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Re: “About Time? New Overtime Rule Worries Vermont Employers

The exempt labor threshold was only reduced in 2004 under Bush, who was trying to please corporate America by allowing them not to pay overtime. The change in the threshold is only rectifying a gift to employers that should never have been given. Of course, now with the flimflam pro-business Trump in the White HOuse, one has to wonder how long this correction will last.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 11/09/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Fish & Wildlife Board Appoints Ted Nugent as Honorary Chair

maybe he'll get cat scratch fever

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Posted by ronj1955 on 10/29/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Fish & Wildlife Board Appoints Ted Nugent as Honorary Chair

I hope the Lynx attack him when he tries to kill one.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 10/29/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

Given that Milne is the opposition this time around, I think it's okay to re-elect Leahy one more time. Then, get a progressive in there.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 10/12/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Two Paths Converge With Fatal Consequences in Winooski

What makes cops see every individual who fits one of the profiles they are obviously taught as criminal? Secondly, why do they believe their perception means they can murder that person, even though they have not been fired at or otherwise attacked?

It seems to me that law enforcement should be taught that even those whom they believe to be criminally involved have rights that should be respected. Besides the basic human right to life, one of those other rights is the right to be afforded a trial. When police murder suspects, at the least they deprive those suspects of those human and civil rights. The fact that law enforcement does not appear to see suspects as either having the right to life or the right to a trial says to me that they are not police officers, but military forces trained to kill anything that moves. The fact that so many police have served in combat zones where they could kill anything that moved is something that needs to be looked at when hiring new recruits. The fact that police act this way in their own nation and community is indicative of a police state.

That’s not what we signed up for.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 09/28/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Transparency Group: Cops Should Release Winooski Shooting Video

In regards to the killing of Jesse Breshaw in Winooski by the Franklin County deputy, I have a couple specific questions. The first is:

• Why was the Franklin County sheriff even there?

• Why was he allowed to join the pursuit if he is?
More importantly, why was he the one who killed Breshaw, especially since he was out of his jurisdiction?

• Was there a previous history between Breshaw and Deputy Palmier, perhaps from Palmier’s time on the Winooski force?

In regards to the broader question of why do law enforcement personnel kill so many unarmed people, my questions are more general.

• Why are they trained to shoot to kill?

• What in their training makes them so trigger-happy?…

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Posted by ronj1955 on 09/22/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Lisman Supporters to Lead Campaign for Vermont

Make Vermont safer for hedge fund profiteers!!!!

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Posted by ronj1955 on 09/22/2016 at 10:42 AM

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