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Ernie Hotchkiss 
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Re: “Exodus? Tenants Flee a Newly Built Burlington Apartment Complex

Sounds like the builders and contractors need to be sued. For a developer to try to explain away these problems by claiming that some settling may occur in the insulation, resulting in gaps, drafts and air leaks, as if that is normal and acceptable, is ludicrous and asinine, especially with regards to cold floors, which obviously were not insulated well enough. With all of the recent innovations in insulation materials and air sealing, settling of insulation should not be an issue, unless they are filling the walls with fiberglass or cellulose, which would be ridiculous in new construction. Pretty lame that these guys are trying to cover for shoddy construction. And the rents are outrageous, even without the problems with the building. And yes, the "architecture", if you can call it that, is hideous.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/07/2019 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Catholic Diocese Reviews Sexual Abuse Allegations Involving 52 Priests

The Catholic Church seems to be infested with pedophile priests throughout this country, given all of the stories that keep breaking year after year, including the recent one in Pennsylvania. No wonder attendance is dropping; their credibility is dropping right along with it. But the real question people should be asking is why aren't these priests sent to jail? Instead we have this divine perpetrator protection program, where the priests who get caught are just reassigned to positions in far away places. A radio show on public radio recently described an area in Alaska, where some of the worst pedophile priests had been reassigned to a region in Alaska with an indigenous population, who they then proceeded to abuse there, after having committed abuse in other states where they originated from. This needs to be treated as the criminal activity that it is, with police investigations and prosecutions and jail time, not just internal church investigations where they release some records, issue an official apology and make the occasional settlement payoff. I have a Catholic friend who grew up in Brooklyn, who's brother was molested and raped repeatedly by a priest for years when he was a child, and that was over 50 years ago, and the nuns were in on it too, and knew what was happening to him. It is a sadistic and systemic institutional sickness and criminal mindset that goes back generations.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 01/11/2019 at 10:56 PM

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?

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

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