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Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

All the teachers are thinking about is money and not the children! They had plenty of time to strike before school started and this is unfair to the kids that will have to make up the days. You should hire substitutes and fire those greedy teachers or pass a bill to ban teacher strikes at least during the school year so it doesn't interfere with classes.

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Posted by kenatwood52 on 09/19/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

Support Burlington taxpayers!! Thank you to these republicans for trying to help taxpayers but it'll be hard for them to get enough votes to pass this no strike law. Teachers have taken advantage of the generosity of taxpayers for too long and it is time for someone to do something to stop them. I don't blame the teachers for not wanting to do 'menial' tasks like hall monitor or lunchroom monitor. If I made upwards of $100,000 a year I'd think I was too special and important to babysit kids during recess or lunch. I mean, I have to work while I supervise other people, but teachers shouldn't have to sit in a lunchroom or at a playground and work on lesson plans while kids are around making noise and stuff.

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Posted by Philip Ell on 09/19/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

I'm sorry to admit I'm switching allegiances as I support struggling taxpayers and their families over teachers. If republicans are brave enough to stand up against these thuggish tactics of the teacher's union, then I will be voting republican for our state legislature.

The calculating way the teachers waited until school began to strike is a blazing neon sign the union could care less about students and parents. Burlington teachers lost my support when they put their demands for ever higher salaries and benefits above our kids. Along with their 16 weeks of vacation and 5 weeks of sick time, teachers are demanding fewer work responsibilities to go along with their raises.

When the Burlington school board agreed to the union's monetary demands, the union added more demands for less work. Because they know this strike has the board and parents over the barrel. Voters are negligent if we allow this situation to continue across Vermont. We need to join the majority of states in passing laws to prevent teachers from striking during the school year and continuing to harm parents and children and our communities.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 09/19/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Jury Acquits Former Vermont Cop Who Shot Drug Suspect in 2014

There is only an anti-police sentiment among certain groups . Most support them . Police have a difficult job where they are expected to perform a job with often unrealistic expectations . They must intervene in dangerous domestic conflicts , deal with drug users where they act as first responders , and many other inherently conflicted situations . I don't grieve for them as the job is reasonably well compensated BUT it is a very difficult job .
I'm impressed that the number of deaths is so low given the amount of crazy dangerous people out there . I wonder how many of these deaths were suicide by cop ? The jury made the right decision in acquitting Palmer . I'm sorry he had to do through this ordeal . It's easy to second guess from the peanut gallery .

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Posted by Rich ard on 09/18/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

This strike is completely unfair to the children of Burlington. The teachers and the administrators should all be docked pay for each day missed, with the money used to pay for substitutes.

And hard to feel sorry for teachers given their average pay is $67,000 per year, and there average retirement pay is $40,000 per year for rest of their life, their medical is paid for rest of life, they get to set asisde $25,000 pretax each year, and they get 12 weeks paid vacation per year. OVERPAID.

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Posted by Scotty Johnston on 09/18/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

This strike is terribly unfair to the great kids of Burlington. The teachers and the administration should be docked pay for each day missed - with the money used to hire substitutes to run the classrooms.

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Posted by Scotty Johnston on 09/18/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

"Only" 27 strikes in 39 years.

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Posted by Matthew Perry on 09/18/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Jury Acquits Former Vermont Cop Who Shot Drug Suspect in 2014

"Anti-police sentiment." Why do you think there is anti-police sentiment in this country? Does it maybe have to do with the fact that in 2017 there have already been 697 people killed by the police in this country? We allow cops to get away with literal murder. 697 deaths. And you know why it keeps happening? Because our justice system allows police officers to get away with it under the guise of "acquittal." Sickening.……

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Posted by embeef2017 on 09/18/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Bern Notice: Sanders Lays Down a Health Care Marker

You know, John Conyers, the democratic congressman from Michigan, has been introducing Medicare for All legislation in the house since 2003. It's not like this is the first time this is being introduced.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 09/16/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Census Bureau: Vermont Only State to See Poverty Rate Rise in 2016

Vermont likes to tote itself as a tourist state. That being the case then hospitality workers, ski area staff and shop keepers must make up a good percentage of the work force. Therefore, their wages drive the average income number. The answer is not to raise the minumum wage but to bring higher paying jobs to the state by not promoting the tourism sector but drive the technology sector. We need businesses that "can" pay higher wages and not business' that are forced to pay higher wages.

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Posted by Jim Lynch on 09/16/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Burlington Sports Teams Play On As Teacher Strike Continues

@sevendays - I think a more accurate headline would be: "Student-Athletes Successful in Reinstating Sports During Teacher Strike." It certainly was *not* a case of simply "Play On." Your current headline is misleading.

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Posted by Andrea Viets on 09/16/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Burlington Sports Teams Play On As Teacher Strike Continues

@bearhugvt - The reinstatement of athletic events was due to the efforts of students, primarily Kevin Garrison and Manny Dodson of the varsity football team, in addition to a demonstration by members of the varsity boys' soccer team. In videos I have personally viewed, these young men met with Superintendent Obeng to discuss their strong desire to allow athletic competions to occur, especially as this is Homecoming weekend. Superintendent Obeng encouraged the students to contact the BEA, the VPA (principals' association), and the administrations of schools BHS was scheduled to play.

These students spent hours working through the process of contacting various adult "authorities," explaining their desire to play and not to be punished by the adult conflict currently happening. Their efforts included respectful, clear communications with a number of adults in varying positions relative to the strike, self-advocacy, and teamwork. I daresay they learned a great deal as a result of their efforts!

In the end, both school administrators and the teachers' union agreed to allow the athletic events to take place, if the students worked with coaches who are not also teachers (another skill practiced: flexibility, as teams played without their usual head coaches).

I for one am immensely proud of the work done by these student=athletes! They demonstrated a high level of maturity and perseverance. Academic school days can - and will - be made up. Homecoming weekend cannot. so please - take a seat - preferably on a bleacher supporting our BHS student-athletes!

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Posted by Andrea Viets on 09/16/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers on Strike After Negotiations Fail

Won't someone please think of the children.

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Posted by Leopoldo Quintana on 09/16/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “With Teacher Contracts in Play, 'Comparables' Are Under Scrutiny

In terms of salary, it seems folks ought to be including retirement compensation in this discussion because for a 30 year employee, retirement will be ~42% of their last 3 years of salary, so for a 30 year employee retiring at $89k, they would receive an additional 30 year income of ~$35k per year. And average annual cash benefit will approximately be $89k + $35k.

Along these same lines, a 3% is actually a net 5% raise when one include retirement.

This post is not to pick a side though I personally think there are far better ways to resolve disputes than striking against the kids. Our kids deserve better than this.

Posted by Russell Beste on 09/16/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Burlington Sports Teams Play On As Teacher Strike Continues

I can't help thinking that this represents our clearly skewed priorities. Are there efforts out there to provide supplemental instruction to the students who are not in school? Are the museums and libraries having special events? Are we rallying all this available manpower for some community service work? Are parents rallying study groups that are making up for the lost classroom time? There may be and I just haven't heard about them. But the sports parents are sure going to make sure that practices and games happen.

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Posted by bearhugvt on 09/16/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Declares 'Milestone' Reached in Opioid Fight

Drug substitution by the state does not constitute successful treatment . If I am on methadone or suboxone so I do not do street drugs....then the state becomes my pusher. IS this successful treatment or just a way of state control over the addicts at state (taxpayer) expense????? Going totally clean of all drugs is true success!!!! And like all things worth doing....not at all easy street but not impossible either. All a matter of what one wants to achieve and how one values the end result.

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Posted by Don Jackson 1 on 09/15/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Declares 'Milestone' Reached in Opioid Fight

Milestone or Millstone ?

How about a reduction in "patients" that would be an indicator of success !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 09/15/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Declares 'Milestone' Reached in Opioid Fight

Wait list reduction or elimination is NOT a benchmark of success. Reduction in incidence, prevalence, and death are benchmarks. If treatment doesn't reduce these, then access to failed treatment is actually anti-progress.

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Posted by Rick Barnett on 09/15/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers on Strike After Negotiations Fail

This is truly getting ridiculous. School closed again on Monday?!! Are you kidding me?! How are the two sides unable to come to a compromise? You had an independent, neutral fact-finder who made final recommendations in August that required compromise on both sides and the Board rejected these recommendations. Why have a clause requiring an independent, neutral fact-finder; and then pay the fact-finder with people's tax dollars if you are only going to ignore them?

The teachers say the final sticking point is paraprofessionals/teaching assistants should do door duty; lunch duty; and recess duty. The Board says the teachers need to do all 3 because the teachers know the kids best and can spot escalating bullying. General classroom para's that are not assigned 1-on-1 to special ed. kids often know the kids well too. Make a compromise. Teachers do recess duty; and para's do door duty and lunch duty. This really is not rocket science!

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/15/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Census Bureau: Vermont Only State to See Poverty Rate Rise in 2016

Also, don't the facts and figures get shared with the people who deal with Social security increases? What increases!!! For yrs, SS didn't get any cost of living increase. They got one last yr, Wow a whole $3.00. hell that won't even buy a gal of milk.. people think you make a bundle if you're on SS... you work all your life and paid into SS and you get crap, yet they give it to illegals who never should get it...Social Security is from the working people, not the government. The government doesn't pay for it, but they have taken TRILLIONS from it and has no intention of paying it back. I have done a lot of research on this, and know what I'm talking about.President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935., the new Act created a social insurance program designed to pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing income after retirement. The federal government is not allowed to borrow from either; any surplus from both is invested in special non-tradeable Treasury bonds.The Government has borrowed roughly 2.8 trillion from the Social Security trust funds alone. They say SS will run out of money 2030. if it runs out it's because of the Government borrowing from it to pay for stupid things which they have no right to touch it.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/15/2017 at 4:06 PM

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