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Re: “Scott, Welch Call Trump Executive Order Unconstitutional

Why is it inappropriate for a state law enforcement officer to assist federal agents in the apprehension of illegally present persons? And why shouldn't a governor sanction immigration enforcement which is a paramount responsibility of the federal government, i.e., protecting U.S. citizens? To my mind, it is possible that not all the people in this state belong here, and some of them may be criminals.

The responsibility of all our elected officials is to insure a safe, secure community for citizens. I fear that in their zeal to protect legal immigrants, and in concern for our state's independence, our governor and representatives are precluding effective law enforcement outcomes, and jeopardizing our personal and public safety.

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Posted by Rick Matthews on 03/26/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Senate Close to Mental Health Pay Fix

The Open Meetings Law strikes again!

Posted by Dave Silberman on 03/26/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmate No. 144711 Is a 90-Year-Old Veteran

There used to be a safety net, as distasteful as it may seem to some, the Vermont State Hospital that was part of a system discarded by Shumlin after Irene. There were, from time to time, patients who were much too disruptive to be unsupervised when required interactions take place. These patients could be very aggressive leading to many staff injuries but it was felt at the time correctly that prison would be much worse for them. There is no easy answer, a person who is experiencing dementia cannot be expected to exercise appropriate impulse control.

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Posted by Jeff Marshall on 03/26/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

To amend my comment above - I just watched the tape of the exchange (thanks, Vermont PBS!) and saw that the moderator, Senator Kitchel, did seem to give Leahy and Welch the opportunity to respond to Ms. Nyoni's question about racial justice in Vermont. They just didn't take it. A shame.

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Posted by Tim Patterson on 03/26/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

No warheit, I didn't miss the point, and I understand very well.

It has nothing to do with what Harry Reid and the Democrats did in 2013. The reality is that McConnell would feel free to implement the "nuclear option" if he felt it was required to get a Republican nominee approved against Democratic opposition.

McConnell threatened and was fully prepared to do that once before (in 2005), and only held off when the "gang of 14" came to a bipartisan agreement on judicial and executive branch appointments. He'd be very willing to do it again, whether Reid had taken the first step or not.

Pretending that the Republicans would only do it now because of what Democrats did in 2013 is a complete misrepresentation of McConnell's history on the issue.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/26/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Is there any chance local reporters could work on the story of Our Revolution?

It's a dark money org (something to which Sanders used to be adamantly opposed), and doesn't have to reveal its donors or the amounts donated. They said they would release this info, but I've seen no sign of it. I've tried to contact them but gotten no response.

Who is funding them? How much are they getting?

Transparency is needed.

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Posted by Ann Tucker-Gwinn on 03/26/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

I attended the rally in Hardwick, and although I clapped along with the speeches and am generally grateful to have such a terrific delegation standing up for Vermont values, I was struck by the response to a question posed by Ebony Nyoni, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Vermont.

Ebony asked a straight-forward question about racial justice in Vermont, pointing to several examples of persistent racial inequity, and urging the delegation to prioritize racial justice initiatives here in the state. Her questions drew applause from the audience, but she was then completely shut down by the folks on stage - first by a defensive and seemingly annoyed Senator Sanders, who briefly rehashed a bit of his national stump speech about mass incarceration without addressing the question as it pertained to Vermont, and then by the moderator, Jane Kitchel, who moved to another question without giving Leahy or Welch time to respond, as she did for every other question asked that day.

Ms. Nyoni left the room after asking her question and the event moved on. The nearly all-white audience soon started clapping again. When asked if she thought her question was answered Ms. Nyoni laughed and said "No." It was a deeply troubling moment in an otherwise inspiring event, and I hope 7 Days follows up vigorously on the question of why the representatives on stage, and especially Senator Sanders and Senator Kitchel, could respond so callously to a constituent's heartfelt and deeply serious concerns. A black woman having her voice ignored in a crowd of progressive and oblivious white people...sadly, that also seems to be 100 percent pure Only in Vermont.

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Posted by Tim Patterson on 03/26/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

With all due respect to these three representatives, it will be nice when Vermont has some diversity in its congressional delegation.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/26/2017 at 12:06 PM

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

Wolfganger: Dream on Wolfganger! Obviously if this phantasmagorical legal scenario you created re the primacy of international law vs US sovreign law were true, President Obama would never have wholeheartedly endorsed the aggressive enforcement of US immigration law, which he did. Remember, one-world, no-border types like yourself angrily dubbed Obama "The Deporter In Chief." But you are welcome to dream on, my friend. We are still a sovreign nation, much as it frustrates you.

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Posted by wahrheit on 03/26/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

So Bernie stiff-armed you again? Only in Vermont.

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Posted by Bradford Broyles on 03/26/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

With a nod to Vermont PBS that broadcast the program live on Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/26/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

Terjeanderson: i know the Supreme Court was specifically exempted but i guess you missed the point. The GOP will quickly do a 52-48 simple majority victory-vote to include the SUPCO appointments and, voila, the Supreme Court is no longer exempted. Did you not understand? Do you think for one moment the GOP Senate majority will hesitate to invoke the nuclear option for Supco appointments?

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Posted by wahrheit on 03/26/2017 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Hard Lesson: A UVM Econ Prof Fights to Keep His Job

The administrators at UVM are ridiculous, stolid, dull bureaucrats. Ironically, they fulfill the expectations of the Soviet model perfectly.

What is the difference between UVM and the Pentagon? The Pentagon has 22 layers of bureaucrats. UVM, only 17.

Posted by wolfganger on 03/26/2017 at 12:03 AM

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

To explain to "E Greene" and "Wahrheit" why Carrillo should not be deported: the United States is a signatory to the Helsinki Accords of Auguest 1, 1975,signed by 35 Euopean nations, the Soviet Union, the USA, and Canada. Article VII of the Helsinki Final Act provides for reunification of families divided by an international border, the object being that family unification (and reunification) was and is an inherent human-right that transcended any internal national law. Bottom line: the US cannot "deport" and thus bust up a family, the other members of which are residents or citizens of the US.

Although the US Senate took some ten years to ratify the Helsinki Accords, in fact they are ratified, and for Mr. Greene (and Mr. Wahrheit) Treay law is the highest level of law; Treaty law supersedes all other law, including law confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. To illustrate: The US Government was obliged to return the child Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba after his mother took him to Miami and drowned in the attempt. The 11th Circuit held that the US, as a signatory to the Helsinki Accords, was obliged to remove Elian from his relatives in Miami and take him back to his father in Cuba. Janet Reno, the Attorney General (hence, minister of justice in the US scheme) under Bill Clinton, ordered a raid to remove Elian at gunpoint, whch they did. That was in JUne 2000. Elian went back to Dad in Cuba.

Trust this explains.

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Posted by wolfganger on 03/25/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmate No. 144711 Is a 90-Year-Old Veteran

"What kind of eldercare facility allows one of their residents to be taken out in handcuffs just for getting agitated?"

One that wants to keep staff. Assaulting healthcare workers is a crime in several states, including Vermont. Being a 90-year-old veteran does not make anyone a saint.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 03/25/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “'Neighborly' Will Let Burlington Residents Invest in Their City

And you don't see anything amiss about "a path for democratic involvement" with a minimum investment of $1000? That strikes you as "democratic" somehow? Um...

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Posted by Brett W on 03/25/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"He's got more important things to do."

Like what? Like doing his job in the U.S. Senate? He hasn't been doing that, either. The "more important things to do" that you seem to be referring to are: 1) continuing on his never-ending publicity hunt, and 2) constantly stoking the flames of his own cult of personality.

He was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate. That's his only job. He ran for that job. He's getting paid to do that job. He should do that job. Or quit and let someone else do it, if he'd rather spend his time on national TV magnifying his ego.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/25/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

This is such a non-issue. We're engaged in an all-out fight over the future of our country and the planet. And Bernie, one of the most popular and respected political figures in the country, continues to lead the charge. Oh, but he should come sit for an interview with you or Mark Johnson? He's got more important things to do.

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Posted by Bill Mitchell on 03/25/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

What this article fails to mention about this terrible legislation is that ALL guns in the home would be seized. Including any belonging to the victim. So if the abuser returns, the victim has also lost the means for self defense. I know someone whose ex has been stalking her for over a year, violating multiple restraining orders. She is convinced that the only thing stopping him from kicking in her door is the knowledge that she has a gun and knows how to use it

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Posted by Heidi Clark on 03/25/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

Norm, regarding your unconstitutional proposal to "temporarily remove weapons from the domestic abuse scene was one of the measures that received overwhelming support..."
The facts however, disprove the "overwhelming support."
Only 25% of the voters in Burlington actually cared enough to go vote.
There was a difference of 11.8% of the voters to SUPPORT the charter change.
Yet you consider 11.8% overwhelming support?
Your continued support for unconstitutional bills is disturbing, but not surprising.

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Posted by bobdepino on 03/25/2017 at 8:41 AM

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