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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Crime

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

Lets stop being jaded over names not being mentioned. This is a lovely article about someone who knew Richie personally and who was the first to jump to save him. Lets stop and continue to think of the family who is still very much in pain over this and needs to have support and prayers, not sad attempts at fame.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cindy Poginy on 02/10/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

True Hero's know what they did and do not need to be offended or hurt if their name doesn't show up in a Facebook article! Nurses, Doctors, paramedics and many others will never get their name in the paper or an article such as this and I don't see them acting immature or disrespectful! Seriously thanks to all those who tried and helped especially those who don't have their names printed in an article and don't care!

25 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sharon Ayotte on 02/09/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

It is a very sad story with many heroes. I hope that all of you involved will write more about what you and others did so we can get the rest of the story. And that 7 Days will do a follow up with them.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Carolyn Bates on 02/09/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

Luke is right. I was there.

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Posted by Brenda L. Ashman on 02/09/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

I'm sorry but this write-up is a VERY slanted take on the first few minutes of an incident that lasted over an hour. It's makes it sound like one person did everything and the rest of us just showed up to lend him a hand, which is a complete misrepresentation of the truth. It says that it's based upon interviews with Mike and myself, but that's definitely not the case. This article omits about 95% of the actual gallant efforts, leadership, sacrifice, and teamwork that went into our desperate attempt to reverse a tragedy.

12 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Luke Willard on 02/09/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Thin Ice Breaks, and a Game Warden Launches a Dangerous Rescue

My hat is off to you Mike! You should be proud, you did your best and that's LL we can ask of you. My thoughts and prayers go to the LeBlanc family but also to you Mike, I can not imagine the thoughts you are thinking and the questions you ask yourself or the nightmares you might be having. My God help you through this difficult time and give you the will power to continue doing the job you do. Thank you ever so much Mike!

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Posted by Krissy Johnson on 02/08/2017 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmates Pine for Their Old Kentucky Prison

Housing them out of state has been argued that it violates the federal Equal Protection Clause and the Common Benefits Clause of the Vermont constitution.

Posted by Buster Bongwater on 02/05/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Backs to the Wall: Vermont’s Sole Juvenile Lockup Is Hard Up for Cash

How many millions were fraudulently misappropriated from Medicare over the years and why aren't the Feds suing for the return of the money?

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Posted by JimM on 01/18/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Trial and Error: What Went Wrong in the McAllister Case

Good that the former senator pleaded "No Contest.
It is so very bad however that the bungling of details peripheral to the case prompts folks to dub the first witness as perjurer.
She ought receive training and counseling from the very state who encouraged her testimony that she is a good, courageous and honest person.
Otherwise our state talks a deal about Goodness but doesn't have the back of Goodness.
Our human brain's very engineering tends to forget, confuse, rethink details and scenes in our lives, particularly those tumultuous scenes.
We may have several clear and absolute memories of that turmoil, but infused with vague thoughts, and pictures, hesitant , changing memories of detail and sequence.
One who would deem it right and fitting to pour out these memories ought be proud to come forward at all in front of a professional trained to discredit these very memories.
Congratulations to the young person for trying.
How very brave to come forward and attempt to tell of oppression.
She should know by that she ought be proud. A well-lived life lies in beginning to do the harder tasks, and seeing them through, regardless of outcome.
It is excruciatingly painful to come out with truth when one is but a small person claiming a wrong against a much larger entity or person.
Because this witness came forward, there is an "alleged" oppressor who may end his bad.
Because of this young person,there is truly hope that more survivors of personal and institutional bullying,abuse & plain wrong will continue to step forward with their stories.
Someone who encouraged her testimony ought tell her this.
We really do not want to become an evil empire where might and power paralyze the small and ordinary.
Fair Citizen

Posted by Fair Citizen on 01/12/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I use to be loss prevention at Old Navy years ago when it was in Church street. The amount of people I would catch in one week was staggering. I actually think I caught Ms. Bean once too.

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Posted by Tam Cristman on 12/12/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I wonder why Amanda Bean wasn't interviewed for this article. Seems to me Ms. Bean would have the most insight into why people resort to stealing and what might help them to stop.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gwen Gray Lavoie on 12/08/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

A bit odd to include hyperlinks to retailers in this story. I only support *local* businesses who *don't* buy cheap goods made overseas and then jack up the price. Sadly, there aren't many like that anymore.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 12/08/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

So glad we have such a balanced article. Police, state's attorney, retail, and a person supporting them. How about interviewing the person who shoplifted or substance abuse and mental health advocates, or any alternative viewpoint? How about some statistics regarding the number of people who never reoffend after restorative justice? How about getting facts instead of assumptions about the so-called opiate crisis? Couldn't the growth in thefts (which is actually pretty small) be due to population growth, increased tourism, increased poverty rate, increases in youth population, outliers? And how exactly will jail help these people? We don't give people long-term drug treatment in jail if they are in for short periods of time. How long should people be jailed for stealing a pair of jeans? Disappointed in seven days for this one. But I guess these businesses are the majority of your advertising. Gotta throw them a bone every now and then... ;)

4 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by ErnestWallace on 12/08/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

If they are not going to lock up the habitual offenders then this is where chopping their hands off under Sharia Law would come in handy instead of the silly and hokey 'Restorative' and 'Community' based Justice 'punishments' that Burlington officials fools themselves into thinking works.

9 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by JimM on 12/07/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Shumlin's Unlikely Legacy: A Judiciary of His Appointees

Remember that the Brigham decision was issued as a "per curiam" decision, meaning that its authorship came from the Supreme Court as a whole, not Justice Dooley or any other member of the Court. (I am aware that there is a common belief in the state that Justice Dooley wrote the opinion, but I am not aware that he or the Court has ever confirmed this.) Per curiam decisions are rare for the Vermont Supreme Court. Perhaps when Justice Dooley retires, he will share how this came to be.

Posted by Tom Little on 10/16/2016 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Shumlin's Unlikely Legacy: A Judiciary of His Appointees

I think it's fair to say that Dooley's Brigham decision (that changed school-funding) was very well-intentioned but ultimately a practical failure in terms of how the Legislature has implemented it. Act 60, Act 68, Act 46, etc.

When you get your local property tax bill, you have no idea how much of your money actually goes to your local school versus how much the state is taking for redistribution around the state. The school-funding mechanism is so complicated that a Democratic representative told me that no more than 3 or 4 people in the entire state understand it. Even the chair of the House Education Committee, Dave Sharpe (Bristol) has admitted he doesn't get it. He provided school administrations who were working on their budgets with inaccurate information about Act 46.

Because of this consolidation of power to Montpelier away from local school districts and local taxpayers, there has been an unintended consequence from Dooley's Brigham decision of weakening local community spirit and support for local schools. In ostensibly "solving" one problem (unequal school financing), the Dooley Supreme Court unfortunately created other new problems.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/12/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

I don't hear any remorse about taking my son's father away and now he will never know him or have any relationship with Sean EVER! None of you seem to care how his father's MURDER has affected Sean's son. He has his father's picture on his nightstand and it's been there since the day he was told his father was dead. He had to sign legal permission to have his father cremated when he was only 14 years old. And none of you seem to care at all about that, not Wendy's family or Sean's family either. You all make me ill.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by amyj on 10/08/2016 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Representing: A Busy Public Defender Stands Up for Her Clients

Great story on a seriously under-reported issue, Molly. The award winning documentary "Gideon's Army" follows several public defenders across the country, and would be a great source for anyone looking to learn more.

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Posted by Ryan on 10/05/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Representing: A Busy Public Defender Stands Up for Her Clients

I so appreciate learning about the current status of public defenders in the state and Lanthiers' particular professionalism, commitment, and compassion. It's commendable. That said, it is difficult to hear about someone violating protection from abuse orders and know the plight of women and children in the state without acknowledging the complexity of this, too. Obviously, underlying, core issues like educational access and multi-generational poverty need to be addressed. But while we're looking humanisticly at one person's fate, let's not forget the whole picture. Deb Sherrer, Shelburne

Posted by Deb S on 10/04/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Two Paths Converge With Fatal Consequences in Winooski

Hey seven days, I find it a bit suspect that you purposefully skated over the reasons palmier left his first two jobs. From the way you worded it one could assume that he left willingly when it's public knowledge that he was TERMINATED from both the winooski dept AND the st Albans dept. I thought you guys were better than that...

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Margarita Gonzalez on 10/03/2016 at 11:34 AM

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