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Pink Slips At Statehouse…

State of Vermont Layoffs...

State of Vermont Layoffs...

Pink slips are being handed out today at the Vermont Statehouse after negotiations between the union and Douglas administration failed last night. Both sides were trying to come up with a way to save over seven million dollars in labor costs. The Douglas administration did not accept an offer from the Vermont State Employees Association to use four furlough days, three unpaid holidays, and medical plan surpluses to save jobs.

VSEA director Jes Kraus stated the union would have made great sacrifices to avoid job cuts, but the sacrifices would have had to be met with an assurance than more layoffs wouldn’t happen.

The Douglas administration answered by saying they would need an assurance also so they would be able to find savings in the future to close the $200 million shortfall the state faces.

Secretary Lunderville says pink slips won’t be handed out overnight. The state will first eliminate any empty job positions. Layoffs will probably start in early November.


September 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Everywhere But… Fox

Courtesy: FOX Network and Vivirlatino

Courtesy: FOX Network and Vivirlatino

Over the past week, Obama has been on a media blitz. He has been giving interviews on every news station, except for Fox News. This comes after the Fox Network decided not to air the president’s speech on healthcare reform and instead, aired the show “So You Think You Can Dance“. The Fox Network referred viewers to their other cable news network channel “Fox News“. Fox was the only major network not to show the president’s speech, and that did not sit well with White House staff, including the president. All week, the white house staff and Fox have been in a war of words because Fox didn’t think they had to air the president’s speech. Obama is hinting to Fox News he is not very happy with their move, by not giving Fox News an interview. A news analyst who works for Fox News said that Fox should not be punished for the move they made, calling the White House staff “a bunch of crybabies.” Fox said they don’t care that Obama didn’t ask for an interview on Fox News, saying they’ll have plenty of opportunities to interview the president.

This isn’t the first time that Fox has been involved in news drama. Fox has been known in the past for their biased coverage of news and certain political events, which stirs talk about how legitimate the cable news network really is.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Oh High School…


Courtesy: Pleasant Valley Group

I feel pretty confident about writing effective sentences because I was taught well by my high school English teachers. I know I write effective sentences because I usually got good grades on papers I wrote in high school papers and essays and in college papers and essays. When I’m writing sentences, I’m usually not thinking about the structure of a sentence. It usually comes naturally to me, where I don’t have to think about how to write a sentence. In high school, I had a very good English teacher my junior year. She was strict, but she taught the class well. She taught us effective writing skills and how to write efficient sentences. I learned most of the basics on how to write an effective sentence in middle school. Around fifth and sixth grade we learned the basics to writing a sentence, and then in seventh and eighth grade we learned more complex sentence writing skills. Overall, I am pretty confident on how to write effective sentences.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving On…

Courtesy: WCAX

Courtesy: WCAX

The journalist I most admire is Marselis Parsons of WCAX-TV Channel 3 News in South Burlington, Vermont. The biggest thing that I admire about Marselis is that he’s been at the station for over forty two years and has built a news empire in Vermont. He started as a news reporter, and then he became the news director and 6 PM anchor in 1984. It’s very rare that a news anchor stays at a smaller market station that long, and Marselis has done that. He could have easily moved onto a big market station and make a lot more money, but he is really dedicated to Channel 3.

Another big reason why I admire and respect Marselis is because he cares about his job and the station. He has built Channel 3 to be one of the most successful stations in the country, and the most watched news station in the Burlington, Vermont Market. The station also won “Best Newscast in the Nation” in 2003, thanks to Marselis and his staff. Channel 3 has also won tons of Associated Press, Emmy’s, and other awards for their news reporting and newscasts.

Marselis always tries to get the news first to the viewers. He also tries to get the most accurate and complete news coverage on every event his staff and reporters cover. He’s a very smart and intelligent man and has the whole “news thing” down to a science. Channel 3 isn’t the typical news station, where other stations focus on accidents, crimes, and murders. It’s a very unique station, and I think that’s what Marselis wanted for Vermont. It has proved to work at very well, because Channel 3 out does the other news stations in Vermont.

I don’t know many people who don’t watch Channel 3. If you ask anyone in Vermont to name a news anchor, they would most definitely name Marselis Parsons. Many families have grown up with Marselis, and he has become a part of so many lives in Vermont.

It will be sad when Marselis retires next month, and he will be greatly missed in Vermont. Everyone will miss Marselis, because he’s respected by many Vermonters. I feel like Channel 3 will still be a successful station without Marselis, but it’s all thanks to him. It won’t be the same without him at 6 PM.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still Old School…

Courtesy: WCAX

Courtesy: WCAX

I prefer to get my news through the television because most of the news that gets put on the television is accurate. I get some of my news on the internet, but it’s not always accurate because a lot of it gets updated every hour and sometimes it gets put on the internet too fast, that sometimes it’s not right. I like to watch the local news, regional news, and national news on the television. For local news, I like to watch WCAX or WPTZ because they are always accurate and they are trusted news stations. They also do great coverage of the area. For regional news, I like to watch New England Cable News because they cover local, regional, and national news. For national news I like to watch CBS News and for breaking news coverage I like to watch CNN. CBS has veteran reporters that have a great track record, and they are great reporters. CNN is great for breaking news, because they follow the story in depth and until the breaking news story ends. They also track local stations when covering breaking news since they don’t have crews there, so that is always nice to get their perspective.

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment