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Re: “Colston's Write-in Bid Wins Him a Winooski City Council Seat

Hard to win write-ins, but it happens! Yay, Hal.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 03/08/2018 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Library Board Pushes to Rename Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

While eugenics played a prominent role in this overall discussion, the Board also received recommendations to rename the award to reflect a more contemporary association and to avoid confusion between Mrs. Fisher's initials -- DCF -- with today's Department of Children and Families, also DCF. Board members also stated their appreciation for Dorothy Canfield Fisher's contributions over time.

The Board's primary objective remains to ensure the continued promotion of reading among Vermont school-aged children and children's literature. While I personally felt duty bound to recommend that the Board call upon the State of Vermont and UVM to investigate their sorry promotion of eugenics and sterilization beginning in the 1920s-1930s, my colleagues raised legitimate points that this was not within our jurisdiction.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 01/11/2018 at 1:51 PM

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: http://digital.vpr.net/post/slayton-mounta…

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: http://mountainmanifesto.org

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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

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