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Re: “Winooski Gay Bar Once Known as Mister Sister Has Closed

Craig was his own worst enemy, playing into the drama on Facebook, etc. Even those who supported him in the argument got tired of the drama.

That being said, it was an unfortunate, totally manufactured and petty issue put forth by a group of angry, militant transexuals hopped up on hormones and ginned up outrage who are continually looking for a reason to be offended and play the victim. Well, congratulations to them. They, with the help of the Pride Center, got what they wanted, they closed him down. I'm sure that they must be proud of themselves.

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Posted by Roy on 07/25/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Fighting the Feds: Vermont Officials Resist Trump Election Commission

Looks like a Judge in DC has oked President Trumps request to collect voter information. Looks like Condos will gave no choice but to comply. The fraud has to stop.

Posted by citizen on 07/25/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Winooski Gay Bar Once Known as Mister Sister Has Closed

It was a cute, funny and memorable name. This wasn't the headquarters for extremist Christians or homophobes, context matters and it is okay to have a sense of humor and flip slurs into a joke. I love my gay friends for many reasons, having a well-developed sense of humor to fight back against the close-minded hate has worked just brilliantly and advanced the cause of civil rights for all.

So now the political correctness police have won, and a respected businessperson has lost. But who really has lost? All of us, but the political correct police can huddle over their righteous indignation and cheer their victory over the solitude of an empty space formerly filled with laughter and community.

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Posted by Penelope on 07/25/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

If that's your opinion, then you're sadly mistaken. Teen pregnancy, abortion and live births are at historic lows. If Planned Parenthood and other programs that prevent teen pregnancy -- programs that btw don't take a single approach but many approaches -- somehow hurt young people, why would this be the case? Get your facts straight. Teens aren't having more sex, or having sex earlier, than they were 20 years ago. These programs aren't bad for kids, they're GOOD for kids, and for society. Having kids too early is a sure route to poverty for mother and child. Preventing it is in everyone's best interest.

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Posted by sayitstraight on 07/25/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Winooski Gay Bar Once Known as Mister Sister Has Closed

This is a sad saga. How hard was it to say "Oh my goodness, I had no idea that was a slur in the trans community. Can you help me think of a new name?" Even if you think the point the critics are making is dumb, it's a good business decision not to unnecessarily offend your customer base.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 07/25/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “South Burlington School District Fights Suit Over Rebels Petition

To put context around the type of baggage the word rebel has here is a history lesson.

Check out - I'm a Good old rebel - ( Confederate Song )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omqqGViq3N…

Or

Rare Footage of Civil War Veterans Doing the Rebel Yell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6jSqt39vF…

Rebel actually sounds a lot better now, because those guys stood for something "white" I mean "right".

Posted by Don Johnson on 07/24/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “State Rejects Initial Application for Irasburg and Lowell Wind Project

So nice to see the Public Utilities Commission (formerly the PSB) truly applying the law. In prior rulings, they often gave wind developers a free pass. Kudos to Roisman, the new Chairman, for his sound leadership.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 07/24/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

Dumb nigger, dumb nigger, dumb nigger, dumb nigger.

Doesn't sound so bad when at home or work reading it on your desktop or phone. Seems natural doesn't it? If you agree then petition to ensure this poor white guy doesn't get charge, so he can teach his children about the 1% of dumb niggers (of 96% white people) in Vermont he has interacted with.

This type of behavior should not be tolerated or normalized. Just reading these comments it surprises and saddens me. Its like we have not learned anything from history.

I know Vermonter pride themselves on how accepting they are but for the 'others' who are not or have some preconceived views of people with darker skin, I just want to let you know people of color are not dumb and know when people have these preconceived views.

People of color can sense it. So there is no need to tolerate their presence they acknowledge it when they are shopping or in a coffee shop or simply walking on the street. The stares and/or hesitations by looking down to the floor tell it all.

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Posted by Don Johnson on 07/24/2017 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

? Is it really that hard to look up Vermont statutes? http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/13/031/01455
(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. 1455)
1455. Hate-motivated crimes

A person who commits, causes to be committed, or attempts to commit any crime and whose conduct is maliciously motivated by the victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the U.S. Armed Forces, disability as defined by 21 V.S.A. 495d(5), sexual orientation, or gender identity shall be subject to the following penalties:

(1) If the maximum penalty for the underlying crime is one year or less, the penalty for a violation of this section shall be imprisonment for not more than two years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

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Posted by j bliza on 07/24/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “State Rejects Initial Application for Irasburg and Lowell Wind Project

Good news for the environment .Now with the money we will save lets do some
thing to preserve the the environment like putting carbon back into the soil.

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Posted by Bill Roddy on 07/24/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

When I took birth control I paid for it not anyone else, plus I wasn't messing around with guys at 13 and up either.. thats the age when a lot of teenagers are getting pregnant..but planned parenthood encourage young teens to have sex in my opinion, have sex if you get pregnant we'll abort it for you..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/24/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

They said they aren't saying if there was a name..nothing like jumping to conclusions which most of you are doing and the one who said .... "That is the source of his fury this is the act of impotency. Now besides be a loser white dude stuck in Vermont hes got a criminal felony record on his back forever. He knows he is loser and he is furious like so many of his ilk." Wow sounds like that person is being a racist..I'm not saying the young man isn't wrong for what he did, because he did destroy property.. but there was no threat against Hines but Hines is afraid of words...like the old adage says.. "STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK MY BONES BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME"..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/24/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Swastika, Racial Slur Found in Burlington Library Bathroom

The library has become a homeless hotel of sorts. In addition to the pile of needles one finds in the bathroom, a photo originally published with this article pictured a homeless person sleeping on the floor. Seems one can learn all sorts of things at the Fletcher library.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/24/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

Written,

Cannon used racial slurs while threatening to kill an 8-year old child. That's a crime directed at an individual, thus, the hate crime charge. https://www.hiiraan.com/comments2-news-200…

In this case, there's no threat of violence, and no crime directed at Hines. Thus, no hate crime charge.

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Posted by Steve0 on 07/24/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

All agencies - whether privately or publically funded must demonstrate outcomes. Funders demand it and any organization worth its salt needs and wants to know how they are doing in a meaningful way. It requires data gathering and evaluation and it's rigorous. Most not-for-profits are not well equipped to implement this process with fidelity and this is where Youth Catalytics comes in. Aside from the incredible work on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention project side, Youth Catalytics also works to promote organizations to be at their best by delivering the greatest value to their stakeholders and client communities they exist to serve. This decision is a watershed in prevention based services and will impact both directly and indirectly for years to come.

Vicky Smith

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Posted by Vicky Smith on 07/24/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Vermont Officials Prepare for Lower Revenues, Budget Cuts

It is positively amazing that the brain trust of Vermont has no clue what the reality is. Vermont is becoming increasingly unaffordable and the business climate is gloomy. There won't be an improvement until we get leadership that understands.

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Posted by Veggiguy on 07/24/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

The question about the evidence to support the work of non-profits is a challenging one. Most non-profit budgets are dedicating every dollar they can to front line services for families. While this is noble and where we all want the money to go, it also means that efforts to gather data, evaluate and train staff, go unfunded. The non-profit sector absolute NEEDS Youth Catalytics to support the lack of infrastructure that goes unfunded in non-profit agencies and to ensure that services that are being provided are evidence based and high quality. It is also essential to understand that not all evidence based programs work in every setting, being able to be nimble and adapt new innovative and evidence informed practices with efficacy and evaluation are essential to ensuring that people are better off as a result of the work. This decision to defund Youth Catalytics is short sighted and has the potential to derail more than one organization.

~Kimberly-Ann Coe

15 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Kim Cyr Coe on 07/24/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Swastika, Racial Slur Found in Burlington Library Bathroom

Was this found above the pile of needles that can often be found in the library bathrooms?

Also, "Donna Boutin", a swastika was drawn by people who want to look like victims? Are you joking, or are you really that dense?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by planetacer09 on 07/24/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “A Rash of Goat Thefts Has Vermont Farmers Scratching Their Heads

Vermont, where men are men? And even the goats are nervous!

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 07/24/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

Thank you for the kind words about Spectrum, Penelope, we appreciate it! It's hard for small nonprofits to develop quality programs on their own when they are already very busy working on the front lines. This is where an organization like Youth Catalytics makes a huge difference. We at Spectrum think very highly of them and hope they can continue their important work.

17 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Sarah Woodard on 07/24/2017 at 8:23 AM

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