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Re: “Johnson Denounces Vermont House Democrats' Twitter 'Name-Calling'

VT Dems, does anyone have a petition calling for Connor Casey's resignation/firing? If so, please post it as I would love to sign it.

Let's please show House Leadership that we, the constituents, want better Party Leadership. If we don't speak up, nothing will ever change.

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Posted by LadyBLLSHT on 12/15/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Bitter on Twitter: Vermont Democratic Party Flames GOP

Connor Casey and his ilk should be absolutely ashamed of the mess they are creating at a time when politics and arguably the Democratic Party are decisive enough.

I am a Democrat but it's shit like this that makes me wince to claim party affiliation.

Connor is right: the buck does stop with him, this is the tone he has set for the office and he should resign or get fired. Additionally, the person responsible should be fired because one of these tweets was a fire-able offense ... and he/she kept going.

After cleaning house, the Party needs to do some soul searching about messaging and leadership because this isn't how you do it, guys.

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Posted by LadyBLLSHT on 12/15/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Lawmakers Defend Handling of Misconduct Allegation, Pledge Review

The House and Senate should be ashamed of their behavior. Those who are enabling rapists and sexual harassers by turning a blind eye because that stuff is awful but "it just doesn't happen here" are just as responsible.

People, please start calling and emailing your reps and senators to tell them you want justice and transparency! You can find their information here:



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Posted by LadyBLLSHT on 12/15/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “VCFA Student Helps Solve California Cold Case Murder

Thank you Jennifer Gibbons for bringing closure to the family of Suzanne Bombardier.

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Posted by Troy Morton on 12/15/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

Given that the name "Rebel" is so easily open to being misconstrued, and that so much of the rhetoric of the past year shows that defenders of the term are construing it in exactly the most negative way and being amplified by students in some cases, exacerbating tensions in the school, is it maybe time to honor the school's decision and move on? There are a lot of other names with historical relevance to Vermont's tradition of independence that could be chosen.

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Posted by Chris LaMay-West on 12/15/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.

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Posted by MtnTop on 12/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

There is no compelling reason to keep any name that bears abusive connotations. Given that in our lifetimes black people have been marginalized, murdered, denied housing, denied employment, denied basic human rights, it doesn't seem like a huge ask to not have names used to glorify those who fought to enslave black people.

This world almost succeeded in wiping out an entire race, and there are no nazi flags waving in any of our schools. I wish I could say the same for the confederate flag. I wish I could say there are no nazi or confederate flags flying in any government building in America.

Sadly, today there are still tens of millions of Americans who worship these symbols of hate and want to eliminate non-whites and non-christians, so the rest of us need to step up. Step up to make clear symbols of hate and intolerance are unacceptable in our government and public spaces.

Why is this even controversial? Rebel has many meanings, so does nazi, so does confederate. Let's give the benefit of the doubt to not continuing to traumatize those who have been terrorized by earlier generations of Americans. I hope we're better than that, Vermont stands for better than that.

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Posted by Penelope on 12/15/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

I'm going to echo what others have said. The name "rebels" and mascot is racist. If you are confused about this, please use Google. Or you could ask one of the very knowledgeable social studies teachers in South Burlington. The name is linked to the Confederacy and keeping the name would be doing harm to PoC in your community and all over America. The racism needs to end. I understand that change is hard, but keeping the mascot and name is the cowardly thing to do. If you want to be a role model, make change happen and show how brave you are by embracing humanism and social justice.

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Posted by Willow Longo on 12/15/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Johnson Denounces Vermont House Democrats' Twitter 'Name-Calling'

Neither party has any respectability. Going down into the gutter does not show any moral superiority. Not enthused with either Repubs or Dems at this point. In my opinion Conor Casey is not helping the status of the Democratic Party in the least and may well encourage more people to vote Repub in future.

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Posted by VTObserver on 12/15/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

Dear South Burlington residents who wish to go back to the Rebels mascot,

Whether you mean it this way or not, the term IS associated with the confederacy and with the confederate flag. The rebel or confederate flag symbolizes the terrible idea that Black people are less than human and deserve to be tortured and enslaved. Do you really want your school and its sports teams associated with the absolute worst aspects of our American history?

What truly makes this country great? Looking at our history, and our present, with clear eyes and caring hearts. Having the courage to admit when we are wrong, and the resolve to do better, today and tomorrow.

Someone committed to ending White Nonsense

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Posted by Joanna Colwell on 12/15/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers and School Board Still Finalizing Contract

Jay, you should reconsider your assessment of who the real perpetrators are in this scenario... workers have relegated themselves to lower levels of significance than ever before. Thank god for teachers, who are organized enough to draw the line in the sand. They carry the rest of the work force in their backs. Trumps tax bill will rob us all blind, but youre too busy being hyper-focused on the peasants in your own community who are trying to get a fair shake to notice.

Show some respect for the great work of these human beings. The percentage of your dollar youre providing investing in public education is minutiae compared to the percentage youre handing over to Exxon Mobil.

Posted by jhilt123 on 12/15/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

South Burlington - it is time to move on from the past to the future. You have wasted about a year fighting to maintain a name based on the loosing side of the civil war which was fought to preserve slavery. Might i remind you - the South LOST and Vermont fought on the side of the North. The only battle of the Civil War in Vermont was a pathetic botched bank robbery. ....And we are wanting to memorialize this history ?

Lets put racism and white supremacy in the past and purge it from our present.

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Posted by Marina Brown on 12/15/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

I am so disgusted by all of this rhetoric. We do not get to decide that because we live in VT that the word Rebels does not have racist connotations and meaning. Intent is not the only thing that matters here, IMACT MATTERS. Its like calling someone a racial slur and then saying that you intended it to mean something else aside from the commonly known meaning to justify your use. White Vermonters who think we are past racism in VT...News flash white people have no say in whether we are or not and white people have no say in how communities of color understand the communities use of the word rebels. When we push for votes in things like this, and Majority rules etc. we support keeping the status quo and continue to oppress community members who do not have a majority population and reminde them ever so loudly that their emotional safety while attending Their high school does not matter. The fact that alumni want to do that tomcurrent students is beyond me, community members are adults and adults should be for protecting all community youth! Im ashamed of the adults involved in this lawsuit and the Rebel Alliance for putting their own wishes above the emotional safety of SB students of color!

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Posted by Corrine Mertz on 12/15/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Johnson Denounces Vermont House Democrats' Twitter 'Name-Calling'

Isn't responding to frustration with hate speech something ike fcking for virginity?

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Posted by Kathy on 12/15/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Judge Overturns Rutland Sex Offender Regulations

Shawn I would call The Vermont Prisoners' Rights Office since they are the ones who sued on their behalf.

Posted by Meg84 on 12/14/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

If the reporter had read the order (or papers previously filed in the case), she would have learned and she had not known already, and could have reported, that the plaintiffs have alleged that the board made a decision based on the superintendent's nonpublic recommendation, that the board made the decision without making public the results of its own survey showing that students overwhelmingly supported the name Rebels, and that the superintendent acknowledged that he and the board deliberately did not publicize the boards intention to eliminate the name? An enterprising, even an ordinary, reporter could easily verify these facts, or at least ask the superintendent and board members about them.

The reporter also neglected to convey that UVM emeritus professor Frank Bryan, a well-known local luminary, wrote of the board's decision that there is no state in the Union where the term rebel has a more generic and positive meaning than it has in Vermont and that the board got it horribly wrong. Worse, it smells like grandstanding. See us! Were fighting racism!

Also, readers may want to know what evidence there is of the alleged Confederate flag/Dixie incidents and when these incidents are claimed to have occurred. Was it five years ago, or 35 or more years ago? And if those incidents occurred, why did they stop?

Curious readers are waiting?

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Posted by inquiring reader on 12/14/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Walters: Lawmakers Defend Handling of Misconduct Allegation, Pledge Review

Nothing to see here people. Move along.

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Posted by Leopoldo Quintana on 12/14/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thank you Phil for all you have done. I got my start as a union organizer at IBM in 1999. When IBM made the pension and medical changes it woke something up in me that I never knew existed. Bernie came out and held a massive meeting at St. Michael and I was Sold on the idea that as worker's there was power when people stood up and made their voices heard.
You were the guy I could always go to and talk to about what was happening at IBM. You
would always be the one on the front line at Bernie Office to address the many fights We took on at IBM. I just Have to Say Thank You With All My Heart!! Earl Mongeon

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Posted by Earl Mongeon on 12/14/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Troubles Mount for a Winooski Cop With a Checkered Past

Jeff Chamberlin, we've corrected the story to note that you pleaded no contest! Thanks for pointing out the error.

Posted by Matthew Roy on 12/14/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Leaders Launch New Post-Secondary Education Goal

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