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Tiki Archambeau 
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Re: “Walters: Scott Stands His Ground on Teacher Health Care

Why is the governor stopping at teachers? What about police? Firefighters? Town officials? All of these impact property taxes. Somehow teachers alone get to face his ire. Surely politics aren't the source of threats against one of the most important professions out there....

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 05/31/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Shield Bill Passes Key House Vote

That cover photo is ripe for a meme.

Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 04/21/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

@Brian M. Kaplan: Your ability to quote others is akin to Towelie keying a code into a government building. Look again.

@Fran Janik: Every last concern of mine over legalization is valid. Your dismissal of others' concerns is why MJ is still illegal. FYI: Pot is not a protected class.

Happy to cite as many legitimate studies as necessary to counterbalance the pot-is-harmless studies (won't do it for anonymous posters). But to what end? It's still a drug. We can do this in baby steps or not at all. The obstinacy and hatred on this board pretty much makes this an all or nothing debate. Therein lies the fate of pot legislation.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 04/08/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

It's nice to read the views of those unafraid to put real names behind their opinions. However, there are reasonable reservations to this drug.

#1 - It's a drug. Few responsible citizens would idolize alcohol, tobacco, illicit and prescription drugs, or similar vices. Let's not pretend this is a "harmless" quest on par with meditation.
#2 - We often hear about the positive health effects of MJ on glaucoma, PTSD, chronic pain, etc. Not heard often are its potentially harmful impacts:
#2a - complicates depression or anxiety disorders
#2b - increased CO exposure if smoked
#2c - impact on brain development, namely dopamine receptors
#2d - increased heart rates promote panic attacks & increased risk of heart attack
#2e - 2nd-hand smoke impacts
#2f - ingestion toxicity due to slower release of THC
#3 - Kids I - The Details. We already struggle with keeping legalized drugs out of kids hands.
#4 - Kids II - Morality. What message are we teaching children by saying that MJ is "harmless"?
#5 - Proliferation magnifies problems. Just look at guns: they're everywhere. Therefore, we have more gun violence. Sure, people drive stoned today. But that will exacerbate under legalization.

Look, it's unjust that MJ users/dealers are jailed & tarred for life, that patients with serious health ailments have no access to MJ, or that the occasional user in their own home is relegated to the black market. The way forward is to help think through solutions (sans anecdotes) to merited concerns rather than painting the world in black or white.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 04/06/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Burlington Incumbent Wins Inspector of Elections Runoff

Proud to see this level of activism in Burlington's Old North End! I hope both candidates will continue joining their neighbors in big-picture matters that impact us all. Thank you both!

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 04/04/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

This has definitely helped, seeing all the Americans that are very excepting."

It's hard for me to except the irony of this quote. I mean, accept.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Burlington Council Candidate to Sue State’s Attorney for Discrimination

I knew Abdullah from his longtime work at the YMCA. He is a bright, positive, cheery young man who had a knack for lifting anyone's day and even completed menial chores with a smile. He is a bundle of opportunity who would benefit any employer.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/21/2017 at 4:50 PM

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