JohnGreenberg | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Parkland Students to Bring 'Glimmer of Hope' to Burlington

A big thank you to the kids from Parkland High School for all their hard work and dedication. They have many lessons to teach us.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/18/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Leahy Says Kavanaugh's 'Answers Were Not Truthful'

"Imagine a country where:

You could be forced from your house, kids and your career and reputation are destroyed based solely on hearsay evidence."

Imagine a judge who, if not confirmed to the Supreme Court returns to his lifetime appointment on the Court of Appeals & remains in his house with his kids. Thanks to death threats, Christine Blasey Ford, on the other hand, is still unable to return to HER house because she had the temerity to step forward and speak truth to power.

That's THIS country, not your imaginary land.

The purpose of these hearings was to assist the Senate in its duty to consent to a Presidential nomination to the Supreme Court, NOT to establish guilt or innocence. The Senate cannot find Kavanaugh "guilty," whether or not he actually is.

If this had been a criminal trial, there would have been no constraints on investigating the facts or on the time needed to obtain them.

In this case, Republicans put stringent limits on who the FBI could interrogate. 40 people came forward voluntarily to the FBI hotline; 9 were questioned, but NOT Ford or Kavanaugh. The investigators were required to present their report in no more than a week. None of this could happen in a criminal trial, precisely because of what is required to make a beyond a reasonable doubt finding, which in turn, is required to deprive someone of liberty (or even life).

Republicans, not Democrats, controlled this process; its their railroad and it has reached its preordained destination.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/08/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “‘A Complete Bonfire’: Kiah Morris Speaks Out on Racism

Dr. Steinmans remark that Vermonters are people that will need to utilize just about the same amount of carbon-based fuels to heat their homes and get to work, no matter how much it is taxed defies everything we know about economics, as well as our actual experience during gasoline price spikes.

It is true that the need to heat homes and get to work, are relatively constant, which is why statements like this are repeated so often.

But the assumption that we can deduce the demand for carbon fuel from the need for either is totally specious for a uniform reason: there is more than one way to heat a home or get to work. That being the case, those differing ways compete in the marketplace, where PRICE is a key determining factor.

Heres one of MANY examples. With gasoline cheap and the purchase price of hybrids and EVs high, it makes little economic sense to purchase an EV or even a more efficient gasoline vehicle. Hence demand remains relatively low. But when gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon in 2008, there were waiting lists for Priuses and customers couldnt give away their SUVs.

When the price of any commodity rises, alternatives to its use become relatively more cost-effective. Demand for it decreases; demand for the alternatives rises; price impacts the demand for commodities in ANY market.

Carbon taxes raise prices, so when high enough, they will have precisely this impact. Vermonters will still heat their homes, but they may choose to invest more capital in insulating them. Over time, they may buy smaller homes. Theyll still drive to work, but maybe theyll choose public transportation when its available, and surely theyll buy more efficient vehicles or even (gasp!) EVs.

Maybe Dr. Steinman should stick to straightening teeth.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/04/2018 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Delegation Calls for Delay in Kavanaugh Vote

From a speech Kavanaugh gave to the Yale Law School Federalist Society:

"We got our work done, but we had our share of fun. During our third year class party, it was a beautiful night then as it is tonight. We were at the Lawn Club.... We had a memorable evening. It is fair to say that we had a few drinks. Indeed, as a classmate of mine and I were reminiscing and piecing things together the other day, we think we had more than a few beers before the banquet. Might have been at Toads. Not a good idea.

Anyway, toward the end of the evening a friend of mine who shall remain namelessand this is a story that is really about a friend of mine, not about me where I am disguising myself as a friend of minemy friend broke a table in the Lawn Club reception area. Smashed it into multiple pieces. I actually still possess a photo of him sprawled on the floor on top of the table. Howd did he break it, you might ask? The old-fashioned way. He lost his balance and fell into the table, drink in hand, and the table collapsed. My friend was a big guy.

Now, you might think that we would have quickly left the Lawn Club after that, with some sense of shame. But youd be wrong. My friend actually tried to get another drink at the bar. Proving something I have always knownthat bartenders have a lot more common sense than many law school studentsthe bartender refused to serve my friend.…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 09/18/2018 at 12:39 PM

Re: “‘Such an Inspiration’: Hallquist Candidacy Resonates Beyond Vermont

"In the end, all six incumbents sailed to victory although Cutler, reaching for signs of the group's influence, noted hopefully that Baruth finished in fifth place"

It should be noted that Baruth came in 5th when he ran in 2016 as well, and 6th in 2012:….

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 08/23/2018 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Declines Democratic Senatorial Nomination

What happened to Bernie's promise when he ran for president that he would remain a Democrat for life?

"But hes a member of the Democratic Party now for life? Halperin pressed.

Yes, he is, Weaver said. Yes, he is.

Sanders Senate office has identified him as an independent as recently as April 1."… Se also:…

Ask yourself why actual Democrats (party officials, etc.) might have problems with a candidate who eschews their party at every opportunity, except when it gives him a platform for a presidential run and perhaps you'll have some clue as to why party officials expressed themselves as they did in the emails the Russians hacked for Trump.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 08/22/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

The rationale provided for paying hospital executives so much is that the hospital needs the best people for the job. If thats the argument, then lets make it clearer just what makes hospital administrators the best. Surely, at a time when US medical costs are already the highest in the world and rising steadily, one criterion should be affordability.

So, I propose that hospital executives receive a low base salary, perhaps commensurate with nurses, and that they then receive significant bonuses for cutting overall costs. The bonuses should be titrated to the savings, so that greater reductions in cost result in greater bonuses. Top executives may still earn millions, but this way, the public will also benefit from their high salaries as well.

A smaller bonus could be offered for raising the salaries of those at the lowest end of the hospital pay scale. Clearly, any institution benefits from happy workers and better compensation is likely to result in a happier workforce.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 08/17/2018 at 1:04 PM

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