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Advocating for much needed ethical reform in State government and presenting concrete recommendations and goals, as opposed to shallow platitudes, makes Matt Dunne a "control freak"? I would disagree with that assessment.
After the overwhelming show of support for legalization at the recent public hearing....Well..let's just say Legislators who do not listen to their constituents do not remain in office very long. Representatives are elected to represent the will of the citizens who elect them, not to push their own, misguided, personal agendas. We will remember what happens in the House on Election Day.
Charles, I am not attacking the police; I'm acknowledging a fact. When those in authority (law enforcement, government entities, your boss at work, etc.) exaggerate and distort the truth, they sacrifice credibility and respect. With the caveat that you cannot believe everything that your search engine spits out, here are a few facts: Methamphetamine is made up of volatile, toxic, poisonous and really dangerous chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia (poisonous to breathe, explosive, causes chemical burns), red phosphorous (extremely volatile), lithium (poisonous, volatile), hydriotic acid (corrosive to metals and tissue, extremely volatile when mixed with other reactive agents), and lye, just to name a few. Methamphetamine production requires fairly advanced chemistry knowledge; the chance of an explosion is exponentially increased without it. Even when done "properly", methamphetamine production creates toxic, poisonous waste that is often dumped into the nearest drain or trashcan. Furthermore, the chemicals and fumes created by methamphetamine production permeate the walls, carpets, plaster, and wood of meth labs, as well as the surrounding soil, and are known to cause cancer, permanent brain damage, and immune/respiratory system problems. Now, BHO or butane hash oil is made by running butane though cannabis packed into a glass tube. The butane absorbs the THC and then boils off via evaporation, leaving the THC in the form of an oil. The process involves no other chemicals and leaves no waste product, toxic or otherwise. Is butane flammable? Absolutely. Can using butane be dangerous? Of course. It is also sold over the counter and used frequently in day-to-day life. Many things are dangerous; but the simple fact is that the dangers posed by the use of butane to extract THC (which to an extent do exist, no denial there) and the dangers posed by methamphetamine production cannot and should not be compared.
"Equally as volatile as meth"...When will law enforcement learn that making such patently absurd and exaggerated statements costs them their credibility with the public..This inevitably leads to a lack of trust, a lack of support and a lack of respect. What's next.."We called in a haz-mat team, inconvenienced hundreds of residents and commuters because of an individual filling a Zippo lighter"
This blows my mind after working as a defense attorney in Chittenden county for three years. While I do not always agree with the decisions of our local State's Attorney's Office, I have nothing but respect for T.J. and his team. I am also the first to applaud the sincerity his office has shown in implementing and supporting progressive and effective methods of crime reduction. It seems to me like Mrs. Marthage wants to blame everyone and everything else: DOC, judges, lack of resources, the Defender General, etc. for her own antiquated ideas concerning criminal justice. The fact that you cannot "arrest away" criminal behavior seems to escape her. How are the recidivism numbers in Bennington County? How about any of the other metrics which would indicate a successful State's Attorney's office? Maybe it's time for the people of Bennington County to decide if antiquated and ineffective methods of crime reduction are really what they want in their county. One has to ask: "Tough on Crime"? Or utterly ignorant of modern and effective criminal justice practices?
Welcome to Vermont Mr. and Mrs. Quaid..Hope you decide to stay!
This was an excellent decision by Chief Del Pozo, and is a clear indication of his leadership abilities and forethought. This is not about two pairs of night-vision goggles, but about the much broader concept of the militarization of local law enforcement. Should an incident occur which requires more advanced equipment, the Chief is right about having both the VT National Guard and the VT State Police available to assist. These types of incidents are not common enough occurrences to require having military equipment of any sort simply "on-hand". The focus on Community Based Policing is exactly what Burlington needs, and is the style of law enforcement that will be most effective is solving the significant challenges that we face.
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