Brooke Paige | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Brooke Paige 
Member since Mar 12, 2014

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Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

At UVM Medical, sadly it's all about the balance sheet and the bottom-line !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/21/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Statehouse Standoff Stalls Act 46 School Merger Deadline Extension

Act 46 has been poison from the get go, stealing "local control" from the townspeople and handing it to unelected officials in the AOE who have become frunk with power that was never intended or authorized in the original legislation (or in Act 49, the supplemental legislation ).

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 05/10/2019 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Are the Rich Really Running From Vermont's 'Death Tax'?

Personally I know four "Vermont" millionaires, each has moved to primary residences in tax friendly states (AZ, CO, FL, TX) while "vacationing" here in Vermont, documenting their stay so they can prove they are here less than 183 days each year ! Each of these state have no inheritance or estate taxes AND low income tax rates or no income tax at all - surprised ?

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 04/04/2019 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Exodus? Tenants Flee a Newly Built Burlington Apartment Complex

"Baby, It's Cold Inside !"

Not a good theme song for a fancy new rental property !

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brooke Paige on 03/10/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Doesn't Support Trump's Reelection

Of course it is never promising when your state executive cannot support his own party's standard bearer on the national stage AND has no viable alternate to suggest. Governor Scotts vote for Jim Douglas did not sway others to follow and only made HRC's success in Vermont more profound ! In 2020 will Governor Scott support Vermont's Senator Sanders over President Trump or just refrain from voting in the Presidential contest ? "Enquiring Minds Want to Know !"

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/30/2019 at 6:20 PM

Re: “WTF: What's Up With the Dead Wind Turbine in South Burlington?

Not mentioned in this article, nor by Mr. Blittersdorf, is the millions of dollars that would be required to restore the ridgeline sites to their original, pristine conditions - if that is even possible ! These is no beauty in these gigantic industrial behemoths blighting our mountain tops or countryside - regardless of whether they are spinning at 20 RPMs or "dead as a door nail !"

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/30/2019 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Administration Explores Radical School System Reorg

Phil Hoff / Phil Scott it now appears there isn't a dime's worth of difference between them. Phil Hoff's 1964 "Big Idea" to transform Vermont's local schoolhouses into one statewide school system comprised of 14 regional school districts has morphed into a four district statewide school system controlled from Montpelier. Remember in 1964, the voters went to the polls and enacted a constitutional amendment to secure "local control" for the state's future in response to Hoff's attack on local governance.

Phil Hoff must be laughing from the grave as his idea that was roundly defeated in 1964 by conservative Republicans is no the faux Republican governor's big thing. No local control, no parental input beyond the "window dressing" of Parent School Committees, "which would be purely advisory in nature" and the Regional Boards would not have a (real) say in the administration of the education in their schools.

The fifty year educational experiment of "bigger is better" has resulted in exploding education costs and plummeting student proficiency - the thing Vermont's Legislators and State Administrators have proven is that "bigger is NOT better" it just creates a bigger mess.

This latest step toward the abyss should bring every true Vermonter to their feet demanding a return to real old-time local control and they may well be lead by the children being cheated out of their futures because of a crappy education.

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

15 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/11/2019 at 2:31 PM

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