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Re: “Sunlight and Scandal: GOP Lawyer Brady Toensing Stirs Up Vermont Politics

I was saddened to read Alicia Freeses well-written article on Brady Toensing. Its unfortunate to find out that the current rancorous political atmosphere of hyper-partisanship has crept into our Vermont culture. Im worried about this. Our family moved to Vermont a few years ago from the D.C metropolitan area, in large part because of the kindness and community-oriented style of Vermonters. Toensing stresses the adversarial nature of politics. However, its been my experience, speaking (as an independent voter) to members of various parties in this state, that there is also collegiality among the people in public service. Due to his lack of balance, he only seems to go after the records of Democrats and Progressives, Mr. Toensing, while very talented and intelligent, seems a bit disingenuous in saying, Some people do crosswords. I write public records requests. Thanks to Ms. Freese for writing this article. It shed some light on the pattern of Mr. Toensings actions and also highlighted the discrepancies with his explanations of them. For these reasons, Im worried that he might become the face of the Republican Party in Vermont.

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Posted by Taylor S on 07/17/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

Everyone got old! (including this reader!) Yikes!

By the way, the answer is bar-b-ques. That's always the answer.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 07/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Sunlight and Scandal: GOP Lawyer Brady Toensing Stirs Up Vermont Politics

A true watchdog shines the light on everyone. Toensing is partisan, and kind-of admits it, but still holds out enough so he can accuse anyone of complaining as being against "truth" (and thus guilty by association--what do YOU have to hide?).

I'd like to see his strong talents put to more bipartisan, people oriented pursuits. He could be just the type of person to bring people together (aka the old GOP). Alas, scorched earth. A waste.

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Posted by Tom Darling on 07/15/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Sunlight and Scandal: GOP Lawyer Brady Toensing Stirs Up Vermont Politics

So a Pulitzer Prize winner said about Toensing , "He's got a nose for a good story and can ferret out hypocrisy and scandal." Well yes he recognizes it because he creates it .
I do agree with him that in a state dominated by Democrats. "The inclination of one-party systems to be inept and corrupt " The danger is his solution may be worse then the problem .
Did he move to Vermont because it's a good place to raise a family ? No thanks for doing your best to change that .

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Posted by Rich ard on 07/13/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

Raffi at Oberlin! Perfection!

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Posted by Helen Morrow on 07/08/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

Yay to Dykes to Watch out For, and thank you, Alison.

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Posted by Wendell Ricketts on 07/07/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

I remember when Raffi was in diapers. Wow!

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Posted by Chloe on 07/07/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

How refreshing to see a new Dykes to Watch Out For! love it :-)

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Posted by emily lanxner on 07/06/2017 at 11:08 PM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

Thank you Alison - I love seeing all the characters age, and especially JR's "WWWWD?" response in the bottom panels.

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Posted by Cie on 07/06/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

After reading Fun Home, it's awesome to see you still catch me unprepared. Great work!

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Posted by Kaleb Walker on 07/06/2017 at 2:05 AM

Re: “'Dykes to Watch Out For' Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country

Love this, Alison. Thanks.

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Posted by Lisa Berg on 07/05/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “No More Mr. Nice Guy: Will Scott's 'Hardball' Approach Hurt Him?

The conventional wisdom may say Scott looked "strong" in this confrontation, but paying attention to the details shows that he came up a day late and dollar short, caving for what had been offered before. If Vermonters are really impressed with his performance, I have a bridge I could sell them.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 07/03/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “No More Mr. Nice Guy: Will Scott's 'Hardball' Approach Hurt Him?

One term. Let's vote him out.

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Posted by clamjam22 on 06/30/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “No More Mr. Nice Guy: Will Scott's 'Hardball' Approach Hurt Him?

Any positive change in government direction is good in Vermont due to the downward spiral I've witnessed since I moved here.

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Posted by Brian Cauble on 06/29/2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “No More Mr. Nice Guy: Will Scott's 'Hardball' Approach Hurt Him?

Tim Newcomb really captured Scott, especially in the eyes.

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Posted by DogLover392 on 06/28/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Blow Hard

Max Aldrich is more then likely on the take and borrowing from these wind funds for his personal benefit. On the surface it's a new town truck for $175,000 (twice in 3 years) and in the case of the first old truck, it was sold off to another town employee without any transparency. Special meeting last month to borrow another 175k for a new truck. Where the one that is being replaced ends up will be a no brainer. Unfortunately it's been made too easy for him to get over on the taxpayers as he is not only a selectmen, but also head of the highway department and town employee so he is his own boss. Vermont has no ethics committee like most other states and with 3 people running the town it's simple for them to achieve any and every agenda they conceive without oversight or dispute.

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Posted by nek on 06/21/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Office Politics: Juggling 3.2 Million Square Feet of Space

The space should be used as "A Cure For Wellness" retreat for Montpelier's finest. All are welcome and never leave. The dark twin of the capital.

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Posted by Green Mountain Boy on 06/16/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Governing by Numbers: Is Scott's 'Six-Three-One' Slogan Good Public Policy?

"This is a slogan that doesn't really mean anything."

True.

But perhaps you didn't notice that the meaningless slogan you speak of originated from your ally Lade.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/12/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Governing by Numbers: Is Scott's 'Six-Three-One' Slogan Good Public Policy?

"We need real policy, not just slogans that don't mean anything."

This is a slogan that doesn't really mean anything.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 06/12/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Governing by Numbers: Is Scott's 'Six-Three-One' Slogan Good Public Policy?

"We need real policy, not just slogans that don't mean anything."

I couldn't agree more.

Pushing for a statewide teachers contract -- at least on healthcare benefits -- IS real policy. Policy that was previously proposed by Democratic Governor Dean and Democratic Speaker Ralph Wright (a former teacher). Leaving the Speaker's podium to cast a tie-breaking vote to maintain the status quo of the teachers union's puppetmaster control over the legislature? That is not "real policy." That is just craven politics.

Slogans like "We're for local bargaining," and "It's all about the children," are slogans that don't mean anything.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/10/2017 at 10:01 AM

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