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Re: “On the Field With Bill Lee, Red Sox Legend and Vermont Gubernatorial Candidate

Thank you for this reminder that Spaceman Bill Lee is running for Governor of Vermont during this election cycle. Had forgotten about this fact and had been wondering about who to vote for given neither Scott or Minter will gain my vote in the general election. At least now, in all seriousness, I have someone to vote for and that will be Bill Lee as well as the Liberty Union Party. Who knows, with Bill Lee's help, the party might break the threshold it needs to gain major party status within the state.

Morgan W. Brown

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Posted by norsehorse on 08/18/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

It is just a thought, but a cat exercise wheel might just help Billy the Cat.

I bought one for my somewhat oversized -- er, overweight cat -- Cleopatra (Cleo:, earlier last year and she uses it several times a day most days. Besides providing Cleo with much needed exercise and also something meaningful to do, it helps cut down on attacks on human ankles and the like (sometimes anyway).

By the way, like Billy the Cat, Cleo can often be found laying around in much the same manner as he (however, no matter how tempted one might be to do so, one doesn't dare try to rub or scratch her belly ever).

Morgan W. Brown
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Posted by norsehorse on 02/24/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Shumlin Announces He Won't Seek Reelection in 2016

The beginning of the 13th paragraph of the recently updated post reads:

"Shumlin said he plans to return to his hometown of Putney when his term expires in January 2016 ..."

Having viewed the video of the presser, I noticed that Governor Shumlin corrected himself after saying "January 2016" and said "January 2017" instead.

The following paragraph reads in part:

"Shumlin’s announcement radically recasts the race for governor next fall. ..."

What, 2015? No, not until next year (i..e., 2016).

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Posted by norsehorse on 06/08/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “City Council Voices Support for Howard Center Workers

From vtdigger (5/4/2015; paragraph 10; excerpted):…

"The CEO and CFO from The Howard Center, in Burlington, had the second and third highest increases in compensation. The Howard Center CFO saw an 84 percent increase between 2010 and 2013 and the CEO’s compensation increased by 75 percent between 2010 and 2012. The Howard Center is the largest designated agency in the state and both executives retired during the period. [...]"

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Posted by norsehorse on 05/19/2015 at 3:21 PM

Re: “City Council Voices Support for Howard Center Workers

"Beyond that, how much was the entire severance package worth for former Howard Center executive director Todd Centybear." i.e., what if any golden parachute was allocated by the agency board and received by Todd Centybear when he retired as its executive director.

Morgan W. Brown

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Posted by norsehorse on 05/19/2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “City Council Voices Support for Howard Center Workers

It would be of interest to learn exactly what are the salaries amounts for the ten to twenty top members of the Howard Center management team across the entire agency (particularly when compared to those who are providing direct services and so on), how much those management salaries have grown over the years and what if any bonuses or the like have also been received.

Beyond that, how much was the entire severance package worth for former Howard Center executive director Todd Centybear.

In addition, it would help to also learn what the sources of income (as well as what are those dollar amounts) for Howard Center are in terms of how much it draws from federal, state, local or other sources as well as specifically what services or supports those various sources of income are targeted to fund and so on.

Morgan W. Brown

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Posted by norsehorse on 05/19/2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Closed Doors in the People's House

If the logic of Senate President Pro Tempore Campbell and others along these lines were to be allowed to hold true (as if), rather than remain an uncontested myth, then the state Senate is no longer truly a legislative body representative of the public, but merely a cabal doing exactly whatever it wants, however as well as whenever it wants to do it. Sadly, this has been occurring here and there for a while now (in the House at times as well, several years ago), only up to more recent years the cabal has tended to do this mostly in the shadows, not necessarily during the light of day. It might take a lawsuit by the press as well as allies like the ACLU and others in order to properly challenge this type of poor behavior by the legislature and also could be time for voters across the state to clean house er, senate.

Morgan W. Brown

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Posted by norsehorse on 05/15/2015 at 3:48 PM

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