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Re: “Unfinished Business: How Phil Scott Lost a Nightclub

Phil Scott had a difficult financial situation - and in the end everyone was paid in full. An interesting contrast to Trump's 6 bankruptcies!

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Posted by Marc Landry on 09/15/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Sacred Cows: Does Vermont Cut Farmers Too Much Slack on Water-Quality Violations?

Sacred Cows - Comments
"AAP" (Accepted Agricultural Practices) and "Clean Coal" - probably coined by the same marketing agency.
Both should be seen for what they are - oxymorons!
AAPs were developed in 1995 and 20 years later our lake is in worse shape. There is the message from that
simple fact; the problem being better education is not the one that comes to mind.
AAPs allow for the application of manure within 10 to 25 feet of a body of water. That buffer strip can be
plowed and can be planted. Meanwhile latest shoreland reg prohibit the clearing of lakefront for housing
within 100' of the lake and add other restrictions going back 250'. Homes = bad; Manure = Acceptable.
April 1 is an appropriate date for this article since it is also the beginning date for application of manure on
Vermont fields. As long as the application is not in a currently flooded flood plain or with direct discharge
into a body of water it is acceptable. If the result is an indirect discharge into Lake Champlain, that is
"Acceptable".
Small Farm definition is up to 500 head, with up to 200 milkers
Medium Farm is up to 1000 head with up to 500 milkers
Large Farm is all the rest
Separate farms owned by same parties are considered independent of one another, even if worked by same
employees. One can milk 2000 cows and still be a Medium Farm.
Dept of Financial Regulation sees their role as protecting the public in insurance or financial services
transactions.
DMV protects the public from activities on highways.
Department of Corrections protects the public from criminals.
Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture sees their charge as advancing Agriculture in the State of Vermont.
Does anyone see an inconsistency?

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Posted by Marc Landry on 04/01/2015 at 6:52 PM

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