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WCAX Governor, Vt. lawmakers wrangle over workforce relief package 1/28/2022 6:34 PM
VT Digger As IT troubles bedevil the state, new child care subsidies don’t make it to low-income families 1/28/2022 6:48 PM
VT Digger Vermont to send 100,000 KN95 masks to schools 1/28/2022 6:45 PM
WCAX Ice fishermen save deer stranded on frozen Vermont lake 1/28/2022 7:11 PM
NBC 5 Students, parents hold maskless march Friday morning 1/28/2022 7:04 PM
Seven Days

Vermont Arts Organizations Awarded $500,000 for Pandemic Recovery

1/28/2022 6:57 PM
NBC 5 Burlington City Council divided on police chief appointment 1/28/2022 7:55 PM
WCAX Sen. Bernie Sanders sits down with Vermont’s firefighters 1/29/2022 10:07 PM
WCAX Burlington residents urged to conserve water 1/29/2022 11:33 PM
VT Digger Elayne Clift: A view of the world through a gendered lens 1/30/2022 11:43 AM
NBC 5 Iguanas in shock, falling from trees due to Florida cold snap 1/30/2022 10:46 PM

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  1. Are you keeping up with the sham Vermont Climate Council?


    Once again reporter Emma Cotton and Kiah Morris lie right through their teeth:

    Participants of the conversation so far are conscious of the lessons learned from the Vermont Climate Council’s process to create the state’s first Climate Action Plan. While the council included voices from diverse groups, it did not reach a wide array of Vermonters through its public process.

    “Many of these requests and demands were not realized within the work of the Vermont Climate Council, which is the state’s most recent effort on a large scale to try to address these issues,” Kiah Morris, movement politics director for Rights and Democracy, told the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

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    It was Kiah Morris the race-baiter who told White people they were not allowed to participate in GWSA proceedings even after a prominent Black farmer told her how much he disagreed and wanted the proceedings opened to everyone.

    With the help of Jane Lazorchak, Kiah Morris orchestrated a $25,000 via contract through the Agency of Natural Resources. Kiah was co-chair on a GWSA subcommittee then quit to apply for the contract to run meetings for the GWSA. These meetings showed Kiah’s racist bent. She banned white people from watching and participating even though a black farmer voiced his objections. You can see for yourself how Kiah Morris the race baiting grifter bilked the state:

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/knmmtofsznmzmwp/Kiah_Morris_Huckster.pdf/file and









    Kiah Morris also supports child marriage in Vermont.

  2. Re: “VT schools to get 100K N95 masks”

    Not really. Education Secretary French said they were distributing 100K of KN95 masks. Not N95 masks. For example, the KN95 designation indicates a somewhat less stringent performance standard than the N95 masks. And the question is: are these the same KN95 masks distributed to U.S. congressional offices recently – that were made in China?

    “But how are N95 masks different from KN95 masks? The main difference lies in how the masks are certified. “In general,” says Sean Kelly, founder of New Jersey-based PPE of America, “N95 is the U.S. standard, and the KN95 is the China standard.”

    “N95 mask requirements are a bit more stringent regarding the pressure drop in the mask during breathing in, which makes the N95 more breathable than most KN95 masks. The N95 masks have similar requirements for exhaling. These requirements,” Kelly says, “make the N95 mask a bit more advanced with the overall breathability for users.”

    • It matters not to the stage managers of this political play what masks are used, just that they are used. Protection from viral infection is not the goal, appearance of action is. A N-95 mask must be fitted for proper use. The wear must have a bit of instruction in it’s use- how many 5-10 year old children are capable of using properly, even if instructed.
      Two more minor flaws in the 100,000 mask plan: These are single use, adult size masks. There were 78,928 students enrolled in Vermont schools in 2021. Even George Bush can do the math on that.
      We used to call this window dressing.

      • Frank, I just wanted to be sure the record was accurate. But this isn’t a mere ‘political play’. It’s severe coercion, pure and simple. If the VT Agency of Education and the rest of the Federal and State health/education consortium doesn’t support the mandate policies (vax or mask), they risk losing billions of dollars AND their jobs. And it’s not just the Federal education aid. With the NIH (including Dr. Fauci, head of the NIAID, and his wife, NIH Bioethics Director) controlling $41 Billion in medical research grants annually, not to mention the power of The Federation of State Medical licensing boards, to believe that any of the participants are acting in the best interest of the average U.S. citizen is a pipe dream.

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