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Re: “Walters: A Somber Leahy Recounts McCain Health Care Vote

I think folks need to watch and listen to McCain's speech. The big take away was some this important and this profound of an impact should have bi-partisan support and by a wide margin. He and couple other brave republicans voted to stop the stupidity of cramming a poorly thought out healthcare reform bill down our throats.

Several years ago Leahy and Sanders both voted along party lines to cram a similarly poorly thought out healthcare reform bill down our throats. Vt is now saddled with a 300+M dollar system that does not function properly and the previous nuts in office have set the stage for healthcare rationing in Vt. Other states are in equally bad shape and it's only going to get worse.

Every one needs to take a close look at the quality of care provided by the VA because the very same incompetent managerial system is about to be foisted on all of us.

Way to go Pat and Bernie. You haven't done anyone any favors.

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Posted by Martin on 08/01/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “A Short-Lived Swing Set Makes a Splash in Burlington's South End

What are the Vagas odds of some Sanders supporter in public office will come along and destroy the fun?

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Posted by Martin on 08/01/2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?

I think the Legal Nightmare that Rabah went through was self-induced by his living in Vt. for 10+ years in violation of our countries immigration laws.

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Posted by Martin on 07/28/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “McAllister Guilty of Misdemeanor, Beats Felony Charge

I guess now is the time to put all this behind us and move on. Perhaps now Norm and get back to campaigning to regain his seat in the Vt Senate and join those that voted to keep him office:

Brian Collamore R Rutland
Peg Flory R Rutland
Dick Mazza D Grand Isle
Dick McCormack D Windsor
Mark MacDonald D Orange
Kevin Mullin R Rutland
Alice Nitka D Windsor
Robert Starr D Essex-Orleans
Jeanette White D Windham

10 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Martin on 07/16/2017 at 10:25 AM

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, 10 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

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