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Election Event With Bernie Sanders Saturday

Pre Election Event with Bernie Sanders today, Saturday, 10/29

Doors open at 2:00.

Brattleboro Union High School, Fairground Rd.

Come meet local and statewide candidates including Sue Minter, David Zuckerman, Becca Balint, TJ Donovan, John Moran, Mike Mrowicki, David Deen and Mollie Burke and others.

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An Extensive Take On Act 46, Education and Community

Act 46 and the Quality of Education and Community

As far as I can see Act 46 is not going to have any measurable impact on the quality of education we provide to our children or, by extension, their lives thereafter.  

The driving force behind Act 46 is to hold down school taxes by reducing the per pupil cost of education.  This does not mean we will see lower education tax rates.  An expectation of a lower tax rate will only prove disappointing and frustrating. We will, however, be persuaded to agree that fewer buildings, higher teacher/pupil ratios and lower administrative costs must add up to more efficient operations. In the end we will sigh and shrug and accept that the Act ought to be beneficial because the cost after consolidation should logically be less than it would have been without consolidation.  If precedent holds there will never be any demonstrated evidence that our assumptions are correct.

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BDCC Has Advice

     The Reformer headlined a story this past Monday about a report done by BDCC, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation on the closing of Yankee.  BDCC has for decades been the first and last word on the local economy and local economic development. The gist of the report was a review of the major problems associated with the closing of a nuke plant.   I also read part of the report itself.  Maybe I should have read it all.  However everything I read focused on what all the major parties involved in the closing and post closing affairs were doing since about 2010, two years before the plant was scheduled to close.

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WNYT Albany, New York Asks Questions of Vermont Candidates for United States Senator, Cris Ericson Responds

To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director

Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericsson for U.S. Senator for Vermont

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WNYT QUES. #2

2) What specific steps should be taken to fight ISIS?

Hi! I'm candidate Cris Ericson for United States Senator for Vermont.

First of all, this question presumes that a candidate would agree that steps should be taken to fight ISIS. WNYT presents no facts in evidence to support the basis for this presumption. Just who do you think ISIS is? This is not a football game, where someone declares the team colors and says, "go, fight, win team, go, fight, win!".

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Election Season Snapshot - The Long Strange Trip Winds Down

Every now and again, I like to take a step back and see where we are.  So here, three weeks from the presidential elections, are some of the news stories that define our present situation.  Is it a good situation?  I’ll leave that for you to judge.

First, the elections:  Trump made a run at it but as I wrote on a piece of paper on June 10 of this year and still see daily on my dresser, “It’s going to be Hillary.”  In short, it’s all over but the shouting, but boy are they shouting, daily from the headlines.  We happened to catch the 5 o’clock hour on the car radio yesterday afternoon and every newscast led off with a Trump story, strongly anti-Trump at that (not that he doesn’t give people plenty of ammo).

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Watch the U.S. Senate Debate Live, Sit in the Audience in Burlington, Vermont!

Oct. 13th and I go outside and find one of my campaign signs has been stolen.

Yesterday, I painted a new one; but I do miss the confiscated one, it was entirely a different design.

The new sign says, "1776 - 1936 Marijuana was Legal."

Vermonters! Watch the U.S. Senate candidates live, sit in the audience Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25

Election Forum at Channel 17 Town Meeting TV in Burlington's Old North End, Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25

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Education or Politics?

I noticed this letter from Andy Davis in the Commons. He makes interesting points about a town appointment that may not be very transparent, which of course raises questions.

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Ask Hillary Who Buys ISIS et al Terrorists Helping US Oust Assad NewToyota Trucks/ Heavy Weapons

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Sec. Hillary oversaw regime change wars in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, S. Sudan, Syria, Yemen; should be asked to explain new Toyota trucks/heavy weapons coming to ISIS/other terrorists, who have been mass murdering US designated enemies in Assad's Syria and Shiite wherever they are; why superpower US ‘fighting’ for 5 years can’t defeat ragtag force of 25,000; involved false flags attacks on US to prove innocence?

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Hillary Laughed "We Came He Died" While a Bombed Million Demonstrated for Their Beloved Hero Gadaffi

DESCRIPTION:
As Sec. of State Clinton oversaw US wars for regime change that continue in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and now threatens Russia and China. Her opponent says enough. (US regime change wars from Greece, Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Laos, Guatemala, Congo, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Cuba, Panama, Ethiopia Somalia, S. Sudan, Grenada, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.)

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Media Bias

Once again, the NY Times has been unfair to The Donald, by reporting the facts.

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Mr. Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Mr. Trump then elaborated and added, “Grab them by the pussy.”

"I apologize if anyone was offended," Trump. (One of those "if anyone was offended" apologies: as though he does not actually admit that he did anything wrong, except that in the eye of the beholder it might have been interpreted as offensive.)

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