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John Brabant 
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Re: “Leahy Meets With Kavanaugh, Says Republicans Are Botching Review

This is what is the true root cause of the problems in Venezuela, not what Ms. Boutin and the captains of Wall Street and the Obama and Trump administrations would have you believe:…

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/22/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Republican Super PAC Doubles Pro-Scott Spending Ahead of Primary

Gotta wonder if the Republican Party is looking for future, moderate and mentally sane alternatives to the likes of Trump and his ilk that have taken over a lot of the party. If that is what is going on behind closed doors, it would provide one explanation for their putting this much financial support behind Governor Scott's reelection campaign.

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/12/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “University of Vermont Medical Center Stops Collecting Nurses' Union Dues

Well this tells you where UVM Medical Center's real feelings lie regarding an effective nurses union. They say in a Jane Lindholm interview that they support their nurses and want to work toward a common solution, that they see the nurses as a valuable asset, etc... But actions do speak louder than words. UVM has become all about making money, despite their "non-profit" status. They are clearly union busters and no friend to the nurses or the nurses union. Their scorched earth approach toward their colleagues during this disagreement will leave deep wounds that will take years to heal, if they ever do. Shame on UVM Medical Center and their overplayed executives.

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Posted by John Brabant on 08/01/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Judge: Burlington Can Withhold Councilor's Email From Seven Days

This is the second such decision by Judge Mello deciding against public disclosure of secret email communications by public officials, the first being to allow former VT Attorney General William Sorrell to withhold from release work related emails created using a private email account. I can't figure out his logic for the life of me. Suffice to say that I am in strong disagreement as the VT Public Records Act expects the law to be liberally construed in favor of disclosure wherever possible. This decision would seem to violate that overarching policy objective.

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Posted by John Brabant on 07/25/2018 at 11:44 AM

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

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