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Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

When a former speaker of the house and "moral" republican leader has just been found to have been a pedophile, and gets 15 months in jail for actions much more harmful than Szad's (five victims, one suicide), I think the least we can do is offer the one who has done the time and is working on resolving his issues support and not hinder. As we discuss this here and in a fairly noble stream of comments with a few outliers, I wonder why the mainstream media, so terrified of transgendered folks in bathrooms, has managed to virtually ignore Hastert and his deeds while we pick up the pieces of one destroyed life. In my many years as a public defender in Massachusetts, I never once met a pedophile who had not been abused as a child. Not every child who is molested repeats the harm on the next generation, but perhaps we could learn something useful by finding out which ones do get turned and why.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 04/28/2016 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Creditors Get In Line As Jay Peak Development Scandal Unfolds

When all our elected leaders stand next to these Crooks and give them the seal of approval so hard-working contractors and vendors feel it's safe to go to work for them and they're going to get stuck holding the bag

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Posted by Fran Tague on 04/28/2016 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

What a great article on a very difficult and sensitive subject. Kudos to Seven Days for such a balanced story, beautifully written and edited. This is the kind of journalism we need more of.

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Posted by Rachel Morton on 04/28/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Creditors Get In Line As Jay Peak Development Scandal Unfolds

Where is all the money?.???

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Posted by Tim Swanson on 04/28/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

as a victim my self its monsters like this who killed who i was going to be "murder" and then they sex offenders play the poor me stance. its like hay bud lots of people were victimized by monsters like you and do not perpetrate on others. that's why i started the Facebook page " Vermont Keep sex offenders off Facebook and out of our homes". i choose to be pro active and will never say o he or she deserves a chance because at birth you had one and chose to harm the innocent creating a life of self destruction, turmoil and much more.

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Posted by Bruce Jackson on 04/28/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

And to those who think Szad's fears of himself are proof that he's dangerous... I wholly disagree. The person who acts completely and permanently changed is likely hiding something. Often, the hidden urges are the most dangerous. By admitting a struggle, he allows room for support and help. It is a good thing, worthy of praise. It is a brave to be that vulnerable.
While I am saddened that conversion therapy is being used as a treatment (being gay is not wrong, and being straight doesn't make someone less likely to victimize children), I believe there is room for hope in this story, and an example of a humanitarian approach to be studied and perhaps used as an alternative strategy for reintegration.
Side note, out of context, that conversion therapist sounds like the worst. The idea that some sad,lonely woman is waiting for a converted gay sex offender is grotesque and not exactly the foundation for a healthy and meaningful marriage or relationship.

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Posted by Feefee Farcklefrost on 04/28/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

Mark Davis, thank you for writing such a complex article that humanizes the people involved. Many perpetrators of sexual violence are victims of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, Szad continued the cycle of pain by victimizing someone else. He is a risk to have in a community, but Marcoux demonstrates a higher level of justice and reasoning that is uncommon. I appreciate his approach of helping someone create a life of value that is earned back and not worth the risk of losing. It a significant and real problem that those who have served their time often have no place to go, no transportation, and little chance of being hired for a livable wage. And so many turn to substances and illegal acts, because little else is available. Why try, if you are set up to fail? Why become a better person, when the world doesn't acknowledge your efforts?

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Posted by Feefee Farcklefrost on 04/28/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Sanders To Lay Off ‘Hundreds’ of Staffers, Focus on California

@Christine DeMello..Sanders was not invited to see the Pope..He was told no that the Pope would not be able to see him but Sanders took it upon himself to go anyways..and to take along all your families and friends and pay for their trip with campaign funds which is suppose to be for campaigning not lavish trip is not right..but that's what a Socialist does, use other people money for your own pleasure..the Pope doesn't have anything to do with the campaign...SMH

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/28/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Sanders To Lay Off ‘Hundreds’ of Staffers, Focus on California

@Donna Boutin, are you referring to the trip he took to Rome... because he was invited to speak by the Pope!? I'll give him money any day for that trip!

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Posted by Christine DeMello on 04/28/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Sanders To Lay Off ‘Hundreds’ of Staffers, Focus on California

Say it ain't so...Bernie does not do as he says everyone else should? Shocking, just Shocking

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 04/28/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Creditors Get In Line As Jay Peak Development Scandal Unfolds

These contractors should be paid everything they are owed, not pennies on the dollars.. Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger are crooks/thieves and so are some top officials, and you know who they are, they were behind this project and got their palms greased..They are all throwing each other under the bus and who's getting the raw end of the deal, the contractors and their workers..This whole thing was a fraud from day 1..getting foreign investors to invest with the understanding that the foreigners will get a life time green card without having to go through the process to get one the legal way..mmm who can make that happen, a Senator(s), a Governor????Hope the contractors and others get real good lawyers and sue every one who's involved in this fraud..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/28/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “In Stealth Move, Senate Sends Pot Legalization Back to House

Terrible bill. Shady Politics.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 04/28/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Sanders To Lay Off ‘Hundreds’ of Staffers, Focus on California

Rehire the ones they let go.. will they get rehired for more then what they were being paid..under 10.00 a hr..Sanders doesn't pay mim wage..but sure spends big bucks to take 50 family, friends and a couple of reporters to Rome on a big plane and seen driving a fancy car.. what a way to use people donation money..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 04/28/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “In Stealth Move, Senate Sends Pot Legalization Back to House

Anyone who votes against this should not be re-elected this fall. Vote them out!

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Posted by Elrod on 04/28/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Newport Reels Over Jay Peak Fraud Charges

The story states that $200 million of taxpayers money had been scammed, and the finger was pointed at the Miami partner, who allegedly took $50 million. The obvious question is, what happened to the remained $150. million of taxpayer monies? I'm hopeful the investigation will determine who stole these monies and hold them criminally responsible!

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Posted by Brent Armstrong on 04/28/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “House Takes Surprising Change of Direction in Renewable Siting Legislation

The people of Vermont have spoken! There are now 153 municipalities signed on to the Rutland Town Resolution demanding that their voices be heard and that Vermonters be involved in a community driven collaborative process. To date the laws and the process have been created and driven by the energy developers.

Victims of Industrial Wind have flooded the State House on a regular basis, educating, informing, and competing for compassion against the energy developers like REV, VPIRG, etc., who constantly misrepresent our position.

The small steps taken in S.230 towards addressing the renewable energy debacle is a good start towards making amends. And the 142-0 House floor vote reflected that. As we move forward with the municipal and regional guidelines to be developed, along with the sound standard, Vermont will truly learn the real motivation behind what's been going on. Our group feels strongly that we can accomplish our goals for renewable energy generated on properly located sites, small scale and community driven, with the energy credits remaining in Vermont. If that doesn't happen, it will confirm what the real goal may have been all along.

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Posted by Sally Collopy on 04/28/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “House Takes Surprising Change of Direction in Renewable Siting Legislation

wind opponents = protectors of public and environmental health.

Perhaps in the next article you might describe them as such...just a thought to keep it real.

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Posted by Joanne Levesque on 04/28/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “In Stealth Move, Senate Sends Pot Legalization Back to House

We'd all be better off if the police would focus on crimes that have actual victims.

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Posted by Mike Parent on 04/28/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Burlington Council Excited — Yet Anxious — About Mall Project

What does that have to do with "lining his pockets"? Once again you make false, uninformed statements.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/28/2016 at 7:15 AM

Re: “In Stealth Move, Senate Sends Pot Legalization Back to House

Why does this have to be so difficult VT?! Just model the rules after what has worked already! There's plenty to work with here... Colorado and other states have already done the groundwork. Or model it after how beer is regulated with a bit of extra rules for 2nd hand smoke (like with tobacco). Adults can buy beer from many types of businesses and brew our own without paying for a license or making expensive "security" changes to our homes. That has not been a disaster and legal weed will not be either. The time is NOW to end the personal and societal damage caused by Prohibition which is by far the greatest risk of marijuana!

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Posted by geeebs on 04/28/2016 at 7:01 AM

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