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Re: “Walters: WDEV Radio For Sale

I have been listening to WDEV since I entered Norwich University in 1965 (OK, you do the math). There is nothing like it in Vermont, and I doubt there is much like it in the nation. Today's broadcasting is largely plain vanilla, unidimensional, algorithm-shaped crap, sliced and diced to deliver "ideal" cohorts for buying things few people really need. It's too bad that WDEV could not be designated a historic landmark and saved from the wreaking ball of corporate greed! What would Rusty Parker think?

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Posted by Bruce Post on 06/21/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Ill Winds: New Rules Could Hamstring Vermont Wind Power

Noise is just one effect of mountaintop industrial wind deployment in Vermont. Tom Slayton put it into context in a commentary on VPR awhile ago:…

Also, for folks who would like to learn more about things many proponents of industrial wind turbines try to keep hidden, read The Mountain Manifesto:

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Posted by Bruce Post on 06/09/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Shield Bill Passes Key House Vote

"That said, Niles interjected, there are problems with public records administration in Vermont, at both the state level and the municipal level. And while there has not been a formal decision to work on public records law, I can say for myself that that is something that, professionally, I am willing to put time into."

Thank you, Hilary Niles. I encountered difficulty getting public records and straight answers from the Town of Essex, and I WAS ON THE SELECTBOARD!!!

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Posted by Bruce Post on 04/20/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “House Discord: Speaker Finds Harmony Doesn't Last

"It sets back your ability to get the job done," says Bill Lofy, who oversaw hiring as governor Peter Shumlin's chief of staff when he took office in 2011. "You need capable people in those positions to implement the governor's agenda. [Without them,] it makes state government less responsive."

Vermont would have been much better off if Mr. Shumlin had been a lot slower in hiring folks.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 04/05/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

I hardly watch television anymore although I follow WCAX through its website. Frankly, I care more about what Eva McKend reports and not her latest style. (By the way, I think she does a great job whenever I "tune in".)

Here are some thoughts from a study guide about Neil Postman's great book "Amusing Ourselves to Death," written in 1984, which dealt with modern communication and television:

"Postman finds it absurd and "frightening" that the perception of a story's truth now relies on the appearance of he or she who tells it (101). He likens this idea to the Greek concept of a messenger who was killed for bringing bad tidings. If so, television has reintroduced an old epistemology: "The credibility of the teller is the ultimate test of the truth of a proposition" (102). The extension of this idea is upsetting to Postman, especially when applied to other contexts. Politicians, for instance, now need only present an air of truthfulness in order to be trusted; he notes how Nixon's pervasive dishonor is less a result of his dishonesty than of the fact that "on television he looked like a liar" (102)."

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Posted by Bruce Post on 03/31/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Jericho Voters Nix Zoning Changes That Targeted Sprawl

Vermont historian Charlie Morrissey made a sage observation about our pretensions to being different in his book "Vermont: A History", written in 1984:

"This is modern Vermont, just as it is modern America. It is the Vermont spewing out the Shelburne Road and the Williston Road from Burlington, and extending along Route 7 approaching Rutland and Bennington, and captivating even tiny Morrisville, where a shopping center on the outskirts of town makes the village center look forlorn. Surely this heart of darkness deserves a destiny different from neon-lighted drive-ins along slurpy strips of highways which lead to huge shopping centers and acres of asphalt for parking lots. Vermont is different? The question is asked sardonically. The trouble with Vermont is that Vermont is not different enough."

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Posted by Bruce Post on 01/19/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Outgoing Governor Shumlin and August Burns Unveil New Portrait

Thank you, Rachel, for providing the background. When I first saw a photo of the portrait, I immediately thought, "Where have I seen this before?" It did not take long to locate JFK's official portrait. Technically, I imagine it is a lovely painting, certainly much more artful than my stick-figure drawings. Yet, it seems derivative and most importantly, in my view, clashes with the reality of former Gov. Shumlin's personna.

Ironically, Aaron Shikler mentioned that he drew his inspiration from a photograph of Ted Kennedy standing by his brother's grave at Arlington cemetery.…

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Posted by Bruce Post on 01/06/2017 at 9:55 AM

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