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John Brabant 
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Re: “Head of the Class: Did Lawmakers Politicize Vermont’s Education Chief?

The Dems just couldn't say no to their Gov Shumlin. Shumlin ran roughshod all over the legislature, and the goodwill of Vermonters in general, while he was in office and the partisan D's just sat back and let it happen, supporting his every whim. Had the Shumlin agenda been proposed by an R governor, the Democratically controlled legislature would have done their job and scrutinized and vetted every proposal, as they are now doing. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of bad public policy shoved through during the Shumlin Administration. I have always believed our democracy is at its healthiest when we have opposing parties controlling the legislature and governor's office. It will be a long time I fear before the damage done by Shumlin and his sycophant supporters is reversed. A first step toward repairing the damage is to fix the top down and very undemocratic process of forced consolidation of Vermont's schools, which will inevitably lead to the destruction of our rural communities and way of life. Our schools are our community centers.

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Posted by John Brabant on 06/07/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Walters: Effort to Revive Full Cannabis Legalization Flames Out

As a supporter of the legalization of possession and cultivation of pot for personal use, I adamantly oppose the commercial production and sale of pot. The profits to be made are immense. Once Vermont becomes dependent upon the tax revenues from this revenue source, the commercial pot growers and marketers will run the state house. And if one is truly concerned about wasteful consumption of electricity and the climate impacts of the carbon produced by such consumption, one only needs to surf the internet to learn about the massive amounts of electricity consumed by commercial indoor grow operations. Thank you Vermont legislature for killing this poorly thought out legislation.

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Posted by John Brabant on 04/27/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “As Scott Signs Historic Vermont Gun Laws, Protesters Call Him a ‘Traitor’

The supporters of Governor Phil Scott and Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe outnumbered the jeering opponents present at the signing by a 3:1 margin, easily. While for me, the position taken by Governor Scott might be easy for me to arrive at, it was without question a painfully difficult stance for the Governor to take. Agree with him or not, this issue and the ability for him to lead on it really brings home the Governor's strength of character and shows that he will make his decisions based upon what he deems to be in the best interest of ALL Vermonters. Thank you Governor Scott and the members of the Vermont House and Senate that put people and the safety of school children above politics. You are all very brave and have really rekindled my faith in humanity in these very dark and difficult times.

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Posted by John Brabant on 04/11/2018 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Union Slams Scott Administration Over Prescription Drug Changes

A number of the drugs / products as listed ARE generics. Testosterone and glucose test strips are not brands. WTF, so diabetics cannot get their glucose test strips covered any longer? Or they need a doctor's note to prove they are diabetic? Test strips are not something that is abused, over prescribed or subject to black market forces. This is ridiculous. If your are prescribed insulin, then you need these companion test strips to ensure you don't succumb to an insulin OD which can be deadly. My friend's son just died a couple hours ago due to insulin OD, crashing his blood sugar levels to the point of brain death. This has to be a mistake. What is going on here?

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Posted by John Brabant on 04/06/2018 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Burlington Students Walk Out, Speak Out Against Gun Violence

Hoping this spirit can be continued into the Congressional midterm campaign season. We will only see the improvements we need with regard to real/effective gun control and the many other issues this bought and paid for U.S. Congress refuse to address or are complicit in.

This engagement of our youth gives me hope that with them in the lead, we can turn around the terrible state of affairs plaguing the U.S.

Keep faith and don't "listen to your elders"! Go get 'em students!

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Posted by John Brabant on 03/14/2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Vermont Agency Denies Environmentalists Access to Runoff Rules Draft

I expect Jen Duggan will release the document, she is highly ethical. That said, ANR has a long and sordid track record of making it difficult, if not impossible for the public to gain a full insight on its internal decision-making through requests for access to their records that like this draft rules set, clearly are non-exempt public records. CLF was denied access to a set of ANR's public records by a vindictive Tom Torti when he served as ANR Secretary under Governor Douglas. When CLF pressed further, Torti offered up the public records with $1000+ purchase price. Eventually the records were provided without the fee attached after it hit the press. Fast forward to the Shumlin Administration, then ANR General Counsel Jon Groveman,who now works at VNRC, played the same vindictive game, assessing high fees for access to ANR records associated with the Lowell Wind project. Groveman also attempted to hide and/or destroyed records I was seeking under a discovery request back in 2013. This abuse of power has to be stopped! The checks and balances in the current law are ineffective in stopping those who would politicize and abuse their roles as state officials.

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Posted by John Brabant on 02/14/2018 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Company Responds to ‘Unfounded’ Lawsuit

This says a lot. Decide for yourself after reading the above filed complaint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DyGTmqveX…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-lx1gEZPI…

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Posted by John Brabant on 02/12/2018 at 5:35 PM

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