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Re: “Burlington City Council Waters Down Safe Injection Site Measure

E. Sutor.....I can't wait! After we are totally out of it those kind liberals will provide us with meals. Then, we can go to COTS for a nice sleep; get up and go back and get drugged Fun!!! The Utopian Society! Can it get any better than this? And....it's all FREE! Wheeeee! Maybe we could expand this concept to the entire country!!! A drugged and dazed country. We're headed that way anyway, under the Democrats/Liberals/Communists (one and the same). And then, once we are all in a daze, nobody will invade us. No need to . Just walk right in and take over. We will be safe. We will be taken care of. Nice....

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Posted by Peter Morgan on 07/18/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

The sources that you choose to trust are the ones that you believe support your leftist opinions, Mr. Auditor. Many of us recognize this pattern. Good day, sir.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/18/2018 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

Sanders is raising buckets of money he doesn't need for his own race so that he can increase his political power. He can swing that moolah to further his goals. How hard is that to understand? If you approve of his views then great, if not then he is just another source of funds from those whom you disagree with. This childish question ,Why does Bernie need this money, that SevenDays and others here bring up is laughably naive. Grow up!

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Posted by Rich ard on 07/17/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Urges Nurses, Hospital to Settle Their Differences

The hospital is sitting on 1.2 billion in the bank. The strike's price tag was 3 millions. A drop in the bucket for them. Union proposal only 14 millions. They prefer to hire scabs and have the VT money leave the state-give it to these scabs just so they can break the nurses.

Truth is, they understand that the wealth of the hospital comes through exploitation and abuse of its workforce.

But nurses have had it. They're done feeling abused.

Not sur how that will end. Nurses are on th he good side but administrators have no mercy. They only offered 7% raise over 3 years. 6 % will go o to inflation. They are greedy-and want to keep it all to themselves.

Nurses asking for a catch up raise after stagnant wages for a decade. 6% x 3 years. Hospital COO says it's unrealistic. Is her $800 000 salary more realistic?

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Posted by Alain Brunet on 07/17/2018 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Waters Down Safe Injection Site Measure

SISs are a bad idea. They perpetuate the misery of the addict by giving up on them and expect that there is no help for them except to die an eventual early death. The 100% "positive" studies for SISs are unscientific at best, self-serving at worse. They increase public overdoses, public deaths, public use, needle litter, homelessness, crime.

My arguments against SISs are in the comment section here. I also include more positive scenarios for user/addicts by experts in the field:

http://www.advertisernewssouth.com/article…

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Posted by don honda on 07/17/2018 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

To be fair, I don't think Bernie Sanders can do no wrong, I don't think he is a saint or a god, and I would certainly not support Bernie Sanders murdering a small child. I do like a lot of Bernie's political ideas, especially over most of what is out there in present day politics. I am simply pointing out here that Bernie raises money in a way that is different from traditional politicians.

As far as why he needs the money or how he intends to spend it, who knows. Maybe he intends to hire Hillary Clinton to make a few speeches. He reports how the money is spent so if you really care specifically how Bernie spends the money you can look it up. If you care about how much money it takes to win an office in general then Bernie Sanders really is not the whole of the problem.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/17/2018 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

I'm so disappointed that Eva McKend is no longer anchoring the WCAX news. I watch yet another blonde, Caucasian "barbie" type anchor woman who is now taking the place of Kristin Kelly, and wonder why? I truly had high hopes that Vermont was opening their eyes to more diversity and different cultures. Yes, I do realize that you have one black, male reporter. Congratulations Connor Cyrus. Good luck Eva, and I can only hope that you left on your own terms.

Posted by Sdoran on 07/17/2018 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Waters Down Safe Injection Site Measure

If you need a definition of the hypocrisy of an alleged liberal, spell it this way: Jane Knodell.

Councilor Knodell opposed a council resolution establishing places where addicts could legally shoot up heroin - where else, but in the socialistic capital of the United States, would city officials and the top county prosecutor, no less, promote addiction?

But Knodell did so, she said, only because she was afraid the shooting up would occur in - get this - her neighborhood. She said her backyard in the north end of the city is the most obvious place for a "safe injection site" because it's a poor 'hood.

If the shooting den were to be located, say, in Councilor Karen Paul's 'hood - up on the hill in the pricey section of the city - Knodell would presumably be fine with it.

But maybe that's precisely why Paul is all for it - she knows it'll never be located in her backyard (near the Burlington Country Club, alas).

So while you are looking for the definition of the hypocrisy of an alleged liberal, add Karen Paul.

Liberals love promoting a welfare society because that's where the votes are.

But lo and behold, when they realize that their backyards could be the site of one of their left-wing ideas, whoa, put the brakes on.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/17/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

"And by the way, it looks like the survey Mr. Berry used to show the cost of living difference between Burlington and Boston https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/ was in fact a very well-sourced comparison. Mr. Hoffer trashed it because it didn't support his thesis that the cost of living in Boston is only "somewhat" higher than in Burlington, which is an absurd proposition on its face."

Your anger has affected your reading comprehension. I did not trash it. This is what I said.

"The point is not that "bestplaces" has no value, only that it leaves a number of methodological issues unanswered."

Furthermore, it was not my "thesis that the cost of living in Boston is only "somewhat" higher than in Burlington." That was the conclusion of the BEA - I provided a link, along with a scholarly article on the subject.

I lean to sources I can trust. I guess we have different standards.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 07/17/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

Hi @Brooke, We've corrected the story. Sorry for the oversight and thanks for letting us know!

Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 07/17/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

These are interesting comments. On the one hand, you have Philo for whom Sanders can do no wrong. I'm pretty confident that Sanders could murder a small child on Main Street in broad daylight and Philo would find a justification for it. On the other hand you have Ms. Boutin who will assign criminal motives to everything that Sanders does. Of course, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Sanders is no different most other politicians - not a saint or the Antichrist but a somewhat dishonest, and extremely hypocritical self promoter more interested in promoting himself than in actually coming up with realistic solutions for the problems facing his constituents.

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Posted by Roy on 07/17/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

"Except . . . this one uses 48+ sources of data, including federal and state government sources. You know, the "official" ones."

Your reading of the CNBC methodology was superficial.
1) It doesn't provide details (we don't how they weighted the component parts of each category or what time frames they used).
2) Some built in assumptions may not bear directly on outcomes, but are used because they "resonate with business." Fisher addressed this "Grading Places." You can't assume that something correlates with a particular outcome; you have to prove it.
3) Certain statements are inaccurate. For example, "Utility costs can add up to a huge expense for business..." Even in manufacturing the average cost of fuels and electricity is less than 2.5% of total costs.
4) They assume regulation is bad regardless of whether it protects public health, consumers or the environment.

And so on. Enough said.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 07/17/2018 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Sanders Siempre: What Bernie Learned in Nicaragua

I am a Nicaraguan citizen. Daniel Ortega as I type these letters on 7/17/18 at 2:34pm has killed over 350 protesters against his totalitarian regime as of 4/18/18. In spite of this long relationship with Nicaragua, Senator Sanders has yet to publicly denounce the crimes against humanity committed by a government that claims to represent "the people". Please cover our tragedy. Follow the Hashtag #SOSNicaragua. Soon you will discover Ortega apologists claiming foul play and a CIA orchestrated coup. We Nicaraguans roll our eyes and beg you to investigate the truth. HELP!

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Posted by Adolfo Bermudez on 07/17/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

New survey: Vermont best state to live in.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/22/americas-b…

But remember, folks, according to the Auditor, these surveys ain't worth s___. cuz they don't "provide detailed methodology."

Except . . . this one uses 48+ sources of data, including federal and state government sources. You know, the "official" ones.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/cnbcs-top-…

And by the way, it looks like the survey Mr. Berry used to show the cost of living difference between Burlington and Boston https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/… was in fact a very well-sourced comparison. Mr. Hoffer trashed it because it didn't support his thesis that the cost of living in Boston is only "somewhat" higher than in Burlington, which is an absurd proposition on its face.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/17/2018 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Urges Nurses, Hospital to Settle Their Differences

What is the exact point of milquetoast "resolutions" like this? "Figure it out?" Gee, thanks, City Council, for the constructive assistance. Looks like you're trying to have your cake and eat it, too. Fortunately, most of the community can see right through it.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/17/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Waters Down Safe Injection Site Measure

If this isn't going to happen anytime soon, why stir up the community now?

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Posted by BDE on 07/17/2018 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

You don't seem to get that I do understand the difference between obscene money raised from individuals, and obscene money raised from a few large sources, I get it. Can we move on now?

It's still an obscene amount of money. It's still big money in politics. And you've avoided my question of why Senator Shoo-in needs this money?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/17/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

"The World Wide trump NIGHTMARE,courtesy of Bernie Sanders."

No, courtesy of Trump himself.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/17/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Waters Down Safe Injection Site Measure

I'm excited about this because I've never tried heroin and now I have a safe spot to do so.

I will insist the city provide me with free heroin ALONG with the other paraphernalia needed to shoot up because I want it. And if they don't give me what I want I will file suit since I feel it would be disciminatory for them to prevent me from safely trying heroin.

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Posted by E. Sutor on 07/17/2018 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Walters: Campaign Donations Are Light in Race for Governor

Senator John S. Rodgers from the Essex/Orleans district is the choice the people are getting behind. This is a Grassroots Write-in campaign; we will not be collecting any funds for this Democratic Primary. There is a groundswell of support for him. I'll be writing him in, on my currently available absentee ballot. Go to your town clerk and get yours (very easy).
Check in on his issues: https://vermontforjohnrodgers.com/2018/07/…

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Posted by JT Dodge on 07/17/2018 at 10:40 AM

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