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Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

This is another great example of why there should be no Sex Offender Registries (SORs). The SORs are negligibly beneficial but yet bring a HUGE host of problems, not the least of which being increased sex and other crimes.

The interesting thing about this is that what Mr. Szad did was not so bad. By far the worst part of it was having a gun and handcuffing the boy. The sex part was nothing compared to that. If Mr. Szad had just shot the boy then he would not have had any issues. Or if he had merely beaten the boy nearly to death and left him to die. That would've been better than sex, apparently.

But the simple fact is that the crimes I mentioned are a lot more dangerous AND damaging than what Mr. Szad actually did. And the fact that we don't even Register people who commit such crimes is 100% proof that the SORs are not REALLY for "public safety", "protecting children", or any of those other lies. They are for harassing. And that is exactly what happened in this case. The SORs served their purpose.

So all of you people who love the magic Nanny Big Government (NBG) SORs, you ALL need to pay a lot more taxes for them. You ALL also need to get the rest of your NBG Registries created. Until you do that, all people with brains will continue to know it's all just a witch hunt.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Will Allen on 05/02/2016 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

Please switch your vote...then you can be accused of flip-flopping.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Pamela Simmons on 05/02/2016 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna eat some worms.......Bernie- give it up- you lost- now move on

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 05/02/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Phil Scott Releases Tax Return, Reports $3.1 Million Net Worth

And 3 of those 5 millionaires are politically correct frauds.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/02/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Protesters Take Aim at ‘Reckless’ Rail Project in Shelburne

Susan,

Please tell me what about this plan is reasonable? This project is bordered by the LaPlatte river on one side, important wetlands and Nature Conservancy land on the other, and the exit from the property on to Rt. 7 is designated by the State as one of the most dangerous intersections in the County.

So you think this is a more accessible location? From who's vantage point? It seems to me that the current location, directly adjacent to the Champlain Parkway scheduled to start construction next year (and a direct connection to I-189) is the best location, or any one of several industrial properties in South Burlington that already have rail spurs and are much closer to the Interstate.

You even state that Shelburne is the epicenter of heavy traffic off of Route 7. So, adding a trucking operation and salt trucks into this mix is a good idea?

This group is not being hysterical by a longshot. The number of environmental and traffic-concerned groups who spoke opposed to this plan is a long one, and these are not folks who have anything to do with Shelburne.

Are you a City Market or CHT employee, which is on record as wanting to build housing on the current site?

9 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 05/02/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

I hate you. I've always hated you. I've called you corrupt. Now please support me.

Love,
-Bernie.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/02/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Phil Scott Releases Tax Return, Reports $3.1 Million Net Worth

Very telling that every one of the 5 candidates for Governor are millionaires.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by terjeanderson on 05/02/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Protesters Take Aim at ‘Reckless’ Rail Project in Shelburne

Many people support the railway in this matter and moving the salt shed to a more sensible location in Shelburne. It's too bad this group is trying to create so much hysteria over a reasonable plan that offers positive benefits to our area. Railways are the future and when we get around to improving infrastructure and moving away from fossil fuels, high speed railways will be a critical part of this effort. Yes, our railways need improvement but that is beside the point of moving the salt shed to a more accessible location. Shelburne is at the epicenter of heavy traffic off Route 7 and hosting this rail yard and salt shed is part of contributing to the greater community.

15 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 05/02/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Protesters Take Aim at ‘Reckless’ Rail Project in Shelburne

Thank you for reporting on this, Molly. If any of the readers here have questions about why this is the worst location for a project like this, please check out this amazing aerial video done by students at Lake Champlain Waldorf High School:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3CQgYlK_R…

9 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 05/02/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

Now seeking the support of people he's spent his entire career trashing. The smell of desperation is in the air.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Walter Cronkite on 05/02/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Sanders Calls for Clinton Superdelegates to Defect

Hillary bought all of those superdelegate votes with money, favors, or both.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 05/02/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “What Are the Long-Term Effects of Anal Sex?

"Let's not even talk about the long term effects of anal sex which loosens the anus over time making late life miserable."

Source? Or is it BS like the rest of your post? You do realize the vagina and mouth have bacteria, and the vaginal walls are actually quite delicate and tear substantially more than the anus? The natural presence of blood lets this bacteria into the bloodstream as well. Unless the anus tears through all the protecting layers and there is blood, there will be no bacteria introduced into the blood stream.

Done properly anal sex can be performed virtually every day, indefinitely, while maintaining a healthy body. My long time wife and I are living proof of this, each being recipients of anal sex throughout the weeks, months and years of our partnership. It doesn't happen every time we have sex, but we both enjoy it when we are in the mood, which for me is often shortly after my cup of coffee in the morning, and for her after she comes back from jogging.

Don't spread false information about peoples lifestyles based on your ridiculous bias.

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Posted by timber on 05/02/2016 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All

Politicians are disguising the real reason marijuana is not legalized. Lobbyists are courting state politicians all over this country to get them to stall and/or kill legalization. They have been lobbying for years. The same way that the fossil fuel industry lobbied the auto makers when they first came out with electric cars to stop them from producing them years ago. Lobbyists are not concerned about marijuana as a social, moral or health problem. They could care less. Amoral politicians in Congress who make millions per year from lobbyists are glad to sway legislation by spreading their anti-cannibis propaganda around the country to convince those who won't research for themselves that marijuana is *bad*. The five major lobbyists against legalization are police unions, prison guard unions, for-profit prisons, and drug and alcohol companies. And they spend huge sums of money each year to keep cannabis illegal, and why? Because it ensures job security and profits. They would rather have people addicted to opiates and end up in jail or in a "for profit" private rehab, then use a recreational non drug like marijuana. There is way more involved in this political issue than what they are telling in this article. And, the general public has a right to know the truth. Marijuana is not addictive and actually has healthy qualities. But, they never share those facts. Its time for people to realize that our government has an ugly underbelly. Marijuana should be legalized. It is way overdo. Its time that we used the tax money we could gain from marijuana sales to repair infrastructure, enhance our social programs like mental health care, increase funding for education and many other benefits. Its time.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by cmcfl53 on 05/01/2016 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Burlington Council Excited — Yet Anxious — About Mall Project

The size of the building in the graphic above looks totally inappropriate for the Burlington town center area.
Most notably, the shadow of this structure is going to cast right over Church st. Church St is a little gem of a place and something like this could seriously overwhelm it.

I come from Glasgow in Scotland where large segments of the city were ruined by many over zealous 'developments' in th 1970s that later turned out to be missteps. I would urge caution, and a step by step approach. Try a small part first and see how it works out/what it looks like, rather than launch a massive single phase development. The risks would be minimized if it is done step by step.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Ian Lightbody on 05/01/2016 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All

Last I saw, the "legalization" bill put a lot of new money into on the road enforcement of "drugged driving" (meaning many new hires of state and local police) and "public safety resource officers" in the schools, and a new lab for drug testing drivers--requiring a driver "detention" process said to take up to three or four hours.

I'm sorry, but I think this is a very destructive way to go for Vermont and I can't support it. Decriminalizing two plants per household is a tiny incremental step perhaps, but I think it is better than any alternative being presented at the legislature thus far.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/01/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “'71

Quaint hamlets? Do you know ANYTHING about Belfast in the 70s?

Jeez, man, buy a history book.

Posted by Teddy Jones on 05/01/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All

To those who are posting about decriminalization: Vermont decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in 2013. Since then it has been a civil violation and a fine. The House amendment being referred to would eliminate these penalties, not just decriminalize. Under that version, a regulated market would have to wait at least another year before receiving the legislature's approval, but the state would stop punishing adults who possess small amounts and that would be very significant.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Simon on 05/01/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

As a Christian, I believe in redemption. As a lesbian and mother of a two year old who I love dearly, this story also scares me. Children have no way to protect themselves--they rely on us for everything.

Some people can become so damaged and dangerous that constant monitoring is necessary...Can a companionate and effective solution be found? It sounds like everyone is doing their best in a bad situation here. I hope VT can spearhead a better approach.

Posted by 7daysfan on 05/01/2016 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

As a Christian, I believe in redemption. As a lesbian and mother of a two year old who I love dearly, this story also scares me. Children have no way to protect themselves--they rely on us for everything.

Some people can become so damaged and dangerous that constant monitoring is necessary...Can a companionate and effective solution be found? It sounds like everyone is doing their best in a bad situation. I hope VT can spearhead a better approach.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by 7daysfan on 05/01/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All

They cannot get anything done, such as lower my property taxes as an example, yet they can waste time on this nonsense. 100% opposed. Just what we need....more legitimized substance abuse. Pitiful.

6 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by sickofit on 04/30/2016 at 10:47 PM

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