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Ernie Hotchkiss 
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Re: “Winooski Green Card Holder Faces Deportation for Pot Conviction

There is absolute hypocrisy in ICE deporting this Vietnamese man for possession of a small amount of cannabis, given the CIA's drug running of heroin out of the Golden Triangle during the Vietnam War. Anyone who works for ICE needs to educate themselves about this history:
https://www.amazon.com/Politics-Heroin-Com…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/16/2018 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Vallee Accuses Sanders of Seeking Legal Retribution 'To Make a Point'

I have and always will boycott all Maplefields gas stations. I refuse to enrich Vallee and enable him in his slimeball tactics and right-wing extremist politics. Sorry Skip, but you do not deserve my hard earned cash when you undermine people in your community through your greed.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/14/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “The $10K Giveaway: Can a New Grant Program Help Revive Small Vermont Towns?

Exclusive: The Pentagons Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed
How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.
https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/07/2018 at 7:12 PM

Re: “The $10K Giveaway: Can a New Grant Program Help Revive Small Vermont Towns?

I wonder if commenter "FreedomToThink" would be willing to apply his own rhetoric about "stopping the government" to our severely bloated, over-funded and clearly dysfunctional military. The Pentagon completely failed a recent audit, where $6.5 TRILLION dollars could literally not be accounted for. This waste, fraud and abuse, along with illegal and genocidal wars that destabilize regions and make people around the globe hate us, has a much more damaging effect on our lives than anything related to immigrants trying to come here to work low paying farming jobs that no Americans are willing to do. If you don't like immigration, then take a hard look at the long history of the CIA and our foreign policy, and connect the dots with those countries we have exploited and destabilized in the name of "Democracy" (read Imperialism and war profiteering), which has caused the misery these immigrants are trying desperately to flee. It is a form of blow back. And if you still hate immigrants, then I hope you are not eating any Vermont dairy products, as that would be a major form of hypocrisy, since those are produced with migrant labor.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/07/2018 at 6:53 PM

Re: “In Plainfield, Mexican Citizens Line Up for Their Papers

I would like to thank these people for their hard work and their service to our nation. Without them our food systems would collapse, since most Americans are either too lazy or unwilling to do the low paying and hard work of keeping farms running. Without them, who will plant and pick all of the fruit and vegetables? Who will work in the slaughter houses? Who will do the housekeeping and landscaping of all of the wealthy people's homes?

Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/07/2018 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Oil Baron Seeks Sanders Aide's Testimony in Price-Fixing Suit

Vallee's relentless slime factor is why I have and always will boycott his Maplefields gas stations.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/07/2018 at 5:07 AM

Re: “Walters: Former Sanders Adviser Named in Manafort Trial Documents

It is worth noting that the Ukrainian president that replaced Yanukovych is a fascist pro-nationalist government that had the full backing of the US. As with most US foreign policy, that was not done in the interests of supporting Democracy and human rights, but instead in the interests of US corporate interests, specifically the fracking and gas industry. Shortly after the coup and ouster of Yanukovych, the US oil and gas industry swept in to push fracking in Ukraine. Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, joined the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest private gas producer shortly thereafter, and pushed fracking deals for Chevron and other US gas companies. His involvement on the board was pitched as a way of "helping the people of Ukraine", when in fact what happened was vast tracts of land in Ukraine were opened up to fracking, and the groundwater pollution and drinking water contamination that comes with it. It was clearly about oligarchy and making money. It's all part of US Imperialism that both the Democrat and Republican parties are beholden to, and the corporations they have prostituted themselves to. Greed and power has completely corrupted both of these corporate-owned parties.
You can read about Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings here:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/201…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2018 at 11:41 AM

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