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Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

OUTRAGED that Alex Carillo is still being held, without bond! Married to a U.S. citizen, with young child.... Good God, people, where's the sense in this??

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Posted by DeeBee on 03/28/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

Does anybody think it's weird that the critic has not even seen the show?

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Posted by Christopher Jordan O'Neill on 03/28/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

The author seems to have concerns that Shen Yun is some kind of "Bait and Switch" operation to fill the coffers of "Master Li's financial empire" meaning it's all about the money. This seems like a very ornate and complicated way just to make money. A more logical explanation is that the stated purpose of Shen Yun is actually true: It goes through all that trouble of travel, practice constant harrassment from the CCP to show the grandeur of life and art before the CCP rose and tried to destroy all the culture before it so that no-one would remember any other way except the the CCP way. That's why it was called a "Cultural Revolution" That is what it's purpose was. It hasn't changed.

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Posted by Christopher Jordan O'Neill on 03/28/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “After Tie, Burlington Inspector of Elections Candidates Square Off

Andrew is a supremely considerate person. He takes his position seriously and cares deeply about his community. I have personally seen Andrew register hundreds of people to vote, and I know he has registered well over a thousand people. Good luck Andrew!

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Posted by David O on 03/28/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

Did Mr. Picard really have to protect his ego this much to write a follow up piece and criminalize the Lieutenant Gov. for supporting a cultural event in Burlington? The list of Politicians supporting Shen Yun and the plight of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners is endless, starting with Vermont's very own Bernie Sanders... Sanders co-sponsored a Congressional Resolution condemning China:

"Urges the Chinese Government to release from detention all religious practitioners, Falun Gong members, and prisoners of conscience and end torture and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment"

Kicking kind hearted people while they are down is disgusting and Seven Days should be ashamed for spreading such venom.

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Posted by Sean Cronin on 03/28/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

Phil Scott's cop-out argument "...no legalization absent means for impaired testing" says much about the man's character: He is dishonest. He'd garner far more respect openly rejecting by way of logical argument (oh wait, there really is none) than by his politically correct avoidance of the issue. He won't openly reject legalization because he knows the vast majority of Vermonters (logically) embrace it. Avoidance (cowardice), plain and simple. Driving under the influence of marijuana is occurring now. Legislation neither condones nor alters that reality. Further, a single glass of wine or some OTC medication is far more impairing than marijuana. Wake up.

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Posted by VoiceOfReason on 03/28/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

Falun Gong is a propaganda machine which has roped many people in over the years. I despise what was originally a movement of resistance to the oppressive govt of China and now has become a cult profiteering an man with a big narcissistic ego. Most people don't know the agenda of this movement so I can't blame David for getting used. It will not be the last time a public official does with this group.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 03/28/2017 at 3:01 AM

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

All those people there weren't all from Harwick..but they were liberals, surprised they weren't bowing and kissing the big wigs feet.. So much hot air, could had bagged it up and use for heat till summer..2 of these 3 have been in office waaaaaaaaaaay to long...Think the only reason these 3 are having meetings is they want you to think they care..
Leahy and Sanders don't want a wall because they love illegals..they don't care that a 9th grader 14 yr old girl got raped in school by a 17 and 18 yr olds illegals, they don't care that a old man, illegal is in the 9th grade at another school..these guys are with young children..So lets just let all the illegals in the US ..be a different story if one of these 3 democrats (who loves illegals) children or grandchildren were raped or kill by one of these illegals..Food for thought huh....
Glad I'm an Patriot, an American who cares and a REPUBLICAN..and care about our President, He was elected and these idiots should be standing by him to make this country. great not trying to destroy it..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/28/2017 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

Notice how ICE always goes after migrant workers for violating the laws about undocumented employment, but never imprisons their employers, or the corporate executives who buy the bulk food and dairy products produced with undocumented migrant labor. It is a farce of justice. The truth is our current food systems would collapse without migrant labor. Everyone wants food prices to stay low, while keeping the minimum wage at a non livable level, resulting in not enough American citizens being willing or able to do the hard work on farms for such low pay, poor working conditions, and lack of health care. Based on that reality, it is no wonder the US Dept. of Labor reports that 57% of the entire agricultural workforce in the US is undocumented.

ICE knows they cannot deport every single farm worker. The profiteers of Big Ag won't stand for it. So they will single out the activists, and some of the workers, as a warning shot to scare others into silence, while serving their other monied interests, the profiteers of the prison/detention industry.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

It is a sick irony that ICE has a division with the Orwellian name of "Criminal Exploitation Unit", given the fact that the past few centuries of American foreign policy in Central and South America has been nothing short of Criminal Exploitation. It is those policies of American Imperialism that has stolen land from the local and indigenous populations of those countries, giving it to American and multinational corporations like United Fruit and ITT, for massive plantations and mining operations, while kicking subsistence farmers off their land, paying them paltry wages to work for the corporation, poisoning their land with pesticides that are banned in the US, and oil and mining pollution, and installing and propping up dictatorships and corrupt governments who are sympathetic to the criminal exploitation of the foreign corporate interests. And added to the mix have been the numerous death squad police forces over the decades that have been armed and funded by the US, and trained at the School of the Americas, in the US.

So when the people of these countries we have exploited so criminally try to come here for a better and safer life, we send in the "Criminal Exploitation Unit" to round them up. A truly sick and cruel joke. 1984 was written as a warning for the future, not an instruction manual.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

I was going to reimburse the theater, I promise. BUSTED, just like your March Madness bracket.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/27/2017 at 8:33 PM

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

I must say I am grateful to have been a part of the meeting. The house was full and people do not give up hope, however it made me sad to hear how a couple questions were just not answered. I was hoping to hear the answer on what the thought of the panel was on colored equality on all fronts the same as what the plan, if there was one, could be to help the three individuals who were detained to be deported.
It really did not make me feel all that good to hear that those questions were rather dodged..and not answered.
I don't think anyone was expecting a miracle answer. Rather something more concrete that could show everyone really puts their weight behind these issues that are also present right here among us.

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Posted by Melanie Reinhardt on 03/27/2017 at 8:26 PM

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

Thanks for pointing that out, @Jimshifty! It's now corrected.

Best,
Andrea

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 03/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

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

The entire event is just more proof that the Three Bald Guy's and anyone else with a D next to their name have no interest in helping real people. The entire democratic agenda is all smoke and mirrors in order to keep themselves in power. I bet if it were still election season the question raised by a black constituent would have been given a response but now they don't need your vote for a few years and they are hoping you forget this events before they come telling you how they are going to better your loves before the next election. It's events like this that prove the Democrats true intentions, and none of those intentionsites involve helping working class or poor people. It's time to wake the fuck up and vote these asses out.

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Posted by citizen on 03/27/2017 at 3:31 PM

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

"Meanwhile, Sanders spends a full hour every week on the nationally syndicated "Thom Hartmann Program."'
Wrong.
Bernie stopped being on the Hartmann show regularly about two years ago.
Totally understandable, as he is operating on a national/international stage. And we should be glad that he is.

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Posted by Jimshifty on 03/27/2017 at 2:25 PM

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

Is it so remarkable that the Democratic delegation said "no" to a possibly helpful solution to a problem they helped create?

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Posted by timothy price on 03/27/2017 at 10:34 AM

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

There are thousands of these sad stories. This one is poorly crafted and far too heavy handed on the sympathy ploy but all the same, Carrillo evidently had opportunity to become a citizen which he ignored. Deportation is a natural consequence of staying in a country too long. The same thing would happen to me if I overstayed a visa in France, for example.

Carrillo seems like a good person and hopefully he can get the citizenship thing worked out so he can rejoin his family in the United States. Because he didn't already take care of the citizenship thing, he put himself in this position, though.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/27/2017 at 7:30 AM

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!

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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

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