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Re: “Whose Records? Public Information Law Can Be a Maze

How ironic that you quote Jon Groveman. When he was ANR General Counsel and I filed public records requests, his response was that it would cost $1000 just to prepare the redaction log. The then-author of this column filed a similar request and was told the same thing. Under Gov. Shumlin, Jon Groveman participated in not complying with the law, which at the very least requires state agencies to provide a record of the documents they decline to provide, and the reason why. His successor filled four years of public records requests for me, and there was no charge.

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/26/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “The Black Box of Ethics: Proposed Panel Would Operate in Secret

VPIRG continually makes the link between money in politics and the buying of votes. They are heavily invested in buying votes. Why didn't you mention VPIRG's hypocrisy?

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/20/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Brings His Message to Ben & Jerry's St. Albans Plant

What about paying dairy farmers a sustainable price for their milk? Is Ben & Jerry's doing that? If not, why isn't that part of the conversation?

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/17/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

Here's a good example contrasting Watchdog's reporting with Digger's reporting.
Both articles are about a meeting held in Tinmouth on Sunday. Only one of them contains what I consider "news" for the local community, which is that the person who is charged with killing is neighbor is out on bail. For those of us who live in this area, that is important information. I learned it from reading the news report, above, but only from one of the two sources. Who is doing a better job of reporting?

Posted by A. Smith on 04/12/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

The story I linked about the Wall Street investor/developers who called the Vermont neighbor a "lone wolf" for her opposition to a 27 acre forest clear-cut in a highly visible area and accused her of killing the planet due to her opposition, while that same developer had opposed Cape Wind because it would impact the views from his mansion on Martha's Vineyard is a story I first told reporters at vtdigger.org, VPR, Seven Days, and others about, and they all said they were going to do the story. None of them did, only Watchdog wrote about it.

One of the important aspects of working with people in our communities is that we hope to work together with reputable developers to build good projects that benefit Vermonters and help meet our state's goals. There is more to it than just "build build build". When developers come into a community and call people names, badger them, bully them, and make false statements or accusations, they degrade our communities and our state. Right now, none of these big wind or solar projects is counted towards our state's goals, and they are enriching investment bankers.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/30/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

A Burnett, I call it like it is, and note that all media these days seems to have bias. I talked to one of Watchdog's reporters about the Koch brothers connection and he was not even aware of it. I sent him the info to inform him. He happens to be a good reporter who cares about getting out good stories. I am not defending the Koch brothers any more than I would defend George Soros-funded enterprises (I have heard that NPR gets funding from him, but, as with the Koch brothers, have no direct knowledge). I will work with anyone who wants to work with me. My concern for the planet is perhaps even greater than those who want to carpet the world with glass, metal and rare earth minerals. I take a big picture view of things, and appreciate it when good reporters want to investigate.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/30/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

What is interesting about Vermont Watchdog is they have accurately reported on issues about renewable energy that the so-called mainstream media in Vermont is not covering at all, or very little. There is bias in much of Vermont media, and the failure to report on issues of concern to Vermonters is one way of showing bias. Watchdog's reporters are generally accurate, and if not, they quickly correct things. I'll offer a couple of examples of important news that only Watchdog has covered, and which the author of this column would never touch because of his well-known bias:

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/29/2017 at 1:45 PM

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