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Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

Citizen:

You will find an excellent timeline of evidence about Trump, his team, and the Russians here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/0…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/27/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

Prison bad freedom good....who could argue with that... the people who end up in prison have somehow transgressed against some of us...should there be no punishment for them and should the victims turn the other cheek?
We can't hardly educate our children in our schools, how can we set up prisons that will educate our offenders, do they really want to be educated?
Unfortunately we are not Sweden, there is no comparison, the US tax payer would never want to pay what the Swedes pay in taxes. Because of the high taxation they can provide a great life for all their citizens.

Posted by Saffron on 05/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

"Teachers, Democrats Throw Taxpayers Under the Bus"

Caledonian Record
May 20, 2017
http://www.caledonianrecord.com/opinion/ed…


On Thursday, Vermont taxpayers saw exactly what Vermont NEA candidate campaign contributions to Democrats and a fully staffed, $2 million bullying operation in Montpelier is good for.

After nearly five weeks (two of which werent expected, and at an extra cost to taxpayers) of drama concerning the implementation of a statewide teacher healthcare contract, Speaker Mitzi Johnson and President Pro Tem Tim Ashe presented their grand plan to achieve the $26 million in savings that Governor Scott has demanded.

The punchline? A study and a full-throated, $6 million pillage from Education Fund reserves to create the illusion of a property tax cut in FY18.

It sounds like a joke, but every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for it including local Senators Kitchel and Starr (Rodgers was absent), and Representatives Toll and Troiano. Thankfully, local Republican legislators all voted against this folly.

Fortunately, Governor Phil Scott intends to use his veto, and he made that point perfectly clear as the Legislature adjourned after midnight.

How this standoff will end up is anyones guess. We hope that, ultimately, public opinion carries the day. But weve been around long enough to realize that the Democratic majority cares little about the public when it comes to spending our money wisely. Were fully cognizant that Democrats bow to the NEA in exchange for huge campaign contributions.

The rhetoric and misinformation from Vermont NEA and local Education Associations across Vermont will go into hyper drive until the Veto Session on June 21st. They will bring out their tired and flatly untrue arguments: teachers are underpaid, collective bargaining at the district level is sacred, and unions are under attack.

Posted by Andrew J. Tarantino on 05/27/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

Also makes it easier for voter fraud; which is probably the reason for the opposition to this intelligent policy.

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 05/27/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

I am tired of this PC nonsense. It seems the State of Vermont once again, is putting the rights of illegal aliens ahead of legitimate/legal citizens. The state should be jumping through hoops to make the world a safer place. But instead, it puts up road blocks.

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Posted by saysme on 05/27/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

Nichael please provide us with one proven fact that Trump or any of his campaign ever conspired with Evil Russia to "interfere" with our election. Please also note that it was Clintons man Podesta and his brother that have business ties to Russia not Trump or any members of his team. The Democrats and crazy liberals are trying to pull a fast one on the people of this country and only people with low intelligence are foolish enough to believe their lies. Open you eye and ears and you will see that Trump is trying to move our country forward in a way that Hillary and her lackeys never could have. That is why real Americans voted for Trump. He will protect us from all enemies whether they be radical Muslim losers or crazy liberals that are trying with everything and every lie they can come up with to stop our country from being it's best. As your boy Obama once said election have consequences.

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Posted by citizen on 05/26/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Work Begins on Crafting New Vermont Marijuana Bill

To try to pull the wool over our eyes like this should be inexcusable in a public servant. Stating surprise when his phones have been inundated for the past several weeks is ludicrous. I don't buy it for s second . This attempt to wash your hands of this in a way that you hope leaves you looking like the good guy while the legislature takes the blame for not working on S.22 is absolutely transparent to some of us.

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Posted by Jeff Marshall on 05/26/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

"The commissioner, who took office in 2009, told Seven Days he was unaware of a 2004 state law that specifies the DMV 'shall not implement any ... processes for identifying applicants for licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification cards that involve the use of biometric identifiers.'"

If this is true -- could the commissioner's ignorance of a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

If this is false -- could the commissioner's complicity in violating a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

So, basically -- can Ide be terminated from his position for his ineptitude or his corruption? Is that an option on the table?

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 05/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

I voted for Governor Scott, but I've lost a lot of respect for him after watching his handling of this bill. Why wait until hours before the bill would have been become law to weigh in with recommendations? That conversation could easily have happened a month or two ago. That's just plain mis-management.

The Governor's concern for safety is obviously important, but we've already been living with every one of those issues for some time and I haven't seen any initiative to address them before this bill came along. Is the Governor really saying that as long as people are driving while smoking pot illegally (as they do now) our kids and roads are safe, but once they can can do it legally we will suddenly be in danger? Based on the experiences of 8 other states, there is no data to support this.

Whether it's legal or not has little to do with whether we need to address safety concerns. But those two separate issues keep getting mixed up, as if they go together. They don't.

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Posted by Southwinds on 05/26/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

"Everybody thought, This is the state of [U.S. Sen.] Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.]. This could never happen here..."

That's the problem with PR campaigns - it's not just the collateral damage to reality, it's the fact you wind up believing in your own product.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 05/26/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Most of you did not hear the Governor answer a question posed by Eli Harrington of Heady Vermont during his press conference. You can see the full video on Face Book. Both Heady Vermont and Vermont Home Grown have posted it. Eli asked the Governor about Vermont's most prized industry, tourism. Eli wanted to know what message that the Governor was sending to vacationers who come from out of state and happen to choose cannabis over alcohol to relax with. The Governor responded that Vermont wants family's to come to vacation here. Eli asked what about cannabis users. The governors response was to suggest that those people should find another state to spend their money in. There goes at least half of our tourism dollars. If I lived in Massachusetts and wanted to take my legal home grown cannabis with me on vacation, I would rather spend time in a State like Maine which respects the right of it's citizens to choose a non alcoholic, non narcotic, tobacco free plant to relax with.
Governor Scott, Just between you and me a lot of parents need to smoke a joint after a long day when the children have gone to sleep.
Governor Scott, Please meet with Dr. Joe McSherry. He gave testimony to the Human Services Committee on youth prevention that may change your mind. He told us that the issues with 14 to 18 year old youth stem form environmental factors. He said that the abuse of any substance by youth's is an attempt to medicate for anxiety caused by multiple factors unique to each situation. Unfortunately, State representative Francis "Topper" Fawn lied to the full house about his testimony.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 05/26/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Yeah wants to fix it!! Tell me the governor did not know the republicans caucus stand on this bill?? He makes an excuse for his veto by suggesting changes knowing that it ain't going to happen in the two day session. The study committee is a bunch of BS also. He has found a way to lay the blame for his inaction on others. If you research the enforcement issue you will find that the state police and local law enforcement have been dealing with drug impaired drivers for a number of years now. They have it figured out all ready. Just another head in the sand knee jerk reaction.

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Posted by Ronald on 05/26/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

"No lawmaker or resident has ever complained to [Commissioner Ide] about the program."

Seriously?? How was anyone supposed to complain when no one knew about it except the law enforcement agencies they had invited to abuse it?!

And he expects us to be reassured because they have "tight protocols" -- like requiring officers to fill out A FORM! So I guess cops can't get our pictures unless they can read and write -- or have a friend who can. That's quite a relief!!

This is one resident who is complaining to Commissioner Ide today. I wonder if they have a form for that??

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Posted by Robin on 05/26/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Anti-pot crusader Kevin Sabet has been bragging about all the money they spent in Vermont to get that veto. Wonder where it went?

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Posted by Andrew X Smith on 05/26/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

America has seen many challenges. November 22, 1963. FBI and CIA lies to the Warren Commission and again to Congress during House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation in 1970's.

Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam lies. Watergate & Ford's total pardon of Nixon.

Consider foreign influence in elections. (1) Reagan-Bush, Sr. October Surprise deal with Iran to extend hostage crisis. Iran-Contra and Bush, Sr.'s total pardon of Iran-Contra crew. (2) Clinton taking illegal campaign cash from Chinese for 1996 reelection and then rejecting recommendations of FBI Director Louis Freeh for independent prosecutor.

Hard for Congress to exercise oversight, as Ms. Burgin states, if Congress not only doesn't fund investigations but also faces active resistance from Executive Branch. Consider this statement on PBS from Robert Blakey, Chief Counsel of House Select Committee on Assassinations: "I now no longer believe anything the [CIA] told [Congress] any further than I can obtain substantial corroboration for it from outside the CIA for its veracity. The CIA unilaterally deprived Congress of a chance to obtain the full truth. . . The Warren Commission's conclusion that the agencies of government cooperated with it, is, in retrospect, not the truth. Many have told me that the culture of the CIA is one of prevarication & dissimulation & that you cannot trust it or its people. Period. End of story. I am now in that camp."

If CIA is allowed to run a CYA domestic counter-op vs Congressional investigation into President's assassination with few consequences (other than weakening faith in our institutions), can we really expect Congress to do their job now? Anyone with open eyes over last 50 years has seen democratic norms are often an illusion. Still, US somehow ranks #7 out of 196 nations for transparency & corruption so I guess beats living in most other places.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 05/26/2017 at 2:14 AM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

And the government begins to turn on the people... Slowly at first, seeing itself apart from and above the people, for their own good of course. And the police, you know, the ones who look more like soldiers now than police, they work for the government, not the people. The governments enforcers, that keep the people in line. It's for their own safety that we rule over them in what ever way we see fit, it's important that we have any tools necessary, so we can protect their, freedom.?

Power corrupts. And absolute power, corrupts absolutely.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 05/25/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Overtime: Vermont Legislature Sets Stage for Veto Battle

The VT NEA is very effective at buying votes and I dont like it!

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/25/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

@ Bob Frazier: You are asking if the members of the Vermont Legislature who have no experience with marijuana and voted to legalize it, is their decision based upon lack of curiosity and ignorance. Absolutely not.
In America we are free individuals, unfettered by government restrictions unless there is compelling evidence that something must be forbidden. The Legislature is recognizing that with marijuana, no such compelling reason exists, and therefore they are voting to remove this abuse of government power which was only enacted through deception and the wish to protect corporate monopolies.

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Posted by timothy price on 05/25/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Some of our politicians and lawmakers would rather destroy the lives of citizens and veterans than stand up to their masters at big booze, private prisons and pharmaceutical corporations and legalize cannabis.

All the information needed for a decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the Center for Disease Control.

Figures directly from the CDC on numbers of deaths per year in the US:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal toxic overdose in 5,000 years of continuous use and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate, TAX!

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Posted by FreedomFighter on 05/25/2017 at 7:10 PM

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

Incredible that the judge's statement ""We are unable to say that the claims are, as a whole, either tenuous or frivolous," is considered by this shyster to be some sort of validation .It would be amusing if Franco and his rabble had to pay court costs and lawyer fees .

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Posted by Rich ard on 05/25/2017 at 6:56 PM

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