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Brad Barratt 
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Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

It shouldn't come as a surprise that racism is alive and well in Vermont. There is NO excuse for it in our schools! People must be held accountable whenever a student is bullied based on their race and from what I've read, the Milton superintendent seems more interested in making excuses for why she can't do her job.

Milton is no longer a town of mobile homes and junk businesses. It's a diverse community and it's time that people owned up to it.

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 08/31/2017 at 5:34 AM

Re: “James Ehlers' Gubernatorial Bid Sparks Cyber Allegations

I would not be surprised if "alt-right" trolls are behind the fake Ehlers website. If we go by their logic, it's "wrong" to criticize Donald Trump and that's why they're attacking Ehlers and attempting to tank his campaign before it even starts.

Phil Scott and other prominent VTGOP members should come out and condemn this nastiness towards Mr.Ehlers. He and others are merely exercising their 1st amendment right to criticize the President of the United States. That is not illegal and as long as a person is not explicitly threatening the President, there shouldn't be an issue, right?

8 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Brad Barratt on 08/31/2017 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Vermont Tax Department Sends Letters Seeking Unpaid Sales Tax

It is too a shakedown of taxpayers. This state gets all kinds of money and WHAT DO THEY DO WITH IT?

46 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Brad Barratt on 08/31/2017 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

People like the Mercers are evil as in they wish to mold government in THEIR image against the interests of voters.

It's time to overturn Citizens United and restore this country as one run by the will of the voters, not hoity-toity conservatives with bottomless pockets.

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

If the House won't go along with it, then we will vote more pro-pot candidates to take their seats. It's as simple as that. You stand in the way of progress, you will get pushed out of the way eventually.

This state is held hostage by tax-and-spend Democrats and conserve-and-complain Republicans. We need both parties to be on the same page for this to work. Continuing to use the heroin epidemic and supposed lack of impairment tests as barriers to legalization will only galvanize those who wish to see it passed.

So if Phil Scott and the crybabies that oppose legalization are listening, GET OUT OF THE WAY or lose your seats!

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Verexit? Secession Movement Gains Steam After Trump Election

Give me a break. 21% is not a majority of Vermonters. I have read about the fringe First Vermont Republic movement. It's WAS led by people who moved here with the desire of seceding from the federal government (Thomas Naylor). I honestly do not think that supporters understand how important federal dollars are to this small state. We are not Texas or California. We don't have a large economy or a large population to support secession. It's a pipe dream and nothing more.

I do want to add that Dr.Rob Williams is an excellent lecturer (I took a course he taught, "Cars, Culture and the Media"). I just don't buy into the secession movement.

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

Phil Scott only won due to the short-sighted desire of people hiding behind the balance excuse. In reality, they prefer more GOP representatives with their heads in the sand, such as Dustin Degree.

Let's keep it simple: No new taxes for working Vermonters (increase taxes on the wealthy), legalized marijuana and more infrastructure spending. No more pet bills like that to raise the smoking age (?) or impose a hotel occupancy tax (wtf?).

13 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:10 AM

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