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Re: “South Burlington School District Fights Suit Over Rebels Petition

To put context around the type of baggage the word rebel has here is a history lesson.

Check out - I'm a Good old rebel - ( Confederate Song )…


Rare Footage of Civil War Veterans Doing the Rebel Yell…

Rebel actually sounds a lot better now, because those guys stood for something "white" I mean "right".

Posted by Don Johnson on 07/24/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “State Rejects Initial Application for Irasburg and Lowell Wind Project

So nice to see the Public Utilities Commission (formerly the PSB) truly applying the law. In prior rulings, they often gave wind developers a free pass. Kudos to Roisman, the new Chairman, for his sound leadership.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 07/24/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

Dumb nigger, dumb nigger, dumb nigger, dumb nigger.

Doesn't sound so bad when at home or work reading it on your desktop or phone. Seems natural doesn't it? If you agree then petition to ensure this poor white guy doesn't get charge, so he can teach his children about the 1% of dumb niggers (of 96% white people) in Vermont he has interacted with.

This type of behavior should not be tolerated or normalized. Just reading these comments it surprises and saddens me. Its like we have not learned anything from history.

I know Vermonter pride themselves on how accepting they are but for the 'others' who are not or have some preconceived views of people with darker skin, I just want to let you know people of color are not dumb and know when people have these preconceived views.

People of color can sense it. So there is no need to tolerate their presence they acknowledge it when they are shopping or in a coffee shop or simply walking on the street. The stares and/or hesitations by looking down to the floor tell it all.

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Posted by Don Johnson on 07/24/2017 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

? Is it really that hard to look up Vermont statutes?
(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. 1455)
1455. Hate-motivated crimes

A person who commits, causes to be committed, or attempts to commit any crime and whose conduct is maliciously motivated by the victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the U.S. Armed Forces, disability as defined by 21 V.S.A. 495d(5), sexual orientation, or gender identity shall be subject to the following penalties:

(1) If the maximum penalty for the underlying crime is one year or less, the penalty for a violation of this section shall be imprisonment for not more than two years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

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Posted by j bliza on 07/24/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “State Rejects Initial Application for Irasburg and Lowell Wind Project

Good news for the environment .Now with the money we will save lets do some
thing to preserve the the environment like putting carbon back into the soil.

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Posted by Bill Roddy on 07/24/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

When I took birth control I paid for it not anyone else, plus I wasn't messing around with guys at 13 and up either.. thats the age when a lot of teenagers are getting pregnant..but planned parenthood encourage young teens to have sex in my opinion, have sex if you get pregnant we'll abort it for you..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/24/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

They said they aren't saying if there was a name..nothing like jumping to conclusions which most of you are doing and the one who said .... "That is the source of his fury this is the act of impotency. Now besides be a loser white dude stuck in Vermont hes got a criminal felony record on his back forever. He knows he is loser and he is furious like so many of his ilk." Wow sounds like that person is being a racist..I'm not saying the young man isn't wrong for what he did, because he did destroy property.. but there was no threat against Hines but Hines is afraid of the old adage says.. "STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK MY BONES BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME"..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/24/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Swastika, Racial Slur Found in Burlington Library Bathroom

The library has become a homeless hotel of sorts. In addition to the pile of needles one finds in the bathroom, a photo originally published with this article pictured a homeless person sleeping on the floor. Seems one can learn all sorts of things at the Fletcher library.

Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/24/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case


Cannon used racial slurs while threatening to kill an 8-year old child. That's a crime directed at an individual, thus, the hate crime charge.…

In this case, there's no threat of violence, and no crime directed at Hines. Thus, no hate crime charge.

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Posted by Steve0 on 07/24/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

All agencies - whether privately or publically funded must demonstrate outcomes. Funders demand it and any organization worth its salt needs and wants to know how they are doing in a meaningful way. It requires data gathering and evaluation and it's rigorous. Most not-for-profits are not well equipped to implement this process with fidelity and this is where Youth Catalytics comes in. Aside from the incredible work on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention project side, Youth Catalytics also works to promote organizations to be at their best by delivering the greatest value to their stakeholders and client communities they exist to serve. This decision is a watershed in prevention based services and will impact both directly and indirectly for years to come.

Vicky Smith

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Posted by Vicky Smith on 07/24/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Vermont Officials Prepare for Lower Revenues, Budget Cuts

It is positively amazing that the brain trust of Vermont has no clue what the reality is. Vermont is becoming increasingly unaffordable and the business climate is gloomy. There won't be an improvement until we get leadership that understands.

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Posted by Veggiguy on 07/24/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

The question about the evidence to support the work of non-profits is a challenging one. Most non-profit budgets are dedicating every dollar they can to front line services for families. While this is noble and where we all want the money to go, it also means that efforts to gather data, evaluate and train staff, go unfunded. The non-profit sector absolute NEEDS Youth Catalytics to support the lack of infrastructure that goes unfunded in non-profit agencies and to ensure that services that are being provided are evidence based and high quality. It is also essential to understand that not all evidence based programs work in every setting, being able to be nimble and adapt new innovative and evidence informed practices with efficacy and evaluation are essential to ensuring that people are better off as a result of the work. This decision to defund Youth Catalytics is short sighted and has the potential to derail more than one organization.

~Kimberly-Ann Coe

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Posted by Kim Cyr Coe on 07/24/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Swastika, Racial Slur Found in Burlington Library Bathroom

Was this found above the pile of needles that can often be found in the library bathrooms?

Also, "Donna Boutin", a swastika was drawn by people who want to look like victims? Are you joking, or are you really that dense?

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Posted by planetacer09 on 07/24/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “A Rash of Goat Thefts Has Vermont Farmers Scratching Their Heads

Vermont, where men are men? And even the goats are nervous!

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 07/24/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

Thank you for the kind words about Spectrum, Penelope, we appreciate it! It's hard for small nonprofits to develop quality programs on their own when they are already very busy working on the front lines. This is where an organization like Youth Catalytics makes a huge difference. We at Spectrum think very highly of them and hope they can continue their important work.

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Posted by Sarah Woodard on 07/24/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Launches Award Program for Responsible Farming

In August 2016 the three Canadians Mr. Hall mentions, issued a statement accusing us of "biosolids hysteria". They denied that sludge is a toxic stew. However the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) agrees with us: recognizing the inadequacy of land application policies based on a component based quantitative risk assessment approach, the NAS recommended focusing on health end points and environmental tracking, because even if a summary index of an adverse response to mixtures was available, it would not necessarily reflect the total hazards of exposure to biosolids because of the inability to identify all of its hazardous constituents and their potential for interaction in vivo . . . thus it is not possible to conduct a risk assessment for biosolids at this time (or perhaps ever) that will lead to risk-management strategies that will provide adequate health protection."

Lastly, Professors Metcalfe, McCarthy, and Sibley accuse us of being unscientific irresponsible and lacking common sense because we believe that small amounts of a pollutant can be very damaging to living organisms. After all, they argue, everyone knows the old adage that "the dose makes the poison." This adage, however, does not apply to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), with their nonmonotonic dose response curves showing that small amounts harm organisms more than do larger amounts: Land applied sludges are full of EDCs.

In conclusion, we have read thousands of primary articles on every aspect of biosolids. For years we have repeatedly asked those who promote this harmful practice to send us one peer-reviewed paper published in the scientific literature that shows that this practice is safe, beneficial and sustainable. We are still waiting. You can reach us at

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Posted by Caroline Snyder on 07/23/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Launches Award Program for Responsible Farming

Mr. Hall, before accusing us of disseminating misinformation and fear mongering, you might want to check some facts and read some of the published peer-reviewed primary research of our sources whom you derogatorily call "so-called" experts.

Land-applied sludges, including the Class A variety, contain not only human feces and urine, but unregulated toxic metals, antibiotic resistant super bugs and thousands of unregulated industrial chemicals, many of which are highly toxic, persistent, damage organisms in parts per trillion and accumulate in soil. For a partial list of toxins every entity connected to a sewer can legally pipe into sewage treatment plants, see

There are 90,000 of these synthetic chemical compounds in commerce today with 1000 new ones added annually; most are discharged into sewers, and end up in sludge. According to many experts, including Prof. Hale who has published sludge research for decades, biosolids generated in our industrialized urban centers are probably the most pollutant-rich waste mixture of the 21 century.

Another one of our sources, soil scientist, Professor Murray McBride, former chair the internationally renowned Cornell Waste Management Institute has published hundreds of peer reviewed articles since 1980. In 1995, he and his team concluded that the US sludge regulations do not protect human health, agriculture, and the environment

. Meanwhile the waste stream is getting more complex and more polluted, but the sludge regulations more lenient.


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Posted by Caroline Snyder on 07/23/2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

The Federal Administration's decision to precipitously defund evidenced based programs for teen pregnancy prevention is incredibly short sighted but this cut also greatly reduces the efforts to support non-profits across the country to implement pregnancy prevention programming with proven results. Youth Catalytics is one of those organizations that provides the technical assistance including training and evaluation that allows small non-profits to implement new programming to better serve their community. Thank you Seven Days for running this article and I encourage readers to spread the work about these draconian cuts to critical pregnancy prevention programming. Don't let this go unnoticed by the public!
Catherine Simonson

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Posted by CatherineSimo on 07/23/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

"Due to changes in program priorities, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the federal government to no longer continue funding for the Providing Capacity Building Assistance to OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees program"

Let's read between the lines of that statement. Why would an administration who's top priority for increased spending is the military, and which is actively trying to slash all forms of assistance to the poor and low income families, want to see an increase in teen pregnancy? Surely they know their bogus "Just Say No" policies of sexual abstinence will not work and will result in more teen pregnancies. So why would these so called Pro-Life people, who also advocate for ongoing endless war and death, through both military foreign policy and arms sales across the planet, want to cause an increase in teen pregnancy throughout the US?

There is only one answer that can explain such insanity: Cannon fodder. Incidences of teen pregnancy tend to be higher amongst lower income populations, and the most heavily recruited population for the military are low income people who have no other opportunities. Increasing teen pregnancy will result in an endless supply of cannon fodder for the endless Oil Wars and Water Wars of the future. It is all part of the big picture for the American War Machine, and the chicken hawks and war profiteers who stand to cash in from these policies. It's all about greed and making money for them. Sociopaths cannot be bothered with such concerns like compassion, empathy, or the well being of children, or teen moms. Programs that help them are just a barrier to kleptocracy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Teen Charged in South Burlington Racist Graffiti Case

What is the legal definition of "directed" in this case?

Posted by David Allon on 07/23/2017 at 7:57 PM

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