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Re: “Dissension in the Ranks: Legislative Failures Spark Reaction on the Left

The Vermont Democratic party should be a party of varying progressive points of view, and should unify around the congregation of left leaning and centrist view points. Leadership should be putting up an all inclusive invitation. Strength in numbers, and strength in forming a platform and majority.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 06/07/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “The USDA Loaned Millions to Five Vermont Colleges. Two Are Closing.

If our national priority was to make college education affordable by heavily subsidizing each individual students education, via generous grants and low or no interest loans, the USDA would not have to get involved with loans to the institutions. These Vermont Colleges would have been far more financially accessible to the unique and amazing population of students they served, and would not have had to provide so much in house financial aid. These little colleges have long histories, but very small endowments. Despite the decline of college aged students, Vermont is still a very desirable place to go to school, especially at a place that allows and encourages you to thrive with an individualized education, supported by very caring faculty.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 05/09/2019 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Backs Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags, Foam Containers

Both of Rutland's senators voted "no". Rutland likes poly tumbleweeds? Or is there a concern Casella will make a few less pennies?

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 03/30/2019 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

The author via Gerald reported 8500 gallons of milk being shipped to Cabot daily, to be turned into 640 lb blocks of cheddar. More specifically 8500 gallons of milk weighs approximately 85,000 lbs. Approx. Ten pounds of milk is required for 1 lb of cheese. So on each daily shipment, 8500 lbs of cheese could be yielded. Recognizing milk quality varies and so does cheese demand, and knowing other products may be made, if 8500 lbs of cheese were to be made and sold at near retail bottom $6/ a lb for premium Vermont Cheddar that is $51,000 of cheese from a days milking. My guess is that the farmers are lucky if they are being paid $16 per hundred weight, or approx $13,600 minus fees for 8500 gallons shipped. Cabot/Agrimark whomever.... has $37,400 of room to make, market and retail their product from one days milking at the Vorstevelds farm.

I do not know how much it costs to make cheese on Cabot's scale, but it is easy to assume they have a solid net revenue, while the Vorstevelds do not, and meanwhile Cabot and Agrimarks employees work in pristine, sanitary conditions; production rooms, labs and boardrooms,benefits and retirement pay. The typical Vermont dairy farm is running itself into the ground, taking its workers, animals and the environment along with it. Hoping for some form of public compensation, and exceptions to labor, animal welfare and environmental regulations.

I very much honor the dairy farming tradition, and know that farmers can be highly principled "conservationists", and preservationists, especially when generously profitable. A company nationally recognized with award winning products should be able to offer and demand parity throughout its supply and production chain, regardless of the "independent nature" of Vermont dairy farmers.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 03/17/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Ok, and now please write an article chronicling student activism and the student led diversity movements over the generations at UVM. For instance Kake walk went down with noise, multiple Diversity universities, and Apartheid certainly did not go unnoticed. UVM students and community have consistently taken notice of institutional racism, and have forced an addressing, with and with out measurable results.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 02/11/2019 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Historic Blunder? State Halts Repairs to UVM's Ira Allen Chapel

Maybe someone could confirm if, indeed, the columns were cut up with a chainsaw and thrown in a dumpster.

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 02/06/2019 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Who Does Your Legislator Work For? Check the Seven Days Disclosure Database

Thanks for doing this!

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Posted by Freedumb Also on 01/23/2019 at 9:28 AM

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