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Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

@Mark and @leaterhune, it is astounding how you can view what the Mayor has done to reduce the debt created by years of Prog spending and the theft of $17 million Leopold and Kiss committed.
The airport is now profitable instead of being a slush fund, the pension still is not funded 100% but is in better shape, The city's bond rating has been improved and it is important because the better the rating the lower the interest rate to borrow money.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/18/2019 at 1:29 PM

Re: “White Nationalist Crashes Press Conference on Racial Harassment of Kiah Morris

"Maybe the first amendment needs to be amended"
Unfortunately freedom of speech will expose people to expressions that are not nice or are hurtful. Trying to remove these things or prevent them from being heard does nothing to change the root cause of their utterances. Dealing with them, teaching and learning from them is much more beneficial than burying our heads in the sand.
I have been in situations where things were said that probably should not have been said, but the people had the right to say them. I spoke up and said I disagreed and would appreciate it if they kept those opinions to themselves. What they thought was their own, but I have my own ideas. There is no need to provoke etc.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/15/2019 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Bagpipes, Speeches and Drive-By Protesters Mark the Raising of New Trump Flag

There is still a thing called freedom of speech in this country- I am tired of the "freedom of speech" as long as you agree with me.
Come on so he has different views than others. That is what America is about.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/14/2019 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Seven Issues to Watch in the Vermont Legislature

Yes the VT Constitution references Slavery but look at the 1777 the first Vermont Constitution which the 1793 state constitution was based on put language in abolishing slavery. Those of us that have roots back to those forward thinking people are proud that they were the first to see how bad slavery was and made sure it would never be practiced in the state. Why does this language need to be expunged? because it is uncomfortable- why not use it as a teaching point and show how VT has always tried to do the right thing and treat all people as equals. Why do we have to hide the truth, teach the truth, use it to enlighten people, don't just push it back out of sight so you never have to talk about it. That philosophy never solved any problem or moved anything forward. Perhaps Nicholson's movie line is an apt comment "You can't handle the truth"

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/11/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

No surprise here. Have had previous dealings with Sanders and he is a selfish hypocrite

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/10/2019 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Walters: Rallies Abound on Vermont Legislature's Opening Day

My opinion of the Carbon tax is its only use would be to make the ones proposal feel so good about themselves that the economic pain it will cause others is insignificant.
Take the residents of rural areas like the Kingdom: There are not very many good jobs, most are very low paying and they are not close to the jobs, or doctors or shopping and they have to drive 15-30 miles or more. Most cannot afford the more energy efficient vehicles and drive older vehicles that use more gas. The Carbon tax will mean it will cost more and reduce the amount of money they have to literally put food on the table and clothes for their children. The Proponents will sleep so well while these people are made to pay more taxes.
Also as for weatherization programs I feel there should be oversight on what is done and the quality of the work done. I remember growing up in the 60's and 70's and there were weatherization programs operating then. It always has made me wonder why some buildings were weatherized every year for a good sized chunk of money. My parents made sure things were done once not every year and when we bought our first house it was 150 years old and we did a lot of renovation on it, weatherization being an important part of it. We did not want to pay for it every year so we made sure we did it as we could afford if and did it right the first time so there was a return on our weatherization investment.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/10/2019 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Champlain Lanes Bowling Alley to Close After 55 Years

Brad Barratt's comments show the same lack of knowledge of basic economics so many people now have. Unlike the lawmakers who do not care about spending and spending, business owners cannot stay in business when the balance sheet is negative. There are times when staying open is more expensive than closing but people do not understand this basic premise of capitalism

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/09/2019 at 12:59 PM

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