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Re: “Burlington Bike Path Construction to Begin as Summer Season Starts

It would be nice to see the 3' spikes (now seen at Dorset/Williston Rd) to delineate the riding lane from the traffic lane so both parties understood where they belonged. As a rider, it irks me to see fellow cyclists oblivious to traffic and their own safety. I am unsure if it is arrogance or just carried away in the moment but defined traffic lanes would help everyone till the construction is complete. No one will complain when the path is renewed. It is a phenomenal asset, in my mind taking the place of the beltway for the folks that have access, and there are many of them.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 06/19/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student's Post on 'White Fragility' Goes Viral

Great job Isaiah. Using your brain, as you point out is so important.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 06/05/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Lisman Buys Ads Promoting Scott's Health Insurance Proposal

Susan, they didn't almost bring down the financial system, they were successful and should be in jail for it. And now these guys are strutting around telling us how to run our lives using our money!!
The only reason we survived is because you and I bailed them out, no other reason, and if you saw the devastation around the world you would know this wasn't confined to our country. This had the potential to be much more devastating than the Great Depression.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bill Magnus on 05/04/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Walters: Housing Deal Angers Environmental Groups

This is/was a very shortsighted poorly thought out solution for our lake and our housing. Time to fire these yokels!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Magnus on 05/04/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “House Dems Narrowly Win Vote On Teacher Health Care Negotiations

We must be careful and be respectful of the comments about teachers. These 'part timers' they have one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, and for that, they make WHAT. It may be a lot if you are pushing a wheelbarrow or aligning chips but when we are training the future leaders and voters in our country, the same people that we will call on to carry the torch, so we can retire, you should get a feel for the scope of their responsibilities. My wife was a teacher for several years. When she went to 'full time' work, it was like being on vacation, for both of us. No correcting papers till all hours of the night. No trying to figure out how to teach kids that were soured to learning, no trying to integrate children with disabilities into a classroom and keep it functioning, no one ready to strike you because they were failing, no teacher meetings or school board meetings or extra circular activities, and the very worst curse of all, no knuckle-draggers describing you as a part time worker with an easy job. Try standing in front of a room with our disinterested students EVERY day and being on!! This is not a job for the faint of heart and if you don't agree show me how you teach your teenagers, get their respect, participation, support and contribution, and when you do and can, then apply that to 100-200 kids a day everyday. These folks that stand in our classrooms should be lauded for their willingness to come back everyday and do it again. WHATEVER we pay them is not enough and comparing them to what the average Vermonter does or earns is not comparing apples to apples.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 05/04/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

If you don't agree that pot should be legalized then YOU agree we are better off keeping it in the hands of criminals. Alcohol prohibition stopped because of the lawlessness it created, only to turn around and try it with drugs. The same result. More crime, more guns, death, disrupted lives.

Ask our youth what is easier to obtain, controlled alcohol or ANY drug.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 04/06/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

my thought would be to tax product the same as alcohol or even a reduced rate to reflect fewer negative repercussions. I have seen in other states the assessment of a severe sales tax. Should that be the route, the underground market will continue function and flourish

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bill Magnus on 02/22/2017 at 3:03 PM

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