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Paul Engels 
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Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

I am old enough to remember the civil rights movement and in 1961 when South Burlington adopted the confederate iconography the civil rights movement was, like Trump now, about all there was on the news. People here in Vermont watched the CBS Evening News on WCAX religiously. They most certainly knew what was going on nationally. They saw the dogs and the water cannons and the burned churches and murdered teenaged girls. Throughout all of it they waved the confederate flag and sang Dixie. Today the Rebel Alliance has taken up the cause of their ancestors in this new populist world spawned by Trump. They are outspoken in their support of majority rule over the civil and human rights of the minority. Rebel now, rebel forever in 2017 is no different than segregation now, segeregation forever in 1961.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 04/19/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “South Burlington Man Arraigned in Rebels Stalking Case

Excellent story, Molly, I hope you will continue to follow this story and the related story of the mayhem being caused by Dan Emmons and his Rebel Alliance crowd. The library at the South Burlington Middle School was filled to capacity last night at a special meeting of the School Board. The majority of those present and those who spoke ,including statements read from all the teachers, former board members and parents of children in school, supported the name change, the budget, the school board and the superintendant.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 04/14/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “South Burlington 'Rebels' Defender Hit With No Trespass Order

I have filed a complaint with the Attorney General about the Rebel Alliance's campaign finance violations. They are by definition a PAC and up until a week ago they had not registered with the Secretary of State as a PAC. After the complaint they registered but they still have not reported the money they've raised and spent on protesting the School Board's Rebel name change. They advocate that voters reject the school budget until the School Board agrees to restore the Rebel name.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 04/05/2017 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Sorrell Allegations Prompt Lawmakers to Seek Elections Panel

In August 2013 I made a complaint to the AG's office of campaign finance violations in the March 2013 South Burlington City Council election. It was finally partially resolved in the past few weeks after 20 months of investigation. I have speculated that it might have taken so long because the people who were contributing to the race against me and for my opponent may have been the same people who contributed to the AG's reelection campaigns. This is yet another reason for an independent election commission. I completely support the legislature in creating a body like this and removing these campaign finance violations from the AG office. It is not just a matter of policing himself but of how his political status potentially affects all complaints that come to him.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 04/25/2015 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Media Note: Reporting the Personal Side of Politics

Good for Peter and good for Katie. I hope the governor presents her to us more and more. She seems like a very nice person and is probably very good for him. I wish them both all the happiness in the world.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 11/03/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “City Market/Onion River Co-op

For years I have looked in and around Burlington for the perfect salad for lunch. You'd think it would be easy to find but for one reason or another I could not find a salad with which I was happy and would gladly pay the price. Then one day I happened upon the ready made chef salads in City Market and my quest was over. They are made fresh every morning, are packed tight with fresh greens, have just the right amount of ham and cheese and turkey and a fresh boiled egg with real shredded bacon, tomatoes and green goddess dressing. It is the perfect salad and they are there fresh everyday for the taking.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 06/10/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Vermont Public Television Board Defends Leadership, Releases Report on Closed Meetings

Pam Mackenzie worked for Comcast for thirty years as a fixer. She was the person that corporate sent into local offices to fix a problem. We can only imagine what the problems were or how she fixed them. She has carried this fixer mentality with her into retirement where she has joined almost every board and committee in Vermont. Once she sees a problem she goes to work fixing it. At VPT she must have perceived John King as a problem that needed fixing. Her approach was simple. Have meetings that John King couldn't attend because he didn't know they were being held and discuss in his absense how to get rid of him. Sometimes the meetings were so intimate that there was no quorum, sometimes more than half the board was notified. No reports were forthcoming because then John and everyone else would know about the meetings. Unfortunately VPT is not Comcast and fixng it like this is a violation of the CPB open meeting rules. MacKenzie doesn't realize that the longer this situation exists the more money VPT will lose from sponsors, donors and CPB. That is the reason for her to resign. She is very bad for a business that is, unlike Comcast, based on faith and good will.

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Posted by Paul Engels on 02/27/2014 at 3:18 PM

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