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Re: “Walters: Radio Vet Steve Cormier Buys WDEV

kawksw - sounds like a personal gripe you've got going there.

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Posted by BTVresident84 on 09/25/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

The teacher was not in a classroom, so let's stop with the "teaching history" angle here. It was probably something randomly inappropriate due to poor judgement, due to who knows? Poor as hell timing, in regards to the vandalism that has taken place in other parts of the state. Substitutes can be either very good, mediocre, or a bit whacked. I had an adopted daughter in the public school system, a child from Ethiopia, attending classes for the first time , 4th grade. When 9-11 happened, we kept our little ones away from the tv, and the horror of it. this sub art teacher had kids drawing the burning towers, describing the bodies jumping. My daughter comes home in a state of high anxiety. I did call the school, it was damn inappropriate for a sub with no training to introduce a subject that loaded. Since we do not know the entire story here, or if there was even an intent to indoctrinate (I highly doubt this), a reprimand would have sufficed. But, third grade , ouch. Now those kids know something they are not capable of comprehending. reminds me of a lot of adults around here. Capable of spouting off factoids with no history or context. WW2 history is not a third grade subject.

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Posted by Elizabeth Hook on 09/25/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board


The teachers have chosen to better their lives by investing in themselves and going into a well paid and comfortable career field, I wont fault them for looking after their own best interests.

I'm going to look after my own best interests by getting the hell out of Burlington once my lease is up. There's nothing in this town to entice a working class man to stay.

You suggest people channel their energy at the corrupt and greedy administration instead of the corrupt and greedy union, I'd rather channel it into finding a U Haul. I think that's the only way to see a return on my spent energy.

Posted by I give up on 09/25/2017 at 2:43 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

Probably was a putin plant

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Posted by Reeeeealy on 09/24/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

Lenore Broughton and the Breuers both have long histories of funding far right causes - including bankrolling anti-marriage equality campaigns here in VT and in MA.

What does it say about the Vermont Republican agenda that these are the folks underwriting their House candidates?

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Posted by terjeanderson on 09/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

Low pay and lack of benefits is part of the problem. The work also lacks interaction with other staff. Team work, mutual support and socially enjoyable time at work are missing. The work may be very routine and lacks the variety of interesting patients which keeps nurses challenged and learning. I also do not know how quiet a home care nurse must be while the rest of the family is sleeping in the same home. Many home health nurses prefer to make shorter visits with several patients during daytime hous. And nurses are usually paid extra for the inconvenience of working night shifts. As a medical professional, I would choose a hospital or nursing home setting for all of these reasons even if the pay was equivalent. Even with better pay, finding nurses who want to do this working with this schedule may continue to be difficult.

Posted by lizzy6 on 09/24/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

What was her intention? It might have been innocent. If that is the case, then her judgment was flawed, but a summary dismissal would be inappropriate. One steady characteristic of Puritans is the tendency to overdo, especially when it comes to punishment.

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Posted by Pequod42 on 09/23/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board

For as long as I can remember, people have always complained how teachers make too much money, have too many benefits and too much time off. Normally, these complaints are from people that have no benefits at their jobs, lousy vacation packages and on a pay scale associated with the type of work they do. It's a choice. You too can go to college and spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to better yourself and choose a career that you want to be in. This applies not only to teachers but to doctors, dentists, and professional people who SPENT the money to further themselves into doing something they love to do. Not everyone has that opportunity to push forward in their life, but because they don't, they should not blame those that do and have managed to accomplish their dreams. The starting salary for a teacher in VT is approx. $35,000 with the average salary of teachers at approx. $52,000. That is after spending 4 years plus in college to get their degrees. Even after they do get their degree, it is then mandated by the State, courses that must be taken to keep up their licenses.
AND finally, if you want to complain about the Burlington educational department, why don't you question why the superintendent was given a $10,000 bonus this year. OR why the Burlington School Board paid so much to get him the VISA he needed to work at his position and make arrangements with UVM for him to work there in order to get the VISA. Now that he has it, let's see how long he stays there. Channel your energy there.

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Posted by Janvt on 09/23/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Takes Her Own Life at Brattleboro Retreat

I was there back in 1994. I was on Tyler Three, the adolescent unit. If not for the camaraderie with the other kids my depression would've gotten even worse. I met two staff members who actually gave a crap. Everyone else was aloof or just wanted the kids medicated. Notice how you NEVER see video or photos of that unit online? Hmmmmm.

Posted by PariahOctave on 09/23/2017 at 3:46 PM
Posted by Jay-Man on 09/23/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

We need to stop ALL the teachers from teaching history. We all know it makes you a bad person to see and hear such things.

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Posted by HIKER BIKER on 09/23/2017 at 1:29 PM

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

Keep 'em coming Allison, at least till he quits, is impeached or Article 25ed.

Posted by Robin Smith on 09/23/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

agreed that there is a need for more info. It is likely that she was not training as a teacher, not qualified nor licensed, she was a substitute who passed a background check. Either way, it was strange behavior. perhaps she was trying to get them to be quiet in the halls and this novel approach had their attention. We will never know all the facts...bummer

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Posted by Tom Johnson on 09/23/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

and yet nothing happens to those who are making kids learn and adhere to islam cult practices. (their religion) hmm seems a little bit racist in my opinion if they wanna teach islam cult practices they should teach all, after all arent we being told that they should learn about other cu;tures, societies (its an excuse of course) ? i dont agree with either one, i think both are sick, but this is what liberals and democrats say, that kids should be taught abut societies that kill maim and destroy others..

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Posted by Shania Feanix on 09/23/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Over the years every reference to the Kmart Plaza mentioned pollution as an obstacle to development. For years Kmart was alone with a huge empty building next to it in a prime retail zone off of Shelburne Rd. The explanation for why no one moved in was that the site was polluted and many millions would be needed to clean it up. I was curious as to why a usually very thorough Molly Walsh did not mention this part of the story.

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Posted by Claude Lehman on 09/23/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board


The teachers don't have their planning time taken away. No one forces them to leave school when they're planning the next day's events, or to stop their planning when working on it at home. How much time a teacher spends is a personal choice.

Most people work very hard for their money, every bit as hard as teachers do but for a lot less.

Tell you what, Janvt, I'll volunteer to work in a school for two weeks full time and you work 54 hours each of those weeks on a construction site hanging drywall, then tell me how hard teachers work-- I say 54 hours because that's about what you would have to work to equal teacher's pay. (With at best three weeks vacation and no pension!)

I went to the birthday party of an old friend who teaches near Philadelphia. Most of his friends were teachers. Their favorite topic of conversation: When they could retire and how much they would be getting paid. Not one mentioned this or that wonderful student or how such and such program was marvelous. Nope. It was all about benefits and compensation.

You do know, Janvt, that most working Vermonters have no pensions. How would you like to stand 25 hours for one non-pensioned $11/hr cashier's job then look forward to your second 24 hours at $13.25 cleaning rental units, also non-pensioned? After those grueling 49 hours you still would have made nowhere near what teachers pocket.

And please, spare me the old saw that anything not granted to teachers makes children suffer. It's nauseating at best.

Eric Johnson

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Posted by Eric J on 09/23/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Walters: Radio Vet Steve Cormier Buys WDEV

*wore. (Damn auto correct)

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Posted by kawksw on 09/23/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Walters: Radio Vet Steve Cormier Buys WDEV

Look for more departures.

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Posted by kawksw on 09/23/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Walters: Radio Vet Steve Cormier Buys WDEV

Corn is not a Vermonter! You can also kiss this good bye. Corn worn his welcome out long ago.

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Posted by kawksw on 09/23/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “School: Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

To come to any reasonable conclusion, more information is needed. However this is scary. A teacher with an impeccable record shows an error in judgment and is immediately fired. No wonder it is hard to find good teachers. This is a horrible work environment.

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Posted by bearhugvt on 09/23/2017 at 8:16 AM

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