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David Z 
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Re: “Obituary: Linus Hanratty, 1974-2019

When I heard of Linus' passing a few weeks ago my heart just dropped. We loved Linus at Full Moon Farm. His heart was huge. His care for creatures that could not take care of themselves was unmatched. He would do anything for others who needed him. The first thing I thought of was that we would have to do a snail race in his honor. I am so sorry that he is gone.

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Posted by David Z on 02/27/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

One simple clarification. If anyone signs up for the LG newsletter through the official LG webpage, they are not added to the broader campaign email list that I have built over 20 years. If someone has gotten on my list at a campaign event or other communications over the years they are. Folks can also ask to be removed from either list at any time. Please know that anyone who emails the LG office through the state is not added to the campaign emails that are sent out. Our office is more than willing to work with DII to make this work as a separate email. Our prior contacts with lower officials at DII had indicated that was not possible. It is good to hear that it is and we will work with them to make this work as official emails from the state server.

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Posted by David Z on 10/23/2018 at 7:30 AM

Re: “After Challenge From Ehlers, Hallquist Swears Off Corporate Campaign Money

Job- The difference is that a union PAC has a process of who to support through a democratic process in the union. So everyone has a voice in how the union decision is made. In a corporation, the employees have no voice is the decision making of the corporation with respect to political contributions. That is a significant difference. Also, a corporations responsibility is to the shareholders, not the employees (by definition for those corporations that are publicly traded), so again, the decision of the corporation is not necessarily in the interests of the employees. These are significant differences. So to put them in the same category is not accurate.

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Posted by David Z on 08/07/2018 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Obituary: Eric Woodman Rozendaal, 1967-2018

A neighbor and friend in the Intervale. A neighbor and friend on our farms in Starksboro and Hinesburg. A neighbor and friend at the farmers market. A terrible loss for all of us in the food/agricultural community and the broader communities that he touched and made more wonderful all around the world.

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Posted by David Z on 07/18/2018 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Starksboro Farmer Eric Rozendaal Has Died at 51

Lots of love from the farming and broader community to his family. Such a sudden loss and way too soon.

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Posted by David Z on 07/12/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Vermont State Budget, Tax Bills

John, I like a lot of your thoughts. Except that the legislature did set the tax rates to reflect the votes of the locals at 1.5% There is no extra increase on the property tax beyond what covers the local votes. So there is less posturing than you think. They then used the surplus funds to do exactly what you indicate. Fill the reserve funds and then pay off past obligations. In fact, the revenue and spending prior to the there being a surplus was balanced. It is the surplus that is allowing for the reserves to be filled and the obligations to be paid. I am glad you agree with the budget that passed unanimously in the Senate (7 Republicans) and overwhelmingly in the House (with nearly all the Republicans). The only game now is whether those who voted for the budget will suddenly not do so because of partisan politics and not wanting to embarrass the Governor.

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Posted by David Z on 05/28/2018 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Farmers Expand CSAs With New Monetary Options

I would like to clarify something that we did not make clear to Sally. The bonus on our shares is from our farmers market prices. Those are already 20-30% lower than typical retail prices for organic vegetables and meats. So the combined value is approximately 40% better than buying the same food at local stores. As people are busier, we figured try to make CSA a more flexible option, that way folks can get the savings and the connection, while still maintaining the flexibility of not being locked in to one location one day a week.

Posted by David Z on 04/08/2018 at 7:23 PM

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