Dialogues with Meg Hansen: Despair, drugs and The Donald in the Northeast Kingdom

In the second part of our interview with Chet Greenwood (Ethan Allen Manufacturing) and Anya Tynio (Newport Daily Express) about the Northeast Kingdom, we discuss the epidemic of opioids and despair, President Trump’s popularity, and constant allegations of racism hurled at Kingdom residents by Vermont’s political-media class.

Meg Hansen is the creator and host of “Dialogues with Meg Hansen” on the YCN network.

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8 thoughts on “Dialogues with Meg Hansen: Despair, drugs and The Donald in the Northeast Kingdom

  1. It’s honestly laughable to suggest that media outlets that are primarily funded by individual contributions are part of some “progressive oligarchy” whatever that means…. Maybe you don’t understand what the work oligarchy means. The reality is that the TNR propaganda site would not exist if it was funded by individuals instead of a true oligarch. There are just not enough people out there have any interest in their pathetic attempt at journalism. And if you don’t like VT Digger’s commenting policies then you should feel free to comment on their facebook page which is not “censored”…

    • Hey Matthew, your still not answering the question. Vermont digger would not exist without all the lobbyist support, 66% of their funding comes,from other than the readers! Why do they need to censor????. What is wrong with one person owning a media organization and allowing people to speak freely? Facebook censors all the time, have had many comments removed from Facebook. You do realize you can block people on Facebook? So Matthew, what are you thoughts on the above questions?

    • I’m wondering whether you exist here mainly to denigrate the forum. There is not word one in your post addressing the topic at hand.

      could it be you have nothing else to offer?

  2. It’s politically correct, if not down-right polite, for the conservative middle-class Vermonters in this piece to only allude to the misrepresentations put forth by certain Vermont media. Kudos to their sensibilities. But it appears that polite commentary hasn’t stemmed the tide and a more specific calling-out is in order.

    Vermont’s elected officials are the errand boys and girls for a shadow oligarchy of progressive liberal elites. Vermont has become a testing ground for progressive policies – while Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and VT Digger (VD) are their ministers of propaganda, posing as non-commercial, non-profit organizations in order to qualify the large tax-deductible contributions they receive from the progressive oligarchy that funds them.

    If anyone wants to be proactive in their support for Vermont’s traditional middle-class sensibilities, study the issues. Then enter the lion’s den and express an opinion on the ‘progressive’ and often vitriolic positions these media publish.

    • “while Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and VT Digger (VD) are their ministers of propaganda, posing as non-commercial, non-profit organizations in order to qualify the large tax-deductible contributions they receive from the progressive oligarchy that funds them.”

      It is incredibly ironic that you make this statement in the comment section of an article/interview published by an organization that is owned and funded by one individual…

      • Ironic? That’s the point isn’t it?

        TNR isn’t masquerading as a non-profit. To the best of my knowledge, VPR and VD are the only major VT news outlets that are non-profits. Seven Days, another VT media outlet with a liberal bias isn’t a non-profit either. And neither Seven Days nor TNR censor comments for political bias as VD does.

        As I commented before:
        “I have no problem with the liberal elite expressing themselves. What concerns me is their ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ methodolgy. It’s dishonest. I’m simply expressing what I know on a forum that allows ‘free speech’. VPR and VD clearly don’t and, if anything, should be exposed for their charade.”

      • You’ll also notice that your comment doesn’t get moderated. You put it in, and minus any trigger words you comments go up. People are free to discuss with each other problems and solutions.

        Meanwhile I can show you hundreds, for years of censor ship and “mediation” from VPR, DIGGER and Front Porch forum. One individual apparently is giving Vermonters freedom to speak that has not and is not allowed on any other platform! What is the problem with that?

        People are free and do support their opinions of Marxism, Socialism, control of wildlife and other peoples property on a regular basis. I know of nobody complaining about censorship on this site.

        Usually people are met with reasoned articulate viewpoints, which are not allowed on other formats.

        Why are other sites afraid of open commentary from normal Vermont Citizens? One should be able to support their opinions and claims in the open arena of public discourse for all to see.

        I’ll ask again, One individual apparently is giving Vermonters freedom to speak that has not and is not allowed on any other platform! What is the problem with that?

      • Guess some people are not used to an open forum, ahere ideas are discussed freely and others get to ask questions.

        I find it ironic and a bit depressing that some people could consider an one platform allowing the freedom of speech a bad thing. Most people are so used to completely corporate news and propaganda that when they hear something free or different they have to declare it bad because one person owns it?

        Was WCAX tv bad because one person owned it? Since when is something that is family owned in Vermont bad? Was Ben and Jerry’s bad because two people owned it? What is bad about one person owning a company?

        crickets from those on the critical side.

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