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Re: “At Odds With Gov. Scott, Vermont Legislature Delays Adjournment

Mitzi Johnson is a disgrace and a hack for the NEA and she is harming Governor Scott's efforts to fight for Vermont taxpayers. The teacher's union wants to keep negotiations local because they can easily steamroll over individual school boards, but they cannot as easily steamroll the entire state.

Vermont has the dubious distinction of paying more per student than any other state in the country. The NEA is very proud of this and legislators like Mitzi Johnson are enabling their monetary war against Vermont taxpayers. Thank you Governor Scott for taking up this issue, most politicians are much too cowardly and protective of their own seat to take on the VT NEA.

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Posted by Julie Green on 05/06/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Lisman Buys Ads Promoting Scott's Health Insurance Proposal

It's been a pleasant break having Bruce Lisman lay low after his humiliating and expensive election loss. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world instead of more articles about spending his money to buy political office or influence public opinion, we saw an article about how he's giving some of his millions of dollars to the taxpayers whose lives were devastated by the collapse of his too-big-to-fail bank, Bear Sterns? It is sickening that these profiteers aren't in prison!

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Posted by Julie Green on 05/04/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Lisman Buys Ads Promoting Scott's Health Insurance Proposal

It's been a pleasant break with Bruce Lisman laying low after his humiliating and expensive election loss. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world instead of articles about his spending money trying to buy elections or public opinion, we saw an article about him giving back some of his millions of dollars to the taxpayers whose lives were devastated by the collapse of his former bank, Bear Stearns?

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Posted by Julie Green on 05/04/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Apologizes for 2013 Remark About Vermont Air Guard

I can guarantee not one person in the Vermont National Guard has ever or will ever do anything to protect me or millions of other Americans. Nor the Delaware National Guard or Iowa National Guard. It's an appalling waste of money at the state level, the people employed enjoy the fun they have getting to drive and fly expensive toys for free while we pay them. I'm sorry Mr. Zuckerman felt the need to apologize, I don't think his remarks were nearly harsh enough.

No state guard did anything to protect anyone when this nation was attacked, yet everyone is supposed to remain silent and complacent while billions of dollars are spent on National Guards who spend money on fancy ads announcing how lucky we are to have them to protect us from the bogey men. A colossal waste of money and resources while our children are drowning in student loans, our bridges, roads and sidewalks crumble, and our health care system is a worldwide joke. But sure, keep believing Vermont's National Guard will save us in the event aliens attack.

21 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Julie Green on 10/25/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Obeng Blasts Board Member for 'Sexist, Racist' Facebook Posts

I don't expect to agree with everything that this administration does, but it is a sad statement to hire people and allow them to relocate some place beside Burlington. The person who lives in Shelburne and claimed financial hardship because they spent too much money on their home? If someone spends too much money on home improvements then let them get a job any place but Burlington city government. Their financial acumen and common sense is obviously lacking. The guy commuting from New Hampshire? The excuses have gone beyond the realm of reason.

Excuses are given and accepted as if Burlington voters are complete morons, that is what I find most offensive. Having the ability to exempt is a good idea but it has been badly abused. It has been hard to support Mr. Obeng when he expects us all to accept his flimsy excuses. We have all gone to schools with classmates whose parents were principals and/or administrators. This is extremely common and completely non-problematic for the students or parents.

And this school board member was elected presumably with his voters knowing his positions. As much as I find them distasteful, if he can fight against the teacher's union, I support him. The teachers demands are completely out of control and voters need anyone who can help keep the teachers from bankrupting Burlington's taxpayers.

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Posted by Julie Green on 10/22/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Vote to Strike if Next Negotiating Session Fails

Beth Brodie, sincerest apologies and I am happy to issue a retraction and correction: One of Burlington's top teachers did not earn $109,000, she only earned $93,000 last year.

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Posted by Julie Green on 10/15/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Vote to Strike if Next Negotiating Session Fails

Mark Lade, spreading disinformation does not help your cause. The average teacher salary over $71,000/year is a fact that has been widely reported and fact checked and is undisputed by the teachers, their union, and the school board. That the top-tier teachers in Burlington earn over $100,000 again is a fact that has been widely reported and is undisputed. It is unfortunate that there are people like you who think simply stating untruths will gain traction among a uninformed segment of the population.

Still, the vast majority of people appreciate good reporters and facts. Teachers and their supporters like you cannot hide from the facts, which is why so many voters are fed up and have put an end to overly generous support. The school board is thankfully standing its ground and there is a large segment of the community who have their backs! Teachers earn vastly more than most of us and taxpayers are done coping with their endless greed!

26 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Julie Green on 10/14/2016 at 9:08 AM

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