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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Fair Game

Re: “Overtime: Vermont Legislature Sets Stage for Veto Battle

The VT NEA is very effective at buying votes and I dont like it!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/25/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Overtime: Vermont Legislature Sets Stage for Veto Battle

"Casey is fond of tying Scott to very conservative governors in other states. At last week's union rally, he brandished a sign that read "Governor Scott ... Walker?""

Seriously? Where exactly were Casey and the Vermont Democratic Party when Mitzi Johnson and Donna Sweaney interfered with the collective bargaining process during the last contract negotiations between VSEA and the State? Johnson and her minions in the legislature wrote an open letter to Gov Shumlin demanding that the administration put a very low cap on wage increases for state employees. Did you hear a peep from Casey or really any democratic legislators? Did anyone try and paint that as union busting (which is what it was) or did Casey accuse Johnson of being Walker-lite?

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Roy on 05/24/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Rookie Mistakes: Vermont's Three New Leaders Collide

Excellent to see this kind of frank, unflinching coverage.

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Posted by Jeff Good on 05/17/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Rookie Mistakes: Vermont's Three New Leaders Collide

Mythical only to those that have not been paying attention.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/17/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Rookie Mistakes: Vermont's Three New Leaders Collide

So far as Governor, Phil Scott has revealed for "all that" experience in state government he has shockingly little clue at how government actually works.

Scott has also shown that when he suddenly wants something but doesn't get his way he will act like a petulant child and bend truths in order to get it (like claiming there is $26 mil to save in the budget this year, or that the savings wouldn't happen even if the legislature did absolutely nothing).

Scott is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A dumb wolf, but a wolf none the less.

9 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by SandyWhiteRiver on 05/17/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Rookie Mistakes: Vermont's Three New Leaders Collide

When Scott can substantiate his mythic $26 million figure, perhaps he can get some cooperation. He shouldn't expect it until he can.

10 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/17/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Scott's Session: A Political Success, But a Mixed Bag on Policy

Your assumptions are not correct, ironically. Never supported Shummy, whom we thought somewhat lacking in character.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 05/04/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Scott's Session: A Political Success, But a Mixed Bag on Policy

"we are Progressive/Democrats who supported Scott this time around for just that reason!"

I'm glad you've come around, but you say you're a Prog/Dem. if you've voted consistently for the Left to control the legislature since the early 1990s (with a brief interruption in the early 2000s), and if you voted for Shumlin for 3 terms, then it seems to me that you deliberately voted for creating the policies that you now don't like. Why would someone vote in policymakers who supported high taxes, high spending, and an anti-growth, anti-business attitude, only to turn around and vote for someone to try to stop those policies?

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/03/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Scott's Session: A Political Success, But a Mixed Bag on Policy

And he won't be threatened, as long as he continues to listen and respond to a concern of many VTer's, particularly in Chittenden Co: namely that taxes and real estate prices are out of control!! It is making the feasibility of retirement in VT for us older folks less and likely, and making it darn near impossible for younger folks to buy a home Something must be done, and we are Progressive/Democrats who supported Scott this time around for just that reason!

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 05/03/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

". . . but its news staff/editorial writers are pretentious self-important smart-asses, puerile college newspaper wannabes pretending to be adults. As exemplified in this article, they generally think that they themselves are a vital and interesting component of stories, regardless of the ostensible subject. Journalists injecting themselves into stories are charlatans; opinion editors injecting their egos into stories are fools."

Um . . . exactly like all of the journalists whom Bernie DOES talk to.

With one vital difference. As the Senator from Vermont (remember?), Bernie's supposed to talk to OUR pretentious, self-important, smart-ass, puerile, college newspaper wannabes, not the ones from all of the other places.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/26/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Whose Records? Public Information Law Can Be a Maze

F for transparency.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by The Oracle on 04/26/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Whose Records? Public Information Law Can Be a Maze

How ironic that you quote Jon Groveman. When he was ANR General Counsel and I filed public records requests, his response was that it would cost $1000 just to prepare the redaction log. The then-author of this column filed a similar request and was told the same thing. Under Gov. Shumlin, Jon Groveman participated in not complying with the law, which at the very least requires state agencies to provide a record of the documents they decline to provide, and the reason why. His successor filled four years of public records requests for me, and there was no charge.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 04/26/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

Vermont government offices trying to institute Fascist policies. Awesome. Expect nothing less from our legislature

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 04/20/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

More like a Black Hole ...

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 04/20/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

"The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret" WHY??? What are they trying to hide???
When they want to pass a bill that has SECRET in it, makes me wonder especially when it's the democrats trying to push it through..SNEAKY comes to mind..

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/20/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

VPIRG continually makes the link between money in politics and the buying of votes. They are heavily invested in buying votes. Why didn't you mention VPIRG's hypocrisy?

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by A. Smith on 04/20/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

Ethics reform fail.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by The Oracle on 04/19/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Ashes to Ashes: Smoking Bill Puts Senators in Bind

What about cannabis? These people exude hypocrisy.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by clamjam22 on 04/13/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Ashes to Ashes: Smoking Bill Puts Senators in Bind

Tobacco is one of the most destructive drugs on our society, and unlike heroine, the health effects of this dangerous drug not only effect the user but everyone around them. It is incredibly addictive and the industry adds ingredients to cigarettes to make them even more so.
Not only does smoking dramatically increase your risk for lung cancer and throat and mouth cancer, it is also a leading cause of lung disease like emphysema that leaves folks drowning in their own lung secretions, unable to leave bed or walk across the room without an oxygen tank. It contributes to heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of premature death in this country.
It also adds these risks to any children exposed to this toxic smoke, as well as asthma and other effects on growing and developing bodies.
We routinely restrict the activities or make allowances for folks as they come of age. Drinking is restricted to over 21, young adults are allowed to stay on their parents insurance until their mid 20s.
Restricting access to smokes is a good start that will save lives, improve health, and save the people of Vermont millions in medical bills.
This isn't a liberal versus libertarian issue. This is a common sense issue, and should be at the heart of anyone who cares about the health of our state.
Senators Pearson and Ashe, as fellow Progressives I am particularly puzzled by, and incredibly disappointed in, your lack of support for this needed measure.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by BenEastwood on 04/13/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Without commenting on the entirety of the accusations and implications in this snotty little tirade, let me ask this question: if you were a public figure with a choice in the matter, would you talk to Seven Days? Seven Days performs a valuable public service, but its news staff/editorial writers are pretentious self-important smart-asses, puerile college newspaper wannabes pretending to be adults. As exemplified in this article, they generally think that they themselves are a vital and interesting component of stories, regardless of the ostensible subject. Journalists injecting themselves into stories are charlatans; opinion editors injecting their egos into stories are fools. Senator Sanders' judgement may be called into question on a number of fronts, but he'd be plain crazy to interact with Seven Days on any level, ever.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by prion on 04/12/2017 at 8:58 PM

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