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Renée Carpenter 
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Re: “Walters: WCAX Hires Political Reporter Neal Goswami

I agree: WCAX will "benefit greatly from this" and so will the news culture in Vermont. Good for Vermont's democracy.

Kudos to for being one of the best "training grounds" for Vermont news media--at least, attracting some of the very best to the state and leveraging the funds to do so.

It will be a very sad day if we lose the Vermont Press Bureau. As Neil Goswami did for the Times Argus, I hope Steve Pappas can do for the Vermont Press Bureau: Keep it going!

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 10/28/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Child in DCF Care Dies in Apparent East Montpelier Drowning

I appreciate this reporting and Ken Schatz's cautious and measured approach. Accidents happen--that's why they're called "accidents."

Deep condolences to all involved.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 07/08/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

"A total of eight masked people among more than 20 people in the crowd used "tactics that indicated training in obstruction and intimidation," police said."

That's what should have been investigated; and the funder behind the Charles Murray lecture; and the well-funded National organization supporting these types of non-academic racist speakers with the specific intention of creating disturbances at academic institutions.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/24/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Walters: House Speaker, Union Leaders Very Publicly Air Grievances

"VT-NEA President Martha Allen "trained much of her fire on Scott. She branded his proposal "anti-worker, anti-union and anti-local control," and asserted that it "has very little to do with property tax savings." She called it "the thin end of the wedge," tying Scott to the right-to-work agendas of Republican governors in other states."

Exactly! A few weeks before the close of the session--on any complicated matter--is a clear work-around democratic process. NOT acceptable here in Vermont.

"In her meeting with union leaders, Johnson defended her plan as the best way out of a difficult position. She referenced a recent House vote on the health care issue, in which Johnson herself had to cast the deciding vote.

"'The reality is, we don't have the votes to override a governor's veto,' she told the union reps. 'There are an awful lot of representatives who don't understand what you do and the importance of bargaining rights.'"

Time for the public to do some educating: Either we are a democracy--in the tradition of Vermont's intention towards fairness and dialogue, trying to get public policy right--or we fall into a very negative pattern of political manipulation so pervasive with the GOP (and other political maneuvering).

This kind of political maneuvering is just not acceptable here in Vermont. Seeming like "a nice guy" just doesn't cut it.

Pass the budget, and leave the long-term health care/ union issues for the next session.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/16/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

"'If we're going to legalize marijuana, I think we should also tax and regulate it,' said Young, who is vice chair of the Committee on Ways & Means."

Thank you for this! I hope it goes through, with thoughtful consideration to several concerns:

That the House Judiciary committee has, "scaled back its proposal to legalize no more than one ounce of marijuana, rather than two as originally proposed, is problematic in that the original proposal came from the amount of dried herb from the allowed number of plants. Scaling it back is arbitrary and foolish given the realities.

"Scott knows there is no test to accurately measure cannabis impairment that's why he uses it as a way to say no. Meanwhile, drivers "under the influence" of cannabis continue to drive Vermont roads like they always have with no real issues." (from the comment above) Whether Scott does or doesn't know, it is true that there is no drug measurement test--at least according to AAA Insurance studies. Various strains of marijuana affect people's levels of concentration in various ways that cannot be mechanically measured. Trying to "Police" and criminalize "driving under the influence" when it is technically unmeasurable will take Vermont down a dangerous and very costly path.

From observing last year's testimony from "public safety officials," an attitude focused on impairment criminalizes further Vermont's roadways. Education is far more effective than criminalizing. Perhaps something similar to the "hands off cell phone" "distracted driving" ticket can save Vermont lots of money and serve the communities better.

As we have very recently and tragically seen, we have many potential distractions while driving (eating, children, conversations, anxiety, medication, schedules.... ) and we ALL need to be paying full attention when behind the wheel. We do not need further criminalization of anything.

PS: Beware the new edict from on high: Will State officials protect Vermont residents following Vermont's new laws when the Feds come to prosecute?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/25/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Montpeculiar: From Governor’s Plan to Losing Candidate’s Plan

Unnecessarily nasty headline (and comment above)!

And, related with the other (TH) article about counting votes--Electronic voting machines have enormous vulnerabilities. This is a non-partisan issue.

Vermont needs to hand count paper ballots.

Why do I write that here? Because, even though no one else is saying so, the conditions as reported in our Governor's race, where pre-election polling is as widely disparate as the reported outcome--according to election integrity expert Jonathan Simon--may be an indicator that the Governor's race should be audited: meaning hand count all paper ballots. Would it change the outcome? Probably not. That's not the point.

Vermont's election laws are out of date.

And regardless of who wins or loses any election, we can be kind, and thoughtful, and appreciative and fair--before, during and after.... or maybe some Vermonters think the tone of the rest of the country is something to emulate. I certainly don't.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/02/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Minter v. Scott: The Race is On

Missing for me are the numbers: How many participated in the primaries, broken out by party--how many Dems, how many Republicans, how many others"?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 08/11/2016 at 7:36 AM

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