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Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

Part of their punishment should be they have to sit and listen to ideas that they don't agree with without speaking till the speaker is finished. If after the speaker is finished they would be allowed to debate the speaker if they could come up with counter points to the speakers views. It might be a real lesson in the 1st amendment.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by citizen on 05/23/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Vermont's 'Biggest' Pill Dealer Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

Marianne1 I'm glad we agree that Foreste belongs in jail and I fully agree that doctors are just as responsible as Foreste for the drug problem that has gripped the nation, but the last line in your post lost me. How is a judge that allows a person that has been convicted multiple times of the same offense and does not issue a maximum sentence for the second offense allowed to stay in his position, even after US attorney Nolan stated that Foreste is the largest dealer of pills the state has seen. If you believe for a second that Mr. Foreste has turned his life around and won't be selling drugs again as soon as he is released you are as niaev as Judge Sessions. People like Mr. Foreste thrive because of soft laws and soft judges that allow them to victimize people while they line their pockets. It's to bad you can't see that, it is that attitude that has allowed the problem to grow into the mess we have today. So ask yourself this if it were your family member that became addicted to Mr. Foreste's drugs when would you want to see him on the streets again?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by citizen on 05/23/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

I don't know. I didn't see any need to fire a weapon in a busy area in that clip. I guess the bar is pretty low for the use of deadly force given some of the police shootings that did occur. I also guess not shooting someone becomes news.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 05/23/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

What new jobs are going to be created by this project?
What good is more retail space if the retail space already present can't stay filled?
Do we really need more off campus housing for students or premium downtown condos?

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 05/23/2017 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Vermont's 'Biggest' Pill Dealer Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

Citizen: Wow! You are being really harsh with Judge Sessions. Foreste did not 'create' the epidemic, doctors did with their VERY liberal hand-out of pain meds. Foreste profited from it and of course, does belong in jail.

You reveal more of who you are than the judge.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by marianne1 on 05/23/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Vermont's 'Biggest' Pill Dealer Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

Here's an idea, Seven Days . . . forgo the slick graphic that glamorizes this scumbag as if he were some kind of bad-boy rock-star, antihero.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Leonard Bast on 05/23/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

Isn't this just about math? Vermont has years now of steadily declining enrollment - but edu budgets have not followed the same downward curve. From a far distance it 'appears' the Gov., Johnson and Ashe all get this. Consolidation is 'starting' to happen, and the gov had what seems like a sane idea - he was just 3 months late in making the push for it. As Ashe said ' why have the legislative process if we don't consider this as we consider all the issues.' ( i might have paraphrased )Anyways...Lots of freshmen in big chairs....this will all sugar out...there will be no shutdown...everyone will make it to their fav swimming hole in time for the heat.

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Posted by ArtBell on 05/23/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I owned property next door to a residence owned by Wygmans in downtown Burlington, for years. His place was an eyesore. At one point, a dilapidated garage in his back yard fell down and while the bulk of the structure was removed, it wasnt excavated in its entirety. It was an unsightly heap of rotten wood, broken glass, rusty nails and metal, with weeds and seedlings growing around it. I sent several emails asking him to clean it up. Wygmans wasnt a reasonable neighbor and had no concern for how his property affected us. Out of curiosity, I drove by his Burlington property this morning; there isnt a working screen or window on the front porch and the front lawn hasnt seen a mower this year. I guess because the property isnt located in Charlotte Wygmans feels that he doesnt have to be respectful to the neighbors.

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Posted by mmchenry on 05/23/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

I think we are missing the big point in Vermont and that is we are being represented by a band of progressive out of Staters who could care less about the people that have spent their lives here making this state the wonderful place it was earning little money while doing that.

the good hard-working people of Vermont that invested their lives here are being priced out of their own State and it is obvious by the number leaving the state

We are a test tube for these progressives and that is all we are.

Things will never change until the people in Vermont wake up and start to vote the out-of-state representation we have in Montpelier out of office and get rid of these progressives that are doing nothing but tearing the state apart

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Richard Ley on 05/23/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

It is ironic that perhaps the most important aspect of the Sinex/Weinberger/City Council design--the valet parking and loss of 500+ parking spaces for the Marketplace-- gets tossed aside at this point in court as it would if ever completed damage the very essence of what Burlington has stood up for decades: insuring the economic viability and strengthening small businesses along the Marketplace. Tony Redinbgton Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/23/2017 at 5:51 AM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

Sometimes You Must Choose Between Popularity and Respect !

Why would the governor pick a fight he was unwilling to see through to the end ? It's one thing to want everyone to like you - it's quite another thing to have everyone respect you for the decisions you make !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 05/23/2017 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

The rendering of the photo by PKSB Architects is patently false. If you stand on that corner and view the L.L. Bean store and church sculpture at that perspective, the 14-story mall project would appear twice as tall than is currently rendered. It it complete sleight-of-hand and false representation...like a photo taken through a fish-eye lens.

Plus that's the north side of the building. The shadows are completely wrong. Shame on them.

13 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 05/23/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Vermont's 'Biggest' Pill Dealer Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

9 years for creating an epidemic that has destroyed countless families and killed hundreds, Judge Sessions has been played by a criminal with a psychology degree. I guess a law degree is not worth as much as you would think and you don't have to be very smart to get one. Forests will be out and running his criminal enterprise suppling Vermont kids with more pills in no time. Thanks for your help fighting the drug problem in VT Judge Sessions. I hope you are dis-barred soon.

19 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 05/22/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

The damn liberals legislature wins again.. Scott you should let the Government shut down..maybe losing a few paychecks might wake the fools up..they think they are smarter then we are but they are nothing but a bunch of fools who don't know crap.. I for one am sick and tired of these out of staters moving to Vt and telling us how to live..That we have to do what they tell us..Vermont got a long way before they even stepped foot on our Vermont soil..

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/22/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

@planetacer09, you are right teachers are not the enemy, the VT NEA is. I say that because they buy votes and there is nothing more dangerous in our state than someone that successfully buys votes.

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/22/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

The VT NEA behemoth once again runs roughshod over taxpayers and struggling local school boards. If we don't acquiesce to the union's wishes and demands, we are terrible people who do not support teachers. I condemn this line of reasoning as being unreasonable. For too many years the VT NEA has out-negotiated local citizens.

The VT NEA has teams of expensive lobbyists with a large staff of experienced and highly paid negotiators. On the other side of the table? Unpaid volunteer school board members. Collective bargaining on the state level would level the playing field and benefit everyone, including taxpaying teachers. Please call your legislator and support Governor Scott's brave stand against the VT NEA and for local school boards and Vermont taxpayers.

12 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/22/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

I hope Gov. Scott isn't waiving the white flag and this becomes a blame game between the Democrats and the Governor with the taxpayers on the losing end....again. Stay strong Gov. Scott!

17 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by RB on 05/22/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

Reading the comments, you'd think teachers and their representation were the worst thing to happen to VT since the Emerald Ash Borer.

Teachers are not the enemy of taxpayers, nor is the NEA. The enemy is a lack of uniform school funding mechanisms, declining populations, and forced consolidation by the threat of losing ones' town schools. Well-funded schools mean better-educated graduates, who can go on to improve and grow the local economy.

Phil tried his hand at being political in a half-assed way, a day (or 2.5 months) late and a dollar short. He won't get his way on this negotiation.

15 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by planetacer09 on 05/22/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

As John as said here, this was a political move more than anything. This had nothing to do with education. Both sides knew that they could not change union negotiations in the middle of them by waving a wand. This was a grandstanding affair by the governor, showing how tough he could be for his base and election next year. He was clever to use the ruse of property tax relief, for reasons we all know, when he was really trying to destroy collective bargaining and the unions and take that $26 million and put it somewhere else and the property tax payer might have got $10 or $20 bucks back. He was also clever in doing it at the last minute. Yet, I wonder if this was not something else too. Since when does a governor order a legislature to do something as though he or she is boss of it?

14 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by stubborncuss on 05/22/2017 at 12:46 AM

Re: “South Burlington School Board Won't Put 'Rebels' Question on Ballot

Betcha people forget about the Rebel mascot name change 5 years from now. Not so fast now. Maybe this one is a little different. Seems like a bunch of nice people are just a little bit tired of having to roll over for the wishes of a few. And to have to pay for the rollover as well. Not getting your way sometimes, isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. Believe they taught that in my 8th grade civics class.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Al Longe on 05/21/2017 at 8:48 PM

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