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Re: “Clinton Campaign Draws Small Crowd in Burlington

The attendance at this event was 35.. versus the 5,000 who heard Senator Sander's announcement. Despite the organizer's protestations, I'd say that's a pretty good indication of Secretary Clinton's support in Vermont. And, a reflection on Governor Shumlin's popularity.

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Posted by Soperman3 on 06/02/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

Move over Grand Isle, you've got competition for the title of Biggest Joke in Vermont!

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Posted by Soperman3 on 03/19/2015 at 9:07 AM

Re: “House Panel Votes to Ban Teacher Strikes

I am usually very pro-union but after 2014 and the Teacher's Strike and walkout at South Burlington High School, the arguements offered have lost their luster and my ability to agree with the Union and Teacher's arguements and protests is no longer possible. I hope H.76 passes both houses rapidly and is signed into law.

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Posted by Soperman3 on 03/18/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Winooski Voters Approve Joining Suit to Oppose F-35

I'm not at all surprised by the outcome Shannon Garrett Trainer but certainly share your feelings. This is just a decision made to meet personal "needs" and "wants" while completely ignoring what's best for everyone in Vermont and the entire Northeastern United States. The lawsuit may be completely moot and a waste of money as in the long run, with other communities lined up to openly accept the F-35s that the Air Force will not waste the time and effort fightng a frivolous, unpatriotic legal action and just go elsewhere where the benefits of housing the F-35 will be appreciated.

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Posted by Soperman3 on 03/04/2015 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Ads Ask Legislators to Pick Milne as Governor

Does anyone know how many legislature districts were carried by Mr. Milne? Perhaps I'm naive but if I was a Vermont State Legislator and my distict voted for either in the majority then my constituents have spoken and I would vote their wishes regardless if I was a Democrat or Republican.

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Posted by Soperman3 on 12/31/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “The Pentagon Is Stocking Vermont With Tools of War

I can support the 1033 Program for the Vermont State Police and (less so) VT National Guard but can't see the need for smaller communities including Burlington and Montpelier or county Sheriff departments whose deputys are often part-time employees e.g. Grand Isle. It's Overkill (sorry) indeed and a recipe for disaster.

In cases where heavy duty armament may be needed, the State Police is only minutes away and given our "Heroin Highway, we've the FBI and DIA close and they're adequately armed. Plus many of the rifles being requested (M-14s) are in State Police storage as surplus and could be dispersed should the unlikely need arise. Even to the Fish and Wildlife Department...???

I personally don't trust the level of training received by these municpalities in heavy armaments which is just why there's a likely hood of a tradgedy. And the UVM police and DMV are looking to participate? WTF?

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Posted by Soperman3 on 11/27/2014 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Burlington Police Describe Violent Incident After Video Posted Online

Don't understand why these citizens decided it was appropriate or legal to interfere with these officers doing their duty ("consistent with officer training"). Lethal force? The writer is absolutely incorrect that a Taser is legally considered "deadly force" and should go to any legal dictionary and educate himself. As I view it, "reasonable force" was utilized in subduing this suspect who was observed committing assult on another person by striking him on the head causing him to fall to the ground. I have absolutely no idea why Mr. Mazza thought he could attempt to interfere with the police and I hope he's prosecuted. And sorry realist, there are plenty of student "thugs" in the popultion. I just can't find any fault here by the officers (according to this report) and I'm certainly not a love of the BVT police force and Chief White's hiring practices.

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Posted by Soperman3 on 11/04/2014 at 7:57 AM

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