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WCAX Williston to add 9 full-time firefighters to ‘understaffed’ dept. 12/2/2021 5:25 PM
Seven Days

Burlington School Principals, HR Director on Leave Amid Investigations

12/2/2021 5:01 PM
NBC 5 ‘Huge hardship’: Vermonters denied jobless benefits wait months to appeal 12/2/2021 6:28 PM
WCAX Vt. education fund surplus could mean lower property taxes 12/2/2021 7:25 PM
WCAX Burlington councilors dismayed by deteriorating civility at meetings 12/2/2021 7:24 PM
Rutland Herald Proctor opposes wind project 12/2/2021 4:43 PM
VT Digger Legislature could require vaccines or weekly testing for lawmakers and staffers 12/2/2021 7:35 PM
NBC 5 Surgeon fined $3,000 for amputating patient’s wrong leg 12/2/2021 9:49 PM
NBC 5 How the mask mandate in Burlington will be enforced 12/2/2021 10:36 PM
WCAX Police looking for two suspects in shoplifting incident 12/3/2021 12:11 AM
WCAX Reliving the history behind a former air force base in the NEK 12/3/2021 12:53 AM
Times Argus Planned Parenthood: Vermont being proactive about reproductive rights 12/3/2021 12:00 AM
The Valley Reporter Huge need for substitute teachers in the district 12/3/2021 4:33 AM
VT Digger State, local data show discrepancies in Covid-19 cases in Vermont schools 12/3/2021 7:17 AM

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  1. Reference the WCAX piece about city officials concerned about deteriorating behavior of residents at city council meetings. It seems that some people in Burlington are expressing themselves with some emotion in response to the suggestion that local government officials will bring to bear ultimately the criminal law to force them to cover their faces against their will; particularly with such weak evidence that masks actually work – except to signal the wearer’s compliance. Is this objection to citizen behavior at meetings what is meant by “gaslighting”? Is it an effort to quell dissent from the prevailing orthodoxy? Having recently viewed the 1942 film starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Berman and Joseph Cotton, as I understand “gaslighting” classically refers to an effort to control one party to an intimate relationship by making the other feel like they are losing their mind; that they don’t have a grasp on reality, despite what they see with their own eyes. Perhaps we have gaslighting here on a larger scale. Here government officials lament the poor attitude – that is, less than docile – of the poor slobs who voice their objections to overbearing government policy threatening the freedom of a freedom-loving people in the name of public health regarding a virus that has “killed” (deaths vaguely attributed) about 400 people in 21 months in a state of over 600,000. I for one would suggest that those people are not crazy, and they are right to object, saying it loud and saying it clear. It seems Burlington City officials would rather the populace just accept that they know better and leave personal decisions up the experts. One might ask the mask-wearing advocate, “Doesn’t your mask work?” If it does what you say it does, leave me alone.

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