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Re: “Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award to Be Renamed

This is nonsense. Prominent supporters of eugenics, which was primarily a scientific movement to improve society that was widely accepted at the time by many leading academics, included: Winston Churchill, WEB DuBois, Herbert Hoover, JMKeynes, Teddy Roosevelt, Oliver Wendall Holmes and more; far too many accomplished and illustrious figures to list. Shall we judge them all similarly wanting and accordingly besmirch their names and reputations, and stain the historical record of their accomplishments? A famous Vermont author's (sorry, yes, so last century, a pity that she didn't pen Harry Potter) name being connected with the Dept of Family and Children, that is a legitimate reason? Give me a break, this garbage is going too far.

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 05/06/2019 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Violence Caught on Camera Leads to Brutality Claims Against Burlington Cops

Sgt. B barely touched him, he was obviously extremely drunk, which is why he was belligerent and resisting in the first place, and clearly the reason that he fell. It's very easy to criticize those who do the highly stressful and impossibly difficult job of policing our city and keeping us safe from unsavory types like these hardly blameless angels. Jok: 5 felonies and 10 misdemeanors... really? The real problem downtown lies with excessive alcohol consumption, not excessive force.

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 05/03/2019 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Middlebury College Bristles Over Planned Forum Featuring Polish Conservative

The intellectual rot starts at the top as in academia these days tenure will not be granted to aspirants in social science/literature/philosophy departments who dare voice any heterodoxy of thought to the "party line". Dr Jordan Peterson, Prof. of Clinical Psychology at Univ of Toronto, has become a lightning rod for this very issue of academic free speech. Even the brilliant writer David Foster Wallace was heavily criticized 20 years ago for suggesting to his new students of Writing and English Literature that use of the proper "King's English" was preferable to street slang and/or "Ebonics" in furthering one's career advancement.. just try that in the academy today unless one desires termination. Any student who feels so threatened by a lecture containing ideas that they oppose that they force it's cancellation perhaps should spend more time studying the history of totalitarianism.

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 04/17/2019 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Middlebury College Bristles Over Planned Forum Featuring Polish Conservative

The neo-Maoists strike once again. Nuance is not the coin of their realm, but shutting down, shaming, and demonizing is. Recently the Supreme Court unanimously supported the right of an all -Asian US band to call themselves The Slants. The SJW micro-aggression crowd wouldn't have it but the SCOTUS upheld the band's right to call themselves what they want under the right of free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. The entire concept of 'hate speech" is a political, not legal, construct used used to browbeat any viewpoints into submission by totalitarian means that the new Cultural Revolution crowd doesn't cotton to, and is antithetical to free speech. It's protected under the law, however offensive that it may be to some. Money is NOT free speech, but Prof. Legutko's views are, and if some students can't bear to hear them, they need not. Either all have free speech or none do, there is no cherry picking.

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 04/17/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Sanders Takes On General Motors Near Shuttered Chevy Plant in Ohio

Well well, a bit premature in your criticisms, eh? Not to mention wrong and irrelevant, as usual... and it's "bated" not "baited", as in shorthand for "abated"... but you knew that too, just like everything else, right DB? Turns out his income spiked for only 1 year due to the book but it was less than 1/2 of that last year. He works darn hard, until the present fool in the White House, and he deserves everything he gets.

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 04/16/2019 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Emails Detail Conflict in Choosing Burlington School Principals

Parents, the taxpayers, should have the loudest voice in this process. Concealing evaluation and comment forms from public and board view and completely ignoring public sentiment is malfeasance. It's been proven time and again that bringing in outside so-called "leadership", which in this case has produced debacles such as the Machias and Champlain Elementary spectacles due to unilateral decision making, as opposed to encouraging and promoting qualified and consensus-seeking long-time employees from within who actually understand the community and the institution, only promotes distrust and leads to poor staff morale. It's high time to listen to the people, yes, the ones who pay the bills and trust their precious children to the schools!

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 04/12/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Winooski's Historic Mansion Could Be Demolished

And if not the same Mongeon (it's a rather unusual name), then the project deserves to stand, or not, on it's own merits, the building isn't particularly distinguished...imo

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Posted by Ralph Firesweep on 04/04/2019 at 6:10 PM

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