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Re: “Vermont Democrats Counter Scott With Mandatory Paid Leave Plan

Just another tax on an already over taxed society. Another program that will be mismanaged and funds used for something other than intended. Last thing I need is another tax that has no real purpose. When someone gets pregnant they have 9 months to figure the details and to save for the time off. If they are working they will have vacation time to use, the rest they should be planning accordingly. Employers shouldn't be forced into another tax and forced to give weeks off paid.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Legislators Call for Delaying Forced School District Mergers

More delays just mean tax payers will be paying millions more into a broken system. The school districts that don't want to merge should be funding their own. I shouldn't be paying a higher school tax in Burlington because some school wants to keep their 80 students in their back yard. If you want to keep them in your back yard then you pay for it.

Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

@Northoldender, Maybe you should follow your own advice. It seems your time has passed and the only voice you have is to demean on seven days site. Maybe you should step up and run for office as you think you have the answers and know how things should be done, your way or the highway.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ted Miles on 01/19/2019 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

OK, perhaps Councilor Knodell has lost her cred with the Progressive coalition. While I have not always agreed with her positions, Jane Knodell has proven herself to be an independent-minded thinker who has consistently put the interests of the greater BTV community above partisan party ideals. Thats the stuff leaders are made of (or should be). So lets allow the voters to decide whether it is time for Jane "to step aside and let the next gen take a swipe at it..."

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by John C. on 01/19/2019 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

She has a subsidised apartment , paying only $340 , and she still couldn't get her act together to pay this small amount . She couldn't take advantage of the various subsidised summer programs so she could actually work. Shame on her ! What kind of lesson is she teaching her boys , be a leech on society and don't worry because you will always be taken care of ?
I feel for those who struggle to make ends meet, not in subsidised housing , who are responsible adults doing their best . I feel for her children,, not her.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 01/19/2019 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I think its fitting that she run as an Independent.... she isnt really a Progressive anymore is she?... I mean... full throttle on the BTC... Zig zagging on the F35s... Turned her back on Keep BT Local... she can say shes getting things done... but who really benefits?... maybe at one time she fought for economic justice and looked out for the little guy?... but it seems to me that perhaps many years up on the hill and her cozy economic status has made her a bit out of touch with the economic struggles many in her district face... lets face it... perhaps she fits the profile of the gentrifiers in the neighborhood... much like the Council Dems under Weinbergers sway and control... maybe its time the Progs get some youth in their ranks and invigorate what has become a moribund movement... perhaps Knodell has just aged out of any youthful desire to fight for justice... shes got her retirement all set... now she just wants to see higher end shops and services that a boutique city will provide her? All this may get her elected... again... in my opinion the City Council needs new ideas and new leadership... thank you for your service Ms Knodell, but its time for you to step aside and let the next gen take a swipe at it...

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 01/19/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Good lord. No matter what the issue is, there is a guy who obsesses on only one topic ** a meaningless mural that almost no one actually sees except an old guy who has nothing to do except wander around Burlington all day looking for things that offend his sensibilities ** and tries to convince people that it*s the most important issue in the history of the world.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/19/2019 at 9:58 AM

Re: “What’s the Safest Way to Consume Legal Cannabis? Experts Weigh In

Indeed, cannabis has many health promoting benefits which is not widely unknown due to its ridiculous class one designation and lack of study. Juicing cannabis leaves is reported to relieve many health conditions. I have often settled an asthma attack w a hit off a pipe. It's time to restore the status of this amazing plant as it once was, revered and utilized for many ills.

Not to mention the also ridiculous disparity between alcohol vs cannabis by the establishment in regulation: the former known to be exceedingly dangerous, yet easily obtained, and the cause of untold trauma and tragedy in America; the latter usually benign if not benefic, yet its use severely and harshly penalized.

Posted by Marna Ehrech on 01/19/2019 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

In 2013, Jane Knodell betrayed the voters of Burlington. She ran on and was elected on a platform that opposed the F35 basing, and repeatedly promised her Progressive supporters to reject the F35 basing by voting to limit the noise of aircraft at the Burlington Airport. However, when the time for the vote came, she instead abandoned her constituents and her integrity by voting to support the basing. Apparently she was offered the Council's future chairperson position by the Mayor and the Democratic council members, in exchange for her honor and her soul. I hope she feels shame at her actions.

Hopefully we won't all live to regret Jane's betrayal and the dangerous and inappropriate basing of the F35s will still be stopped, and Jane and the others who voted for this fiasco won't have to have blood on their hands when this inadequately tested bomber jet crashes in our residential neighborhoods. Perhaps shame is too inadequate a word for what they should feel...

12 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 01/19/2019 at 8:54 AM

Re: “At a Vermont Brain Bank, Researchers Wrap Their Heads Around PTSD

I really appreciated this article. As someone w different kinds of brain trauma, only recently diagnosed but originating in part from childhood, I am eager to learn more about the topic. I'm glad to know this resource is so close by
Thank you!

Posted by Marna Ehrech on 01/19/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “A Reporter Tries Future Fit and Lives to Write About It

I was prepared even eager to conclude that this place should be called Flim Flam Fit . A place for people with too much time and money, eager to part with the latter to prove how special they are . I'm not sure if I've fully changed my mind but it certainly is a humorous and well written article .

Posted by Rich ard on 01/19/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I love the progressive party lately. They're proving why they're not a serious party when they ditch their longest serving and most capable member for a neophyte who's lived in Burlington for less than two calendar years. Simply irresponsible and exhibit A as to why they won't be in mayoral contention outside the Old North End the next time around.

23 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by imagrownassmanbtv on 01/19/2019 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Industry professionals are held at a higher standard than the general public. To ignore this, ignores the responsibilities you take on when you accept things like pro deals. This clown needs to re-think his relationship to the industry if he wants to be taken seriously.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Colin Mitchell on 01/18/2019 at 9:17 PM

Re: “North Country Cakes

'Looking forward to your opening!

Posted by Sandy Paquette Harris on 01/18/2019 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I may not be supporting Jane Knodell (a strong Perri Freeman supporter), but it is completely sexist and violent, having no place in political dialogue, to allow a commentary describing a politician's stance on development as akin to performing oral sex! It lowers this discourse into the gutter.

41 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 01/18/2019 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Rock on young people. The Progressive Party needs to progress.

26 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by lassy2 on 01/18/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

I'm betting Mr. Nashid case will end up being referred to the Burlington Community Justice Center. There's a good chance he will end up having the book thrown at him . In Vermont that means community service , possibly a fine which will be forgiven . Who knows, Nectars and staff may suffer greater consequences then this fine citizen .

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 01/18/2019 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Federal Shutdown Puts Colchester Meadery Expansion on Hold

That sense of community and care for ones neighbors is one of the reasons I love Vermont," Leahy said.

It's interesting to note that's exactly the reasons why the people of Vermont do NOT want the F35 bomber jet based in our residential neighborhoods. We don't want our communities trashed by anyone, no matter who they are. And even if our own homes are not directly affected by the projected negative impact of this inappropriate and dangerous basing decision, we deeply care about our neighbors whose homes, health, safety and property values will be bombed by the F35s.

Funny how Sen. "Paddy Warbucks" Leahy just can't seem to understand or appreciate his own words when it comes to the F35 basing in Vermont. He sure doesnt seem to love those same qualities when it comes from everyday Vermonters who oppose the toxic future that he is forcing upon thousands of Vermonters.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 01/18/2019 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Hooked: Kate O’Neill to Cover the Vermont Opioid Crisis for Seven Days

Please, at some point in your yearlong series, cover what is happening and has happened in Newport and the surrounding Northeast Kingdom. It's tragic, and the crater in the ground where Main St. used to be doesn't help. I can't tell you how many classmates from my high school, friends of friends, and people in the community have died the last 10-11 years due to this stuff.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by 802livin on 01/18/2019 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

Jane Knodell has taken the advice of the old guard in spite of the obvious youth movement in her own party She is saying, in effect, "My way or the highway." Much as I have tried to patch up my differences with her over the years, I guess I'm taking the highway this time. Something has to change in city governance, even if she doesn't want it be Jane Knodell.

34 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 01/18/2019 at 3:05 PM

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