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Re: “Last Stand: Vermont School Districts Vow to Fight Forced Mergers

Penelope, with all do respect I hear your concerns, well noted.

Points I would like to bring to your attention:

Fact: I know a child who was killed while traveling to get to school. Nothing more needs to be said.

Recent events in the news, should be a concern to everyone. Motorists and school buses.

A study was conducted, most of schools infastruction er systems are out of date and need to be revamped.
Who knows how much this will cost taxpayers to make these changes to bring these schools up to the 20th century and code. I wonder if you would still complain about your taxes $ then? As this was being "look into".

Ask anyone who is thinking about moving here what they like about our state? Most likely their response would be, they like the people, small towns and small schools. We will not attract young families to move here if the schools are closed down.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 11/08/2018 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Last Stand: Vermont School Districts Vow to Fight Forced Mergers

Please take into consideration how these mergers may affect the students, parents, teachers and communities. Many students have a lot of school pride and have attended these schools since they were in Pre-K. The schools also serve as a host for community events.

Some districts do not offer bussing, for this reason, another demographic challenge. Weather conditions (warranted), a factor which needs be taken into consideration prior to the decisions being made.

Especially with the winter season approaching as school delays/closures/early release approach. Not all families are dual households. Merging these schools may become a challenge for those who work the typical 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition, accruing transportation and vehicle expenses to travel to a different district. Those who are being told, they need to merge. If bussing is available that would ideal but most likely, not an option. (Shortage of Drivers).

At one point there was a discussion of the possibly changing the hour of the school day. Please take the students into consideration. From the time when their typical school day starts, add travel, their actual school day, after school activities/events/functions and then their homework. These students already have a full day.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 11/07/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Walters: Final Debate Between Scott and Hallquist a Lively, Testy Affair

Watched this debate, I voted months ago.

Thank you Gov Scott for signing the gun law to make our schools safer. Funds were allocated, any plans as to when this may be happening?

Special Session - 2 years in a row, how did this save taxpayers? Will this be repeated?

Important bills - vetoed, which would have made the cost of living affordable for those who already live here.

Economic growth - recent articles reflect differently (businesses laying off workers).
Our new bond rating. Incentives to encourage people to move here, not the answer. Fiber optic will grow the economy. Many people do not have internet service or cell service.

Respect for Shumlin - Disagree

F35 - Residents opinions matter

Coventry - Should be closed down

EB-5 - Should be closed down

When can the public expect documents to be made public, surely some have been reviewed by now.
Or due to the ongoing case (literally) no dockets will be made available for transparency for years to come.
When will the audit be completed, any time frame? No one has mentioned when they foresee this happening.
(Thank you Janssen Willhoit)

Safe Ejection sites - Not the answer, only enables. Rehabilitation facilities are needed.

Education/Taxes/Mergers - Closing our smaller schools is not the answer. Especially if the Board of Education decides in the future to change the school hours and days. Our Teachers deserve a lot of credit.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 11/03/2018 at 9:21 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Doctors Curb Opiate Prescriptions

"UVM Medical Center curbs opiate prescriptions", what took so long?

UVM is not the ONLY hospital in this state.

What about the other 13 Hospitals including your VA Hospitals, Critical Access facilities and Non Profit facilities?

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Posted by genesis_44 on 10/12/2018 at 6:10 AM

Re: “Mum on Money: Gubernatorial Candidates Sidestep Policy Specifics

If you this missed this on the NBC5 News 10/5/2018:

7th & 8th Graders @ Williston Central School - Students get a voice in the 2018 election & ask questions of candidates.

Posted by genesis_44 on 10/06/2018 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

"Appalling" I think the correct language should be "Baffled"

VT Digger has done amazing job reporting the EB-5 case, pls keep researching, may wonder about others who appear to always be on the sideline.

If Quiro's is banned from conducting business in this state, how is it even possible that Stenger still has access to conduct business/employment and is still on these properties premises? Not to mention the use of a company vehicle? Does he get reimbursed for mileage and expense account as well?

My opinion he should be banned as well.

Someone please shut down EB-5 now.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 09/24/2018 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmates Moving to CoreCivic Prison in Mississippi

New York Time: 4/3/2018 Analysis by the Sentencing Project since the year 2000; the number of people housed in private "profit" operated prisons in the Nation has increased by 45%.

Several States including Michigan & Utah have stopped using private "profit" prisons.

Forbes: American Criminal Justice System 8/17/2018
Forbes: The First Step in Prison Reform Should be Real Reform 5/28/2018

If we can afford to contract out fellow Vermonters' to a "profit" facilities; it would be less expensive and
feasible to build a facility in state having adequate capacity for housing/rehabilitation. The winter months are approaching; it's not too late to put a request out to construction companies for bids.

Innocent until proven otherwise; serve the time where the crime was committed.

How many Vermonters' are currently serving time for felonies/crimes out of state in a "profit" facilities?

How many Vermonters' are taking up beds for misdemeanors?

What has already been spent on contracts, including the labor involved w/the transportation costs?

Is this information not public knowledge?

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Posted by genesis_44 on 09/22/2018 at 9:37 AM

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