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Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Anyone notice that once "know your assumptions" shows up, the conversation becomes less interesting? No offense, but rather than personal attacks on individual people or writers let's discuss issues. What are your goals for the city? What do you want to see implemented? Isn't that the conversation we should bring our energy to?

Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 04/30/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “After Decades of Feuding, Is It Time to Disband the Tiny Town of Victory?

The Hatfields and the McCoys. What fun. right out of literature and life. Only in Vt. Last terrible thing I heard about was when a lesbian was the post mistress and they tried to run her out of town by putting a bullet hole thru her photo at the post office. I guess she is not there anymore but dont know for sure. Then they burned a cross on the lawn of an apt. where a black itinerant worker was living. Will it never end????

Posted by Barbara Elzohairy on 04/30/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

Wow, this is a throwback to the Straddlin' Madeleine years. Let's get a committee to study the committee.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Jones on 04/30/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

Bernard and Jane Sanders are both frauds and opportunists. I would so love to see them both behind bars.

22 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Susan J. on 04/29/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

I think I'd feel at least a little better about the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature if they just came out and admitted that they are owned by the state employees union and the teachers union. Owned. Can't we just get that open secret out on the table and move on?

A statewide health care negotiation for the teachers makes 100% perfect sense. There is no rational argument to be made against it. And it's absolutely laughable that the Democratic leadership in the Legislature says they "don't have time" to address that issue. Laughable.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/29/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

If only Jane Sanders had created a foundation, say the Jane Sanders Foundation, and used that to funnel money then she'd be a viable candidate for the democratic nomination.

16 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/29/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

I respect Ann Pugh for her fair stance on not blocking the bill. I thank Oliver Olsen for his support. This bill when passed will effectively give low income Vermonters and those who do not qualify or cannot afford to buy for medicinal use fair access to cannabis. This bill when passed will also lower the effect that the black market imports have on personal use consumers. This puts money currently being spent spent in the black market, back into the pockets of Vermonters to be spent in the current economy. I hope the Senate acts quickly to pass H.170 this year. This is a good first step to normalizing the use of this non toxic plant. Let's move forward and overcome the lies told to us by our government for over 75 years.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Francis Janik on 04/29/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

I don't understand why people are equating Jane Sanders with her husband but I'm glad the FBI is investigating her possible crimes. Bernie Sanders is a great man, and it sounds like Jane Sanders is quite the opportunist. You can be married to a criminal without being a criminal yourself. It is possible Bernie was doing his job and not involved in the details of Jane Sanders machinations to line her daughter's pockets.

To me it sounds like she needs to be fined and jailed. But no matter what happens to Jane Sanders, I will always support Bernie Sanders and be grateful for his hard work on behalf of America.

12 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “House Republicans Pull Their Support for Budget Plan

I cannot believe this liberal progressive is rooting for all the republican legislators in Vermont. It is a sad turn of events when I find myself supporting our republican governor and republican legislators who are desperately trying to enact a brilliant plan that will save taxpayers a huge amount of money. Please call your legislator, it is disgusting to watch my elected democratic and progressive representatives work harder for the NEA lobbyists than they do for Vermonters. School boards need help fighting the NEA's endless demands and a statewide contract is an excellent solution to lowering our property taxes.

Vermont pays more per student than any other state in the nation. Vermont democrats, why are you doing nothing to address this serious problem? The teachers demand more money each year to teach fewer students. This only makes sense in the offices of the VT NEA accountants. Thank you republicans for doing the right thing and standing up to the teacher's union, and shame on all the democrats for their political cowardice.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

I thank representative Pugh for allowing the VT House to vote, but she claims not to feel any urgency to pass legalization as more and more states and countries that border Vermont have already legalized marijuana? I certainly feel the urgency as a taxpayer watching all that revenue go down the drain. And as a reasonable human being because I don't want Vermont to become the Florida of the Northeast.

Legalizing marijuana is decades overdue and moreover it is the morally right thing to do. Drunk driving is a serious problem; opiate abuse is a serious problem; tobacco smoking is a serious problem. Legalizing relatively benign marijuana is only a problem in the minds of uninformed or misinformed Vermont legislators.

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

M. Ferrer: Jane Sanders also seemingly used the Burlington College funds at her disposal to bring on the infamous Jonathan Leopold, a former Bernie henchman at City Hall and mastermind of the Burlington Telecom fraud that disenfranchised Burlington voters under the feckless Mayor Bob Kiss Administration, by installing him on the Board of Directors to likely help with the creative financing that was occurring. The modus operandi was similar to what you bring up with the Driscoll daughter in that Leopold's son Jesse was also enriched with his capitalistic endeavors with a Leopold family owned resort in the Bahamas that was used as a 'classroom' for a Burlington College 3-credit Spring Break course in what amounted to Snorkeling and Marine Photography.
These Bernsheviks sure hit the Proletariat Jackpot when it came to BC. It should not be difficult for the FBI to follow the money in this case.

31 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by JimM on 04/29/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

The listless legislature. Let's make progress on sensible drug policy. We need leadership, and for these folks to follow the will of the people. A statewide referendum - if it were allowed - would have settled this years ago. Freedom and unity.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by clamjam22 on 04/29/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

If Jane Sanders diverted college funds to her daughter's school, then her potential criminality related to any false claims made to support a college-development loan could pale.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/29/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

Only the fat cows of VT ( and their are a lot of them) admire the FRAUD Sanders clan, sucking on the govt all his life to finance his 3 homes. Good socialist. Deport these thieves to north Korea.

28 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by John Pallyswine on 04/29/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

Too bad the idea of state wide health insurance got so mucked up. It makes sense that combining all the teachers insurance under one roof would lower costs, possibly allow for better coverage at lower cost and potentially reduce property taxes, something we all need. It's right up there with single payer and letting the government negotiate better drug prices using the economics of scale to force prices down and save us all money. Why did it have to get mucked up with BS like banning teacher's strikes and the like? That just looks like deliberate sabotage. I would also like to see, here come the dreaded proposal.. state wide teachers contracts making salaries uniform across the state while leaving the power to hire and fire with local school boards so the best teachers don't gravitate to the richest towns and leave the pool shallow everywhere else. That could save a lot of money too. This could move us to a state wide method of taxation for our schools that decouples the school funding needs from the property tax. I'm all for local control but not when it makes things more complex and costly like it does now as it pertains to schools and taxes.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Meshna on 04/28/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

Thank you Dustin Degree for fighting the good fight, you'll have more help after the next election.

22 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/28/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

The Democrats have once again put their true allegiances on full display, VTNEA or bust! #VTNEAbuysvotes

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/28/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

Do the Dems understand how out of touch they appear to be? They won't put any effort into working with Govorner Scott on the statewide teacher's healthcare contract to save VTers $26 million a year, but they will bust a nut trying to get a pot bill passed. #VTNEAbuysvotes

9 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/28/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “House Republicans Pull Their Support for Budget Plan

Any Legislator who feels there isn't enough time to get the statewide teacher's healthcare contract across the finish line does not deserve a seat in that building. This is a no brainer. They have fanagled less important initiatives through the the legislative whirlpool in less time. Hell, if you need to stay a few days longer, $26 million savings a year is worth it!!! Mitzi Johnson and Tim Ashe are letting Vermonters down. #VTNEAbuysvotes

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 04/28/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

Carina Driscoll's for-profit business was subsidized for years by Burlington College, thanks to her mother. Highly unusual that a college would suddenly start to fund an outside "woodworking" program that diverted much needed funds from its own programs to an outside business. Hundreds of thousands of dollars went to Vermont Woodworking School and Carina Driscoll even became Dean of the program, probably supported by even more tuition dollars. Ironic that today Vermont Woodworking School remains in operation while Burlington College no longer exists. Did students know there tuition dollars were supporting Jane Sanders' daughter's business? Highly doubtful.

53 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by M. Ferrer on 04/28/2017 at 8:47 PM

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