Ma | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

There are multiple ways to define stodgy and 'old fashioned' is the more oft used definition I'm familiar with. I would agree with the author that it was an appropriate choice to define a space that didn't seem to tie in with current times or their current offering(s). I like stepping into a simpler era now and then, but I'm glad the von Trapp family will now offer this new experience without losing touch with the former.

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Posted by Ma on 09/16/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Sanders Supporters Grieving After Clinton Endorsement

As upsetting as this is - Bernie's playing by the rules. When he signed up on the Democratic ticket he was obligated to endorse whoever was named the victor before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 25th. As I understand it, had he not endorsed Hillary, he would have been stripped of a voice at the DNC (if not additional penalties). However, he didn't give the endorsement up so easily and fought for many concessions from HRC's camp. He could still actually be the candidate that is voted to be the Democratic Party's candidate at the DNC, but to have any chance of that he had to take this step. Even if he loses that vote, since it is a contested primary with no clear winner in pledged delegates, Bernie made sure that much of his platform would be the Democratic Party's platform. He didn't 'fall on his sword' so to speak, he lived to fight on another day and hold HRC's feet to the fire if she is the candidate going forward. That's the kind of leader Bernie is - fighting for the people, not the glory. By doing so - we all win.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 07/14/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Critics of Rutland Refugee Plan Grill Aldermen, Resettlement Officials

These people are fearful, but it's difficult to blame them when 'news' outlets and the media no longer speak the truth and instead spark fears and incite this exact behavior. Living in the Winooski area I can tell you the only issue I have had with any of the refugees is jaywalking and driving a bit faster on some back streets than I would like. Most are looking to escape death - either at the hands of warlords in their home countries or in the camps where the necessities of live are meager (at best). They want to have a place to live, raise their families and have a shot at life.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 05/26/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Burlington College Will Close Its Doors This Month

For all the people trumpeting Jane Sanders as being guilty - Burlington College does have a board and an executive team. They had already collectively decided that BC needed to move. Jane Sanders was brought on to do fundraising and find a new home for the college - she did that. In 2011 stories were run on BC 'successfully completing' that mission. Jane was given a severance package for successfully completing the mission and a few months later, in 2011, the college shifted to developing the student body. This severance package, from a private enterprise, is hardly comparable to the multi-million dollar taxpayer/bailout funded 'golden parachutes' called into question by her husband. Look back in the news archives and you'll also see that every journalist challenged BC's executive team and board's decisions when they decided to head down this path. The sad news is Burlington College is gone, they made their own decisions that led them down this path - and they knowingly took big risks doing it. If the college's board and executive team knowingly pinned all their hopes and plans on one person - then they are fools. If they simply risked big, and lost big as a result, then they simply failed at trying something new for the college and couldn't recoup the losses.

16 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 05/17/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

The ironic thing here is not that Bernie is only asking 'super delegates to vote for the will of the people in states he won the popular vote. No the ironic thing is that we go to other countries, throw out their leadership and force 'free elections' upon them so the 'will of the people' is followed. Yet we have a system with super delegates and electoral votes that don't follow the will of the people in our own country. This wears many faces, but this time it's thanks to groups like the DNC and a fundraising 'tool' called the Hillary for Victory Fund. Yet we resort to name calling the candidate who calls them out for their collusion. Bravo.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 05/03/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Road Wars: Will New Rules Help Cyclists and Motorists Coexist?

Bottom line - whether you drive a truck car, scooter, motorcycle or bicycle - we are all responsible for our safety, and the safety of others, on the road each time we *choose* to take control of our wheels.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ma on 04/07/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “My Girlfriend Won't Forgive Me for Reading Her Work

Sorry - but if you want something private in today's computer world, and you decide to share a computer, it's up to you to keep it private. Have your own user accounts, save to a USB, save to the cloud - but don't expect privacy when you do the computer equivalent of leaving something on the counter flipped upside down.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 02/29/2016 at 11:48 AM

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