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Re: “House Committee Approves New Vetting for Adjutant General Candidates

There was a reason the Vermont Statutes originally said you need to attain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to be eligible for an appointment as Adjutant General. If you limit it to Colonel...how many Colonel's are there in the force structure of the Vermont National Guard? Not many....so you severely limit your pool. Also, the requirement to be eligible for War College is misleading...why? Because the position of Adjutant General is NOT a commander. Commander's go to war leading their troops....the Adjutant General goes nowhere, and stays behind. The TAG is a force provider only.....with the role to ensure the readiness (personnel and equipment) of the Vermont National Guard. If you don't understand what the TAG position does, how do you expect to pick the right person?

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 03/16/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Vermont Democrats Counter Scott With Mandatory Paid Leave Plan

This actually may be quite beneficial for all the lightly grey-hairs in this state!!!!!! (Age Group 45--72). We are still quite young, have already raised our families and most of our parents have already passed. We'll now get all those higher paying jobs. I mean really, if you are a small business owner, struggling to stay in business.....are you going to hire someone that is young and newly married, looking to raise a family, or a dedicated older worker, and someone who looks like they won't need PFL. Just sayin....

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 01/18/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Making a Stink: Man Protests Burlington's Wastewater Dumps

What people fail to understand is just how clean water is tied into the economic well-being of Vermont. For years we built a brand based upon environmentalism, clean, green, and sustainable. However, we now rest on our dead laurels, and are blind to the fact that Vermont with dirty lakes, rivers and streams will no longer attract the tourist...and will pave the way for those rich enough to leave Vermont. I am voting James Ehlers for Governor, because he is the ONLY candidate who has a long track record of not only understanding the problem but also doing something about it. Can we afford to let Vermont slowly circle down the drain? Ehlers understands that Vermont's entire economic welfare is tied to clean water. Without it, we will degrade into some backwoods dump that everyone bypasses on their way to someplace better. Vermont has only two things going for it - her people and her environment, and we are drastically losing both. When will people realize that a polluted Vermont is not Vermont at all. Its high time we elect a Governor, who will fix these problems. We cant grow on an antiquated wastewater systems. Elect Ehlers for Governor and make Vermont Clean and Green again.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 07/27/2018 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Vermont Democrats OK Staff Union, Elect New Leaders

What on Earth? No mention of the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate James Ehlers? Where is that coverage? It is my understanding he presented his platform. Many of us who could not attend the meeting would like to know what he's all about. More coverage of Ehlers please!

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 11/19/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Vermont House Votes to Keep Happy Hour Illegal

"It was clear we don't know when or why we stopped doing happy hour and why we would want to start," he said. Why not ask your Department of Liquor and Control Board. They enacted the ban as an effort to curb "rapid and excessive" alcohol consumption by post-work crowds.

It absolutely boggles my mind that Happy Hours are a bad thing, yet the State is considering legalizing heroin injection sites.


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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 02/17/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

"Those ads, she argues, failed to mention that 90 percent of the money raised by the levy could go back to Vermonters in the form of direct rebates to consumers, a sales tax cut and credits for home-weatherization projects."

Let's break this down shall we? There is a BIG difference between "could go back" and "will go back." I for one have long ago stopped believing in the Dem's promise of "tax rebates.' You can talk all you want here about a "sales tax cut"...but Vermont has passed a law seeking (along with Colorado) to force online retailers to report to the state that you purchased something online. That makes the majority in Vermont very "two-faced" telling you they want to cut sales taxes on one hand, while on the other, doing everything they can to collect sales taxes from a different source. This thereby forces you to pay a sales tax to a retailer that does not have a physical presence in the state. And as for that "credit for home-weatherization" what a load of BS. Isn't that why we have the state literally stealing money out of our pockets for Efficiency Vermont? When oh when will someone do a report to see just what Efficiency Vermont is doing with all that money.

Go ahead, let them force a carbon tax down Vermonters throats. Then we can all move into Chittenden County, live in a one room rental, ride a bike to work, and wait for our gov't check. Can we say UN Agenda 21 anyone?

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 12/13/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Votes — Twice — to Welcome Immigrants

"I see in this resolution the opportunity to send a message to members of our community to see that the city remains the place we enjoy today, that it is not impacted by these broader national decisions," said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.

I certainly hope this is true. I grew up in Burlington, and will always call the city home.

However, I will remember these words, because to say that we "are not impacted by these broader national decisions"....is a bit...well....head in the sand. And there is nothing worse than a myopic politician.

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Posted by Judith McLaughlin on 11/29/2016 at 11:51 AM

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