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Susan Joy 
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Re: “As Scott Threatens Veto, Vermont Budget Faces Uncertain Future

Finally Vermont taxpayers and local school boards have a champion willing to face down the powerful VT NEA and teacher lobby. Governor Scott is risking his job, losing the NEA's endorsement is a huge blow to any politician. No argument the union puts forth equals the terrible reality that Vermont pays more to educate our students than any other state.

Half the VT House, brave democrats and republicans, support this plan. Local school boards and taxpayers support this plan. We need to show our support! Teachers have excellent pay and benefits in Vermont, but they keep asking for more every year.

When will it stop? Never...unless you call your legislators and Governor Scott and let them know voters would like the VT NEA to negotiate with an equal partner and relieve local school boards of this never-ending battle. Every school superintendent in Vermont is outmatched in time, money, and resources by the VT NEA. Governor Scott is willing to help, we need to help him help us!

37 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 05/18/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Lisman Buys Ads Promoting Scott's Health Insurance Proposal

Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman is a pox upon the great state of Vermont. He showed his true colors during his shameful attempts to destroy the reputation of our governor, a good man with whom you may disagree politically but who is a devoted and conscientious public servant.

Lisman has been living high on the hog after leaving his bankrupt firm, along with the rest of the Wall Street crowd who almost brought down the world's financial system. But that was in 2008, Lisman is hoping we all have short memories. Unfortunately for people like him, losing your home to the rapacious greed and fraud of Wall Street bankers is the kind of thing that people remember for a really long time.

28 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 05/04/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Will we ever see a day when the straw man argument falls by the wayside? Mr. Obeng's hiring or ethical failings have nothing to do with the fact that teachers are now paid much more than the majority of taxpayers who fund their salaries. Asking for a 5% raise shows they are tone deaf to the struggles of the community trying to keep up with their always increasing demands. Certainly the South Burlington teachers are completely out of control as they barrel towards six-figure salaries and benefits beyond compare.

Teachers deserve good salaries. Thankfully Burlington teachers have been enjoying high salaries for many years, admittedly not at the ridiculous levels imposed upon South Burlington taxpayers. Because they are well paid, our teachers don't need large raises every year. In fact, they don't need any raise at all and the School Board is being generous offering 2%. The teacher's union is worse than the mafia, but they're not going to be able to start breaking legs as we fail to keep up with their demands for ever-spiraling payments.

42 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/18/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Lisman Spent More Than $113 Per Vote in Failed Race for Governor

I'm proud of Vermonters for not allowing Lisman or the long, grasping tentacles of Wall Street to purchase political office in our great state. The foolhardy way Lisman spent his own money sheds insight into how his investment firm Bear Stearns was mismanaged into a state of collapse. Over 15,000 employees used to work at this legendary investment house, it's hard to conceive the magnitude of financial devastation that was inflicted before Lisman left New York and returned to Vermont to meddle in politics.

Now after months of venomous attacks and unprecedented spending, Lisman is cynically trying to worm his way into Phil Scott's good graces. I trust Lisman cannot buy influence in Phil Scott's administration the way he failed to buy the election, and we all hope the loser Lisman paddles his douche canoe far away from where he can inflict harm upon the wallets of hardworking Vermonters.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/11/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Approves Costco Gas Pumps, Rejects Vallee Appeal

Skip Vallee is a pirate, and we are his plunder. I refuse to purchase anything from any of his businesses. He has purposefully tried to corner the market and unfairly stop competition in order to charge higher prices with impunity.

I don't know how he's gotten away with this for so long, he doesn't even bother to hide his efforts. I'm so happy Costco didn't give up as it will benefit our community and they are to be applauded for using their vast resources to get ahead of Vallee's own vast resources. But I wish more people would boycott Maplefield's instead of willingly becoming Vallee's victims and dumping endless streams of hard-earned money into his overflowing pockets.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/08/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Vermont GOP Asks Lisman to Prove or Withdraw Accusations Against Scott

Phil Scott has been in politics for many years and run many races without controversy or venomous attacks. Yet when retired investment banker Bruce Lisman runs for office all sorts of unethical accusations arise. For me, past performance is a very large predictor of future success. I don't trust Wall Street bankers or their motives and I sure don't elect them to public office.

Whether you agree with him or not, Phil Scott has a long record of working honorably for his constituents and deserves respect as a successful local business owner who has proven himself an effective and compassionate leader, especially during the Shumlin administration's unending annals of idiocy.

I don't believe Phil Scott has suddenly changed into a person who would lie, cheat, or steal, to win public office. I haven't voted for him before but I will now. Because I vote in the direction of someone who has earned the respect of a wide faction of legislators and constituents, built a thriving Vermont business, and is possessed of integrity and political courage. Vermonters could choose to vote in a different direction, but I sure hope it isn't the direction of bankrupt Wall Street investment firms.

37 likes, 65 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/07/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

I've thought this many times and in many ways and have to ask Seven Days staff for a favor. Can you guys give a big hug to the person responsible for employing Paul Heintz? Having people of conscience who are unafraid to confront those in power and those seeking power is so essential to any democratic society. America was great, is great, and will be great, because there are brave reporters, editors, and publishers, who can't be bought, or bribed, or otherwise swayed from speaking truth to power and moneyed interests.

It's easy to become cynical and disheartened as so many venal people curry favor with wealthy individuals in pursuit of personal gain. I can only imagine what pressure is applied to try and force your editors to capitulate to demands for retraction or removal. Thank you Seven Days reporters, thank you Paul Heintz, for upholding the best of American principles in the pursuit of journalistic excellence and service to our great state of Vermont.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/06/2016 at 1:25 PM

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