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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.

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.

0 likes, 1 dislike
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.

10 likes, 1 dislike
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.

8 likes, 4 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?

8 likes, 2 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.

5 likes, 16 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.

15 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 03/24/2017 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Meet the Brit Who Turned Around Burlington Telecom

Great story!

Posted by Alex Carter on 03/24/2017 at 12:01 AM

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

John Walters is quickly becoming the most disliked reporter in Vermont, and I use reporter very liberally in this circumstance. He writes bullshit articles like this all the time. If you want to point the finger on ethics, clean up your own first.

10 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/23/2017 at 8:32 PM

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

This lack of access could blow up Bernie's image should it surface nationally. His staff better think twice about how they respond to requests from Bernie's Green Mothership.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathy on 03/23/2017 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Vermont's Congressional Delegation Joins the Criticism of ICE Arrests

Yes people in Washington that are supposed to represent us they took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws for the state apparently they're not why can't they be fired as they should be

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Vermont's Congressional Delegation Joins the Criticism of ICE Arrests

When they're sworn in I swear to uphold the laws which they are not can I be fired for that I would think they could be and probably should be

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “After Arrests, Attorney Says ICE is Targeting Migrant Justice

I know of a lot of people that have had a DWI and this guy had one dismissed I have never seen that happen something special missing here

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Gorton on 03/23/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Judge: McAllister Can Withdraw Plea in Sexual Assault Case

one question- HOW?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 03/23/2017 at 7:09 PM

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

Does anyone trust a bank? I know of no such person.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 03/23/2017 at 6:13 PM

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

He doesn't need us anymore, laments Mark Johnson.

That's right. He doesn't. Now that the Vermont Senate seat is his for life (thanks to his adoring sycophants in Vermont) the Dear Leader doesn't even have to pretend to care about Vermont anymore. Nevermind that he is the Senator of and from Vermont. Nevermind that he's not only too important to talk to the Vermont media, but that he's also too busy even to show up for his job in the Senate. Don't you get it? He's the Savior Of The World! It's ridiculous and selfish for you to expect him to deal with Vermont issues!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/23/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Scott Supreme Court Appointment Makes Court Majority Women

Looks like Governor Scott used an old military tactic-take your worst soldier off the field and promote them.

2 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Flo Freeman on 03/23/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Legal Pot Bill Clears Key Committee in Vermont House

My thanks to all who spoke up to support H.170 as written. We hope that the Senate will not change the bill before it is passed..
The untold story is about those who changed votes by speaking truth to our legislators. We thank the Judiciary for listening to Vermonter's who support this bill. Governor Scott, Please do not insist on a per-se limit. Cannabis is not like alcohol and prescription drugs. A per-se limit is not supported by science.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 03/23/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Safe Injection Site Commission Acknowledges Political Difficulties

Scott if you had reed any of my earlier post on the subject of the opiate epidemic you would know that I hold the doctors that handed out pills like candy the most responsible for the problem we face today. But no one ever made anyone inject themselves with drugs. And look at the numbers coming out of Canada, 250 out of 6500 is not a successful program. And at some point Scott people have to take personal responsibility for their actions and if they want to get clean they need to enter and pay for a rehab program themselves. It's time to stop depending on the government to save everyone.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 03/23/2017 at 3:59 PM

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

I have a tenant who pays over a thousand a month in rent. He distrusts banks so he doesn't have an account.

6 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Margaret Huessy Laggis on 03/23/2017 at 3:56 PM

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