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Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Nice work Walters! Finally a piece with some "bite." Dick Mazza is a nice decent and popular guy and he's been a loyal and very effective public servant. That said, it sounds like he's willing to release his tax returns for public scrutiny. Take him up on it, Publish them. I'm certain we will all be bored to tears because everything will be in order. Then any lingering "questions" will be forever answered.

Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Nadworny recently had a thoughtful commentary on VPR about how our technology is not serving us well.

Whether it is Vermont Health Connect or the complete lack of cyber-security, it is arguable there have been more cons than pro from forcing everything on-line. Every few months there is a new major hack of everyone's data, including social security numbers and critical identifying information allowing for identity theft, the most recent being this news about Vermont Department of Labor/Job Link Alliance. This follows on major hacks of Federal Office of Personnel Management (exposing over 21.5 million people); the Anthem HealthCare data breach (78+ million people), etc.

There have obviously been many conveniences from the incredible expansion of the internet over the last 20 years. But as for record keepers of personal identifying data such as government bureaucracies and health care or financial companies, at what point do we as a society demand these organizations must go off-line and return to paper record-keeping and paper files simply for personal safety and protection of privacy? Maybe all of these companies and government agencies must be held personally liable for every single identity theft, including not just money stolen but time and hassle of being forced to recover identity? The banks seems to do a better job, why are health care companies and the government not able to follow suit?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Eff this noise. Seriously Seven Days? So you want to be serious? This is trivial shite. Get it together, JW, this is pathetic.

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Posted by 8valvegrowl on 03/24/2017 at 12:25 AM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

Seven Days STILL has reported neither the details of Carrillo's DUI arrest nor why the Chittenden County States Attorney dismissed the charges. Very safe to assume those inconvenient details would undermine the tear-jerker propaganda in this "journalistic report." Cold harsh advice to teens: don't get pregnant if single and unemployed, especially by unemployed illegal immigrants. Pretty much a sure-fire way to guarantee a wasted life of tragic struggle and poverty.

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Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

John Walters is quickly becoming the most disliked reporter in Vermont, and I use reporter very liberally in this circumstance. He writes bullshit articles like this all the time. If you want to point the finger on ethics, clean up your own first.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/23/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Vermont's Congressional Delegation Joins the Criticism of ICE Arrests

Yes people in Washington that are supposed to represent us they took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws for the state apparently they're not why can't they be fired as they should be

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Vermont's Congressional Delegation Joins the Criticism of ICE Arrests

When they're sworn in I swear to uphold the laws which they are not can I be fired for that I would think they could be and probably should be

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “After Arrests, Attorney Says ICE is Targeting Migrant Justice

I know of a lot of people that have had a DWI and this guy had one dismissed I have never seen that happen something special missing here

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Judge: McAllister Can Withdraw Plea in Sexual Assault Case

one question- HOW?

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 03/23/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Does anyone trust a bank? I know of no such person.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 03/23/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Scott Supreme Court Appointment Makes Court Majority Women

Looks like Governor Scott used an old military tactic-take your worst soldier off the field and promote them.

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Posted by Flo Freeman on 03/23/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Legal Pot Bill Clears Key Committee in Vermont House

My thanks to all who spoke up to support H.170 as written. We hope that the Senate will not change the bill before it is passed..
The untold story is about those who changed votes by speaking truth to our legislators. We thank the Judiciary for listening to Vermonter's who support this bill. Governor Scott, Please do not insist on a per-se limit. Cannabis is not like alcohol and prescription drugs. A per-se limit is not supported by science.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 03/23/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

Scott if you had reed any of my earlier post on the subject of the opiate epidemic you would know that I hold the doctors that handed out pills like candy the most responsible for the problem we face today. But no one ever made anyone inject themselves with drugs. And look at the numbers coming out of Canada, 250 out of 6500 is not a successful program. And at some point Scott people have to take personal responsibility for their actions and if they want to get clean they need to enter and pay for a rehab program themselves. It's time to stop depending on the government to save everyone.

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Posted by citizen on 03/23/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

I have a tenant who pays over a thousand a month in rent. He distrusts banks so he doesn't have an account.

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Posted by Margaret Huessy Laggis on 03/23/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Legal Pot Bill Clears Key Committee in Vermont House

This is what gives Vermonters pride in their state. As opposed to those who fear for their children if pot is legalized, or that road safety will be impaired, our people remember the advice of Benjamin Franklin, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Vermonters deserve personal freedom, with the confidence that we will use our freedoms responsibly.
Yes, on Bill H-170.

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Posted by timothy price on 03/23/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Judge: McAllister Can Withdraw Plea in Sexual Assault Case

Well Mr. McAllister got what he wanted . Let's see if he gets what he deserves .

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Posted by Rich ard on 03/23/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

Citizen, I gotta say - I really like the trolling. It's nice to have some levity, even when dealing with serious topics like this.

"[If] victims truly wanted to be law abiding and trustworthy, they would not have started using drugs in the first place."

Right, shame on all those people who developed chemical dependency after being legally prescribed opioids.

"This program is just a way for these officials to waste more money and time trying to fix an unfixable problem. The only way to stop the problem is to stop the drugs before they hit the streets."

Wait, just so we're clear - treating addiction as a health issue is trying to 'fix an unfixable problem,' but stemming the tide of all drugs is doable?

"The money this program would cost should be put into education and law enforcement programs."

Do we know what it would cost? This is a study. Furthermore, reaching users in a safe environment seems like a great opportunity to educate about long-term treatment options.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 03/23/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “After Arrests, Attorney Says ICE is Targeting Migrant Justice

I'm not in the round them all up and ship them out camp but when breaking the immigration laws of a country it seems wise to try to keep a low profile so you don't face the natural consequence of being deported.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/23/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

Not sure if legalizing shooting galleries is a good idea . How will funding these places make things better for the "hundreds of Vermonters struggling with addiction." Won't this make the state complicit in hard drug use ? Won't this will make law , state and health officials partners in this destructive habit .

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Posted by Rich ard on 03/23/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Legal Pot Bill Clears Key Committee in Vermont House

Governor Scott is playing games with roadside safety.

His own traffic safety experts have given legislative testimony saying that setting a legal THC limit is a bad idea, and that the way to deal with drugged driving (an existing problem whether or not we legalize marijuana) is to train more police officers as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE's) and ARIDE-level experts. They said drugged driving is more than just a marijuana thing, and setting random THC limits won't help at all.

Gov. Scott is ignoring his own expert advisors, and in doing so he's making our roads less safe. That's downright shameful.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dave Silberman on 03/23/2017 at 9:07 AM

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