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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: News

Re: “Homeless for the Holidays

Some people may have had a good stay some bad. Mine was awful Dan and the cleaning lady made mine colder than the nights that put me there.On the 3rd night of my stay I was in the office where I hears and saw Dan and the House keeper talking...I didn't know I'd be part of his plan to (Kick Anyone Out He Could to Get Her Work Hours). You don't believe me pull the tapes,plus I have a few witnesses. All Dan has is his word, if you think that's good check his blood you'll find out different. So waTch yourselves.

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Posted by Ellen Mahoney on 01/22/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

No CPS worker or gal attorneys or judge care what the kids think feel and want as long as they receive payment n can twist the situation for their benefit and win that's all they care on TRUTH IS NOT WHAT LOOK FOR IT IS THE INCOME FOR FUNDINGPOINT BLANK BOTTOM LINE

Posted by Desireah Davis on 12/31/2014 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Hey Barbaras....I mean JJ. Sorry I forgot your code name...

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Posted by ohbaby on 12/31/2014 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Hey Barbras....I mean JJ. Sorry I forgot your code name...

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Posted by ohbaby on 12/31/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Seems that the gullibles who fall victim to lapping up biased, poorly researched articles prefer to spend their time "clicking" their "likes" and "dislikes" rather than devoting their efforts to more constructive pursuits. How about cleaning the rats out of Addison's selectboard and regulatory agencies? Anyone up for a "witch" hunt to rout out the bigot's?

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Posted by JJ on 12/31/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Oh Barbaras!

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Posted by Jeff Good on 12/31/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Wouldn't it be miraculous if the town regulatory officials would DO THEIR JOB and apply the regulations equitably amongst the citizens?? As for the article, Kathryn Flagg sadly resorts to sensationalist, incomplete, therefore inaccurate reportage, all indicative of her lack of integrity as a reporter. No surprise that Ms. Flagg's reporting favors the defendants as, in all legal cases, the defendants are the ones who have their backs against the wall and are, therefore, more than willing to spout whatever gibberish they can to make themselves appear to be the upstanding, law-abiding party. Quite the contrary (READ the lawsuit) in this instance, and if Ms. Flagg were to practice due diligence in her reporting, her article would have read quite differently. Namely, that there has been REPEATED AND SYSTEMATIC discriminatory application of town regulations against just about EVERYTHING the Barbaras have done with their property. They endured relentless and unjustified harassment during the construction of their guest house and this harassment continues to this day. Any fool can see that they have improved the neighborhood far beyond what their neighbors have done by adding a lovely guest house on the lake front.
Town regulatory officials have REFUSED to hold other citizens to the same standards that they demand of the Barbaras. There ARE REGULATORY VIOLATIONS OCCURRING ON NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY that the town officials REFUSE to address. Maybe Ms. Flagg could invest some time and effort here, you know, really get to the bottom of this. This would, of course, require more effort than perhaps she is willing or capable.
Suffice it to say, Ms. Flagg's article is irresponsibly filled with inaccuracies and intentionally provocative language. It's unfortunate, in the interest of good journalism, that she doesn't seem able to report a story based on current and objective information.
As for "turning witches to wine," as per the uninformed and gullible Penelope in the previous comment to this article, who's looking into finding out who the hateful bigot(s) was who spray painted the "I 'heart' fags" graffiti on the town offices parking lot? Graffiti, which by the way was allowed to stand for several years. I can't help but wonder what the town's response would have been had someone sprayed "I 'heart' niggers," or I 'heart' spics," or I 'heart' wops," or I 'heart' chinks." Would they really have found it to be such a difficult task to remove such disgusting and hateful language as they found the task to remove the anti-gay language?
There are serious issues at hand in this lawsuit, as anyone who actually READS the lawsuit in its ENTIRETY will see. Rather than spout ignorant assumptions regarding a legal case that may, in time, reveal that among town officials, there has been conspiratorially pervasive discrimination, not to mention incompetency and failure to equitably apply the law, let's just let this play out and, yes, let our LEGAL SYSTEM run its course. This is how we do things in this country, remember? How refreshing it could be to have town officials who actually work to uphold town LAWS and REGULATIONS EQUITABLY among ALL OF THE CITIZENS in Addison. How refreshing it would be, too, to have a reporter and publisher at Seven Days who would truly apply due diligence in gathering accurate and up-to-date information BEFORE they concluded that an article warranted publication. Gossip and incomplete therefore inaccurate information, do not a journalistically sound article make!

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Posted by JJ on 12/30/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

It is really sad that these two women lead such empty and hostile lives that they need to cause disruption and misery to others. For any brave souls who know them, could you suggest a pastime such as a charitable organization that could use pit bull types as advocates? If they harnessed all of their negative energy to do good, I think it would end up making them happier people. Their hateful and spiteful actions don't seem to have satisfied them thus far, maybe Ernst and Supeno would be willing to try a different way to fulfill the last part of their lives. Wouldn't it be miraculous if we could help turn two witches into wine?

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Posted by Penelope on 12/30/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “A Massive Tupper Lake Development Gets the Green Light

"Maroun envisions national chains, such as Target or Ames setting up shop." Somebody should let the mayor know that Ames closed all of its stores back in 2002.

Posted by PartyMarty on 12/19/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Oh yeah, my daughter had another child which has been diagnosed with the same things that her first one was diagnosed with due to her poor parenting ability. And they closed the case on the 2nd one. I had to call on that one as well.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Social Security Title IV provides funds to strengthen families and possibly reunite them if possible. There's no profit for the States. If this were the case then my Grandchild would have been removed the first time.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Oh, and by the way, the Guardian ad Litum on the first case with the case worker that retired, resigned from the case because she could see through my daughter. There was no getting the case manager to see the truth. When the second case was opened and there were new case workers the Guardian ad Litum took it.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

I believe that they should not allow any DCF employee to take on cases until they retire. There should be a point in which their job duties change a couple of years prior to retirement. The reason I say this is because back in 2009 I had to call DCF to report my own daughter's neglect and abuse of my Grandson. She was assigned a case manager that was going to retire within the year. My daughter can sell snow to an Eskimo and was telling an entirely different story than what I was saying. The case mgr. chose to believe her.

Then an incident happened where 3 of us called in and reported it. The other 2 chose to remain anonymous because they were afraid of the backlash from my daughter. It was atrocious how my Grandbaby was being neglected. They chose not to open a case. I called the office supervisor and was told, "you were the one that made all 3 calls, you chose to be anonymous on the other 2 calls and we refuse to open a case on any information you provide to us. It must come from a hospital or medical professional before we would consider to investigate". I told the lady that if this child suffered ill affects because of this they were going to be sued.

To make a long story short a hospital did call on her and a case was opened. and was not given to the same case manager because she was retired. Because my daughter was telling them that her son was the son I always wanted and I was just trying to get him for myself he was placed in Foster Care. Mind you this child was born 16 weeks early, weighing only 1 lb. and 16 oz. and was very fragile. I got an attorney and now I have adopted my Grandson. Sad to say that he has MAJOR psychological issues as a result of the neglect and abuse he suffered as an infant.

I'm sorry folks but us Grandparents really want to just be Grandparents. I had no desire to raise another child. We have no rights in the State of VT and it is because they are afraid that we are after our children's children for our own keeping. BSSSS is all I can say. If a Grandparent has to report their own child you bet it is the hardest thing they've ever had to do and they do it for the welfare of the child because the child does not have a voice. I wasn't looking to parent him, but we stepped forward because there was no way that our kin would be taken by another family so long as we could help it. I've seen COUNTLESS Grandparent's hearts shattered over their Grandchildren being treated poorly or they've taken care of them since they were tiny and the parent wants them back for the subsidy check. WAKE UP VERMONT is all I have to say.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

First off, thank you Mr. Stransky for your many years of fighting for the children and speaking out against the problems with the agencies. As a retired DCF human services caseworker, I can relate to many of his findings. I, for one, loved my job, returned my calls promptly, managed a large caseload, and really cared about the welfare of my clients. But I also witnessed many frustrations with the Supervisors (too many needless meetings) with their unequal caseload distribution, constantly changing client contacts within the office just as you were working the case, not getting rid of "dead weight" in the office. Some caseworkers were overloaded, and some were on numerous cigarette breaks and socializing, etc. On the other hand, there are many dedicated employees who really try to make a difference but are hampered by huge caseloads, changing laws by the legislatures just as you were getting familiar with the current ones, low pay, burnout, non-support, and the clients themselves, scamming the system and not being truthful on what is going on. Needless to say, it is not an easy job. The whole dept. needs more people, better training, using more experienced caseworkers to mentor newer caseworkers BEFORE they are assigned caseloads, higher pay so they will stay, better equipment to do their jobs AND open communication between depts. and the courts. Shumlin needs to loosen the purse strings when it comes to DCF...adding 17 caseworkers is not enough as the training alone is detailed and they expect you to hit the ground running, thus clients fall through the cracks, errors get made and frustration develops on all levels. These basic changes are just common sense and aren't the children worth it?

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 12/12/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Congress must stop the federal funding from Social Security Title IV which gives the incentive to remove children for profit to the states.

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Posted by Sally Borghese on 12/12/2014 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

This " broken " system needs fixed all over the world, we should start by taking away profits off of children.

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Posted by Karen Vanreenan on 12/11/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Striking FairPoint Workers Aren't Giving Up

Wow Jamie - I'll have whatever you are smoking . I think you should look up Pollyanna .

Good well balanced article.

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Posted by Rich ard on 11/28/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Striking FairPoint Workers Aren't Giving Up

Stay Strong Brothers & Sisters! Good ALWAYS wins out over evil! You shall overcome.

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Posted by Jamie Longtin on 11/28/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Drawing From Life: Cartooning in the Medical Arts

Awesome. I never knew about medical graphic novels. Because of this story, I learned about it. Thanks so much!

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Posted by Amanda Gautreaux on 11/20/2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Independent Docs Struggle to Compete With Hospitals

Thanks to Ms. Flagg for a balanced and readable approach to this important issue. Pay inequity must be addressed on the road to health care reform. I don't think we want unregulated monopolies to control health care delivery, or to unilaterally decide willy-nilly how much to pay practitioners on your behalf. patients need to know that if they choose hospital employed physicians for their care they will be subject to much higher fees when paying their deductibles.
A few clarifications are needed:
1) MVP has been supportive of independent physicians, recognizing their value to patients and to the healthcare system, and we have a strong positive working relationship with that healthcare insurer.
2) "Single payer" concepts have merit, but a de-facto single (commercial) payer system such as that developing in Vermont, where that payer dictates and defends unfair and unjustified pay inequities, and unnecessarily inflated health insurance rates, portends trouble.

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Posted by Paul Reiss on 10/17/2014 at 1:30 PM

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