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Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

I'm not too sure about your reading comprehension skills. My criticism of Bernie on this thread was only about his very hypocritical attitude toward fundraising; it was not about stealing elections. You then asked if I also thought he stole an election. I responded that I didn't know why you raised that topic, since it was not on point, but I gave you an example of where I (and many others) thought he played so dirty by getting in bed with the NRA that, yes, he did virtually steal the 1990 election. Now you come back and suggest that I'm saying he stole the election because he had more money? No, I didn't say that. Please read carefully, think, and then type. Thanks.

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/22/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

If the ACLU truly cared about these homeless people they would be finding them real housing and sueing the city to create more affordable housing and finding jobs for these people. If the homeless were minorities or illegal immigrants the ACLU would have all ready taken care of the problem. The ACLU is full of shitty lawyers that only care about filling their own pockets. Nice of them to wait until just before winter to take up the cause.

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Posted by citizen on 10/22/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

That's how you think he stole an election because he had far more money? Meanwhile, you don't seem to mind when the Burlington mayoral race features one candidate who out-raises all the rest by a large factor thanks to donations from developers. I get that you don't like Bernie but your criticism of him here just misses the mark.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/22/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

Well written post Mr. Barrows but it's not "unknown reasons " that have stopped the state from acting . In Vermont dairy farms are , pardon the pun , a sacred cow .

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/22/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

So, widespread search of all state employees private devices has now been sanctioned by Beth Robinson and the rest of the Supreme Court. Any idiot knows that the artificial limitations put on such searches will be ignored and that the vast majority of state employees will not be able to afford to hire legal representation to fight such search demands. Apparently the Vermont Supreme Court believes that state employees are deserving of no personal privacy. Perfect. Everyone wants total transparency in state government? Good. Then the state Supreme Court needs to rule that all employees working with anything that has been seen as confidential information now have no obligation to keep such information confidential and that in the legal arena, no records may be deemed privileged. This will of course put the state at a huge disadvantage but hey, al these idiotic transparency advocates will get what they want, right?

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Posted by Roy on 10/22/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

First, it doesn't matter where he gets the money. He calls money "obscene." Yet he's raising truly obscene amounts when he absolutely doesn't need it to win Vermont. He's not running for reelection from California, but from Vermont, remember?

Second, why are you talking about stealing elections? I don't know why. But I can give you an example of when in my view Bernie dis steal an election. It was in 1990, when he first won the seat in Congress. Close to election day, he was down in the polls to liberal Republican Peter Smith, the incumbent. Smith had recently decided to support a ban on assault rifles. Suddenly, Bernie accused Smith of being "anti-gun" and appealed directly to the NRA vote. The gun nuts came out and gave the election to Bernie. In desperation, Bernie played dirty and won the election. He stole that election.…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/22/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Court Rules Public Records on Personal Accounts Are Subject to Release

Let the shredding and Hillaryesque Bleach-Bitting begin

Posted by JimM on 10/22/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Fifty Years, 13,450 Students and 5,000 Interviews: UVM's Garrison Nelson Calls It a Career

You were one of my favorite professors. You rock. Thank you for everything.

Posted by Blythe Goupee Bates on 10/21/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Of course you can explain your Hyp. O. Crite comment with facts that show how Bernie takes money from super pacs and large corporations. I bet you can also cite the elections he has stolen as well.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/21/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

This is NOT a comment on the validity of the charges against him but clearly McAllister was correct in firing his first lawyers and withdrawing his initial plea. I wondered at the time if he was making a very risky legal move . I guess he knew better .

Posted by Rich ard on 10/21/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Highway to Hardwick: Driver Leads Vermont Cops on Slow-Speed Chase

Defendant - Yes your Honor , I did attempt to elude, and yes I was driving with a criminally suspended license, I was careless and negligent and in violation of conditions from a previous arrest BUT I only drove 43 miles , not 59 miles .
Judge - Case dismissed !

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/21/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

One way to deal with this problem is to put pressure on the companies that buy milk from the dairy farms that pollute the lake.

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Posted by Christopher W. on 10/21/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Hyp. O. Crite. Do as I preach, not as I practice!. I'll raise as much money as I possibly can, while criticizing others for doing so, and while decrying the system that allows me to do so.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/21/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

" . . . this tired armchair whiner."

Ya gotta love the irony. Whether it's anything Mayor Weinberger says or does, whether it's Burlington Town Center, whether it's Burlington Telecom, Ms. Alsop describes hereself exactly.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/21/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Tensions High at Lake Carmi Meeting

The Lake Carmi watershed a very small, less the 8,000 acres including the 1,400 acre lake, Pollution from dairy farms is 85% of the problem according state documents. There is no dispute on this number. Significant water quality improvement would be made if the state would correct the farming practices of a dozen landowners. The state has a 10 year plan to clean up Carmi. The plan could be one year if the state would focus on these 12 landowners. Unlike other industries, there have been no fines or penalties for any dairy polluters on the lake. For unknown reasons the state does not want to enforce water quality rules on the polluters on the lake. Instead, they have armed guard enforce meeting rules to quite down the free speech of local residents being vocal about the cyanobacteria crisis on their lake.

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Posted by John Barrows on 10/21/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

DWI is a choice and endangers others. Leaders set the example. They are standard-bearers, so the bar is high (no pun intended). If she is unwilling to uphold the standards expected of a Senator and ordained minister, then she should relinquish the responsibilities entrusted to her. Judge her spiritually? No, only God can do so but in terms of the obligations she willingly accepted? Absolutely! A higher standard is expected of those who write the laws of a state and the covenants for a church. There is no balance sheet wherein good deeds from the past offset a complete abrogation of authority and the responsibility associated therewith. Reverence and respect for the office and the high standards associated therewith must be safeguarded or there will be none.

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Posted by Blaine McAvoy on 10/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Barbara Alsop ...only 4 words for you "Well Bless Your Heart"!!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Vermont's First Target Store Is Coming to South Burlington

Target may actually save the mall, which would be good given that South Burlington has moved its library there. Like many, I haven't found any reason to go to the mall for years. This I might check out.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Vermont Panel Recommends No New Fees for Water Cleanup

Juxtapose this article with the one about the anger at the Lake Carmi meetings about the algae blooms there, and I think you can understand why people may be upset by this decision. Lake Carmi is a destination vacation spot, and it doesn't speak well of Vermont's care for its tourism business if it doesn't act now to stop the deterioration of Vermont waters. Yes, we need more mental health facilities and other issues raised by Tim Ashe and others. But tourism is Vermont's life's blood until the new Vermont slogan has people knocking at our door. And our waters are our summer attraction. We all know what bad snow years do to our economy. Will summers now be "bad" years too?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Typical racist, right-wing rant from Donna. Big deal that she knows kids who survived abuse without problems. If we all reacted the same to the same conditions, what a sorry state we'd be in. I presume the ones treating him for his psychiatric problems are better judges of his actual problem that this tired armchair whiner.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:01 PM

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