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Re: “Dining on a Dime: Soupie Sales in Shelburne

Congratulations to Doug and Kathy for making this soupy dream come true!!!

Posted by Holly Wilkins on 09/24/2018 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Wife

Cant wait to see it.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Judy Beaulac on 09/22/2018 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Residents Rebuke Burlington School Officials Over Guidance Department Controversies

He will probably be released for an undisclosed amount of money in due time, however it will drag on and on and on.......................

Posted by Walter Moses on 09/22/2018 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

How much you want to bet that AHS/DOC will keep the contract with Centurian...no....matter...what....
DOC is a gravy train for many contractors and they take full advantage of the lackadaisical oversight.
The people negotiating, managing and enforcing contracts will all keep their jobs, there's no penalty for failure.
Contractors will keep their money and if they get caught underperforming...so what, nothing happens. It's like this for most contracts. An audit every once in a while, maybe, then it is forgotten.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dave Bellini on 09/22/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Another question is, what healthcare system does the Mississippi prison have? If it is Centurian health then I would have more thoughts about not sending the prisoners there seeing what type of crappy job they do here for treating patients

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gi Grape on 09/22/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Vermont Inmates Moving to CoreCivic Prison in Mississippi

New York Time: 4/3/2018 Analysis by the Sentencing Project since the year 2000; the number of people housed in private "profit" operated prisons in the Nation has increased by 45%.

Several States including Michigan & Utah have stopped using private "profit" prisons.

Forbes: American Criminal Justice System 8/17/2018
Forbes: The First Step in Prison Reform Should be Real Reform 5/28/2018

If we can afford to contract out fellow Vermonters' to a "profit" facilities; it would be less expensive and
feasible to build a facility in state having adequate capacity for housing/rehabilitation. The winter months are approaching; it's not too late to put a request out to construction companies for bids.

Innocent until proven otherwise; serve the time where the crime was committed.

How many Vermonters' are currently serving time for felonies/crimes out of state in a "profit" facilities?

How many Vermonters' are taking up beds for misdemeanors?

What has already been spent on contracts, including the labor involved w/the transportation costs?

Is this information not public knowledge?

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by genesis_44 on 09/22/2018 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Can Republicans Bring Down House Speaker Mitzi Johnson?

Carl Cobb, who owns a farm in Grand Isle, was picking up a loaf of bread at the South Hero farmers market before Johnson arrived. Fed up with his home state's taxes, Cobb declared residency in Florida, so he won't be voting in Vermont. Nevertheless, he described Joseph as "a hell of a nice guy" and Johnson as "a bright girl." "They're looking out for people," The irony of it all. As so many are doing, he left because our state is becoming ever more unaffordable.
Perhaps he should have closed with, "They're looking to drive people out."

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Steven D. Pike on 09/22/2018 at 9:33 AM

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.

10 likes, 15 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
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.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Stephen Thurston on 09/21/2018 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Mississippi Prison Promises Better Conditions for Out-of-State Lobbyists

Ain't nuthin' more 'Murican and Capitalist than making' money off of people's problems and bad decisions. Just ask the cannibals on Wall Street and the Heritage Foundation.

Posted by NorthOldEnder on 09/21/2018 at 7:02 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.

12 likes, 1 dislike
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.

14 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

14 likes, 1 dislike
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.

29 likes, 7 dislikes
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

15 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

10 likes, 10 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 1 dislike
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.

15 likes, 1 dislike
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!

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 09/20/2018 at 9:18 PM

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