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Nichael Cramer 
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Re: “White Nationalist Crashes Press Conference on Racial Harassment of Kiah Morris

> "Thank you for proving my theory that the first amendment needs to be amended."

An obvious concern is that --were such proposed changes currently in place-- this would mean that we would currently be living in a political and legal environment in which the Trump/Whitaker Department of Justice would be capable of defining "hate speech" and specifying which speech would be permissible and which speech illegal.

Perhaps someone could explain to me why I shouldn't be worried about that?

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 01/16/2019 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Fell the Bern? Lawrence Zupan's Long-Shot Bid to Depose Sen. Sanders

If I may, I'd like to offer a word of advice to the state Republican party:

As noted above Mr Zupan was appointed as candidate by the state party (i.e. after losing the primary election and the subsequent withdrawal of Brooke Paige from the race).

We all understand the necessity and the problems of putting forth a candidate, any candidate, in situations like this (we might think of Jack McMullen).

But I trust you will also understand why, in particular, this sort of nonsense of attacking an opponent as "un-American" or "anti-American" simply because they disagree with you on a political issue (as touched on in the article and as made clearer in the Vermont Edition interview referred to above) is one of the main reasons why many voters find it all but impossible to take seriously, let alone vote for, candidates like Mr Zupan.

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 10/24/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/8/18)

>> " Democrats in the U.S. Senate have little or no interest in solving our nation's problems and getting along with others to make our country "great again." As a result, they instruct Vermont's senior senator to oppose a highly qualified individual such as Brett Kavanaugh when the president names such a person to a very important position. "

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 08/08/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Do You Sometimes Have to Dial 802 in Vermont?

Also, the area code used by a specific cell-phones is not necessarily "local".

For example, I live in Vermont and my carrier is Verizon. My (and my wife's) cell-phones have 802 area codes. However my account also includes a phone used by my (disabled) sister, who lives in the midwest and has the area code 317.

(Verizon --and I assume most carriers-- allow quite a bit of flexibility in obtaining new phone numbers, at least as far as regards area-codes and exchanges. I could, in principle, easily get a phone-number using just about every area-code in the U.S.)

Posted by Nichael Cramer on 06/13/2018 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries

After reading this article, my strongest reaction is that my respect for Jim Douglas has been seriously damaged..

I often did not agree with Mr Douglas when he was governor, but I always felt him to an sensible and thoughtful man.

But, here, we hear him spouting the standard "it's still early, we need to wait and see" nonsense. In heaven's name, what more evidence of who --and what-- Donald Trump is do the Trump-apologists need?

And then, finally to read Mr Douglas repeating the old dodge that the fact that the media honestly and accurately reports on the outrages committed daily by Trump and his lackeys is evidence of the "left-wing bias" of the media... it's simply hard to know how to respond..

In a word, Mr Douglas, you are better than this.

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 05/24/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “'Mob' Attacks Middlebury Prof and Controversial Speaker Charles Murray

There are two issues here that need to be kept distinct:

-- Is racist blather reprehensible?
Yes, of course.

--Was the behavior of the thugs at Middlebury reprehensible?
Yes, of course.

It is helpful to bear in mind that these are not mutually exclusive statements..

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 03/08/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Immune-Boosting Fire Cider Packs Heat

I second the point by David Diaz. This is particularly important in the Trump anti-science era. I think it's fair to wonder how open Seven Days would be to printing an equally science-free article that was in support of, say, Climate-Change denial.

Posted by Nichael Cramer on 02/28/2017 at 3:12 PM

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