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Chris in S. Burlington 
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Re: “Let's Grow Kids' 'Dream Team' Lobbies for Early Education Dollars

That's a lot of money coming from out-of-state to push this issue. Why don't these out-of-state foundations let Vermont residents be the ones to decide how best to spend their taxes and figure out child-care?

I am skeptical only because, as a parent of a pre-schooler, I have watched the last few years as the State Legislature passed former Representative Sarah Buxton's unfunded Universal Child Care legislation that put hundreds of pages of new regulations on child cares and forced dozens of smaller, well-run child cares out of business, forcing many parents to scramble. Also, the child cares that remained in business had to raise rates in order to comply with the new regulations. The kicker is Mx. Buxton does not even have any children of her own and thus was not living the real world consequences of her legislation.

Lots of money came in from out-of-state also to push Shumlin's disastrous health care legislation that ended up flushing $200 million plus of hard-earned tax dollars down the drain. Many of us would have been happy to just keep that money and apply it directly to our own health care bills. Thankfully Representative Myers seems to have a realistic take on this.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/28/2017 at 6:15 PM

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

And people wonder why Phil Scott beat Sue Mintner. . . Vermont really needs more balance in the State House, more centrist moderates. Don't care which party but really would like to see more candidates for state rep. and state senator mirror Maine's outstanding female Senator Susan Collins. Socially liberal and tolerant, realistic and fiscally responsible.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/26/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Digital Forensics Led to Charge Against South Burlington Student

This case has disturbing parallels to several other recent incidents across America which seemed to portend a rise in hate crimes. For example, there were several threats vs. US Jewish community centers earlier in the year; as well as threats in Indiana against a Muslim professor. It turns out the threats vs. the Jewish centers came from an American-Israeli Jew living in Israel; and the threats versus the Muslim professor were fabricated by the professor himself!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/…

http://www.tribstar.com/news/isu-professor…

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/24/2017 at 2:18 AM

Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

@Mitch Kaplan, do we know who is behind the threats causing the lockdown at South Burlington schools? I.e., is there some connection to the issue discussed in this article? WCAX reporting earlier did not indicate that they had determined the person or persons behind it but not sure what the latest info. is.

The out-of-state residents profiled are graduates of South Burlington and former community members so it does appear they would have a legitimate interest and right to share their opinion as alumni/alumnae. Just other voices among the many making various legitimate points.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/20/2017 at 2:07 AM

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

Given Calvin Coolidge was, for his time, a popular and mainstream conservative Republican, is what's happening here really that big a deal? Conservative Republicans taking over the foundation of a conservative Republican president? Granted Coolidge would probably be in the Rand Paul wing of the party today rather than the neo-con, war hawk G.W. Bush wing, so a little ironic that alumni of the G.W. Bush foundation now involved. But this is not exactly a conservative takeover of a foundation for FDR. It seems the "takeover" is as much about the out-of-stater vs. locals conflict?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/20/2017 at 1:46 AM

Re: “South Burlington Man Arraigned in Rebels Stalking Case

Whoops, and forgot, as someone pointed out to me, in order to maintain consistency, School Board should also now ban all Joan Jett and Bikini Kill punk music because of Rebel Girl; in addition to James Dean (Rebel Without Cause); Billy Idol (Rebel Yell); and George Lucas/Star Wars (Rebel Alliance).

All of that said, assuming truth of all allegations, the behavior seems over the top, similar to the overreactions of the high school students, except this guy's a grown-up and should know better. The School Board's choice to indulge the high school students in their seeming overreactions is still not an excuse for this behavior. Whether it's legal or not, it's just unseemly.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/18/2017 at 1:19 AM

Re: “South Burlington Man Arraigned in Rebels Stalking Case

Not really sure about the specifics of this case but as to the bigger issue, I hope the School Board is at least going to be consistent and ban all James Dean movies because of Rebel Without A Cause; ban all Billy Idol songs because of Rebel Yell; and ban all Star Wars movies and related literature because of the Rebel Alliance.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/18/2017 at 12:09 AM

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