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Re: “After Decades of Feuding, Is It Time to Disband the Tiny Town of Victory?

I am commenting as a person that will be registering to vote in Victory very soon. We have owned property in Victory since 2003. We have never voted in Victory because although we spent lots of time here we lived in Maryland. It was always our intention to retire here and we have sold our house in Maryland and as of January we are permanent residents of Vermont. Looking on line it seems pretty cut and dry as to who can vote here. The online form says if you do not live IN VERMONT YOU CANNOT VOTE HERE. Do not complete this form.
Tracey Martels lawsuit seems to be right on the money.
We have always paid non resident taxes in Victory... what do those voters in question pay?

Posted by Spiritseeker on 01/09/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Vermont Legislature Poised to Approve Legal Weed in 2018

The biggest problem I have is that the same people that worry about the driving under the influence, as I do, are OK to allow "Safe injection sites" HELLO....HEROIN IS SO MUCH WORSE to drive on....any opiate in fact! When you are prescribed pain medication they should contact DMV and suspend Your license while on it. Cell Phones also kill more lives, me as a tax payer say something has got to give and if wee could make money on this, like tobacco and alcohol, and not pay to incarcerate tedious offenses of less than an ounce...why not.

Posted by Judy Supernault on 01/04/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

As civil and laid-back as VT may be, there's always room for a cool head! Something about our congress, it's great at generating crises that got passed down through the communication channels. Phil could always put these exigencies in context...and the work would get done! Period!!! Incredible guy to work for as well!!! Tom Smith

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tom Smith 1 on 12/18/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Way to go Phil eh?

Posted by Allan Nicholls on 12/16/2017 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thank you Phil for all you have done. I got my start as a union organizer at IBM in 1999. When IBM made the pension and medical changes it woke something up in me that I never knew existed. Bernie came out and held a massive meeting at St. Michael and I was Sold on the idea that as worker's there was power when people stood up and made their voices heard.
You were the guy I could always go to and talk to about what was happening at IBM. You
would always be the one on the front line at Bernie Office to address the many fights We took on at IBM. I just Have to Say Thank You With All My Heart!! Earl Mongeon

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Earl Mongeon on 12/14/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Bernie, and by association, you, changed my life. Thank you.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Diane Driver on 12/14/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

To a great guy and a hardy soul. Thanks for all your service to VT and the country. Now en joy some time for yourself before rejoining the fray....Jerry Skapof, Manchester

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Jerry Skapof on 12/14/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

PHil has been a loyal family friend, A super advocate for Vermont. and a wonderful resource for our family. Phil your absence in public life will be a loss. Thank you my friend, for all you do, all you've done, and all you will continue to do.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by timburgessinvt on 12/14/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thank you, Phil. For your devotion to the unions and working people of Vt. Im sure you will continue to contribute. The best to you, Judy Atkins. Retired UE.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Judy Atkins on 12/14/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Thank you, Sir ...

I will never forget meeting you, Bernie, and Jane on July 4th, 2015 in Crestin, IA. It was literally a spiritual experience for the many of us who drove there from multiple towns and cities of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Illinois and beyond, bonding with Iowans, in solidarity for a Bernie 2016 win. You were immediately kind and gracious to us all.

I am forever grateful for your confidence in me and the responsibility you entrusted me with in MO. Having nothing but passion in my heart for BERNIE 2016 was enough, thank you. Whenever, I requested anything, I am still in awe, with everything you had on your plate, you
quickly provided me with the tools I needed to rally labor and help grow the grassroots movement in the Missouri and Kansas region.

Finally, thank you, simply for your kindness and warmth. You are clearly, a genuinely good soul and I am grateful for your kindness. When our paths did cross, you greeted me with gratitude and warmth, you were and are so kind.

A part of me still expects to see you on the sidelines at events or appearances - perhaps a few cameos are in the future - but for those of us who were graced by you, we know how instrumental you were, connecting #AllofUs in this profoundly beautiful and necessary movement.

Thank you.

In solidarity,

Tessa E. Sheehan
Grassroots Volunteer Organizer
Kansas City

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Tessa Elizabeth Sheehan on 12/14/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

One of the nicest, most decent guys in the business. Thank you Phil for your dedication to the progressive cause and for bringing Bernie to the national audience. Much love and respect. <3

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mlv2sing on 12/14/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

"Vermont would be lucky to have her. Unlike all the other bought & owned politicians who the low life people on here get off to. Thank God for Bernie."

Hmm. I think this comment from a Bernie Bro proves my point. She's being supported because she's related to Bernie. And, by the way: she isn't "bought and owned?" I'd say she was bought and owned by her stepfather, who gave her paid campaign jobs, and by her mother, who gave her family tens of thousands of dollars from Burlington College before helping to sink that institution.

". . . establish that she is as qualified or more qualified at the outset as were any of the men who have been Burlington's mayor over the the last forty years or so."

Well, I'll give you that she's more qualified than Bob Kiss, but I'm guessing that HIS utter lack of qualifications for being mayor probably didn't stop you for voting for him twice.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/14/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Lifelong pal of all pals. I am so proud of what you and Bernie have done! I know every time we got together be it on Maui or a Red Sox game, Bernie was never far away. The phone calls... He depended on you greatly and I am certain he will miss you greatly as well.
When people say Bernie's too old to run in 2020, I respond with the amazing energy and time commitment he gives every day. He expects the same from his staff and you gave it in spades. What Bernie has accomplished with your help is both amazing and wonderful. It may be the kick in the pants this nation needed to accomplish increased wealth equality, tax reform and universal healthcare. Who would have thunk it? The Revolution has begun and you should be deeply proud of the huge impact Bernie has made with your significant support. Nation changing my friend.
Hope to see more of you in the near future. Aloha Plenty. Bernie 2020.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Victoria Cheromcka on 12/14/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

I first met this kind and open-minded man in Goose Lake, Ia, where he sat across from mom and I at one of the head-tables. We were there to see Bernie. He listened intently to what constituents were saying to him. He drove Bernie nearly a red utility vehicle that gets okay gas mileage. I imagine it was his had Vermont plates. I ran into Phil, again, on 13 other rallies when I volunteered for The Bern. He always had a smile of recognition and a kind word to say...he made those of us who felt unimportant, feel important. Thanks to Phil, my eldest got to Bernie's side for a picture with the man. Phil made good things happen to the people around Bernie. I think Phil has learned much from his father. To be a good man is a difficult thing, in 2017. But, did it! I am proud to say, I have made this man's acquaintance and we had face recognition on the campaign trail. That means much to a small town girl from Iowa. Enjoy your life, Phil! You deserve it! If you are ever in Iowa, drive up and see us!

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sarah Elliott on 12/13/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Phil -- a great loss to Bernie, but kudos to you for all your tremendous work (!!)and your realization that it's time to move to family and personal relationships. After all you have given, it's time to give to yourself. I admire your commitment and perseverance over so many years. Thanks for all you have done to make us proud to be from Vermont and for advancing Bernie's agenda!

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by DeeBee on 12/13/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

What a dumb headline. I swear Vermont has some of the goofiest local News Organizations I've ever seen. Why do Vermont people put up with this?

4 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Vermont would be lucky to have her. Unlike all the other bought & owned politicians who the low life people on here get off to. Thank God for Bernie.

7 likes, 41 dislikes
Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Carina Driscoll Says She'll Run for Burlington Mayor 'Her' Way

Wow, shocking the kind of trash that comes up in the comment section these days. I bet these are hillary loons or republican clowns.

9 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by blackout07maroon on 12/13/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

I have known Phil all his life, his dad was my Dr. as a kid and stitches me up more then I want to talk about. Spent many overnights at his house and meals with his family. Great friend, who has done a wonderful job all these years with Bernie. Congratulations Bernie for picking the right guy for you so many years ago.
Phil, you are making the right choice to be able to spend time in Montreal, and in Burlington with the two people you love the most. Happy days ahead my friend, enjoy life. To quote the great Jimmy V. Every day you should laugh, think and let your emotions bring you to tears. You have a lot of years left Phil and knowing you you will use them wisely.
Call me and lets play some golf. Well done my life long friend.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by William Smith on 12/13/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career

Loss of a wonderful political, social and labor asset? I doubt it as dedication like Phil lives every day rarely goes far away. Thank you for your service and I hope this means you may be around more. Great advice on spending time with Pop. They all leave us too soon so cherish every moment.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bob Hooper on 12/13/2017 at 9:45 PM

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