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Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

This is sick. If they are that stupid to shoot up, they deserve the consequences of their actions. To actually give them a place to do it and supply the poison is nothing short of insane. Maybe if they started to drop dead people might sit up and take notice that perhaps shooting ups isn't such a bright idea. NO. No tears or sympathy for these idiots. They are dangerous to you, me, our kids, and our society.

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Posted by Peter Morgan on 07/16/2018 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

No, hes doing EXACTLY what he accuses everyone else of doing. Raising obscene amounts of money in politics.

And please explain, dear Philo, regardless of who the money comes from, why he needs it? What is he actually going to use it for? He SOLICITS it as for his Senate re-election. But he absolutely, positively doesnt need it for that and isnt going to use it for that. So hes just a hypocritical fraud. Thats all.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/16/2018 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

Something is missing from your commentary but that tends to happen when you pick out a line or two that serves your point from an entire article.


"The donations came entirely from individuals; he took no money from corporations or political action committees."

Hence, taking the money out of politics.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/16/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

SISs are a bad idea. They perpetuate the misery of the addict by giving up on them and expect that there is no help for them except to die an eventual early death. The 100% "positive" studies for SISs are unscientific at best, self-serving at worse. They increase public overdoses, public deaths, public use, needle litter, homelessness, crime.

My arguments against SISs are in the comment section here. I also include more positive scenarios for user/addicts by experts in the field:…

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Posted by don honda on 07/16/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

It's very important that Bernie keep those millions and millions of campaign dollars rolling in because, lord knows, he faces a tough, tough reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Oh, but wait:

"Sanders will have little reason to draw on his overstuffed war chest. He remains extremely popular, and his declared challengers have little or no political experience."

Hmm. You're saying he's a shoo-in for reelection? You're saying he doesn't actually NEED that incredibly large campaign warchest? Gee, then why is he amassing it? Why is he calling for campaign donations that he doesn't need? This is really strange to me, cuz Bernie constantly talks about the obscene amount of money in politics.

Maybe you could ask Bernie why he raised all this campaign cash he actually doesn't need? Oh, but that's right, you can't ask him, because he won't talk to the Vermont media.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/16/2018 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

The problem only continues to grow no matter what we do. Maybe the City's solutions are part of the problem.

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Posted by BDE on 07/16/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

How about cutting upper management's pay to give to the nurses. They don't need all of that money. Or they can just cut some of upper management. For being supposedly non profit they seem to have a good profit..

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Posted by Gi Grape on 07/16/2018 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

Two things.
First, the term, addict. This is really beside the point (and not operationally defined). We're talking about persons who use opiates. That covers it.

Second, the question of the relationship between supervised injection sites and the prevalence of drug use is empirical. Sorry, Sarah George. The facts are not on your side. For information, see….

I'm not saying that this is a perfect solution to a vexing problem. But these facilities do not encourage drug use.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 07/16/2018 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

Will the council also be open to putting used needle boxes on Church Street, or will we only support solutions kept out of the public eye and mind?

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Posted by btv4all on 07/16/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Walters: Campaign Donations Are Light in Race for Governor

GOP Dark Money is waiting to see how unhinged Stern sounds in comparison to Scott. If Stern is more rabid and removed from reality then he will get the lion's share of outsider loot. Scott is being seen as a "liberal" because of the weak kneed attempt at gun control legislation he signed earlier this year. If Scott wants to win the GOP nomination he better start taking his policy cues from Alex Jones and StormFront, which is the heartbeat of Republican politics.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 07/16/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

I hope the union does hold another strike vote immediately. It's already clear that Whelan has no intention of re-negotiating in good faith. And the fact that she was willing to spend $3m over two days to AVOID paying nurses what they're worth, as opposed to spending approximately $4.6m over an entire year* to pay them what they ARE worth, speaks volumes as to her priorities.

The community is behind you, nurses. Patients before profits!!

*$14m difference between what the nurses are requesting and the hospital is offering, divided by three years.

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Posted by Oleander on 07/16/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

This article is so inadequate. Key issues are ignored or glossed over. For example, 24% over three years is catch up for a decade of stagnant wages (ranking 47th in nation), while exec salaries soared, hospital trustees signed a contract with Sinex to occupy high priced offices in the new towers downtown, and UVM Medical Center exceeded its net patient revenue budget (surplus) by $38.3 million.…

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Posted by leaterhune on 07/15/2018 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Walters: State of Vermont Settles EB-5 Civil Cases

Mr. Hoffer, I am not looking for a fight. Just expressing my opinion.
If you have any brains, you never fight with a state auditor.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 07/15/2018 at 9:28 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

The hospital can afford to do it, Gi, because they're gouging the rest of us. To heck with increasing about cutting them so that the government doesn't need to mandate heath coverage to ensure that it can fund essential programs? A lot of non-healthcare folks have to work overtime just to afford health care, and they're going to have to work more overtime if costs go up.

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Posted by Scuba on 07/15/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Is Vermont's Front Porch Forum Moderating Civil Discussion — or Censoring Free Speech?

FPF censors content... Conservative comments and it is arbitrary


Posted by James Sinon on 07/14/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

There has to be more to this than a 24% raise. What are the other demands? I do agree with the hospital that 24% is not realistic. Even the 13% over 3 years is far more than most will get.

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Posted by Ted Miles on 07/14/2018 at 8:04 PM

Re: “First Satellite Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in South Burlington

I bet you the Lt Gov. ole Zuckerman has his permit, probably was the 1st one to get it..!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2018 at 7:54 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

The union is supposed to help their members by helping with food, bills whatever. They don't do that anymore? The union is upset that all nurses didn't do the strike.? So are those nurses scabs too? No they aren't They are nurses. "not having all our colleagues join us in that effort is disappointing, she said. So it will be a little difficult working side by side with those folks, but were professionals and well do what we have to do to take care of our patients. It shouldn't be difficult to work alongside each other. Maybe it will be with Tristin Adie, a nurse practitioner and member of the union bargaining team. .. Not everyone has to follow along with the union. The union bosses get paid, but the protesters don't while protesting. I hope the nurses do get a decent raise it may not be what they want but hopefully, they can come to an agreement...

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Walters: VT Dems Hire New Executive Director

This is a fantastic choice! Having met Mr. Massey when he was last in Vermont, I saw how hard he works for Vermonters. Unlike, Conor Casey, Massey will allow the People to lead the VDP not the other way around and he certainly isn't a partisan attack dog!

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Posted by jules44 on 07/14/2018 at 6:05 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Return to Work Saturday

I hate that in an emergency UVM Medical is the only local choice as it is so clearly mismanaged. Having been a patient there under emergency conditions within the last couple years, I saw first hand how poorly the place was run.

In recent years, whenever I have been referred to a specialist at the hospital, it has been equally mismanaged. One time the specialist didn't show up after they had called me 3 times to confirm and I showed up having taken half a day off work for the appointment. My other appointments weren't much better. I no longer will take referrals to hospital associated specialists because they don't have enough time to spend with patients to ever diagnose and treat them due to the over scheduling and mismanaging of resources.

Nurses at the hospital often have to pick up all the dropped balls to make sure patients feel cared for and, more importantly, are cared for. Given UVM's serious issues with understaffing and time management, this is a huge burden and we all should support our nurses as they may one day pick up the dropped ball that saves our lives.

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Posted by jules44 on 07/14/2018 at 6:00 PM

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