terjeanderson | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Member since Oct 18, 2012

click to enlarge img_0160_jpg-magnum.jpg


  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “Reuben Jackson To Leave Vermont Public Radio

This is very sad to learn - Jackson's beautiful voice, incredible musical knowledge, acute social consciousness and wry sense of humor make "Friday Night Jazz" a weekly must-listen experience for me and thousands of others. Will have to make sure I don't miss a single show between now and April!

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 11/09/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Walters: Deb Billado Elected VTGOP Chair

So, the Vermont Republican Party ties itself even closer to Donald Trump - while he's got an approval rating of 26% in the state.

37 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 11/05/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Legislative Leaders, AG Promise Action on Data Security

In addition to providing protections for those whose information is breached, I'd love to see our public officials cut back the power that the credit reporting agencies have over so many non-credit issues.

Right now, for example, insurance companies can (and do) use credit scores to determine prices for automobile insurance, homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance. The result is often making these products extremely expensive for low-income Vermonters who can least afford the inflated prices based on an Equifax score that is completely irrelevant to the question of insurance.

(Vermont is, fortunately, one of those states that regulates the use of those scores in employment decisions).

Some states, like CA, MD and HI, have begun to regulate the use of credit scores in insurance underwriting. Vermont would do well to scale back the outsized power of the credit reporting agencies by doing the same.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 11/03/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Another Hat for Don Turner

Lenore Broughton and the Breuers both have long histories of funding far right causes - including bankrolling anti-marriage equality campaigns here in VT and in MA.

What does it say about the Vermont Republican agenda that these are the folks underwriting their House candidates?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by terjeanderson on 09/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Walters: Welch Defends Consensus Building in the Age of Trump

I wish Peter luck in making bipartisan progress on these issues, but I'm not optimistic.

The old saying that "it takes two to tango" definitely applies here -- as long Paul Ryan is Speaker and insists on freezing Democrats out of every decision (through continued application of the "Hastert Rule") and giving the far right Freedom Caucus veto power over everything, there is little hope that bipartisan solutions will ever make it to a vote. The same holds in the Senate under McConnell.

It is worth trying - but it is also important that it never become simply bipartisanism for bipartisanism sake. The temptation to move the outcome even further to the right in hopes of finding common ground should be resisted - core Democratic and progressive principles shouldn't be compromised away in hopes of finding a handful of Republican votes for a measure.

12 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 08/04/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Dubies Bring Vermont Maple Syrup to Trump’s White House

Tiki -- since it is described in the story as two suitcases of maple syrup and maple candy weighing 70 lbs, we can safely assume it went as checked baggage, not as carry-on.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 07/19/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Top Vermont Dems Praise Scott’s Opposition to Obamacare Repeal

I still haven't seen any evidence that Phil Scott has actually done anything to stop Obamacare repeal - other than making statements to the Vermont press to strengthen his standing back home.

He hasn't gone to Washington to meet with Republican Senators to urge them to oppose the bill, or spent his time calling wavering Republicans to convince them He hasn't used his standing as a Republican governor to speak out to the national media about the reasons he believes the bill is bad. There is no public evidence of him mobilizing other Republican governors to speak out against the bill.

Did he write any op-eds on the subject that he submitted to newspapers with national influence? Did he appear on any networks talking about why he, as a Republican governor, opposed the bill? Did he engage in a single instance of personally lobbying Republican Senators against the bill?

As far as I can tell, his "opposition" has consisted of signing on to a few anodyne bipartisan letters from Governors expressing mild "concern" over the proposal, and taking part in politically advantageous appearances at home in Vermont.

It appears the bill is - thankfully - dead, but it doesn't seem Phil Scott did a single thing that contributed to killing it.

He's getting a lot of credit here for not doing anything of substance.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by terjeanderson on 07/18/2017 at 3:47 PM

All Comments »

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation