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Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Slide #10 looks like former Governor Phil Hoff awarding a trophy to two blackface students. Phil Hoff had an admirable record promoting civil rights, so I don't think anyone could accuse him of being a racist. But, it just goes to show how even people of good will could get entangled in a culture of insensitivity.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 02/11/2019 at 9:48 AM

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

"It seems that education policy is too important to be left to educators."

In 1995, then-Gov. Howard Dean hosted the National Governors Association annual meeting in Burlington. The conference highlighted education, and its keynote speaker was not an educator but a businessman, Louis Gerstner, then the CEO of IBM.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 01/11/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “GOP Officials Attack Sen. Ingram Over Drunk Driving Arrest

Here is a good reminder for these critics: Let he/she who is without sin cast the first stone!

Back in 1981, I was at a Rutland restaurant with my wife and some friends who were prominent Rutlandtonians. Three very public men came up to the table to greet us: One was a State Representative, one was a well-known lobbyist and the other was a judge. All three were, shall we say, three sheets to the wind. All were in an undeniable state of inebriation, complete with the slurring of words. It shocked my wife, who was only making her second visit to Vermont. Where she expected laconic Vermonters who would say "Yep" and "Nope", she experienced three pillars of the community saying, "Yyuuppp, belch, nnoopppe," all without consequence. She was not impressed.

I suspect times may not have changed all that much, but at least Debbie Ingram is confronting her illness publicly and forthrightly. I wish her well. And, I have my suspicions that there are not enough closets in the State House to hide all the skeletons among state legislators.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 09/12/2018 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

Doug, I think you are correct that it is misleading to imply it came from Pfizer, at least directly, because of the language you cited, which I should have cited as well. Yet, based on my experience in politics, there are many ways for a corporation to contribute to a Member of Congress through "surrogates" such as individuals, members, immediate families, etc. And, it is hard to tell the details of how Bernie supposedly received Pfizer-related money. The whole issue generally needs a wider discussion.

Here is the link to the Open Secrets listing I had found: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.ph…

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Posted by Bruce Post on 09/03/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

According to OpenSecrets.org, our Vermont Senators Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy ranked first and fourth respectively among Senate Democrats taking money from Pfizer. Sanders hauled in $14,837 and Leahy netted a cool $10,000.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 09/02/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Colston's Write-in Bid Wins Him a Winooski City Council Seat

Hard to win write-ins, but it happens! Yay, Hal.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 03/08/2018 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Library Board Pushes to Rename Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

While eugenics played a prominent role in this overall discussion, the Board also received recommendations to rename the award to reflect a more contemporary association and to avoid confusion between Mrs. Fisher's initials -- DCF -- with today's Department of Children and Families, also DCF. Board members also stated their appreciation for Dorothy Canfield Fisher's contributions over time.

The Board's primary objective remains to ensure the continued promotion of reading among Vermont school-aged children and children's literature. While I personally felt duty bound to recommend that the Board call upon the State of Vermont and UVM to investigate their sorry promotion of eugenics and sterilization beginning in the 1920s-1930s, my colleagues raised legitimate points that this was not within our jurisdiction.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 01/11/2018 at 1:51 PM

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