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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

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

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

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?

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.

0 likes, 1 dislike
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.

1 like, 3 dislikes
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.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
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.

1 like, 2 dislikes
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.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
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 .

4 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
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.

3 likes, 1 dislike
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 .

15 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dave Silberman on 03/23/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

People should be treated with compassion. Is this actually compassionate? Does it end up doing anything more than just normalizing self-destructive behavior? By decreasing the stigma, is Burlington making it seem OK for non-users to begin experimenting with heroin? I.e., why is heroin such a big deal, we can just go to the city and state-sponsored safe place? There is a difference from marijuana and law enforcement looking the other way if a college student is smoking a joint.

Vancouver's "legal" site has had about a 4% success rate, around 250 out of 6,500 people in 2015 who actually completed drug treatment. 4% is small but for those 250 people and their families, game-changing for the good.

There is no doubt one group who thinks this is a great idea. The heroin dealers and international mafia who profit from the opium trade. America successfully suppressed the US heroin trade during WW II and could do it again. But funny how our politicians never like to connect the dots to the timing of when the opiate trade and latest problem began to explode in America. After the US intervention in Afghanistan to eradicate the Taliban (who it is widely accepted had successfully destroyed the country's poppy crops and heroin trade).

Professor Alfred McCoy's "The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade" is a classic. Also Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance." Organized crime likes a reliable source of income and welcomes all the help they can get, including from intelligence agencies willing to look the other way or even to help with transport, arms and political protection if it suits their mutual "needs."

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/22/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Rutland Mayor Says He Was 'Whooped' by Refugee Backlash

This guy took a play right out of Hillary's book: lose and then blame it on your constituency being too racist.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by ReneBushey on 03/22/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

"They don't want to be committing crimes; they want to be reliable and trustworthy. " you have to be living in a fantasy world. If these criminals, these government officials want to paint as victims truly wanted to be law abiding and trustworthy they would not have started using drugs in the first place. 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. The money this program would cost should be put into education and law enforcement programs.

13 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 03/22/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Planned Winooski Gay Bar Named 'Mister Sister' Creates Rift

It's unfortunate that this establishment has created such a divide in the community. On a positive note, Buffalo Wild Wings is happy to provide quality service to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and affirms peoples pronouns as a company policy.

Posted by BDubsCorporate on 03/22/2017 at 8:22 PM

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

In my opinion it's about time Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency got serious about reaching the intruder community This rubbish about doing really important work for their communities doesn't mean jack. Being in violation of immigration laws is why they were detained, their having the unmitigated gall of agitating for their fellow interlopers and trespassers was just begging to get arrested. As far a their bail is concerned illegals are a notorious flight risk and few ever show up for their deportation hearings after they make bail.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jim Walker on 03/22/2017 at 6:24 PM

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