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Re: “Vermont Senate Panel Passes New Hotel Room Fee

They just can't help themselves, creating a tax when one isn't even needed. Imagine the possibilities if we had a Legislature working with Gov Scott to make VT more affordable rather than against him.

Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/24/2017 at 8:12 PM

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

A comment from someone who uses the German word "wahreit" which can translate to the English "truth"?!?... English not good enough for you, Heinrich?... if you don't want to use regular English like a good 'Murican then you can just giiiiit out!!!!

Posted by critikboy on 03/24/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Normandy is personally invested in contracting with the state and his commentaries are aimed at boosting his ability to win RFPs. Time to hear from a less partial source.

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Posted by AnnNormandy on 03/24/2017 at 6:56 PM

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

Walters, don't ever stop writing. You are my only life-line in this smoke and mirrors political climate and we need you to keep this BLUE state grounded.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

This article has perfect timing. Mazza had absolutely benefited from this drug ring. How? I'm not sure yet. But what Walters wrote in this articles is EXACTLY what I was thinking the day this story broke. Mazza is a scum bag, we've known it for years. I really hope his actions come to light sooner than later so we can finally move on and get somebody worth sitting in that Senate seat.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:47 PM

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

There is nothing in this article that makes me feel sorry for Carrillo or his family. It's actually too bad that he didn't apply for US citizenship because we need more US citizens with good family values. However, he can not expect sympathy for being a criminal. He committed a crime everyday since 2010 while being here illegally. Then he was arrested for driving under the influence - he was brought to an American court, given a hearing (like a citizens with rights), and his DUI charges were "dismissed." Can someone please tell me why he SHOULDN'T be deported???? If this article was supposed to make be feel sorry for him, it didn't.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Imagine a person applying for public assistance, and not reporting income, because the form didn't have "boxes to check off".
And it seems he gets away with this because he's buds with the Governor, and with the Senate President ProTempore, Tim Ashe.
Shame on Tim Ashe.
Mazza apparently is a bum. It's time for a either an independent prosecutor, or for the Senate to do an investigation.

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Posted by Bud on 03/24/2017 at 5:02 PM

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

Just love to see the compassion coming from people like wahrhelt, don't you? The immediate assumption that something fishy is going on here, and that a person presumed innocent is actually guilty? We've come a long way from the birth of this nation, when the ideals of our forefathers were the reason for our existence.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/24/2017 at 2:47 PM

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

This story does not bode well for an aging baby boomer generation. When dementia strikes, we may all be aggressive and agitated, and the zombie apocalypse will be upon us with wandering dementia patients with nowhere to go. This is an allegedly progressive state. Can't we do better? And why should his claimed behavior decades ago with his children change our current obligation to care for our elderly and infirm?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 03/24/2017 at 2:24 PM

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

@Written...Wow you'll believe anything won't you.. that story link was so full of it..ole lyin Janey did not inherit the family cabin..there is 4 other siblings was left to ALL of them, she sold her share to them, Sanders has more then 3 homes..they did not trade the place in Maine to get the one in Grand Isle..Amazing how people will believe lies..and the Sanders are good about that..just ask the people who pledged money to the Burlington College, just to find out that she wrote the amounts higher then what they pledged.. Such honest Sanders..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/24/2017 at 1:57 PM

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

I have to laugh when people refer to Bernie's "mansion" on the lake. I have neighbors in Burlington with pricier houses! He's lived a lot more modestly than most politicians. Why can't he have a home where he can relax with his wife, children and grandchildren? Look at the pictures before you judge too harshly. As "mansions" go, it's pretty cozy. More like a camp cabin on steroids.…

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/24/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

The Safe Injection Site Commission is searching for a safe drug shooting gallery location in Chittenden County. Senator Mazza needs a new tenant for recently-vacated commercial property in Colchester, which has served this purpose, more than adequately, for many years. Anyone else thinking win-win?

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Posted by flipflopfly on 03/24/2017 at 1:22 PM

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

Er... Seven Day is the "state's largest newspaper"? I don't think so...

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Posted by Maura O'Neill on 03/24/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

As 3rd generation residents of around-the-corner Spaldings West Shore we've known Dick from his store since at least 1957 or before. There's no one more honorable, honest, genuine, and kind around. He routinely goes beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. Yes, Vermont does need better ethical standards for it's representatives, but to try to tie that fact to this drug bust, where beyond any doubt Dick had absolutely zero involvement or culpability, or to question his honest success, is more than beyond absurd, this kind of sensationalism, and muckraking reduces 7Days' credibility to zero, in our view.

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Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 03/24/2017 at 11:50 AM

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

Imagine a country where:
You could be forced from your house and kids based solely on a lie.
You appear in court, guilty until you prove yourself innocent.
If you cannot afford and attorney, one will not provided to you.
You cannot subpoena evidence by those that accused you.
Your Trial is not done by a jury of your peers, but by a poorly trained family court judge who's ruling you will never be able to appeal because of the wide discretion they are afforded.
Even if you prove yourself innocent, your accuser is never held accountable for their actions.

You dont have to imagine, it is the USA under the current domestic violence laws.

Domestic violence is an ugly crime, so are false accusations of abuse. This is the reality of Vermont

This law does nothing to reduce the threat of future incidents domestic violence but is surely does enable and enhance the motivation to submit false allegations of abuse.

Perhaps a rider could be attached to this that would:
A) Require the State to prosecute any allegation of abuse that was later determined to be unfounded.
B) Provide funding to all Law Enforcement to provide proper and adequate storage of confiscated firearms to prevent any damage.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Martin on 03/24/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Mazza said, "I said to the police department a year or so ago, If anything ever happens, I want you to know he pays occasionally in cash."
"Occasionally"? That's interesting, because in the VT Digger interview it appears Mazza always was always paid in cash. "The senator confirmed he accepted cash about $1,300 each month for Holmes rent at Almighty Peaks Painting." And the fact that he failed to disclose large income streams on his disclosure form is troubling. Got ethics reform? This shows how much Vermont needs to keep fighting for real ethics disclosure reform, which Dick Mazza has opposed.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 03/24/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Nice work Walters! Finally a piece with some "bite." Dick Mazza is a nice decent and popular guy and he's been a loyal and very effective public servant. That said, it sounds like he's willing to release his tax returns for public scrutiny. Take him up on it, Publish them. I'm certain we will all be bored to tears because everything will be in order. Then any lingering "questions" will be forever answered.

15 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Walters: State Data Breach Much Larger Than First Thought

Rich Nadworny recently had a thoughtful commentary on VPR about how our technology is not serving us well.

Whether it is Vermont Health Connect or the complete lack of cyber-security, it is arguable there have been more cons than pro from forcing everything on-line. Every few months there is a new major hack of everyone's data, including social security numbers and critical identifying information allowing for identity theft, the most recent being this news about Vermont Department of Labor/Job Link Alliance. This follows on major hacks of Federal Office of Personnel Management (exposing over 21.5 million people); the Anthem HealthCare data breach (78+ million people), etc.

There have obviously been many conveniences from the incredible expansion of the internet over the last 20 years. But as for record keepers of personal identifying data such as government bureaucracies and health care or financial companies, at what point do we as a society demand these organizations must go off-line and return to paper record-keeping and paper files simply for personal safety and protection of privacy? Maybe all of these companies and government agencies must be held personally liable for every single identity theft, including not just money stolen but time and hassle of being forced to recover identity? The banks seems to do a better job, why are health care companies and the government not able to follow suit?

13 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 03/24/2017 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Eff this noise. Seriously Seven Days? So you want to be serious? This is trivial shite. Get it together, JW, this is pathetic.

7 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by 8valvegrowl on 03/24/2017 at 12:25 AM

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

Seven Days STILL has reported neither the details of Carrillo's DUI arrest nor why the Chittenden County States Attorney dismissed the charges. Very safe to assume those inconvenient details would undermine the tear-jerker propaganda in this "journalistic report." Cold harsh advice to teens: don't get pregnant if single and unemployed, especially by unemployed illegal immigrants. Pretty much a sure-fire way to guarantee a wasted life of tragic struggle and poverty.

27 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 12:06 AM

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