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Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Catie - I couldn't agree more. A tragedy I still cannot fathom for my dear Penny and family. So much unending love to you all. -Kristen Toy

Posted by Kristen Ninneman Toy on 08/31/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Walk of Ages: How a Vermont March Helped Launch a Climate Movement

I was not aware that Seven Days accepted Commentaries. Why is one person getting special treatment? Can I submit a response of equal length that will be published?

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Posted by A. Smith on 08/31/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

In all the articles written, and the final autopsy concluded, Dennis and Sean's death was caused by FENTANYL INTOXICATION. No other drugs were found in their system. I ask you, the unbiased and biased audience, the drugs sold and given was in fact NOT HEROIN BUT PURE FENTANYL. In the state of VT my understanding is" if you buy heroin, and know it is heroin,and you overdose on that drug, it is all on you." If you buy what you are told is heroin and it IS NOT heroin, that in my opinion, and I believe a law in the state of VT, constitutes murder. I will try to help my sister and our families to move past this unbelievable tragedy, but I will never ever give up on making the person responsible for Dennis and Sean's death, to be held accountable for his part in causing their deaths.

Catie Barnier

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Posted by Catie Barnier on 08/31/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Dennis and Sean were kind souls. I remember the first time meeting them and thinking "who are these tough guy, heavy metal dudes?", but I couldn't have been more wrong. Over the years of playing softball together, poker games, or nerding out to cell phone gadgetry, I learned how passionate and caring they were. Often it's the people with the biggest hearts that get into using. So tragic...I think of them often. My heart hurts for the family.

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Posted by Jeremy H on 08/31/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Ranger Solar Is Winning Support for 100-Acre Arrays

Katie, you well know that Aaron Svedlow backtracked on that early claim that Ranger intended to sell the RECs in Vermont. Ranger has stated that they would sell them out of state.

And as for your closing sentence from Mr. Cohen:: "There's going to need to be a lot of clean energy in Vermont" -- Be assured that none of Ranger's five proposed projects would create clean energy for Vermont; rather, if built they would create clean energy for whichever state purchased the RECs. What our five towns WOULD get instead would be five very large out-of-state "energy plantations" sitting on their Vermont fields, with nothing you could legally refer to as renewable energy, according to the VT Attorney General's office.

To move forward with these outsized deals for Palo Alto investment brokers - is to sell Vermont for large sums of our temple...under our noses. The towns who participate would get the crumbs in return. Hang on to Vermont, is disappearing rapidly.

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Posted by Kathy on 08/31/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

The DVM is lucky they didn't have to fork out more. The law is the law, whether you like it or not. If it doesn't appeal to you, get it changed. Breaking the law, in this case forging a DMV document, should have consequences that made the employee sting. I'm not happy with drivers cards being handed out to illegals either, but until its changed, don't be a bigoted a-hole, just do your job.

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Posted by Christopher Maloney on 08/31/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

“I was promised safety when accessing services from the DMV, and when I went to the DMV I went with good faith and good intention,” Rababah told VTDigger. “I had done nothing wrong.”

Well, almost nothing wrong. You did overstay a visa. Even still, illegals are allowed to obtain driver's privileges without being subjected to deportation.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 08/31/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Sad story . My sympathies to the Thibaults . It's too bad you didn't discover your sons drug use but unfortunately this is not surprising . Drug users usually hide their habits well especially with their parents and family's.

I am disappointed that it took 7days hundreds of words to put a name , Bobby Robidoux , to the suspected drug dealer selling spiked heroin . Are you afraid of slandering him ?

As for the professor , guns and motorcycles are not illegal . Additionally if either of these products had been altered to vastly increase the potential death of their users , yes you would be responsible for any resulting deaths , You can only shake your head at the Professor Sands of the world where everything is a law school debate .

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Posted by Rich ard on 08/31/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

I am disgusted by the way we bow down to illegals. Do you think any other country does the same? No they do not.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 08/31/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “A Climate Change: Phil Scott 'Evolves' on Global Warming

Oh, Mr. "Oracle," Believer-In-Science: Please confirm that you agree that all Vermont schoolchildren must be vaccinated? Please tell us that you agree that GMO foods are safe?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/31/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Ranger Solar Is Winning Support for 100-Acre Arrays

These guys used to be wind developers and proposed one of the worst wind projects I have ever seen for Maryland, 600 foot tall turbines near homes and schools. Beware!

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Posted by A. Smith on 08/31/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Sam Miller's letter in today's 7D has it exactly right about Zuckerman. Party Dishonesty. But what would we expect from a guy who took state reimbursements he didn't earn?…

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/31/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

It is amazing how many people believe an undocumented immigrant can simply "pursue a legal avenue to be a US citizen." This is ignorance being perpetuated. Almost a all undocumented immigrants want to be documented. They want the protections that go with documentation. They want to be able to visit their families in their countries of origin but our immigration system is broken and favors the wealthy and those of certain origins over others. While there are avenues to legal residency and citizenship they are severely limited for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants or those who remain in other countries but wish to immigrate. Even those who do qualify are often prevented from pursuing those avenues by the astronomical costs. Further, while these people reside here they are treated extremely poorly by certain groups of people who incorrectly state that these people are taking advantage of public assistance (undocumented persons do not qualify for government assistance) or that they are "taking our jobs" and not learning our language (America has no official language).

Regardless, Vermont (<3) finally created a program to lighted the burden on these people by allowing them to legally drive. It is ludicrous to create such a program and then put those who participate in greater peril merely as a result of their participation. That is not the Vermont I know and love. This man faced humiliation, fear, and stress merely for participating in a program that was designed for him to use. $40,000 is not enough.

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Posted by Legalese23 on 08/31/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

Mr. Rababah is in the US illegally, let me repeat that: ILLEGALLY. Yet, in spite of this, he is legally licensed to operate a vehicle and, on top of that, he's rewarded with $40K for being here ILLEGALLY. There are legal avenues to immigration. Why over all of these years did Mr. Rababah choose not to pursue a legal avenue to be a US citizen? Basically this ruling is saying: 'Hey, if you're a DMV employee and you see someone breaking the law just look the other way.'

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Posted by Paul Jones on 08/31/2016 at 6:22 AM

Re: “DMV Settles Jordanian National's Discrimination Complaint

He may have received a monetary settlement, but that is hardly justice in this case. He went through two years of hearings in immigration court, with all the attendant fears and worries. We don't know what happened there but can be reasonably certain that he was not given permanent resident status, and is in hotter water than he was when the racist DMV employee ratted him out. I am stunned that there was not a clearer mandate to employees when the legislation was passed. I note this happened at about the time Kim Davis was making it clear that, to some at least, there is no reason to follow the law. I hope we won't see more of this scofflaw behavior, but if hopes were horses, we all could ride.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 08/31/2016 at 3:44 AM

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