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Re: “Border Patrol Arrests Two Mexican Farm Workers in Vermont

Maybe Ben and Jerry can come up with a new flavor, Hyper Hippie Hypocrisy! Made with real milk full of sweat salted imported nuts and dried out fruits harvested by below minimum wage workers. After all their payout came from working class folk working for minimum, or less, wages.

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Posted by Martin on 06/19/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Vermont Has Fined Dollar General Stores $200,000 Since 2013


Retailers stock about 800+ SKUs on their shelves which must be marked with the price. Given the frequency of price changes that means the majority of these will change over the course of a given month. Stop and think about the time and effort involved in this.

So, if one of Ms. Haas workers picks 5 items out of the hundreds on the shelf and if one is marked incorrectly the store is in violation. Its not a hard stretch to imagine these hunter predators target stores when there is a high volume in prices changes after key holidays.

I would be interested to know what the Failure Rates are for local mom and pop shops? Or does AAGM not pick on them just chain stores well because chain stores are evil because they provide a wide selection at low costs and this is Vermont and we dont feel good about chain stores because they are chain stores which dont make us feel good.

Might also be interesting to know the ROI of the fines against what it costs the Gvt. Labor to establish and run these shake down program. Perhaps instead of fines they could order the company to put those $$ towards increasing the wages of line workers? That would feel good.

BTW Chester resident here and very glad DG finally built. The building is very nice especially when compared to many other buildings in town. Selection is spot on, prices are competitive, plus I dont have to waste my fossil fuel driving to Springfield for snack requests, which also feels good.

I guess paying excessive fines is just part of doing business in Vermont. And that doesn't feel good.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Martin on 06/02/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Conservation Groups Buy Exit 4 Land Once Slated for Development

Just out of curiosity how many full and part time jobs are never going to come to Vermont because of this?

Hopefully we will be able to keep a couple immigrant farm workers employed at sub minimum wage jobs without benefits come haying season.

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Posted by Martin on 04/18/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

Imagine a country where:
You could be forced from your house and kids based solely on a lie.
You appear in court, guilty until you prove yourself innocent.
If you cannot afford and attorney, one will not provided to you.
You cannot subpoena evidence by those that accused you.
Your Trial is not done by a jury of your peers, but by a poorly trained family court judge who's ruling you will never be able to appeal because of the wide discretion they are afforded.
Even if you prove yourself innocent, your accuser is never held accountable for their actions.

You dont have to imagine, it is the USA under the current domestic violence laws.

Domestic violence is an ugly crime, so are false accusations of abuse. This is the reality of Vermont

This law does nothing to reduce the threat of future incidents domestic violence but is surely does enable and enhance the motivation to submit false allegations of abuse.

Perhaps a rider could be attached to this that would:
A) Require the State to prosecute any allegation of abuse that was later determined to be unfounded.
B) Provide funding to all Law Enforcement to provide proper and adequate storage of confiscated firearms to prevent any damage.

22 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Martin on 03/24/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Pay: Legislators Consider Divorcing Alimony Law

Consider the following story:

Once upon a time Sue and Judy met at a community river clean out, fell in love and got married. Sue was bright financial wiz and Judy was an aspiring poet. Over their 15 year marriage both Sue and Judy worked hard at their professions, but Sue, due to her chosen career path, enjoyed substantial salary increases to the point of making about 110K a year. Judys income remained about the same hovering around 20K a year selling poetic thoughts embroidered on local woven flax clothe at flea markets.

After 15 years of marriage it came to pass that both had lost that loving feeling. One evening, after large bottle of cheap red wine, Sue confided to Judy that she felt strongly that she was lazy, and so stupid she couldnt even produce anything better than a nursery rhyme.

Judy, filed for divorce siting emotional abuse and asked for alimony. The Judge, a closet poet, promptly whipped out their handy dandy freshly printed Alimony Guideline and deduced that:

Party A 110,000
Party B 20,000
Difference 90,000
15 year rule factoring the emotional abuse of a poet yields 45% thus it came to pass that Sue pays $40,500.00 annually for 14 years.

This is the Alimony Reform being proposed by the Vermont Judicial Committee with the blessing of the Vermont BAR.

It is also the reason why a Task Force of ALL key stake holders needs to happen!

25 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Martin on 03/08/2017 at 9:25 PM

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