wastewater Problems

I am willing to pay more than $64 a year to get this horror under control. Has this administration even considered planting a whole lot more trees which are natural managers of run-off? So many trees have come down recently in the name of so-called progress. Translation: DEVELOPMENT.

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Posted by saysme on 09/21/2018 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Appears to Snub Addison Republican Senate Candidate

Characterizing Peter Briggs as the spoiler seems a bit unfair. He began his campaign, as required for major party candidates, in the spring. Audet and Ralston are late to the party as independents, having only announced in mid summer. Seems to me that perhaps Briggs is the one getting spoiled.

Posted by Stephen Thurston on 09/21/2018 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Al Gobeille should mandate a department-wide audit of AHS's contracts, including DOC's. If he doesn't the Legislature should. There should be no more surprises like this one and like the earlier (and perhaps current) Vermont Health Connect contracts. My experience in negotiating and managing multi-million dollar contracts for the state is that the contract is only as good as the staff who are charged with contracting. Although Bulletin 3.5 (state contracting guidelines) are quite specific, they are not followed. Contracting can and should be tightened up, with requirements (for example) to spend X% of the money or return it to the state. This is very easy to do. No, the contractors' lawyers won't like it but that's why we have AG's. Another weak contracting area is performance guarantees and financial penalties. We always put these in but I'm amazed to find how many AHS contracts don't have them. Perhaps Doug Hoffer's office can review the AHS contracts for conformance to Bulletin 3.5. If there is a variation that can be explained, the opportunity will be there. Otherwise Vermont taxpayers money deserves to be well spent without sloppy contracting.

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Posted by Kathy Callaghan on 09/21/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Given that they won't treat opioid addiction either, how much money is Centurion pocketing and where was the oversight for the first 3 years? Centurion should be out right now. Prisoners are suffering from treatable conditions and are treated as if they have no rights at all. That's what the 8th Amendment is all about, guys.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/21/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Doesn't seem right that someone who is in prison for minor crime should receive the death penalty, which
untreated Hep-C can become.

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Posted by phil roach on 09/21/2018 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Appears to Snub Addison Republican Senate Candidate

Come on John Walters. The headline of this story is clearly click-bait in the worst possible sense. Phil Scott didn't "snub" anybody. He gets invited to an event that he's not putting on. He agrees to go. How in the world do you go from that to deciding he thus "snubbed" somebody else who wasn't invited? If I invited you to my birthday party and didn't invite my brother, have you "snubbed" my brother in agreeing to come? Quite the leap. Your partisan leanings are showing.

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Posted by Joe Benning on 09/21/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

I have said before that Centurian health has issues with the prisoners. They are more interested in the money then they are the people. They don't like to treat them and make them wait for weeks to see the doctor who is only in twice a week if that. They should be banned from practicing medicine in the Vermont prison system. Cheaper is not always better

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Posted by Gi Grape on 09/21/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Burlington Officials Unveil $30 Million Fix for Wastewater Problems

Good job Mayor! Keep up the good work.

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Posted by BradD on 09/21/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Hepatitis C Treatment

Thank you, Mike Fisher, for your health care advocacy for Vermonters.

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Posted by Martha Molpus on 09/21/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Thanks, Mike Fisher, for your health care advocacy for Vermonters.

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Posted by Martha Molpus on 09/21/2018 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Thank you, Mr. Bellini. Spot on!

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 09/20/2018 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Appears to Snub Addison Republican Senate Candidate

I am a voter in Addison County and I will vote for Peter Briggs. With six candidates in the race, he has the best chance to win given the support he received two years ago. Briggs is not a spoiler in any manner and I am looking forward to voting for him.

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Posted by Douglas Tolles on 09/20/2018 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Dick Sears is surprised that there is 2 million missing. I am not. Incompetent contract and program management. Front line workers are held accountable for small mistakes. Central office corrections is exempt from accountability.

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Posted by Dave Bellini on 09/20/2018 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Hepatitis C Treatment

Who is running the Vermont DOC? Dr. Mengele?

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 09/20/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center, Nurses Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

CEO Eileen Whalen's intent was to break the Nurses' union. She failed this time. The knot heads on the board of the hospital will give her another chance in the near future. Whalen should give back 15% of her salary as a sign of good will . . . oops . . . that would never happen.

Why does this hospital have a history of hiring dunderheads to run things?

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 09/20/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmates Moving to CoreCivic Prison in Mississippi

Hope some of you guys never get to check out a for profit prison for yourselves. But all things come to those who wait, particularly those who cast stones.

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Posted by Cyndy Hutchins on 09/20/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

Farrell: Twist it anyway you want to - I agree with you that "only residents of a city or town vote in that town.

Thanks for making my point. Nice job.

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Posted by BDE on 09/20/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Hepatitis C Treatment

The private prison company (CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America) that runs the prison in Mississippi where Vermont inmates will soon be sent, has an even worse history of providing Hep C treatment - they don't want the cost of treatment to eat into the huge profits they make off the prisoners they hold.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 09/20/2018 at 12:39 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center, Nurses Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

It's fine to fight for better wages and conditions, but the whole "Patients before Profits" is a bit disingenuous. Much the same way the striking teachers said they needed more money and benefits "for the students".

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Posted by The Oracle on 09/20/2018 at 12:11 PM

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