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Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

Eva rocks! My wife and I had been missing her reporting the last week or so and then didn't see her on the evening news. We were afraid she had possibly moved on to a larger TV station out of state. Luckily, she will return and we look forward to her continued success.

Posted by old folks on 04/26/2018 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Legislative Analysts: $58 Million Needed to Hold Down Vermont Property Taxes

Every time the property tax on your house goes up the value of your home is reduced by an equal amount, it's that simple, people can only afford a payment per month of a certain amount. The VTNEA needs an education in math, but what the hey, they get raises every year to cover their tax increases......why should they care what their neighbors home is worth.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Paul Lorenzini on 04/26/2018 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Tax-and-Regulate Pot Bill Revived in Vermont House

Awesome! Particularly with the GOP so hyper-focused on money rather than public policy (see toxics) this makes a lot of sense.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by stellaquarta on 04/26/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Vermont Tax Chief Declines to Detail Education Funding Proposal

Thanks, Chris. It's fixed.

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Posted by Matthew Roy on 04/26/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Vermont Tax Chief Declines to Detail Education Funding Proposal

affect, not effect

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Posted by Chris Roy on 04/26/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Committed: A Son's Mental Illness, a Father's Fight

So sad, this is why I became my daughter's guardian. The road we travel is hard , navigating the state and other agencies . I fight daily as some "well meaning" agencies can and will exploit those with mental illness or Autism. My biggest fear is the future, but hopefully I have done all I can and she will be safe and well! Do not give up the fight!

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Posted by Robin Martin on 04/26/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Vermont Tax Chief Declines to Detail Education Funding Proposal

So the Scott Aministration put forth a series of ideas/proposals, what ever you want to call them, in January outlining several ways to address cost reductions within our education system. Since then, not one single committee under the control of Johnson and Ashe have independently pursued the viability of any of these ideas? This should be appalling to all of us. DO YOUR JOBS!!!!

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/26/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Opponents Threaten to Derail Burlington Project

To the people who think that the Champlain Parkway will somehow bring loads of new traffic to Pine Street and the south end, that traffic is already here now on neighborhood streets not built to handle it. Home Ave, Flynn Ave, and Pine St are currently de facto highways and are loud and dangerous. Huge 18-wheelers and non-stop traffic barrage Home, Flynn and Pine and severely reduce quality-of-life for neighborhood residents.

The South End will be saved when the Champlain Parkway is built, Also, it is not being built with taxpayer money. It is being built with federal funds that we already have and will loose if it is not built. The current situation cannot continue and the city and state know it.

However, the misinformation and endless self-serving litigation from the opponents is epic.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 04/26/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Vermont House GOP Mobilizes Behind Scott to Defeat Toxics Bill

Republicans said "the bill is not needed and will do nothing to improve children's safety in Vermont." This sounds like the same excuse they gave for opposing any gun control legislation. At least they are consistent , if not consistently ignorant and indifferent to the Common Good.

Nothing says " 'Murica" to the rest of the world more than putting Corporate Profits over people in such a blatant way. Right wing cannibals call this "American Exceptionalism" and "freedom and liberty" and "free market solutions".

This is more proof that watching Fox News, listening to Rush Limbaugh and reading Drudge Report and Red State online can give you a lobotomy.

5 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 04/26/2018 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Walters: Another Vermont House Committee Chair to Retire

Steve was a friend of mine when I lived in Brandon and went to school there, he was a great guy

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Gi Grape on 04/26/2018 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Committed: A Son's Mental Illness, a Father's Fight

What's sad is when you see someone who has been misdiagnosed and railroaded being force drugged with chemicals that cause tremendous damage. It happens more often than people like to believe. When I was at the old hospital they had at least one person a month come in for an evaluation who wasn't really mentally ill. And once or twice a year one of those people would be committed. There was a story in the Times Argus about a man who spent the last 4 years of his life locked up in the hospital even though after a few years he finally got an evaluation that said he wasn't mentally ill.

There are other cases far worse than that. Here is one from Nebraska of a man who was misdiagnosed as delusional for 20 years. 20 psychiatrists in 20 years could not figure out that he was not really delusional.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/19/dismissal-of-suit-by-man-wrongly-held-in-psych-war/

He finally found a psychiatrist who did a bit of basic research and discovered the truth. The man was released but not even allowed to sue for damages. This case should be known throughout the country because it is one of the worst civil rights violations I know. And I know a LOT. Check the records and see that the VT State Hospital was found guilty of violating patients civil rights for at least a decade back in 2005. That should have been a wake-up call that lead to the end of involuntary 'treatment'. But instead our government doubled down on oppression.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Anti-psych on 04/26/2018 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Legislative Analysts: $58 Million Needed to Hold Down Vermont Property Taxes

According to US News and World Report: Vermont is ranked 8 nationally for education (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/vermont). That's good news and a great ranking, our neighbors are as follows: NY 23, MA 1, NH 4, this tells me we have a lot of work to do. Education is one service provided by state government that should never be subject to funding cuts. A well funded education system lowers crime, increase civic engagment, and help the emotional development of our youth into adults during some of the most critical times in their lives. There are many more benefits that can be listed, but it would take a long time. While the Scott administration does have some good thoughts on how to help contain tangible costs i.e. creating a single health insurance program for all educators in the state. Asking schools to cut funding that is spent on the actual education of our youth is unreasonable. Asking schools to limit per pupil spending is inappropriate; education is not the same for every student so, why should it be funded that way? Almost all education spending is related to the student, this includes building maintenance, busses, food service, office supplies, etc... How can you possibly control a cost that can change depending on what is needed for a child? You can't, a student who excels needs less help (less funds) than a student with an I.E.P. (special ed) who needs more. What about a student whose family is in financial trouble and the school is the only place they get a hot meal? There is no way to predict these events or control the cost of them because many times they are hidden below the surface. I say raise or taxes for the sake of our children.

6 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by DFH VT on 04/26/2018 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Conservative Senator Peg Flory to Hang Up Her Spurs

Great article, Peg Flory has lived her young life and her political career as a survivor and a fierce fighter. I'm thankful that she chose to serve in the Vermont House and Senate, even in minority, for a portion of her professional life.

Posted by Charles N Sandra Russell on 04/26/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Legislative Analysts: $58 Million Needed to Hold Down Vermont Property Taxes

There is a simple progressive way to close the now 58 million dollar gap in the Education Fund and match revenue with expenditures. It is to reduce the payments in income sensitivity payments which now total 173 million dollars and for which incomes up to $147,500 can receive payments.
Rather than simply looking out for lower income Vermonters , income sensitivity has become a ploy similar to what car dealers use with a high sticker price and then discounts to make it appear you are getting a deal.
Resistance to reducing income sensitivity is because it would cause some pain for those with higher wealth now receiving benefits and it would make the true cost of the Education Fund more transparent and put pressure in future years on containing costs. Reducing income sensitivity for those with the most wealth is not a smoke and mirrors one time solution and would require some political courage on all sides.

13 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by John Freitag on 04/26/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Committed: A Son's Mental Illness, a Father's Fight

Sad . Nothing but sad .
I understand that there are no villains here but can't understand why the entire apparatus seems determined to NOT allow family to help their loved ones through mental health crises .Why do the state medical/legal/social agencies work so hard to push the families away ?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 04/25/2018 at 8:44 PM

Re: “A Smartphone App Connects Green Up Day Vermont Volunteers

Yay, Micah! Congratulations!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jmutrux on 04/25/2018 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Scott's Education Plan Includes Proposed Tax Penalties

The problem is that it just plain costs more to provide a basic education at rural schools. It always has, and it always will. And large schools, instead of being encouraged to take advantage of their economy of scale and spend less, are encouraged to spend as much as small schools. This continuing scheme of punishing rural Vermont for being rural and rewarding urban Vermont schools for lavish spending is just going to compound the problem - transferring huge amounts of cash from poorest regions of the state to the wealthiest urban areas.
The idea upon which our education funding system is based, that a certain amount of education costs the same everywhere in the state, seems farcical.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael Eldred on 04/25/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Gun Groups Sue to Strike Down Vermont's New Magazine Limits

When I was a kid we probably plotted to blow up the school a couple of times a month. We were just being kids and fantasizing about our frustration with the system that hated. The reality was that we were never going to act out violently against our fellow students.
Short of sending swat teams to kick in everyone's door and confiscate all firearms you are not going to change anything.
We seem to feel that the problems in our society are a result of the guns or the drugs that are available in our society but ignore the real cause of our states dilemma. The politicians are trying to push this idealistic utopia in Vermont and the end result is that most people can barely afford to live and pay their bills.

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Posted by Creepyoldman on 04/25/2018 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Nonprofits Urge Vermont Lawmakers to Ditch Tax Change

How Worthy Are They ?

If people won't donate to your cause unless the donation can be used as a tax deduction - is it possible your organization isn't all that charitable ? Are wealthy donors motivated by the ability to avoid paying taxes or by the worthiness of the organizations charitable works and acts ? Every dollar donated represents the avoidance of desperately needed tax dollars the Legislature is looking to confiscate in order to finance their own "charitable" agenda - something has got to give !

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brooke Paige on 04/25/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Sanders Raises $1.26 Million for Senate Reelection Campaign

I am not even sure why we hold elections. Bernie, Peter and Patrick will be with us until they die or get tired of serving. Why do they even have to raise money?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Creepyoldman on 04/25/2018 at 6:50 AM

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