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Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

For all of you that put in comments over the 7 days article. I have a home in Victory Vermont. I have a full time job. and I have a ranch with a garage on 10 acres of land. For those that said "Oh I feel sorry for this one and that" You have no idea what is going on in our town. We are in the middle of a forensic audit because of noted improprieties. An audit had never been done in 10 years then to hear you paid more on your taxes and some people didn't pay their taxes nor did they collect them, or they didn't get charged on their full assessment but some of us had to pay more to make up the difference. I'm speaking of the people on the board before 2014
You would be red lined if this was happening to you. Then someone says I feel sorry for Mrs Martel, she is continuing right where the old administration left off. She had been very defensive to people wont let listers into the office to do the assessments on homes. Against the law!! Mrs Martel calls the police on town officials so don't feel sorry she isn't' who she says she is. I was at the town meeting and all you heard was some people calling others names and acting like a child, they know who they are. So before you say anything walk in my shoes first. We have been screwed over because of the prior administration before 2014 and thats why the town is in such a mess...

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Toni Spera-Flanigan on 03/27/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Aerial Shots Capture Lowell Wind Project Progress

The Sutton_Hoos of the world keep pretending that wind turbines A) don't add cumulative impact to what Man has already built and B) that natural aesthetics are largely trivial. These are the same tired arguments that nature-wreckers have used since the Industrial Revolution began. I think many of these people would be perfectly fine if half the planet looked like an industrial park. They have no real souls or conscience, just a mindless need for their narrow definition of progress, which usually means more people and less nature.

Wind turbines proliferate in such a way that NIMBY is a false claim, since views are threatened far beyond local backyards and towns. The vertical scale, quantity and kinetic aspect of these machines is unlike anything else Man builds. They are being placed far from the urban areas that use most of their power and present a terrible form of urban sprawl detached from its city roots. The very fact that so many people complain about them should be telling. All these fake environmentalists with their endless excuses will take the walk of shame when enough wind turbines proliferate. They loom over current scenery and future quality of life. You have to consider how many of them we'll finally end up with, not just what's here now.

Posted by Alec Sevins on 03/26/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

The travesty of this situation is that the Seven Days writer adopts a tone of "Hey, lookit the funny puppets on TeeVee". He may not have planned to be condescending, but he clearly can't help but marvel at the intractable conflict as if smarter people who don't live in trailers wouldn't be in that tough of a puzzle. By doing this, he desensitizes readers like, for example, 'wolfganger' whose comments above show nothing but contempt for those less fortunate and completely devalues human life. Each person interviewed from Victory is a whole person, with a life, a mother and father and a history and they see their world with no better or worse vision than anyone else. They're all just trying to set a sinking boat aright and this article isn't helping - if anything it's just motivating each citizen in Victory to feel more assured that their position is right. Instead of saying "here's what these people are doing wrong", how about one that suggests ways to help - or perhaps that is just too complex a task for a newspaper. Maybe it's a task that requires patience and a deep commitment to the plight of others. But whether or not that's the role of a newspaper, it's also true that even if you "round them all up and put them in the Gulag" as wolfganger advises, you'll always have another Victory.

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Posted by Dan Zucker on 03/24/2015 at 8:45 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

I find this article grotesquely offensive. I can't even get past the pictures, which are ridiculous. And made it all of maybe 3 paragraphs in before I completely descended into despair. Not over Victory, but over the fact that someone would write this, and worse that Seven Days would publish it. This is trash. It's shameful. What's the point? The only one I see is "hey hipster buddies, lets create a characterization of NEK RedNecks so we can all feel better about ourselves!".

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Andrew Gilbert on 03/24/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

hope I never break down in that dump of a town, wow

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Posted by Pixelvt on 03/22/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

Having been a Town Democratic Chairman of a town of 2,000 plus people in Maine, where there were families that ran the town, you would have these issues. While some of these families who did their best for the town (for things like the Fire Department/EMT's/ and sometimes Road Commissioner), the town went over to a strict ballot versus a Town Meeting. It's clear that even that this wouldn't work in Victory, because it's clear that this so-called town, should have lost it's incorporation as a town, and should be incorporated by others. This town has no tax base to speak of, no Town Services to speak of, is literally financially able to keep a ethical, and working form of government.

I feel bad for Ms. Martel, who is the youngest of people running that town. She seems to be a very nice lady, amidst of really old grumpy, and mentally ill individuals.

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Posted by Daniel Schrock on 03/20/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

But let's remember that this "town" is not really a town; it is a collection of shacks on dirt roads. It is 61 people with no jobs all living on the welfare of the State, with nothing to do all day but have these disturbed fantasies abut their neighbors. The gruesome murders of the pets, which are despicable criminal acts, points to the profound level of mental illness that pervades these people. The best thing the State can do is round them all up and put them in the Gulag, where they can be sedated with large doses of tranquilizers. At least then the animal life will be less threatened.

We can thank our lucky stars that they are not procreating. What a freak show!

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Posted by wolfganger on 03/20/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

Everyone in Vt should attend their Town Meeting next year

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bobstannard on 03/19/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

On a side note, Mark- you should probably keep all your pets inside now that you've written this.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 03/19/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

possibly most disturbing/distracting : why photographer/journalist Mark Davis needs to have his name under each picture in font as big as the subject of photo

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Posted by pabloshotez on 03/19/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

Move over Grand Isle, you've got competition for the title of Biggest Joke in Vermont!

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Posted by Soperman3 on 03/19/2015 at 9:07 AM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

Hey Mark I don't recall my eyes bulging out my
voice increasing in volume and having tremors. Oh well I guess it's whatever YOU perceived. Envious of their wealth???? Not really. I don't judge someone by what they own. It's ALL about who they are. Good luck with your future endeavors as a journalist.
Sandy Hudson

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Posted by Sandra Hudson on 03/18/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “An Ongoing Feud in Victory Illustrates the Dark Side of Small-Town Life

This is ridiculous and fascinating. Victory sounds like a terrible place to live. I'd heard snippets of this story before, but Kudos on putting together a really nice piece here.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Cronkite on 03/18/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Taking the Bait: Irasburg Couple Charged in 'Elaborate' Poaching Case

I don't know what kind of person it takes to rape and pillage mother nature but what I do know is that the punishment for doing so isn't harsh enough. These people that commit crimes against helpless animals should loss everything they use to do this and everything they use to conceal it. Their guns, vehicles, hunting license, driving license, maybe even their homes and land, and on top of losing all that add a nice stiff fine. Maybe if these people got a stiffer punishment for this kind of crime they may think twice before acting.

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Posted by Lynda Franklin on 02/15/2015 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Taking the Bait: Irasburg Couple Charged in 'Elaborate' Poaching Case

As a lifelong hunter I'm glad that VT fish and game threw the book at this criminal. I only wish they had a bigger book!

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Posted by Dan Williams on 02/15/2015 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Taking the Bait: Irasburg Couple Charged in 'Elaborate' Poaching Case

He's a killer who likes to kill things with his guns. That's not hunting... it's sociopathic.

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Posted by Egmatic on 02/12/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Taking the Bait: Irasburg Couple Charged in 'Elaborate' Poaching Case

As a former avid hunter, this story disgusts me. If there is any justice in this world Mr. Dion and his wife will be banned from hunting in the State of Vermont for the rest of their lives. His actions are a complete embarrassment to all true fair minded hunters. After seeing his wanton excessive killing of coyotes, I think the State also needs to revisit its laws on unlimited hunting of this animal.

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Posted by VTHoyas on 02/12/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Taking the Bait: Irasburg Couple Charged in 'Elaborate' Poaching Case

"Dion said he kills between 30 and 60 coyotes every year, luring them to his property with animal carcasses."

This guy doesn't need to go to jail, he needs to be put away in an insane asylum. You can't have that kind of blood lust and still be right in the head.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 02/11/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “A Final Act of Devotion Ends in Tragedy

Jason , I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy with your parents. You are in my thoughts. Wow, time has passed so fast!

Posted by Arla Masson on 02/06/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “A Final Act of Devotion Ends in Tragedy

I remember her from when my boys played basketball!! Always there each and every weekend with a great big smile on her face!! She always seemed to have a big smile on her face!!!!! A truly very generous person!!

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Christine Willis on 02/04/2015 at 8:36 PM

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