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Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

I'm with Ernie on this one. This Republican committewoman must have lived a charmed life if she has nothing in her background that she has buried in order to get on with survival. Most women of my generation had all their buried stories come roaring back after Trump's video with Billy Bush got aired. Women I've known for years were in terrible shape after the disclosure as they had to re-process what they had experienced and suppressed for years. I finally divulged that I had been raped twice, and couldn't even count the number of the harassments I suffered as a woman lawyer in the late 1970s. There weren't a lot of us around, and the treatment we received was execrable. Imagine being a teenager and being harassed by the district attorney, for goodness sake. Who do you report it to???? Only a Republican denier could find this long silence suspicious. The #MeToo movement has generally been good for this country, but if people deny the veracity of women's stories now, it is cruel and heartless. Oh, I just described the Republican party. Sorry.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 12/12/2017 at 3:23 AM

Re: “Footage Shows Feds Using Ethnic Slur During Traffic Stop

One thing I can say about Trump's election is that is has emboldened people to get out and express dehumanizing comments about their fellow humans, just as Mr. Trump does. How many of these commenters claim to be Christians? Did Jesus use such terms when dealing with the poor and the criminals he associated with? No human being is illegal. That should be the first understanding. If they have been found guilty in a court of law, they are criminals. If they have been found by an appropriate adjudication to be here illegally, then they are undocumented, but not ILLEGAL. It is not illegal to be alive, no matter what some of these commenters seem to believe. It is possible to be hispanic and be a legal resident, indeed a citizen, of this country. Hate such as exhibited here has no place in a civilized society.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 12/11/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders: Trump Should 'Think About Resigning'

Wait, because Bernie calls out a harasser he's somehow as bad? These comments against Bernie are ridiculous. The fact that he is a democratic socialist is absolutely irrelevant to the issue he is addressing, one of great importance to our society. He is also pointing out a distressing trend: Democrats are resigning when their pecadilloes are discovered, when actual assaulters continue to run and sit in office on the Republican side. Both Conyers and Franken have done the right thing. Will the Republicans? And yes, I know about the Republican guy who tried to get his female staff to be surrogate mothers. That's just appalling under any circumstances.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 12/08/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Last Supper? The Man Behind the 'Meals'

I have subbed on occasion as a driver/runner and the lead guy I drive with has on occasion called Pete when we can't raise the client and there's no note. He gets on it immediately and fills us in the next time he sees us on what he found out. That level of care and compassion cannot be factored into a cost-based analysis by governmental bodies. That's a shame, because it is of incredible value to the community and to the people who get the meals to have such a guardian angel at work for them. I hope the powers that be find a way to keep this team in the game.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/24/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “UVM Student Announces Burlington City Council Run

I had the chance to meet Carter last weekend at the Progressive Convention in Montpelier, where a lively discussion was had. He's a very thoughtful, engaged young man who has much to offer the staid people of Burlington on the council. It's never to early to start getting involved in the political process, and young blood is needed in pointing the way to the future, where we are all, willy-nilly, headed.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/17/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Tucows, KBTL Can't Agree on Burlington Telecom Ownership Plan

I am sad to hear this news. It would have been a marvelous opportunity to allow such divergent models to co-exisst and would have given a lot of people hope that the financial future of the world is not so bleak after all. It is not to be, apparently, and so the mayhem will continue.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Virginia Candidates Win Office With Help From Vermont Group

Vermont Patriot clearly didn't pay attention to who won races in Virginia Tuesday night. Included were a socialist who beat the incumbent Republican Whip and a transgender woman who beat good ol' boy "Bathroom Bob" who fulminated long and hard against the transgendered and pushed for bathroom rules to make life difficult, if not impossible, for them. Now, the transgender win might be poetic justice, but a socialist winning in what was considered a safe Red seat was really not the expected outcome. Neither was the fact that the Democrats would pick up enough seats to run the redistricting that will come as a result of the 2020 census. So keep up the good work at being underinformed, Mr. Patriot.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

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