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Eric J 
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Re: “Obeng Blasts Board Member for 'Sexist, Racist' Facebook Posts

Let me get this straight: We paid for a search committee to find our superintendent. They had to go to another country to find a qualified candidate. (What a slap in the face to Vermonters in particular and US citizens in general--sorry, but it was.) We had to pay more money to get the candidate over the border. Then he breaks our law that requires Queen City residency for city officials by promptly moving out of Burlington. Now he pokes his nose into what I think is the voters' business--besides, don't people have the right to their own opinions even if they don't match our own? Yes, they do. Kirk apologized, took the offending stuff down, let it go at that.

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Posted by Eric J on 10/24/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Cops' Feet on the Street Making a Difference in the Old North End

Another accurate comic strip, thank you thank you Seven Days! Other than the manager of the Shopping Bag, all the white guys depicted in the strip (five total) are drinkers or miscreant loiterers; the one black guy in the strip: a handsome cop. Yup, that's crackerville in northern Vermont and that is a spot-on rendition! We need more handsome black men up here to rid us of us! I hate me! Again, kudos to Seven Days. I'm done cleaning my gun so now maybe I'll improve the world by blowing my brains out...

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Posted by Eric J on 07/11/2016 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Starting Over: First Steps for Refugees in Vermont

Great cartoon and how accurate! There's only one bad person in the strip and it's the cracker who is angrily forcing the former professor from Iraq to clean a bathroom. That's us crackers alright! Thank you for the accurate depiction of how we're complete dicks! Now it's time for my nightly assault rifle polishing. Where did I put you, sweetheart?

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Posted by Eric J on 07/11/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “After a DUI, Deportation? What Awaits Migrant Activist Victor Diaz

I was trying to turn onto a busy four-lane road. A woman driving in the closest lane stopped then waved energetically: I should go right away. Then she looked to her left, appearing to check the next lane, and back at me, waving even more frantically. She wanted me to understand: The next lane was clear, this was my last chance, take it or leave it. I took it. Blang! T-boned immediately. The woman mouthed "Sorry!", made a sorry face, and sped off.

She intended to do a good deed, but instead directed me into an accident.

Unconditionally supporting undocumented migrant workers is like the woman waving me into disaster: both are examples of how a good deeds can have nasty consequences.

The more workers there are that enter a labor market, the more employers get to pick and choose. Some workers will not work for $10/hour--until they haven't eaten in a week. Then they might accept a job at $8/hour--or less. The more workers, the more competition for jobs, and the lower wages will go. It is simple supply and demand.

If you think that helping undocumented migrant workers stay and work in this country is always a win-win, think again. It can have an extremely negative affect on the U.S. workers who make the least amount of money.

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Posted by Eric J on 05/15/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Sen. Norm McAllister Charged With Sexual Assault

He should have stuck to goats.

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Posted by Eric J on 05/09/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Burlington College Selling Much of Its Lakefront Campus

So because of mismanaging do-gooders in over their heads, a marginal education institution buys itself time but Burlington permanently loses a gem.
At the very least the property ought to be put up for competitive proposals. You know who people turn to when they find themselves between a financial rock and a hard place? Loan sharks. Think this is any different?

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Posted by Eric J on 10/21/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “CCTA: Drivers Made "Credible" Offer, Negotiations Imminent

Wouldn't it be nice to know some of the issues, even better the relevant facts?

Such as:

1) What do the bus drivers make per hour compared to those of other municipalities?
2) Same vein: How do their benefits compare to their kindred workers elsewhere?
3) What are the sticking points?
4) One sticking point is the cameras on the buses. Given that recent research has shown that dashboard cams vindicate police against ambulance-chasing lawyers NINETY PERCENT of the time, what possible reason do the drivers have to not want them on board?

Without such information how can we, the public, who subsidize CCTA with our taxes, know who's right or wrong?

Eric Johnson

Posted by Eric J on 03/27/2014 at 10:02 PM

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