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Ernie Hotchkiss 
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Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

"Due to changes in program priorities, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the federal government to no longer continue funding for the Providing Capacity Building Assistance to OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees program"

Let's read between the lines of that statement. Why would an administration who's top priority for increased spending is the military, and which is actively trying to slash all forms of assistance to the poor and low income families, want to see an increase in teen pregnancy? Surely they know their bogus "Just Say No" policies of sexual abstinence will not work and will result in more teen pregnancies. So why would these so called Pro-Life people, who also advocate for ongoing endless war and death, through both military foreign policy and arms sales across the planet, want to cause an increase in teen pregnancy throughout the US?

There is only one answer that can explain such insanity: Cannon fodder. Incidences of teen pregnancy tend to be higher amongst lower income populations, and the most heavily recruited population for the military are low income people who have no other opportunities. Increasing teen pregnancy will result in an endless supply of cannon fodder for the endless Oil Wars and Water Wars of the future. It is all part of the big picture for the American War Machine, and the chicken hawks and war profiteers who stand to cash in from these policies. It's all about greed and making money for them. Sociopaths cannot be bothered with such concerns like compassion, empathy, or the well being of children, or teen moms. Programs that help them are just a barrier to kleptocracy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Ponders New 'Everyday Jobs Tour'

I have a suggestion Governor: How about working along side teachers, and getting to know what it is like to have their health benefits cut.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 06/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Vermont Has Fined Dollar General Stores $200,000 Since 2013

Shame on this corporation that sucks money out of our communities and local economy while ripping people off at the register with higher prices than actually marked. These scanner violation fines are just one more reason I will continue to boycott this company!!! To read in the PDF linked in the article of the repeated fines that each store has received shows that this soulless vulture of a company clearly does not care about its customers, our communities, or Vermont. I will take my business elsewhere and keep my money in the local economy, where it will help local people and small business owners!!!

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 06/01/2017 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Suspect in Burlington College Burglary Won't Face Charges

Another interesting detail here is the erroneous conclusion that a door with no sign of damage or forced entry must therefore equal a door that was left unlocked. No mention by the detectives of the possibility that the lock was picked? Whoever was sophisticated enough to know how to disable the cameras, trace the video feed to its source to be able to disable that too, locate and take files on Israeli students and take a server, was probably able to pick a lock too. Or maybe it was just a former employee, who had a key to the building. Why has the former IT guy at the college not been interviewed for this story?

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 05/08/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Suspect in Burlington College Burglary Won't Face Charges

Verrrry interesting that crashing a stolen college owned van, filled with college owned property, and with two witnesses present in the van, constitutes a "lack of evidence". Very creative police work! Is Seglem getting a free pass out of sympathy for his drug addiction, or because of a broader cover up?

Maybe the Israeli students were Mossad agents (or Mossad stepped in on their behalf), hence the disappearance of records, dropping of charges, cover up, sweep this fishy case under the rug...

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 05/07/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

In the true fashion of an Orwellian, Republican, alternative facts smoke and mirrors show, Toensing claims that O'Meara Sanders "harmed the diocese and the "vulnerable Vermonters" they serve." Really Toensing??? What about the harm the diocese did to itself and the "vulnerable Vermonters" they serve when they allowed their pedophile priests to molest their parishioners' children for years on end? Wake up Toensing!!! That is why the property was put up for sale in the first place, to pay the victims of the diocese!!! For you and Wilton to conveniently ignore that fact while talking about "vulnerable Vermonters" is rather pathetic.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 05/02/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

Yet one more sign of the gentrification of Burlington. Pretty soon no artists will be able to afford a studio in the south end. This is how it always goes. First the artists move in to the cheap, rundown areas of cities, they make it cool and revived through art and events that bring fresh energy, people and business, then the real estate and development vultures move in, buy up the property, raise the rents, kick out the artists, and soon you will have an unaffordable, gentrified neighborhood with none of the same energy that revived it in the first place. The same thing happened in Soho, NYC and elsewhere.... How lame of this landlord to hide behind his lawyer, instead of communicating directly with his artist tenants.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 04/29/2017 at 3:17 PM

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