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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: News

Re: “After Lake Fatality, Coast Guard Says Boaters Often Don't Follow the Rules

Although my dad, Rod Dion did not take the course he KNEW the rules and followed them without question. He is the one who made the correct maneuver in this situation. In fact, he took an action that most likely saved the lives of the others at a cost of his own.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Trisha Desranleau on 07/15/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Starting Over: First Steps for Refugees in Vermont

Great cartoon and how accurate! There's only one bad person in the strip and it's the cracker who is angrily forcing the former professor from Iraq to clean a bathroom. That's us crackers alright! Thank you for the accurate depiction of how we're complete dicks! Now it's time for my nightly assault rifle polishing. Where did I put you, sweetheart?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Eric J on 07/11/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Starting Over: First Steps for Refugees in Vermont

Great comic! I would love to 7D run a regular cartoon strip from a New American's point of view.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Seth Gillim on 07/10/2016 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Fare Warning

I am an uber driver. The background check and vehicle condition and operating condition must be excellent to remain active as a driver. A clean criminal 50 state background and a 10 year driving record is completed in every driver as well, any major traffic violations or at fault accidents will disqualify an applicant. The fare is calculated online before the ride is requested and tipping is not expected or encouraged by drivers. Customers rate their ride experience after each trip and drivers that get constantly low scores are suspended or permanatly removed and will be immediately fired by UBER for illegal conduct or morally questionable behavior with customers. The real advantage is the fare price, for example a trip from downtown Burlington to the airport averages around 5 dollars. There is no charge for additional passengers. And you will never share a cab with a stranger. Uber provides a 1 million dollar liability policy to protect passengers in the event of a loss. The entire transaction is processed through the smart phone app and the credit card on file. No hand to hand transactions are permitted. It answers virtually all of the problems associated with the Taxi industry.

Posted by Davi Paul on 06/09/2016 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Crash and Burn: Reconstructing an Accident Scene

WOW what a person

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Posted by Pixelvt on 06/07/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Crash and Burn: Reconstructing an Accident Scene

You are special. God bless you Beth Howe.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 06/02/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Crash and Burn: Reconstructing an Accident Scene

An amazing story. All blessings on each of the people involved, both the injured and the rescuers. Beth Howe, I hope many of us reading about your calm, caring actions will hold you in our hearts when life offers us an opportunity to help others.

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Posted by Andrea Viets on 06/02/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Why More Vermont Parents Are Losing Their Children — Permanently

In 2014, Vermont authorities took 788 children from their homes. Of course, DCF says, it’s an opioid epidemic.

But in 1999 Vermont took away 750 children. In 2005 it was 770. And in 2002 Vermont took away 832 children.

What Vermont really has is an epidemic of child removal, caused by an entrenched take-the-child-and-run mentality that long predates the opioid epidemic.

Vermont is an extreme outlier among the states, routinely tearing apart families at one of the highest rates in the nation, vastly higher than states that are national models for keeping children safe – including states with serious drug abuse problems. (Details: http://www.nccpr.org/reports/2014ROR.pdf)

The problem of drug abuse, like the problem of child abuse, is serious and real. But neither problem requires the kind of mass destruction of families that has been standard operating procedure in Vermont. And the problem with all this is not that it hurts parents, though of course it does, the problem is that it hurts children.

For example, University of Florida researchers studied two groups of infants born with cocaine in their systems. One group was placed in foster care, the other with birth mothers able to care for them. After six months, the babies were tested using all the usual measures of infant development: rolling over, sitting up, reaching out. Consistently, the children placed with their birth mothers did better. For the foster children, being taken from their mothers was more toxic than the cocaine.

That doesn’t mean you can just leave children with addicts and go away. It does mean that serious drug treatment for the parent – the kind Skyler Browder talks about – is almost always a better option than foster care for the child.

Richard Wexler
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
www.nccpr.org

16 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Richard Wexler on 05/12/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Burlington Couple Busted For Gardening Structures in Front Yard

In a city it can be hard to have your cake an eat it too. Country mouse doesn't feel bad for city mice....lol.

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Posted by Joseph Kennedy on 05/12/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Why More Vermont Parents Are Losing Their Children — Permanently

Frankly these birth mothers (and the occasional father) don't have my sympathy . The only important issue is , as the Dr. said , "the best interest of the child " . These kids are not taken away because of simple bad parenting . The criteria is much higher then that . They are removed because the parents are believed to be a danger to the child .

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 05/11/2016 at 3:52 PM

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.

3 likes, 1 dislike
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 !

3 likes, 3 dislikes
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.

14 likes, 1 dislike
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.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mary M on 04/21/2016 at 7:42 AM

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