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Terrence Sehr 
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Re: “A High School Senior's 'Knotty' Artwork Is Censored

The administration could have found a way to display the work in a restricted-access space (adding to the theme of the work). There could have been an age limit for viewing, a "trigger warning", and so on. That approach could have honored the work, while protecting others' sensibilities.

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Posted by Terrence Sehr on 06/30/2019 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Approves Slower Minimum Wage Increase

Dumbest idea ever. The sooner the wage goes to $15, the better for the economy:
1. Putting extra cash into the hands of those who are barely making it means they will spend it all right here, right now. That's a good way to protect the local economy in times of recession.
2. Businesses won't reduce hiring. They're always crying about not having enough workers. They literally can't operate with fewer workers.
3. If your business plan requires workers at lower wages, you have a bad plan. Get a new one.
4. What if global companies like Walmart and McDonald's decide to leave the state? All the better for local companies and communities.
5. But that cash comes out of the pockets of wealthier people?
a. They won't notice.
b. They'll be spending less taxes on social services.
c. Cry me a river.

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Posted by Terrence Sehr on 05/14/2019 at 11:27 AM

Re: “In Striking Reversal, Shumlin Abandons Single-Payer Reforms

Does anyone else think it strange that the Governor did not compare the projected costs with what we are already paying for health care? Right now in Vermont we pay $7635 per person per year (1). Median VT household income is 54,267 (2). Average VT household size is 2.34 (3).

So current health care spending is 33% of median Vermont income!

Single-payer costs are simply the costs we already pay. The money just goes through different hands.

Killing off single-payer is all just politics, and Shummy should have admitted that.

(1) http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/healt…
(2) http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/50…
(3) http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/united-sta…

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Posted by Terrence Sehr on 12/18/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The Chips Are Down: Does IBM Have a Future in Vermont?

It would be good to get an update on the groundwater contamination and ongoing cleanup of PCEs TCEs and whatever else is down there. Who's going to pay to keep the pumps and filters running?

As of 1998: "IBM must continue to pump groundwater out of the bedrock at a rate of roughly 13 million gallons a month, day-in and day-out, for decades to come. At worst, a breakdown would allow this pollution to spread. At best, the pumping keeps in check one of Vermont's worst groundwater pollution sites." From "IBM confronts toxic legacy: cleanup will cost millions, last for years": http://www.nasw.org/users/nbazilchuk/Articles/ibm1web.htm

As of 2014: "The EPA on Monday released its annual Toxic Release Inventory for each state. Once again, IBM's facilities in Chittenden County were easily the largest emitters of toxic chemicals in the state." http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/24030/20140211/epa-toxic-releases-decline-in-vermont

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Posted by Terrence Sehr on 07/10/2014 at 9:45 AM

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