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Re: “Vermont Will Pay $759,000 to Maintain Full Range of Planned Parenthood Services

Donna Boutin, and I don't want my tax dollars going to fund weekly trips for Trump to go play golf or for his silly parades. We are talking about a needed service NOT just abortions. Just maybe the woman that doesn't want that baby was raped. Get her tubes tied? How about castrating the men? How pathetic and uncaring can one get? Thank you Vermont for giving those the needed services and care and not allowing the Federal government to bully you.

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Posted by Janvt on 08/20/2019 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board

For as long as I can remember, people have always complained how teachers make too much money, have too many benefits and too much time off. Normally, these complaints are from people that have no benefits at their jobs, lousy vacation packages and on a pay scale associated with the type of work they do. It's a choice. You too can go to college and spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to better yourself and choose a career that you want to be in. This applies not only to teachers but to doctors, dentists, and professional people who SPENT the money to further themselves into doing something they love to do. Not everyone has that opportunity to push forward in their life, but because they don't, they should not blame those that do and have managed to accomplish their dreams. The starting salary for a teacher in VT is approx. $35,000 with the average salary of teachers at approx. $52,000. That is after spending 4 years plus in college to get their degrees. Even after they do get their degree, it is then mandated by the State, courses that must be taken to keep up their licenses.
AND finally, if you want to complain about the Burlington educational department, why don't you question why the superintendent was given a $10,000 bonus this year. OR why the Burlington School Board paid so much to get him the VISA he needed to work at his position and make arrangements with UVM for him to work there in order to get the VISA. Now that he has it, let's see how long he stays there. Channel your energy there.

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Posted by Janvt on 09/23/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Back to School: Striking Burlington Teachers Reach Agreement With Board

I think what the public is not seeing is the fact that it's the children that are losing out when the teachers have their planning time taken away. It's important that teachers work together to set up classrooms where their students have a good flow between classes to make learning a smooth process. I would suggest that Eric take 20-30 children and spend 6 hours or more a day with them, without a break and without time to plan what you, as their teacher, plan on doing in class. Sure there are assistants to help, but mostly they are there for those students that can't keep up and need one on one individual help just to keep them afloat. Eric, perhaps you should try managing a set up like that as well. Oh, and really, I'm sure you aren't the type that would take home your work which almost all of the teachers do...grading papers...lesson planning, etc etc etc. You need a reality check. Go volunteer in a school for 2 weeks full time and see what it is that teachers do.

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Posted by Janvt on 09/22/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “'Incoherent' Rifle-Wielding Man Posed Dilemma for Police

FreedomToThink, I agree that no one has said this person was mentally ill. just that he was incoherent each time the police questioned him. What might have been okay 50 years ago to have children take a firearm to school and then shoot a squirrel or a rabbit on the way home, is not accepted today, as I am sure you are aware of. No firearms in school or on the school property. We are living in a different world than we were 50 years ago. Innocent people are now getting killed by guns every day. It used to be that those who used guns were respective of them. Yes, that is still true today in most cases, but in more, they are now used as a weapon against other people. While VT might have the highest ratio of gun ownership per capital, and the least amount of killings per capital compared to other states, the fact remains that guns kill and when people see someone walking down a street, or on a bike with a gun, there IS reason to be concerned. I am thankful that our police in this state are doing their jobs by investigating people and taking the proper steps to make sure we are all safe. This person was a convicted felon, in case you didn't read that part. He had no business having that rifle. I suppose if 20 terrorists walked down Church Street with their weapons unconcealed, you would not expect the police to take action. This is a big problem now with our society. Damn if you do, damn if you don't.

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Posted by Janvt on 07/16/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “'Incoherent' Rifle-Wielding Man Posed Dilemma for Police

Mentally disturbed individual riding around on a bike with a firearm attached to his body living in a homeless camp doesn't send up red flags?? It's not right for the police to investigate because it violates his rights? All those here complaining would also be the first to complain if he had shot someone. You would have been in the face of the police asking why nothing had been done. Heck, this guy was a convicted felon. It could have been one of your kids, a family member, or you that could have been shot. Guns do not belong in the hands of anyone that has a mental disability let alone someone that has a felony record. Get real!

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Posted by Janvt on 07/15/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Memo Says Burlington High School Principal Mismanaged Funds

Seriously? First you have a controversial hiring of a superintendent that is dividing the makeup of the Burlington School system, and then you have a financial administrator who all of a sudden singles out a principal that has been dedicated to the system for so many years and doing what all administrators have been doing with funds from student activities, etc. Does this sound like someone is just trying to get even with her criticisms on how the superintendent is administrating? Burlington, wake up. You have employees in your system that are heartbroken in their jobs because of the way things are now being done. What once was a great educational system has fallen apart. If anyone should be brought to task, it might be the school board that has wasted taxpayer’s money on recruiting and paying off in thousands of dollars to get Obeng into the States. What is the first thing he does?? He purchases a house in South Burlington knowing full well he was to live within the Burlington city. And his excuse?? He didn't want his kids to be the children of the superintendent in the same school district. If you didn't like the rule, you should not have taken the job. I personally feel this is a slap in the face to Amy Mellencamp, after all the years she has given, that Mr. Obeng is taking her out of the high school for her last year in the district. Furthermore I find it distressing that her expertise with that school is being ignored. Maybe it’s time to think about a different superintendent.

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Posted by Janvt on 06/20/2016 at 11:31 PM

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