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Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

As a professional caregiver, I would not want to be a home care provider for several reasons including low pay, uncompensated travel time, and wear and tear on my car. Not to mention, the added burden of traveling long distances to reach unplowed driveways in the winter and being alone should any unexpected medical emergency arise.

The government will need to reconsider how it reimburses such care if it wants to attract quality caregivers. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg folks. Nursing homes are grappling with constant understaffing as well and the situation will only worsen as the U.S. population continues to grow older and sicker.

Posted by Lisa McCormack on 10/17/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

"I cant understand why the Co-op would choose to borrow money at a 14% interest rate"

Because they had no choice. They can't get that $10 million anywhere else at a better rate than 14%.

Which tells you either that the lender has no faith in KBTL, or that the lender is actually HOPING that BT defaults on the loan so that it can foreclose on BT, just like Citibank did 7 years ago.

Which is why no one in god's name should support this bid.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/17/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

I cant understand why the Co-op would choose to borrow money at a 14% interest rate, this would amount to over $19 million of interest on a twenty year note to borrow $10 million. And the lender is a cable infrastructure company. What is going on there?

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by batman on 10/17/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

So when the local co-op fails the system will be worthless. The local co-op will borrow money at a crazy interest rate and then will not be able to afford the necessary upgrades and expansion. Just because it gets sold to Ting doesn't mean it is going anywhere.

19 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ted Miles on 10/17/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

Congratulations. Six craven councilors caved to the mob of Burlington comministas in favor of a bid that is a joke. The Internet is not a grocery store, and even City Market would never take out a $10 million loan at 14% interest from an out of state lender.

And isnt one of the Social Justice Warriors pictured in one of the photos in this article someone who should be in jail right now for defacing public property a week or so ago?

17 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/17/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

I don't care about local ownership nearly as much as I care that as a Burlington taxpayer I cannot use Burlington Tekecom because they don't provide service to my neighborhood.

I support Ting because I believe they will be able to extend service to all of Burlington. I'll be really upset if the council chooses to continue excluding taxpayers like me from this wonderfully valuable resource. Keeping it local is meaningless if I'm forced to choose between Comcast or Fairpoint.

21 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 10/17/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Walters: Oliver Olsen to Resign From House

I know nothing about Olsen's record but , in general ,Vermont needs more politicians who are socially liberal and fiscally conservative . I have no problem with people who come and go from public service rather then handing on forever for a few bucks .

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 10/16/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

So tragic. So unnecessary. I was abused for many years. Police don't understand that restraining orders can be walked through and threats can be made by the abuser. ... I got away. I'm heartbroken Molly didn't. This hits home so hard. I'm so sorry for the children and Molly. My prayers are forever with them. And the family.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by marie on 10/16/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

GOOD JOB RICKY BOI

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

Really spicy article RICK! nice to goooo budday

Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Not College Bound? Try Welding School

I really liked this article it was really spicy like my memes but i dont like this guy Michael Lannen Bc hes not spicy enough M8. Dnt H8 M8 just R8 M8 ;) babe

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kyle Gathright on 10/16/2017 at 3:47 PM

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

It's amazing to me how many people care to judge someone who spends her life actively helping others. Clearly she isn't perfect (but then, she never claimed she was). She succumbed to an illness, alcoholism. She could have hurt someone, including herself, but she didn't. Many people do way worse and still deserve second chances. Many people are more selfish and deserve our sympathy.

To everyone commenting: learn how to care for your community the way Ingram does. Learn how to be non judgmental and just offer help and support to those who need it.

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by MaryDram on 10/16/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Walters: Oliver Olsen to Resign From House

His departure seems orchestrated. An elected official should not spend a year looking for a successor without announcing to the public. It is not their right to choose their successor, it is the public's right. Elected officials are public servants after all (even though some of them seem to need reminding of this).

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by MaryDram on 10/16/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

I think it bothers me more that someone paid $100K to have that mural painted than anything in it.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/16/2017 at 9:34 AM

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

When I hear people say this is a disease it drives me crazy!!!! It's labeled a disease because most of the leaders in this country are drunks!!!! It's a choice and nothing more!!!! She decided to go out drinking that day, she decided to get behind the wheel of that car. I don't give a rat's ass how much good she does; had she killed someone that day it would have mattered!!!
She needs to step down and get her own life in order before she cast a vote that will impact other's life.

13 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Edward McGrath on 10/16/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

I'm white, and the overwhelming whiteness of the mural was the first thing I noticed when the mural went up. It's an embarrassment. Even in the present day section, where are images of our refugee populations? The population of POC in Burlington has more than doubled since the new millennium. How can we claim to be welcoming to newcomers when we make them invisible.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Gabriel 1 on 10/15/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Max Tracy, Burlington's Most Outspoken Prog, Pulls No Punches

If he is such a profile in courage, why didn't he protest the mayor's decision to keep secret the names of the bidders for Burlington Telecom?

The answer is: he's an opportunist, interested more in political theater than being rooted in actual, consistent political beliefs.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 10/15/2017 at 10:15 AM

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

Hey RBJ take a history lesson America has already been in a nuclear war it was called WW2. If the drunk senator had hit another car and harmed or killed someone I bet you would all be singing a different tune or worse all of her supporters would be trying to blame the victim for getting in her way. This woman with a heart of gold could not have called a cab or better yet one of her supporters for a ride. Loser she should be removed from serving in the government. A person with no internal moral values should not be leading anyone.

14 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 10/15/2017 at 7:00 AM

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

Stunning how many people are willing to vote for a mendacious narcissistic demagogue who may lead the nation into its first nuclear war.

8 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by r b-j on 10/14/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Construction to Begin After Sides Settle Burlington Town Center Legal Disputes

"...any future development of Sinex-owned property at Burlington Town Center would not reach more than ten stories."..... Isn't this entire plot, owned by Sinex, about to be developed? Going by the final proposal, I don't see how any additional buildings of up to ten stories could feasibly be erected, or am I missing something here?

Posted by thegreyman on 10/14/2017 at 7:59 PM

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