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Brattleboro Reformer

Hold the brownies! Bill could limit bake sales

Right on. And while we're at it, support the tax on obesity drinks & snacks. That stuff costs taxpayers and insured people billions in health care costs that get paid for by everybody, and those costs should be at least partially offset by money from the stuff that causes it. Don't be fooled by the phony astroturf campaign against the junk food tax, a campaign 100% paid for by the industry. They hide their sponsorship of the ads, claiming that it's another citizens group against taxes. It's not, it's a corporate lobby that doesn't mind sacrificing kids' health to bloat their profits.  (Dec 5, 2010 | post #24)

Brattleboro Reformer

A new home for nuke waste?

Do you know why the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II administrations didn't revive the breeder reactor program? Was it just because the nuclear power industry in general was in disrepute after TMI? And a technical question: What is left over in a breeder reactor, besides re-enriched fuel? What type of waste?  (Dec 5, 2010 | post #7)

Brattleboro Reformer

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Common forum rules and behavior" - and this would be calling people idiots and morons and accusing them of ignorance if they disagree with you? That is, after all, your common forum behavior. Your house is glass.  (Dec 5, 2010 | post #24)

Brattleboro Reformer

Nutrition bill passes Welch says law will be paid for by ...

This is just classic right-wing class warfare. Punish poor kids for situations they didn't create. Treat fellow Americans like vermin. Blame all your self-inflicted troubles on the government, the poor, and anyone who disagrees with you. Tear the country to pieces.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #17)

Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy ordered to pay attorney fees

Entergy having to reimburse the New England Coalition - sweet! I guess it costs $21,000 to lie to the Public Service Board and the people of Vermont.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #7)

Brattleboro Reformer

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You know darn well that your decom fund isn't even half of what you'll need to do the job. The proof that you ask for is in the fact that you're trying to sell the plant with so little life left in it - and in the fact that you've had no inquiries. VY is a huge net liability for you. I'm happy that you own it and not me - although I'm bracing myself for your slippery maneuvers to try to slither out of your responsibilities and leave us holding the tab.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #21)

Brattleboro Reformer

Bratt ski team reports five jackets missing

Blah blah blah. We'll see how you feel when it's your stuff that's pilfered.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #21)

Brattleboro Reformer

Tree lighting Friday at Pliny Park

You're the best friends Entergy can buy. And yet, somehow the area got along just fine before Entergy existed; soon we'll do it again.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #3)

Brattleboro Reformer

Is town anti-business?

That's because they won't support your quixotic quest to save your job at the leaky old nuke plant in Vernon. Nobody who knows the current members of the Selectboard would claim that they're anti-business. The majority is conservative. You can't see that from your hidden location.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #3)

Brattleboro Reformer

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Good for Chief Wrinn! I'm so sick of asinine Connecticut drivers flaunting our speed limits, as if they have no law enforcement back home.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #5)

Brattleboro Reformer

Firing range set to open in Hinsdale

I don't consider it prudent to disclose personal data on these boards, but I got you beat Mike; not by much though, that's pretty good for a guy your age.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #10)

Brattleboro Reformer

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So we're supposed to keep the aging plant limping along as a make-work jobs project? Should we do the same with government workers and other companies that lose money and should close? And make no mistake - VY *is* losing money, when you factor in the unplanned decom costs. If Entergy hasn't sold VY yet, it's because no buyer would take on the net liabilities. You can't keep end-stage industries going as jobs programs. You've had far more advance notice than most workers get. If you haven't made other plans by now, that's nobody's fault but your own.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #18)

Brattleboro Reformer

Firing range set to open in Hinsdale

Too many kids & adults are fat & out of shape because they do their recreation sitting on a cushion & burning fuel, rather than sweating & exerting themselves. Sports have given way to "motor sports". A kid could be playing soccer or basketball or running cross-country, but instead daddy buys him a motorbike or an ATV and they all get fat together. I just saw the national statistics, we've become pathetic.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #7)

Brattleboro Reformer

VY ground water extraction halted

Money-grabbing non-profit CEOs"? Ever try the for-profit kind? Your health insurance premiums pay for CEO compensation in the hundreds of millions. And there are lots of countries where you can say or write anything you want. Most will not wire-tap you without a warrant. Dog bless America! Mixing religion/superstit ion & politics sucks.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #15)

Vermont

Vt. attorney general wants tax imposed on sugary drinks

Your pre-determined ideology is clear; you don't like the government. What you say about the effect of incentives is just wrong, however. The cigarette tax has dramatically discouraged smoking. And you don't need to tax everything that contains sweeteners, just the foods & drinks that most commonly contribute to obesity through overconsumption. Soft drinks, candy, & other common junk foods. A lot of that stuff is virtually free right now, like a 2-liter bottle of soda for 99ยข. You pay the real cost (and so do the rest of us) when you get type-2 diabetes. Taxing it would put some of that cost up front where it belongs.  (Nov 30, 2010 | post #52)