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Re: “Walters: WDEV Radio For Sale

We've just seen WCAX sold from family ownership to an out of state media company. Now it seems likely WDEV will go the same way.

The concentration of media away from local ownership to large national corporations may be necessary economically in the current environment, but it is bad for Vermont.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 06/22/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Decries Politics — but Delivers His Own Talking Points

Phil Scott and his administration continue to demonstrate that, despite his many many years in elected state office, he simply doesn't seem to understand how state government works.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 06/08/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “South Burlington School Budget Passes on Third Try

@Sean Considine -- You understand incorrectly.

The name "Rebel" was chosen when the school opened in 1961 (100th anniversary of the Civil War) because the city had seceded from Burlington

The "Rebel" mascot wasn't a "Green Mountain Boy", it was a figure in a Confederate uniform named "Colonel Reb" or "Johnny Reb", often with a Confederate flag (that was discontinued in the 1990s because of the racist connotations). The school colors (blue and grey) reflected the Confederate colors.

The history of the "Rebel" team name is unequivocal -- the attempts to whitewash it with "Green Mountain Boy" claims is a recent invention.

Here's a good Free Press story about the origins of the name, pointing out that even in the early 1960s many in the community questioned the appropriateness of the name... (Warning: there is an annoying autoplay video that is part of the story... don't open it unless you're ready for that to play.)


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Posted by terjeanderson on 06/07/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

If knowyourassumptions thinks that marijuana use is somehow restricted to "college kids and former college kids", and somehow not an issue relevant to working class people, s/he clearly knows very little about the patterns of drug use by socioeconomic class.

Data from the HHS published last year showed that 11% of adults with a high school degree or less reported marijuana use in the previous month, compared with 7% for college educated respondents. Another peer-reviewed study published last year found disproportionate marijuana use (in terms of both frequency and volume) among those with low incomes and low educational levels (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/w…

Painting marijuana use as the province of well-off college kids is a profound misrepresentation of the reality. Working class people in our society are disproportionate users of many substances - marijuana, tobacco, opiates - and also more likely to suffer the criminal justice consequences.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/31/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

No warheit, I didn't miss the point, and I understand very well.

It has nothing to do with what Harry Reid and the Democrats did in 2013. The reality is that McConnell would feel free to implement the "nuclear option" if he felt it was required to get a Republican nominee approved against Democratic opposition.

McConnell threatened and was fully prepared to do that once before (in 2005), and only held off when the "gang of 14" came to a bipartisan agreement on judicial and executive branch appointments. He'd be very willing to do it again, whether Reid had taken the first step or not.

Pretending that the Republicans would only do it now because of what Democrats did in 2013 is a complete misrepresentation of McConnell's history on the issue.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/26/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

The 60 vote requirement to end a filibuster is still in effect for Supreme Court appointees. The nuclear option that Harry Reid evoked in 2013 to end obstruction on dozens of Obama's executive branch and lower court nominees specifically exempted the Supreme Court.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/22/2017 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

So, as best as I can tell, the previous poster seems to believe that Republican Governor Scott is free to cite inaccurate data while serving as Governor (in support of his position on a piece of legislation)... but that if Auditor Doug Hoffer (or any other Democrat) speaks up to challenge that, it somehow is overstepping their role.

That is, quite simply, not how policy debates work. Public officials can - and should - enter the debate by citing facts in support of their argument. Expecting them to hold their tongue - lest they challenge the Governor;s "facts" - is a ridiculous misunderstanding of the role of those people we elect to office.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/20/2017 at 7:03 PM

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