"Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age." - H.L. Mencken

User login

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 28 guests online.

Welcome to iBrattleboro!

Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

Find iBrattleboro on:

 Twitter YouTube

Search the Archives

Ye Olde iBrattleboro Archive

Use the pulldown to choose desired number of results.

 

Search the first decade
of iBrattleboro archives
at Archive-It.org
Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013

Op/Ed


The Op/Ed opinion section

Easy Way For Brattleboro To Make Some Money

I found an easy way for Brattleboro to rake in some extra cash.

Everyday, numerous trucks carrying homes come through town. If we charged them each, say $500, to come through, we could make quite a bit of cash.

Just the other day I passed four of these things. Each was wide enought to cause normal traffic to be altered, with people pulling off to the side, stopping in funny places, and even blocking intersections to let them through.

(You may now explain all the reasons why this is un-possible.)

»

Deleted

Deleted as I no longer wish to participate on Ibrattleboro due to invisible censorship by its moderators.

»

Robert Woodward Executed in Brattleboro: A Tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man

The Ballad of Woody:

A tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man In Brattleboro

 

Robert Woodward (1964- 2001)

executed in Brattleboro, Vermont at the

All Souls Church

»

Fighting The Evil

Fellow citizens,

I’d like to have a word with those feeling pessimistic. I have a two part system for you to use to find success in the coming years.

1. Pick an issue and stick with it.

Don’t get overwhelmed. If you are feeling pessimistic about the next 4-8 years, there are probably a combination of issues and factors making you feel that way.

»

Fake News Laundered 1950-53 US Slaughter of 3 Million Koreans to Maintain US One-Percent Rule of South

DESCRIPTION: 40 yrs after Prez Teddy Roosevelt gave Korea to brutal Jap Empire in return for its recognition of Philippines as US Territory, US invaded Korea long AFTER Jap surrender, overthrowing its Korean gov., cutting it in two parts, installing a US dictatorship in its south now documented to have murdered 100,000 of its own citizens

»

Puppies and Kittens: The Morning Briefing

I think we make a mistake by requiring the president to have a morning intelligence meeting.  Why? I think it ends up brainwashing those elected to favor certain information.

Imagine if instead, the president received a morning puppy and kitten briefing from the ASPCA. Yes, this sounds absurd already, but if we have morning meetings about spies and bad guys, it is possible to have a morning meeting on a weird topic.

So, each morning it is puppies and kittens. I think most of us would begin our presidency being polite and interested in the presentations. Within a few months, we may start to get involved with the details of all these puppies and kittens. 

»

Rise Above

On the morning of November 8, Election Day 2016, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window up at the sliver of sky you can see between the houses next door.  As I looked at that slice of blue, two little words popped into my head: “rise above.”  And I thought, today of all days, that’s probably good advice.  And then, that it might be good advice in many situations beyond just electoral politics.  How many of the world’s ills could be solved if we could somehow rise above, at least long enough to get a clear view and the lay of the land?

»

Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries

DESCRIPTION:

Although Trump has castigated the administration of Prez Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the US regime change wars that have brought death and destruction to the Middle East, these genocidal prosecutable crimes against humanity continue even as Americans gave thanks for their own well being as usual in utter disregard or ignorance of what was being done in their name to millions of innocent children, women and men

»

Postpubescent Tumescence - The Sexual Twilight Zone

When researching the age of consent within the context of the history of human sexuality in western civilization, the most notable consequence of archaic patriarchal sex laws is the dehumanizing effect on sexual norms. In the United States, the very phrase, “sexual norms” in fact, advances the denial and deprivation of individual positive biological sexual functions and qualities. Those functions are grounded in the physiology and age of individuals from postpubescence throughout adulthood. They should not be based on arbitrary or moral legal-age limits and norms.

»

Patriots/Seahawks Field Size Flag Smaller Than Mile Long Green Flag of Million Libyans for Gaddafi

DESCRIPTION:
The explosive difference between a flag honoring in a pre-game show of proud and comfortable patriotism with young Americans smartly saluting, and the flag in a flash back to 2011 and a small African nation’s brave and desperate show of patriotism in the face of its destruction was described at the Nuremberg Trials. Seek truth!

»

Vets Day Postmortem: Trump No To Regime Change Death/Destruction Ali/King Called Vietnam Genocide

DESCRIPTION:
Current US President elect denounced the “death and destruction” brought down on the the Middle East under the outgoing Democratic administration Obama and Sec. of State Hillary. If the wholesale and genocidal destruction of 3 wealthy Arab oil nations is now a discredited activity by US President-elect Donald Trump how the hell can Americans who are veterans of bringing about this “death and destruction” be hailed as heroes?

TEXT:

»

Thank You, and Post-Election Survey on Brattleboro Polling Location

I am writing to thank a number of people who worked to make the voting  positive experience for most voters.  Many members of the Board of Civil Authority who are your elected Justices of the Peace, as well as the Town Constables, the employees of the Town Clerk’s Office and nearly two dozen volunteers provided voters with a smooth and professional environment for voting.  

»

2016: Media Backs War Candidate But Wall St. Divided On Building Up US Instead As China Rises

DESCRIPTION:
But for media management, election 2016 would be a playing out in public of indecision within the ruling rich 1/10th of 1%, whether to switch to less profitable investing to build up USA, or continue wildly enriching themselves in wars & investing in higher profit rendering low wage 3rd world nations, at the same time helping these nations, led by China, to overtake the US & Europe in economic and political power sooner.

»

David Schoales, Mollie Burke

I have favorite candidates for every office on the ballot, but the two for whom I feel greatest enthusiasm are David Schoales for Windham County Senator, and Mollie Burke, Brattleboro District 2 Representative.  

For years while the Clark-Canal Summer Program was going, as a volunteer, Mollie Burke taught art to neighborhood children. Hardly anyone knew about this: She did it solely because she is a good neighbor with love in her heart. Mollie talks with neighborhood people all the time, not just when electioneering. She is approachable, intelligent, responsive. We are fortunate to have an effective representative in the State House, and it is going to a pleasure to vote for her. 

»

Deleted

Deleted as I no longer wish to participate on a website that practices non-transparent censorship.

»

Proof US Allies Saudi Arabia & Qatar Fund & Equip ISIS All Along Not An Election Issue

DESCRIPTION:
Wikileaks' released emails prove Hillary knew US close allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding/equipping ISIS while Americans were also being murdered by ISIS, show her pretending Saudis and others were not from the beginning part of US conspiracy to create a fanatical Islamic state in order to destroy Syria and the Shiite government in Iraq. Why this is NOT AN ELECTION ISSUE

»

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.

»

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.

»

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.

»

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

DESCRIPTION:
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?

»

Upcoming Events

iBrattleboro Poll

If a big wildfire was coming toward Brattleboro, I would most likely

Choices