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Re: “Walters: Republicans Offer Flurry of Amendments to Vermont Abortion Bill

"I must question what the outcry would have been if a different group sent this threatening letter to our representatives."

Excuse me, didn't the organized gun rights people make exactly these kinds of "we'll be watching you and flexing our electoral muscles" threats to Vermont officeholders? Did you express outrage at that?

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/23/2019 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/20/19)

For the better part of half a century, I covered public affairs, politics and elections in Vermont, mostly in radio and TV news, focusing on the city of Burlington. Now retired, for the first time in my life I am endorsing and volunteering for a political campaign. The candidate is Jane Knodell, running as an independent for re-election to the Burlington City Council. Jane faces two challengers for her seat in the Central District. Although I wont attack either challenger, I simply ask voters in the Central District- Wards 2 and 3- to join me in sending Jane Knodell back for another two-year term, based on her record. She has the knowledge, experience and courage to support the best interest of the city, and avoid getting bogged down in frivolous partisan political fantasies. Vote smart. Vote Knodell.

- Andy Potter

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Posted by Andy Potter on 02/23/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Residents Wary as Burlington Rolls Out E-Bikes and E-Scooters

It's freezing half the year. Maybe less social engineering for feels and more parking for things people actually use to go places. Cars. Maybe some care for the roads?
You know, that thing people use to get into town to go to the shops and spend money?

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Posted by doom on 02/22/2019 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Walters: Republicans Offer Flurry of Amendments to Vermont Abortion Bill

Fucks sakes. Stop saying overturn roe.
It doesn't fucking work like that.
You hurt your craft as a journalist when you keep saying this dumb shit.
Like Tim said, there's already a more recent case to use.

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Posted by doom on 02/22/2019 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Donovan's Dilemma: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech in Bennington

"We would say, 'Why didn't the attorney general push the limits of the law?'" said Rep.Kevin "Coach" Christie(D-Hartford). "Sometimes you just have to bring it to court regardless of the outcome. A clear statement would have been made: We Vermonters do not tolerate this behavior."

Everybody feel a little chill reading that? No crime, but drag a citizen into court to send a message. Mr. Christie, that is an appalling betrayal of your oath of office.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Patrick Cashman on 02/22/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Raises Nearly $6 Million on Day One of His Presidential Campaign

Bernie is the epitome of the career politician riding the gravy train. Unlike some other career politicians, Bernie's never even had another (real world) job! Full of bombastic bullshit as he laughs all the way to the bank he so loudly criticizes. I imagine he and Jane are funneling money to Switzerland or the Cayman Islands. Do people really think anyone in Washington is going to do due diligence on any candidate? I hope Trump kicks the ass of whomever he ends up running against.

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Posted by saysme on 02/22/2019 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Hooked: How So Many Vermonters Got Addicted to Opioids

Taking drugs to get high when there is so much negative publicity surrounding the negative consequences, well, call me heartless and fed-up: People are making bad CHOICES. Once again, we hear the lack of personal responsibility refrain so typical in Vermont. Am I the only one who remembers the medically supervised withdrawl back in the 70s? AKA detox. I think that is the way to reduce addiction. It comes down to people who want to stop using stop. What a concept.

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Posted by saysme on 02/22/2019 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Hooked: How So Many Vermonters Got Addicted to Opioids

A super hard read. Thank you for sharing your story and others stories. Time to just make everything legal and help people monitor the use. Sorry but nothing else is working and I bet those 110 families that lost someone last year would agree that it'd be better than losing someone.

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Posted by CPhillips on 02/22/2019 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

So is it still Cool-day-La to harvest and sell fetal parts and pieces from aborted fetuses as long as you 'just break-even' doing it?

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Posted by JimM on 02/22/2019 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

The party of slavery and Jim Crow is really living down to the lowest impulses of us all. They are actually proud of the number of children that they've killed over the years, and want to kill even more. They plan to replace those children with uneducated illegal aliens who will vote to keep the Democrats in power perpetually, regardless of the fact that they are changing the country from a Constitutional Republic to another broken socialist state like Venezuela.

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Posted by Patrick S on 02/22/2019 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

The fact that a fetus is human has nothing to do with religious belief. Each of us were a fetus at one time. Each of us could be expected to protect that from where we came. Wanted or unwanted. Viable or not viable. In the womb or out of the womb. In all cases human and distinct. Nothing religious there. Science any way you slice it.

This bill ignores the humanity involved focusing on the strong human in control. There is no consideration of balance in the choice made. The bill states it is a right to destroy a preborn human for any reason, and further to discourage any other option to allow that human life...a potential innovator, curer of disease, or just a regular Joe,,,you or I!

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Posted by Ronald Rossi on 02/22/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Feds Say Burlington Pot Shop Owner Possessed Guns, Sold to Minors

This guy is no martyr. He was blatantly selling something illegal out in the open. Whether or not you agree that it should be legal or illegal isn't important. He wasn't a victim of his socioeconomic situation, he wasn't working within a gray area of the current legislation, he wasn't a victim at all. He was knowingly doing something clearly illegal and, once caught, childishly lashed out. That is why the gun is important to the story. This guy was hot headed and found with drugs, cash, and guns. That's a combination where people end up getting hurt.

Freedomtothink, are you relating the Vermont legislature to Nietzsche's slave morality? Stretch.

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Posted by ASlater on 02/22/2019 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Malletts Bay Sewer Proposal Hits Choppy Waters

Thanks Molly for a timely overview of the Malletts Bay sewer issue. Two important points need clarification. Defeat of the $14 million sewer proposal does not mean Colchester residents must live with polluted water in the inner Bay. Rather, it opens the door for real progress against both point-source and non-point source pollution.

First, camps, being converted to permanent homes along East Lakeshore Drive, notably at the Mongeon and Lefebvre properties, are not squeezing septic systems onto small lakeside lots. Rather, they are pumping wastewater to state-of-the-art septic mound systems on the land side of the road. Such developments called "Decentralized Wastewater Management Systems'" are sanctioned by the EPA and Vermont.

Second, the town owns sufficient land on and near East Lakeshore Drive and Goodsell Point to implement a multi-mound system for some 60 homes/camps on the rim of the Bay. In Charlotte, officials and volunteers developed a four-mound septic system for 112 camps on Thompson's Point. Built over 20 years ago for less than $2 million, it has eliminated any trace of human waste from these camps into Lake Champlain.

If Charlotte, Bristol, Rochester, and Shoreham can successfully solve the "failing septic" problem with decentralized wastewater systems, surely we can do the same in Colchester.

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Posted by Jack Scully on 02/22/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

No death penalty for crimes against the innocent, but murder for the helpless and innocent. The left has lost their minds. I can only see one bright side to this, " maybe if the left aborts enough, their will be no more socialist like Bernie." I will pray for the lost lives this bill will allow.

24 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Joseph Baldwin on 02/22/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Donovan's Dilemma: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech in Bennington

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http://sales.sevendaysvt.com/#audience

Posted by Cathy Resmer on 02/22/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Donovan's Dilemma: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech in Bennington

Hi Jay,
You can find stats on our readership in our media kit, which is linked along the footer (through "Advertising") of every page of our website. Here's the link for you:
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Posted by Cathy Resmer on 02/22/2019 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

This is the Vermont I know and love, thank you legislators for protecting women from extremist Christians and those who would impose their religious values on me. I won't keep them from genuflecting to their statues and monuments or talking to an invisible old white man in the sky, and they can keep their sanctimonious claws out of my body and my doctor's ability to care for me.

Pass one law restricting men's bodies or medical care, then those who've spent their lives trying to restrict women's medical care might gain some moral authority. Religious zealots have caused pain, misery, and death for thousands of years, with no end in sight. When they involve themselves in our government they need to start contributing and pay taxes. Nonprofit or religious exemptions need to be more restrictive, I'm politically active and I'm not alone in voting for legislators who agree these exemptions are too broad.

25 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 02/22/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Vermont House Passes Abortion-Rights Protections

It is official. The Vermont Democrat Party now holds the dubious distinction of being the party of unlimited, unrestricted and unregulated abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy. Common sense amendments to protect minor girls, to limit abortions on unborn babies in the later stages of development, to provide informed consent (including alternatives to abortion), to providing regulation and inspection of abortion clinics, and other amendments, all went down to defeat by a Democrat-led, super-majority in the House.

Pro-abortion Democrat legislators walked in lock step with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU as they read on the House floor the talking points that were rather obviously provided to them by both pro-abortion organizations.

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Posted by Mary Beerworth on 02/22/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Greg Knight, Newly Elected Leader of the Vermont Guard, Vows Culture Change

I also think this was a good decision for the Guard.
The Guard needs a leader they can follow

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 02/22/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Donovan's Dilemma: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech in Bennington

Out of curiosity, how many issues of Seven Days are distributed each week? (In other words, what's your readership?)

Posted by Jay Furr on 02/21/2019 at 10:07 PM

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