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Re: “Police Wear Cameras to Record — and Avoid — Trouble

If the camera is resent, then the person arrested / charged must have access to the video. Not allowing access to a recording of an arrest would be tantamount to evidence suppression.

Posted by Craig Chevrier on 12/17/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Two Dems Compete for New North End City Council Seat

Jason L'Ecuyer has been the facilitator of the North End NPAs for going on 4 years, a role similar to that of the Moderator at Town Meeting. In this role, he has earned wide respect. He served two terms as our representative on the Community Development Block Grants Board, CDBG. This board allocates federal funds for City programs managed by CEDO, and makes small grants to non-profits in the city. His background in city planning and development review is important at this time when there is so much growth pressure on remaining open land in the North End.

Tom and Jason are respectfully challenging each other for the newly created Ward Councilor seat in Ward 7. A previous Seven Days article made it sound like the current sitting councilors are the ones deciding who will run for the open seats. Tout au contraire, fellow citizens in this great democracy -- the legal voters of each Ward and District choose their candidates at caucus. The Progressive caucus is airing on Ch17 now, and is on-demand at the website. The Dem caucus is Jan 11, 4pm, at Barnes Sustainability Academy.

Posted by leaterhune on 12/17/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Left Behind: Will Elizabeth Warren Eclipse Bernie Sanders?

Liz Warren has eclipsed Bernie in every metric that matters. she is measured in her message and effective. Bernie is a terrific pundit, the fact is if you look at Bernies accomplishments he hasn't really made any significant strides for the collective its all about the "Bernie" branding. his op-positional and out sized ego will lead him to run for president. He has been named to a leadership position on the budget commitee if he runs for president that important position will be lost. Sanders hasnt a real chancefor a presidential bid.

Warren understands that moving the herd in the Senate is as important or more important than winning a presidency where her positions would become lost. Sanders on the other hand driven by ego not results, his ego driven agenda is working toward his foot note in history not for the greater good of the American people that is just a secondary goal.

We would be better served by Sanders if he left the Senate and concentrated his efforts a s a political pundit another TV personality. and leave the real hard work of creating meaningful legislation to folks who place the peole over self like LIz Warren. Less hot air and more effective leadership if Sanders runs and foregoes what could be his most effective whip hand for the people we know what he is an egomaniacl blow hard in the mold of Bill O'reilly.

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Posted by Walt on 12/17/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Leahy Splits With Sanders, Welch on 'Cromnibus'

Leahy needs to be put out to pasture

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Posted by Walt on 12/16/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

Too bad we aren't hearing the whole story. Just the same BS...poor Wendy. Boohoo. Her domestic abuse claims make it look bad for those of us who have actually lived it. Put on your big girl panties and start learning to stop blaming everyone else for your predicament.

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Posted by Jennifer Cavacas on 12/15/2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “House Democrats Elect Copeland Hanzas Majority Leader

Scott,

Good catch. Thanks! We've corrected that.

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 12/15/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

This article is full of inaccuracies and facts conveniently "left out" to make it appear that Wendy is the victim. I could go on and on about that, but the issue now is where Wendy is to live. The real victim's family doesn't want her residing in Rutland, and I think that is fair considering the crime that took place. Wendy has served the minimum sentence she was given and is now allowed to carry on her life. She has the whole state of Vermont to live in, just not Rutland. Alyssia can move out of Rutland if they need to be together.

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Posted by Melissa Yingling on 12/15/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Leahy Splits With Sanders, Welch on 'Cromnibus'

This is not a good sign. Senator Leahy is treading down the wrong path.

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Posted by M Ildiko Mester on 12/15/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “House Democrats Elect Copeland Hanzas Majority Leader

John Campbell is actually (D-Windsor)

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Posted by Scott McCarty on 12/15/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

"She said she believes her own sister-in-law contracted cancer as a result of the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979."

I believe that more people are going to get sick and die early as a result of increased burning of fossil fuels when this plant closes down.

Posted by John Hughes on 12/14/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Certainly a brighter future than the one facing Chernobyl or Fukushima !

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Posted by Lionel Delevingne on 12/14/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Back in the 1980's I spent many hours at Vermont Yankee performing inspection of various repairs and maintenance to the ECCS (emergency core cooling system) and feedwater platforms. I am proud to have contributed to the safe operation of the plant for all these many subsequent years and hope the wonderful people of Vermont and especially the Vernon and Brattleboro areas can withstand the closure and maintain a reasonable standard of living without too much difficulty.
Jeff Jump
Wolcott CT

Posted by Jeffrey Jump on 12/14/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Great argument. Just cause you write it in all caps doesn't make it true:)

Posted by Michael Benoit on 12/13/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

Darin Gillies’s comment errs on three points:

1) “its very cheap power.” It may be “very” cheap, but it’s not cheap enough, which is why the plant is closing, as its owners have clearly stated.

Today’s Brattleboro Reformer features an op-ed from a nuclear power supporter who writes: “I’d note that the decisions now being made on nuclear closures are being made on economic grounds, not any of the controversies that have attended nuclear over the years. Current and temporary market conditions are dictating environmental and energy policy.”

It’s really quite simple: VY power costs more to produce than the price at which the power is sold. That’s why the plant is closing.

2) “I love how there is no plan to replace the base power we are about to loose.” Vermont’s utilities replaced the power from VY years ago when they saw that their contracts were about to expire and that negotiations were not going anywhere. Vermont has been buying its power from other sources since March, 2012. And in fact, Vermont power prices have declined (slightly) as a result.

3) “it doesn't ruin mountain tops, kill birds and bats nor does it spoil green filed agricultural land like solar.” Putting to one side the dubious claims about wind and solar, nuclear power DOES “ruin” the lands on which uranium is mined and where the tailings are placed, as well as in the environs of fuel enrichment plants. It also injures and kills workers involved in these processes. In addition, the areas dedicated to storage of nuclear waste are ruined for millennia, if not forever. All this is under “business as usual” operating conditions.

In the event of accidents – like Fukushima and Chernobyl – the damage is worse, MUCH worse. These events are still having impacts thousands of miles away, as well as far more serious impacts close to the plants themselves.

Posted by JohnGreenberg on 12/13/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Oh yeah, my daughter had another child which has been diagnosed with the same things that her first one was diagnosed with due to her poor parenting ability. And they closed the case on the 2nd one. I had to call on that one as well.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Social Security Title IV provides funds to strengthen families and possibly reunite them if possible. There's no profit for the States. If this were the case then my Grandchild would have been removed the first time.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

Oh, and by the way, the Guardian ad Litum on the first case with the case worker that retired, resigned from the case because she could see through my daughter. There was no getting the case manager to see the truth. When the second case was opened and there were new case workers the Guardian ad Litum took it.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Longtime Guardian Calls Child Welfare System 'Broken'

I believe that they should not allow any DCF employee to take on cases until they retire. There should be a point in which their job duties change a couple of years prior to retirement. The reason I say this is because back in 2009 I had to call DCF to report my own daughter's neglect and abuse of my Grandson. She was assigned a case manager that was going to retire within the year. My daughter can sell snow to an Eskimo and was telling an entirely different story than what I was saying. The case mgr. chose to believe her.

Then an incident happened where 3 of us called in and reported it. The other 2 chose to remain anonymous because they were afraid of the backlash from my daughter. It was atrocious how my Grandbaby was being neglected. They chose not to open a case. I called the office supervisor and was told, "you were the one that made all 3 calls, you chose to be anonymous on the other 2 calls and we refuse to open a case on any information you provide to us. It must come from a hospital or medical professional before we would consider to investigate". I told the lady that if this child suffered ill affects because of this they were going to be sued.

To make a long story short a hospital did call on her and a case was opened. and was not given to the same case manager because she was retired. Because my daughter was telling them that her son was the son I always wanted and I was just trying to get him for myself he was placed in Foster Care. Mind you this child was born 16 weeks early, weighing only 1 lb. and 16 oz. and was very fragile. I got an attorney and now I have adopted my Grandson. Sad to say that he has MAJOR psychological issues as a result of the neglect and abuse he suffered as an infant.

I'm sorry folks but us Grandparents really want to just be Grandparents. I had no desire to raise another child. We have no rights in the State of VT and it is because they are afraid that we are after our children's children for our own keeping. BSSSS is all I can say. If a Grandparent has to report their own child you bet it is the hardest thing they've ever had to do and they do it for the welfare of the child because the child does not have a voice. I wasn't looking to parent him, but we stepped forward because there was no way that our kin would be taken by another family so long as we could help it. I've seen COUNTLESS Grandparent's hearts shattered over their Grandchildren being treated poorly or they've taken care of them since they were tiny and the parent wants them back for the subsidy check. WAKE UP VERMONT is all I have to say.

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Posted by Kim Tardie on 12/13/2014 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Gone Fission: Assessing a Future Without Vermont Yankee

its very cheap power. It's base load power that can't be replaced with solar or wind. Plus it doesn't ruin mountain tops, kill birds and bats nor does it spoil green filed agricultural land like solar. We should just build a new one in the same site with new technology. I love how there is no plan to replace the base power we are about to loose,

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Posted by Darin Gillies on 12/12/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Welch, Sanders Oppose Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill

The Elephant in the room is our National Debt crossing the 18 Trillion mark.
50 % of that liability is owned by federal, state and municipal pensions, sure hope they get paid for all their years of service...

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Posted by Justin Turcotte on 12/12/2014 at 3:32 PM

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