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Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

Mr. Cronkite - Please explain why those with whom you disagree are trolls, but your right to comment is blessed.

And maybe tell us your name while you're at it.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/08/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “The Brazile Brouhaha: New Book Underscores Strife In Democratic Ranks

"feeble minded supporters"

Really? In his last Senate race in 2012, almost 208,000 Vermonters voted for Bernie. Are you seriously suggesting that a third of our entire population is feeble minded?

And hey, if you expect to be taken seriously, tell us your full name.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/08/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Former Vermont State Senator Ed Flanagan Dies

Thanks for responding Andrea. A few thoughts.

First, you said the article led with a summary of his political legacy. By my count, there are 54 words in the one (and only) paragraph about his political legacy. That is the entirety of the discussion of Eds life work. Other than his good friend Mary, no former colleagues were interviewed, so many readers would have no idea what he actually did.

Second, 147 of the 312 words in the article were about the accident and its aftermath. Thats 47% about the accident and 17% about his political legacy.

That Ed was a public figure at the time of the YMCA incident might be newsworthy if it had never been reported. But by your own admission, it was widely reported. So what's the point?

You also said that it influenced state politics. I dont think theres any evidence to support that statement.

Finally, you said that leaving it out would be deceptive to our readers. Really? Ed is no longer running for office or seeking employment. The article is an obituary. Where is the risk of deception?

I remain disappointed in the article.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/06/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Former Vermont State Senator Ed Flanagan Dies

What a sad day. Ed was smart and principled, and he enjoyed a good laugh. Like many others who seek high office, he was ambitious. But he was genuinely concerned about our less fortunate neighbors and believed that government should be a force for good and operate efficiently. He had some eccentricities and often fought with the Governor (they both liked to mix it up), but he tried to move the State Auditors Office into the 21st Century. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Finally, I think the mention of the post-accident events at the YMCA was tasteless and gratuitous. Ed suffered traumatic brain injuries. He just died. Let it go.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/03/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “City Officials to Release Details About Burlington Telecom Bidders

Transparency is always the best option. Thanks to Jane, Kurt and Karen.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/14/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Mr. DeFrancis - You said "VEGI and TIF are funded by new revenue." As I said, that is only true if the economic activity would have occurred without the "incentives." That is an assumption that cannot be audited or proved.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/24/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Needless to say, the final sentence should have said "I am not alone in thinking that much (if not all) of the growth attributed to the "incentives" would have occurred with[out] them."

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 8:55 PM

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