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Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

Sending love and condolences, may your Sean, RIP and you find comfort In knowing that he is at peace and no longer struggling; God Bless abd comfort you in your time of need.

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Posted by Grammycathy on 04/24/2016 at 11:35 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thanku for your honesty and love to bring attention to this disease through the loss of your son. I pray for all our families who are going through this. Thanku and God bless. Your son is watching over you.

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Posted by Esa DeLuca- Stewart on 04/24/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

My heart goes out to the Stem family. I have a Son who is still fighting this horrible addiction. I have almost lost him once already and I pray every day that he continues to live to see the next day. The judgment needs to stop and we as human beings need to find a way to help our young and all who are falling into this tragic addiction. God Bless the Stem family for sharing their story and may you find some peace in knowing that Sean is no longer having to fight this battle and he no longer suffers. May God be with you! R.I.P Sean.

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Posted by Darcie White on 04/24/2016 at 6:14 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

If it takes community to raise a child then our community failed miserably. Why are our young adults dieing like this ? Why is it so difficult for them to access help ? The doctors who are more than willing to prescribe the narcotics that started this heroin epidemic,will not make them selves available to help stop it by offering other medical solutions. The Vermont governor came out a few years ago about this epidemic, but what is happening? Not enough !

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Posted by Kimberly Johnson Bombard on 04/23/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

Thank you Stem family. My heart goes out to you all. I know the feeling oh so well. I watched my stepdad battle the illness. He was clean for over 18yrs and then it happened again and before long the devil won. He was in a head on collision. Died on scene. We thank God no one else was injured. In the end we/he lost the battle. I pray daily we can find a way to get rid of this awful evil drug. Prayers of comfort to you all.

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Posted by alisha23 on 04/23/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

So very sorry for your loss. I, too, lost a son to heroin in October 2014. For years, he tried to get help w/ his addiction & after 6 months of being clean, he did it one more time......his last time. There is no longer an excuse for the lack of help for addicts. Losing my son is the absolute hardest thing I have ever experienced.....losing a child goes against nature. Sending the Stem family a big hug.

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Posted by Vera Hamilton on 04/22/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “The Wreck Hunter

My Mother Luella Drown Demers of St Johnsbury was in nursing school at Gifford Memorial in Randolph, Vt and there was bomber [army][?b-25?] that crashed into the woods around Randolph and there weren't very many men around so they recruited the students[10+/-] to help scoure the woods for bodies. But when they got close to the burning plane as they were stretching out so not to miss any bodies bullets started flying around and they[unknown who] made them leave . It was around 1941-43 ?summer. Wonder if you have any info/research on that crash? She now lives in nevada.

Posted by Roy Atwater on 04/22/2016 at 1:31 AM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

Thank you for sharing. My prayers and heart are with you. My son died at 19 in 2001. Something needs to change in the system to help those with addiction and the families that have tried to help them.

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Posted by tashagirl65 on 04/21/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

Thank you for writing this. My heart breaks for your loss. I have a 27 year old daughter who has been clean for 4 years. I thank God every day that heroin didn't take her life. I know how easily it could have. No one can judge. May God bless you and comfort you.

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Posted by Linda Barnes on 04/21/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

I am scared every day. I am thankful every day. Every day that passes and my son is still alive I have hope. You lost hope when your son/brother/uncle died from a heinous addiction to heroin. I am very sorry he didn't make it through. He was loved and you supported him the best that you could. Rest easy, his struggle and shame is over.

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Posted by Mary M on 04/21/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

To the family,I am sorry for your loss,thanks for sharing and breaking the stigma of a rampant,scary addiction,my family has lived through it and still take it day by day,God Bless you

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Posted by Connie Cole Montague on 04/21/2016 at 6:02 AM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

So very sorry for your loss. I commend you for telling the world how your loved one died,people need to wake up and realize we have a heroin epidemic in this country and it effects all ages, sex and race. God bless your family💙💜💚

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Posted by Mary-Ellen Impey Andrews on 04/20/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “A Man's Fatal Overdose Prompts His Family to Go Public

Dear Members of the Stem Family: I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Sean's story. I hope that your honesty and frustration help move our community toward better ways of responding to people with addiction.

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Posted by Andrea Viets on 04/20/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “A Rainy Day for Gross National Happiness

Bhutan in Real Sense
By Bhakta Ghimire, USA

In December 2006, in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the then ruling King, 51 years old Jigme Singye Wangchuk announced that he would abdicate his throne, setting the country to a path toward parliamentary democracy. Earlier in 1991 too, he had made similar type of announcement stating, “If the problem in south is not solved positively, I will abdicate my throne.” It was with the students of Sherubtse college, then only one in the country. He took the time frame of three years to do the job. But surprisingly in 2006, without hinting a bit of solution to the problem; without mending the fences for democratic setup of government, he just passed over his absolute, autocratic post to his son in the name of ‘abdication.’ He actually gave way to so-called parliamentary, by-party system of ‘democracy graced by an almighty king’. He and the palace have been just irrigating their vested inner desires through the channel of this fake parliamentary system called ‘Democracy’. The rigid royal followers are just utilizing the newfound democracy as a weapon to embark on others instead of making it rooted in the hands of Bhutanese people in real sense.(Click below link to read all)

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Posted by Binod on 04/11/2016 at 11:31 PM

Re: “A Rainy Day for Gross National Happiness

"No Way To Praise Bhutan"
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a big Bhutanese Joke!
Bhutan has to pay back US $1.5 million to my father, had International Court of Justice (ICJ) been instituted to prosecute a country by an individual. My father had four cardamom farms in Bhutan that produce 8.8 tons of cardamom annually. We were F1 citizens (Genuine Bhutanese) and had two two-storied houses, 10.9 acres of productive land and 17 plus cattle.
In 1980s, the forth King Jigme Singay Wangchuk regarded a growing ethnic Nepali population as a demographic and cultural threat. He then enacted discriminatory citizenship laws directed against ethnic Nepali population. He did adopt a policy, "One nation one people" which means one religion, one language, one dress, and one culture in the country of multi-ethnic communities.
Nepali language classes were banned in the schools and books were burnt. Fines were imposed for wearing Nepali costumes & speaking Nepali language. Torture and rape episodes rose up. Nepali pupils did not get enrollment in the schools. Repeatedly the government officials, police and armed forces raped Nepali-speaking girls. My cousin was hung up; uncle was thrown to the river while going to appeal the government for the establishment of fundamental human rights in the country. My father had a narrow escape and older brother was imprisoned for 18 months for giving company to the peaceful move in 1990. Because of torture, he was mentally disordered but now he is recovered. Hundreds of innocent people were killed, many were injured and about 150,000 are exiled. Isn't Gross National Happiness a big Bhutanese joke?

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Posted by Kumar Gurung on 04/11/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “A Rainy Day for Gross National Happiness

NGH heheheh! In Bhutan ?
The words GNS is for few families ( kings and few ministers). The world need to see still people in refugee camp in Nepal who dearly wants to go back to Bhutan are still crying.
The campaign of GNS is fake.
The people of Southern and Eastern Bhutan are not aware of all this issue they don't know what is GNH. They are looking good job and citizenship and their lands the government forcefully planted trees so called green belt .
The political presinor are suffering there is still no international supervision in the Jail in Bhutan.
So, sponsor organization need to be clear and find the true side visit refugee camp in Nepal . The core countries that resettled the Bhutanese people in different countries. Visit YouTube or google and type Just Bhutanese ...... You will find many activities of resettled Bhutanese.
Good luck team for doing this activities and the news agency who carried this news.

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Posted by Manoj Rai on 04/11/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “A Rainy Day for Gross National Happiness

True! The Royal government of Bhutan has evicted 20% of its total population into Exile. The so called cabinet ministers are handpicked who only act at the behest of the king. The sponsors, organizer n scholars must do research on the other side of gross national happiness- agenda to mislead international community.

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Posted by Mohan Tamang on 04/11/2016 at 1:57 AM

Re: “BPD ISO Officers Who Reflect City's True Colors: Nice Town, Will Train

My name is Gray O'Connor
I would like to make contact with Ray Nails.. He was a mentor to me in my youth in Vermont. I am a minority and was a troubled kid. I am now 36 and a successful Loan Officer in the most competitive market in Los Angeles. If it was not for his attention and ability to see good in people I would have been behind bars because of the association I kept.
Ray if you read this contact me please

Posted by Gray O'Connor on 03/31/2016 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Court Finds Abuse Claims Baseless — but a Mom Still Can't See Her Son

First, I would like to thank Ken for writing and Seven Days for printing this article. Second, I would like to bring out my part in this. I was accused of knowing this was going on, allowing it to go on, and not reporting that it was happening at my house in Montgomery Center. I gave the report to a state trooper who was working for the sexual crimes unit and his comment was 'you have to find out who is putting these words in this childs mouth' We now know who it was and the family court believed it was all true. And it still goes on, as Karen pays the price for her fighting for the truth, and the return of her son. It is impossible to believe that family court still believes that the child is better off with 'the ones who are putting these words in this childs mouth' than with his mother. And as for Vt Digger, they seem to believe that she is the evil one, while the father and stepmother get away with this. I wrote a reply to the Vt Digger article, and as they are famous for, it did not agree with their view and was not printed.

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Posted by on 03/15/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Court Finds Abuse Claims Baseless — but a Mom Still Can't See Her Son

How can re-entry into "Lar's" mother's life be any worse than the lies and falsifications this couple is perpetuating? This judge has made a huge mistake. How these judges can be thought of as wise is beyond me. This is pandemic, but the public doesn't realize its prevalence in society, because those that can help shroud it in terms and ideas that don't come to the point. We are dealing with narcissists, psychopaths, sociopaths, and a host of disordered people who want control and will continue to punish good parents because they said "no" to control. Oh, and these courts have found continuing contested courts as a very lucrative business. Until the justice system finds morality and preservation of family to be more valuable than the almighty dollar, these wrongs will not be made right. My thoughts and prayers for all children like Lars. May they someday all be released from this oppression.

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Posted by Cecilia Elsner Sparks on 03/12/2016 at 12:35 PM

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