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Re: “Backstory: Story With the Longest Legs

Did it ever occur to the intrepid reporter that the story's legs do not start with Feb. 1, 2017, when the board voted, without input from the electorate, as the court said was required, but to the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's, when the district reportedly took measures to ensure that Confederate symbols were not used in connection with the name and then banned those symbols altogether, a ban which worked for 25 years and counting? Or maybe to 2015, when the board voted unanimously to continue using the name and all members spoke glowingly of it? For some reporters, history starts with the last action that meets their political approval. Why didn't the reporter call the board's 2017 reversal of the policy it announced just 16 months (not to mention the board's ban in the early 1990's) before a story with long legs?

And you would think a reporter worth the name would want to investigate board actions expressly based on documents that were never produced. So much for transparency. Hmm, maybe it would be interesting to review those docs to see if the government was being truthful. Then again, why go to the effort when you agree with the government's action?

This fourth estate seems to have matured (meaning it died). RIP.

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Posted by inquiring reader on 01/07/2018 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Backstory: Story With the Longest Legs

Way to keep it classy Penelope. Nothing says tolerance like calling those who disagree with you douchebags and racists. And nothing says you dont have a good argument or arent even able to articulate one than using those epithets. Youve told us all we need to know about you. Thank you.

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Posted by inquiring reader on 01/01/2018 at 4:39 PM

Re: “'Rebels' Supporters Win Round in Fight for Vote on Name Change

If the reporter had read the order (or papers previously filed in the case), she would have learned and she had not known already, and could have reported, that the plaintiffs have alleged that the board made a decision based on the superintendent's nonpublic recommendation, that the board made the decision without making public the results of its own survey showing that students overwhelmingly supported the name Rebels, and that the superintendent acknowledged that he and the board deliberately did not publicize the boards intention to eliminate the name? An enterprising, even an ordinary, reporter could easily verify these facts, or at least ask the superintendent and board members about them.

The reporter also neglected to convey that UVM emeritus professor Frank Bryan, a well-known local luminary, wrote of the board's decision that there is no state in the Union where the term rebel has a more generic and positive meaning than it has in Vermont and that the board got it horribly wrong. Worse, it smells like grandstanding. See us! Were fighting racism!

Also, readers may want to know what evidence there is of the alleged Confederate flag/Dixie incidents and when these incidents are claimed to have occurred. Was it five years ago, or 35 or more years ago? And if those incidents occurred, why did they stop?

Curious readers are waiting?

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Posted by inquiring reader on 12/14/2017 at 9:40 PM

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