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Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 16 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

Cops have "privacy"?
"Police officers nationwide are legally allowed to deceive suspects and be 'creative' in questioning them to find ways to conduct searches, del Pozo said."
I had thought they need a legal reason to search a car or enter a house. Random, or profiling, traffic stops and searches will build more of a divide between the community and the Police.
Come on - innocent until proven tattooed?
Many believe the police could have been more creative in handling Phil Grenon! Let's use creativity for the right things.

Posted by stickinthemud on 02/24/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Hi @JohnGreenberg, thanks for the catch! We've corrected the story to reflect the proper membership dues.

Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 02/24/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Scott, No Fan of Trump, Heads to White House for NGA Meeting

I'm pleased as punch that Vermont will be sending a governor who thinks for himself.

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Posted by Kathy on 02/24/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

The article says that "An annual membership costs a breathtaking $84,500." The Club's website says that a LIFETIME membership costs $85,000 for a family, with annual dues of $8,500 and for singles, $80,000 and $4,250. http://hermitageclub.com/join/membership-l…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/24/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

Expect the unexcepted!

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Posted by wahrheit on 02/24/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Walters: Black Lives Matter Seeks Visibility

"I am Vermont Too" is more to the point than "Black Lives Matter," as ALL lives matter. BLM is divisive; "I am Vermont Too" is inclusive, assertive, and, in any and all instances and institutions where discrimination truly exists, should be a mantra.

Sadly, our opportunities for diversity are damped by our minuscule population, our nonexistent job opportunities and a Governor who's still in first gear -- all of which affect ALL Vermonters.

Job creation must be a priority for our Governor; proaction does not stop with election. Drive our state to win as you drove stock cars to win Thunder Road: People are much more important than trophies.

"Accelerate Vermont" should be our watchword, dammit. Put the pedal to the metal, Phil! Drive Vermont forward for all of us!

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Posted by David Millson on 02/24/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Thank god Annette Smith is on the case. But, true to form, no argument about political cronyism and the environment is complete without some mention of the whirly wigs that destroy our "sacred ridgelines," ruin peoples sleep, kills dogs, allowed the Russians to hack the utility grid, and I'm sure that in a few month we're going to be hearing that wind turbines actually CAUSE global warming.

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Posted by Gus Steves on 02/24/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Scott Administration Opposes Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill

I've had Multiple Sclerosis for 34 years; marijuana makes my life more functional and reduces chronic whole-body, 24/7 pain, and cuts the depression associated with chronic debilitation. Currently I've got to jump through hoops and pay $100/year to the VT Criminal(?) Information Center for designation as a medical marijuana patient.

Stop dithering like _Ma Kettle_ or _Lucy Ricardo_ and make it legal: Sell it, tax it (save for verified, PERMANENT medical exemptions, and control it in liquor outlets.

Right now, Killer Alcohol is the norm (e.g. Sen. Ted Kennedy, q.v.). A Vermont State Trooper, coincidentally remarked, "At worst, a pot smoker on the road -- without alcohol -- would slow traffic... and sit at an intersection waiting for the stop sign to turn green!"
Marijuana slows one down; eases pain; helps with depression and does NOT, as does hooch, turn drivers into uncontrolled, barely punished vehicular murderers.

Q.E.D.

The development of Federal and Vermont legislators is arrested in 1939's "Reefer Madness" mentality while many need alcohol rehab. It's about time they grew a pair and grew up!

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Posted by David Millson on 02/24/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 16 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

I look like what I am: I'm tall, white, I've got this sort of crazy beard, which, for me, reads academic-eccentric. And yet, I won't be stopped for looking ethic.

Chief del Pozo, you have a lot to answer for. Do it.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 02/24/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Who's That Roadside Elvis in Addison County?

He lives in Bristol his birth name is Danny galvan my grandmother used to have sex with him back in the 80s lol go to the liquor store in Bristol vt they can point you to his place he lives just up the street not far from there .....he's not hard to find! Everyone knows him!

Posted by Brian Lafountain on 02/24/2017 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Book Review: In the Country of the Blind by Edward Hoagland

Edward Hoagland writing about his blindness is most compelling. Keep in mind he also has written a great deal about his stuttering. The website of The Stuttering Foundation has a biographical article on Hoagland and his stuttering. This is the link:

http://www.stutteringhelp.org/celebritycorner

Posted by George Lawrence on 02/23/2017 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

God forbid the Scott administration should try something different from the previous regime. The horror!

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Posted by Lars on 02/23/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

I applaud our Governor for being proactive on this issue and for doing what he feels is right. I love being a Vermonter :)

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Posted by Laurie Sohrabi on 02/23/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Once again, it's all about Annette Smith personally.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/23/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 16 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

This story is a big red flag to me. The fact that he lied, and hasn't been charged, is disconcerting, to say the least. The message to the public is "Police Lie." Well, guess what, Chief? That does not bode well for future relations between BPD and those it is supposed to "protect and serve."

Moreover, this line stopped me in my tracks: "Police officers nationwide are legally allowed to deceive suspects and be "creative" in questioning them to find ways to conduct searches, del Pozo said." Good grief, when did that happen? If our officers are taught that they can lie over here, but not over there ... well, it's not rocket science. The bottom line is that it's really okay to lie. That sucks.

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 02/23/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

It doesn't happen overnight but this is how it starts. One developer gets something, then another developer points and says "Hey, they got it. Why not me?" And, off we go, down the hole. Walmarts abutting wild spaces, golf courses crowding out important habitat, gas stations in the middle of nowhere. Its the wild places that make our experience unique as a destination. Once it's gone it's gone forever. And for what? So a very few can get very rich at the expense of the land and the culture.

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Posted by SpiderGoat on 02/23/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

Whoops! Thanks Tiki, we've excepted your correction.

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Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 02/23/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Oh please, if you're going to make these kind of allegations, take a look at Shumlin's record on environmental protection where he turned ANR into a permit factory that never saw a wind or solar project it didn't like. Develop high elevation highly erodable headwaters above 2500 feet? No problem. Permit acres of solar panels on Class 2 wetlands next to Lake Champlain. Sure. Never heard blogger Walters say a peep about Shumlin's gift to his friends who have profited mightily from destroying our state's environment and corrupting the regulatory agencies. And yes, it was a poorly worded press release which I related to the Agency staff about. At least there is someone there who will talk to me, unlike the Shumlin administration who shunned everyone that didn't toe the line.

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Posted by A. Smith on 02/23/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

This has definitely helped, seeing all the Americans that are very excepting."

It's hard for me to except the irony of this quote. I mean, accept.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

I trust Chief Del Pozo to uphold the highest standards for himself and the members of the BPD.
I believe he is doing his best to be transparent and to engage the community in a process whose outcome is to continuously improve his departments performance.

There are instances where police officers have to make rapid decisions in order to protect their lives and the lives of innocent citizens - it's easy to second guess their actions not knowing all the details of the situation and the facts. In several of the cases mentioned if certain info had been disclosed to the public it could have jeaprodized the prosecution of the case.

I'm not saying there aren't police officers who break the law or act to attempt to cover up their actions- what I am saying is that I trust Chief Del Pozo to continuously monitor the actions of his Department,hold officers accountable for their actions, and inform the public if/when that disclosure wouldn't jeaprodize an ongoing investigation.

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Posted by Sarita Austin on 02/23/2017 at 5:17 PM

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