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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Posted by M. Ferrer on 04/28/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Let's Grow Kids' 'Dream Team' Lobbies for Early Education Dollars

That's a lot of money coming from out-of-state to push this issue. Why don't these out-of-state foundations let Vermont residents be the ones to decide how best to spend their taxes and figure out child-care?

I am skeptical only because, as a parent of a pre-schooler, I have watched the last few years as the State Legislature passed former Representative Sarah Buxton's unfunded Universal Child Care legislation that put hundreds of pages of new regulations on child cares and forced dozens of smaller, well-run child cares out of business, forcing many parents to scramble. Also, the child cares that remained in business had to raise rates in order to comply with the new regulations. The kicker is Mx. Buxton does not even have any children of her own and thus was not living the real world consequences of her legislation.

Lots of money came in from out-of-state also to push Shumlin's disastrous health care legislation that ended up flushing $200 million plus of hard-earned tax dollars down the drain. Many of us would have been happy to just keep that money and apply it directly to our own health care bills. Thankfully Representative Myers seems to have a realistic take on this.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/28/2017 at 6:15 PM

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

Lock the entire family up. The Sanders think and act like they are the Sapranos of Vermont. If Bernie wins re-election it's proof the system is rigged or proof Vermonters have become brain washed.

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Posted by citizen on 04/28/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “South Burlington Death Threat Suspect Released Pending Trial

"must wear a GPS-monitored ankle bracelet and cannot have contact with any students, visit district schools, or use a computer." Been known that GPS bracelets have been slipped off, and computers being used when told not to..Also the story of that he "felt his life was over" and felt "he had been treated as a joke and he wanted the community to feel as he felt, and suffers from anxiety, depression and other mental health woes, and had an abusive father,..I know people who were depressed, were abused but they didn't threaten to kill people..the defense lawyer is pulling the " feel sorry for this sweet innocent little kid"..that's what's wrong with this country, not making these people accountable for their actions..A slap on the wrist and saying "now now don't do that anymore" He knew what he was doing, he's not a KID, he had it all planned out..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/28/2017 at 5:21 PM

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

"For one Kelley didn't talk with two Prog. candidates for City Council in March 2017. I'm one."

Kelley did solicit comment from arguably the most vocally anti-Weinberger candidate for a city council seat in March, and printed her lengthy, hate-filled rant in response.

He also spoke with a sitting Prog city councilor who is very critical of Weinberger.

He had no obligation, need, or reason, to also speak with you, just because you, like Grill, ran for a city council seat and lost.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/28/2017 at 3:32 PM

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

A five page unpaid ad for Miro's re-election? Proof of his popularity by saying all but one person the author interviewed supported Miro? How about, "Who didn't you talk with?" For one Kelley didn't talk with two Prog. candidates for City Council in March 2017. I'm one. Endorsed by CLC and the Progs, I ran on a platform that provided substantive criticism of each of the mayor's current development projects. Success is measured in the substantive debate that brought wider citizen participation and understanding of these projects. None were discussed at any length in Kelley's very long article, and others were missed entirely. Omitted was the mayor's resolute support for the demolition of 200 homes around BTV with scores more pending when the F-35 widens the <65dB envelop making hoses "unfit for human habitation." How's that for promoting broad spectrum housing opportunity? Nor did Kelley mention the $800,000 and sweatheart lease terms the mayor supported for developer friends constructing a private marina on city waterfront land, along with 25 parking slots and 169 boat slips, a development that could have earned Parks & Rec. money had they been allowed to extend their marina. And how about the C2 section of the expressway that will preclude adequate development of our manufacturing district with the jobs and taxes that will thus be lost. It is only lack of media attention to the wrong headedness of Weinberger's vision of Burlington that makes him a "contender":in 2018

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Posted by Charles S on 04/28/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

Iserved20, who is 'Hosiah'?

Should we assume you're a student, if you're calling for the resignation of a student representative to the school board?

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 04/28/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

The duelling rallies were just that...they were not uniting events. Black Lives matters wants to dictate to South Burlington and the Rebels are not buying it. The community really cares put it up to a vote and let the losers accept the will of the people of South Burlington.

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Posted by Saffron on 04/27/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “South Burlington Death Threat Suspect Released Pending Trial

Unfortunately by releasing Mr Leach we are all in danger. An angry young man who made death threats and terrorized a community is free in his mother's custody. The same mother that was probably too frightened to supervise him all the years he has been getting in trouble. I don't buy his lawyer and the judge's theory that they didn't find any weapons hence he meant no harm. Next time he will kill, now that he has tasted the power of creating fear in a whole community.

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Posted by Saffron on 04/27/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Do No Harm: New Rules Discourage Overprescribing Opiates

"In 2015, enough painkillers were handed out in Vermont to give every man, woman and child a bottle of 100 pills," former governor Peter Shumlin said in his signing statement."

How many were given to post-surgical patients? How many were for hospice patients?

The vast majority of opiate users are not addicts. Opiates are becoming as stigmatized as psych meds.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 04/27/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “South Burlington Death Threat Suspect Released Pending Trial

Hi @Rich ard. Just wanted to point out to you that every story, except for the first one announcing the arrest, has mentioned Leach's race. There's even this line from the story you just commented on: "Leach is African American."

Here are the other examples:

"Leach, who is African American, is accused of making racially charged death threats in a widely circulated video that sent chills through the city."
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arc…

"The teen, who is African American, allegedly made eight threats last week to kill students and staff in retaliation for the racially charged decision to drop the high school's Rebels nickname."
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arc…

"Leach, who is African American, allegedly issued a kill list of specific teachers and students."
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arc…

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Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 04/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

Two things here. First the student who is supposed to represent the ENTIRE student body was a a rally hosted by groups that last time I checked were anti police and I have found one shred of evidence that these groups have promoted anything that isn't in their own interest. Ask yourselves please what Latin American, what Spanish American, what Italian American interest have these groups ever promoted?

Second since Hosiah is supposed to represent the entire student body did he bother to even go and thank the SBPD or the FBI who put their time and outstanding efforts to protecting him and his fellow students. But he is not only standing proudly at a rally but even spoke at the rally. Is the student that is the representative of the school body supposed to be apolitical.

Bottom line here. Hosiah I call for your resignation as the rep for students at SBHS effective immediately. Also any further decision regregarding racism in our school should be sent to the board of education for review. Mr Young please for the love of all stand down from the name change and let the community be what they have clearly shown that the majority want. LET THEM BE REBELS!

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Posted by Iserved20 on 04/27/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “South Burlington Death Threat Suspect Released Pending Trial

Until this article I had no idea the suspect was black . 7Days has previously posted multiple times on this story . Why wasn't this mentioned . Is it because it would spoil the narrative ? Is it because this wasn't seen as pertinent ? Ever wonder why people mistrust the media .

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Posted by Rich ard on 04/27/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

The group isn't called "Only Black Lives Matter," Carrie.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 04/27/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Walters: ‘Plenty of Time’ for Scott’s New Plan

I'm not a republican but we need more people like Phil Scott in government. It would've been much easier for him to do nothing, taking on the teacher's union requires a great deal of courage and fortitude.

Individual school boards do not have the power or resources to fight against the NEA's demands, demands that have resulted in lopsided communities where taxpayers scrimp and struggle and go without basic needs in order to fund teachers at unsustainable salaries and benefits. We have fewer students yet school budgets keep going up.

Thank you Governor Scott for your bravery in fighting for school boards and students and taxpayers. Political courage is in short supply, and I will work to elect politicians of any party who put the people above their own political ambitions and short-term interest.

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/27/2017 at 3:12 PM

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