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Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

I remember Weinberger saying in his campaign that he was going to help the homeless people. So far he has not kept his promise, typical crooked politician!! He only gets what he wants like that worthless town center that could have used the money to build a bigger homeless shelter!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 10/23/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

Ugh

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Posted by ArtBell on 10/23/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

I know people who fall into different age categories who have left the state or are planning to leave the state because they are educated, motivated, and are either unemployed or underemployed. Before we promote how great it is in Vermont, maybe we should make sure we're offering the opportunities to the talent we already have here.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tina R on 10/23/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

Think! Vermont ... the slogan looks like a warning asking Vermonters to think. Maybe the Governor needs to learn about punctuation placement. Though, no one has ever accused him of being the sharpest tack, this seems like a campaign that is all website and no substance.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by lance740 on 10/23/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign

The governor has previously said that he wants to grow Vermont's population and that is clearly the main purpose of this web site despite the fact that Vermont's population is relatively stable right now and the unemployment rate pretty low.

So what is growing the population going to do for decreasing our green house gas emissions, preventing forest fragmentation, improving water quality, sprawl, traffic congestion, destruction of view sheds, growing more of our own food, and becoming more sustainable? Or don't those critical issues matter?

As global warming creates more catastrophes around the country people are going to want to move here in increasing numbers anyways so why push population growth now. Why not focus on being more resilient in the face of global warming.

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Posted by George Plumb on 10/23/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

"So, widespread search of all state employees private devices has now been sanctioned by Beth Robinson and the rest of the Supreme Court."

Please calm yourself. That's not what the decision says, and this article summarizing the decision doesn't say that either. The decision doesn't authorize any "widespread searches" of government employees' private devices. All it says is: 1) that government agencies should train their employees that they should not have public records on private accounts; and 2) that if a government agency receives a public records request implicating specific employees, the agency must ask those employees either to assure that they don't use private email for public business, or to look for any public records on his or her private email accounts. The only person who needs to do the search is the employee himself. And the only thing he is required to search for is public records. He's not even required to sign an affidavit.

Why is this a bad thing? Don't you agree that public officials and employees should not be using private email to discuss things that fall under their government responsibilities? Frankly, I don't think this affects the average government employee at all. They're not the ones who are using private email to discuss public issues and make public policy and conduct government business. It's the elected officials and agency heads and commissioners, etc., who are using private email to hide their doings from public scrutiny.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/23/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

Managing a contentious public meeting is what employees at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation should be trained to do! That doesn't mean bringing firearms into a meeting. That's intimidating and has no place in Vermont's public discourse. They should have canceled the whole thing if public safety was threatened and tried another route to engage with the public. My guess is DEC has not been sufficiently responsive to the public's concerns and does not have the resources to do the job right.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gina Campoli on 10/23/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

If the ACLU truly cared about these homeless people they would be finding them real housing and sueing the city to create more affordable housing and finding jobs for these people. If the homeless were minorities or illegal immigrants the ACLU would have all ready taken care of the problem. The ACLU is full of shitty lawyers that only care about filling their own pockets. Nice of them to wait until just before winter to take up the cause.

2 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 10/22/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

Well written post Mr. Barrows but it's not "unknown reasons " that have stopped the state from acting . In Vermont dairy farms are , pardon the pun , a sacred cow .

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/22/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

So, widespread search of all state employees private devices has now been sanctioned by Beth Robinson and the rest of the Supreme Court. Any idiot knows that the artificial limitations put on such searches will be ignored and that the vast majority of state employees will not be able to afford to hire legal representation to fight such search demands. Apparently the Vermont Supreme Court believes that state employees are deserving of no personal privacy. Perfect. Everyone wants total transparency in state government? Good. Then the state Supreme Court needs to rule that all employees working with anything that has been seen as confidential information now have no obligation to keep such information confidential and that in the legal arena, no records may be deemed privileged. This will of course put the state at a huge disadvantage but hey, al these idiotic transparency advocates will get what they want, right?

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 10/22/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

Let the shredding and Hillaryesque Bleach-Bitting begin

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Posted by JimM on 10/22/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

This is NOT a comment on the validity of the charges against him but clearly McAllister was correct in firing his first lawyers and withdrawing his initial plea. I wondered at the time if he was making a very risky legal move . I guess he knew better .

Posted by Rich ard on 10/21/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

One way to deal with this problem is to put pressure on the companies that buy milk from the dairy farms that pollute the lake.

20 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Christopher W. on 10/21/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

" . . . this tired armchair whiner."

Ya gotta love the irony. Whether it's anything Mayor Weinberger says or does, whether it's Burlington Town Center, whether it's Burlington Telecom, Ms. Alsop describes hereself exactly.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/21/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

The Lake Carmi watershed a very small, less the 8,000 acres including the 1,400 acre lake, Pollution from dairy farms is 85% of the problem according state documents. There is no dispute on this number. Significant water quality improvement would be made if the state would correct the farming practices of a dozen landowners. The state has a 10 year plan to clean up Carmi. The plan could be one year if the state would focus on these 12 landowners. Unlike other industries, there have been no fines or penalties for any dairy polluters on the lake. For unknown reasons the state does not want to enforce water quality rules on the polluters on the lake. Instead, they have armed guard enforce meeting rules to quite down the free speech of local residents being vocal about the cyanobacteria crisis on their lake.

34 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Barrows on 10/21/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

DWI is a choice and endangers others. Leaders set the example. They are standard-bearers, so the bar is high (no pun intended). If she is unwilling to uphold the standards expected of a Senator and ordained minister, then she should relinquish the responsibilities entrusted to her. Judge her spiritually? No, only God can do so but in terms of the obligations she willingly accepted? Absolutely! A higher standard is expected of those who write the laws of a state and the covenants for a church. There is no balance sheet wherein good deeds from the past offset a complete abrogation of authority and the responsibility associated therewith. Reverence and respect for the office and the high standards associated therewith must be safeguarded or there will be none.

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Posted by Blaine McAvoy on 10/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Barbara Alsop ...only 4 words for you "Well Bless Your Heart"!!!!!

14 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Vermont's First Target Store Is Coming to South Burlington

Target may actually save the mall, which would be good given that South Burlington has moved its library there. Like many, I haven't found any reason to go to the mall for years. This I might check out.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Vermont Panel Recommends No New Fees for Water Cleanup

Juxtapose this article with the one about the anger at the Lake Carmi meetings about the algae blooms there, and I think you can understand why people may be upset by this decision. Lake Carmi is a destination vacation spot, and it doesn't speak well of Vermont's care for its tourism business if it doesn't act now to stop the deterioration of Vermont waters. Yes, we need more mental health facilities and other issues raised by Tim Ashe and others. But tourism is Vermont's life's blood until the new Vermont slogan has people knocking at our door. And our waters are our summer attraction. We all know what bad snow years do to our economy. Will summers now be "bad" years too?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Typical racist, right-wing rant from Donna. Big deal that she knows kids who survived abuse without problems. If we all reacted the same to the same conditions, what a sorry state we'd be in. I presume the ones treating him for his psychiatric problems are better judges of his actual problem that this tired armchair whiner.

9 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:01 PM

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