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David Z 
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Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Float Carbon-Combating Proposals

knowyourassumptions. Actually, I got home and read the article (as I assume you did. I see you read it within 25 minutes of its being posted, I was a whole hour later!!!), and was interested to read what people thought in response to the proposals (I actually read comments to see what people think and check back to see if they are dis-proportionally liked or not), and thought I would have a little fun. I am saddened that in the world of internet comments, people can not appreciate a little fun (at both myself as well as you for often zinging me). I never google my name, I don't have time to, but I do read information (articles, and reports etc. etc.) and I try to have a little fun once in a while. I thought I was making a little fun at both of us. Ahh well, now I know how well people can sense (or not) a little humor.

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Posted by David Z on 04/11/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Float Carbon-Combating Proposals

@knowyourassumptions Thank you for putting my name (Zuckerman) with Bernie. Helps with the name recognition : )

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Posted by David Z on 04/10/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Senate Declares March 7 ‘Bill Doyle Town Meeting Day’

Prior to Sen. Illuzzi's remarks I had not known that Sen. Doyle was responsible for the precedent setting fairness and respect of sitting minority party Senators as Chairs. I have spoken of this great civility and cross partisan respect (in the House and Senate 100% of the time I have served other than under Speaker Walt Freed), that is pervasive throughout Vermont government. How fortunate we are to have this respect for skills in this day and age of such partisan rancor in Washington. Thank you Sen. Doyle for this and so many other acts and words that have shaped Vermont policy, community and politics.

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Posted by David Z on 01/11/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Why Did Black South Carolinians Snub Bernie Sanders?

One thing I have found interesting about this piece and that of many other stories written about the "black" vote is that there is a connection made that if Bernie does not win their votes in the primaries he would somehow not win it in the general.

It seems to me that the quotes from some of those in the article point out just the opposite. Obviously Paul spoke with many people, I guess I am wondering if the following questions is asked of either Hillary or Bernie apporters of color..."if your candidate is not the eventual nominee, would you vote for the other one compared with the Republican candidate or would you be likely to vote for the Republican?" That seems to be the test question regarding electability in purple states (Not S.C.) with higher populations of people of color.

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Posted by David Z on 02/29/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Controversy Arrives Well Ahead of Trump's Burlington Visit

I appreciate the reaction to my quoted comment. Of course, in fact free speech is a protected right, except when one yells fire in a crowded theater or uses it to incite harm etc. So, it is not actually universal just as I stated. I recognize that some just want to pounce, but even free speech is slightly nuanced.

I also greatly appreciate the vast range of speech and thoughts that have come to me, at me, and in discussion with me over the years and have learned a lot from people with whom I ideologically disagree. That is a great aspect of democracy and our rights under the constitution.

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Posted by David Z on 01/05/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Urges End to Federal Pot Prohibition

There is no doubt that for a small number of people cannabis can become a problem. But that is true today and happens today under the current system. But now, they are outcasts from society and responsible users are living in the closet and we have an underground system that is completely unregulated. With a legal, taxed, and regulated system we can allow responsible users to exist without fear of reprisal, we can use some of the revenues to help those people for whom any number of drugs have become a problem (opiates, alcohol, others and the more rare cannabis abuser), and we can bring what is now an underground economy into the economic world with the rest of the tax paying responsible citizens that run businesses and participate in society.

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Posted by David Z on 10/30/2015 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Vermont Patient Choice Advocate Uses the Law to End His Own Life

This is my first learning of his passing. I am sad to hear of the decline in his health and wish the best for Ginny and the family through this time. He was a tireless advocate and one that I will sorely miss. I will always remember sitting with him in a cafe a decade ago discussing how we would work to get this law passed. It was an honor to work with him.

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Posted by David Z on 10/19/2015 at 1:56 PM

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