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Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

This really saddens my heart. Another beautiful life is gone because no one cared enough to get to the root of her problem. Drug addiction is not a disease, it's a cry for help. It is always the smartest and most intelligent people that become addicted. It's their escape from all of the people that let them down including themselves. Drug addiction has a way of finding the most caring, loving, intelligent, talented and humane people. It's time to stop looking down on the people that view their addiction as an escape and begin to help them heal from the pain that sent them running to the drugs in the first place. For those that say, they would have given anything, it's because of your lies that the poor child began drug use in the first place. You could have given something and she would still be here. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that the one thing that she needed was proper parenting. The parenting made especially for her. No two children are the same. Some children need more than others. Have you ever asked yourself or your beautiful child about the possibility of her being abused in some way? Have you ever brought her to see a psychiatrist and a therapist? I'm talking about real Doctors not quacks that just waste time and get paid. Well if you did all of this and basically showered her with attention and you know where her pain was coming from, you did everything. If not, you didn't.

Posted by mitzi324. on 10/21/2018 at 1:09 AM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

Very moving obituary from Maddie's sister and equally moving response from the police chief Del Pozo. We and the government need to change our mindset when we come across people with addictions and mental disorders. They need a soft handle, not the hard one which they almost always get. Each death, especially that of a parent with a young child at home, is a tragedy. How well Del Pozo summed it up - "Ask the cops and they will tell you: Maddie's death was nothing special at all. It happens all the time, to people no less loved and needed and human." My sincere condolences to Maddie's family and the countless other families that were rocked by a similar tragedy. Hope her death is not totally in vain and helps at least some people somewhere immersed in the darkness wrought by the mind-changing drugs. In the end, both in life and death, Maddie was lucky that she had such a loving family and I am sure her son would be equally loved if not more.

Posted by Ravi Sanku on 10/21/2018 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

Ahhh poor little whinny Donny Sinex out 2k not 30 he got the rest back.. 2k is chicken feed to him,, His scam to Burlington isn't working?? He's holding out to scam more money? Maybe his money is being held by the IRS for some scam deals??? Who knows..just seem like a really sleazy deal

Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/21/2018 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

Come on... you know darn well that Zuckerman is doing this so he doesn't have to pay for anything.. He likes collecting money instead of paying out of his packet. . Remember what he did with the legislative reimbursements, !!!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2018 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

Why am I reading this? How many VT reps and senators run campaign emails in tandem with legislative business... but port over constituent emails to their campaigns without the transparency Zuckerman has shown? My own rep appears to do this as well (until I asked to be removed from the campaign list).

This "article" has Toensing fingerprints all over it.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/20/2018 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Parkland Students to Bring 'Glimmer of Hope' to Burlington

@terjeanderson Hogg stated in an interview on the News that he was HOME and when he saw the news on the TV that he jumped on his bike and rode as fast as he could to get to the school to cover this shooting to show to the news He did this as he wants to be a journalist and as for Emma Gonzalez she also stated to a reporter that she was 20 yrs old !!!!. This was on CBS a leftist station. So I'm not spewing any nonsense and I'm not embarrassed by what was said by these 2 on the news. To you I say "BLESS YOU " as the southern people would say...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2018 at 9:46 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

That is so sad my heart breaks I am also an addict I struggle from day to day I got in a program called change court it saved my life the judge Heather Russell never looked at us as addicts she helped us build ourselves up she is so wonderful I seriously don't know what I would have done without her and it bee a KS my heart that some addicts don't get to experience being clean living life or when they do the drug calls them keeps calling I tried to fight it many times and lost I lost my sister to this addiction and it woke me up I don't think my mom could handle losing me to s o I struggle everyday but I am winning it's not worth my life if u r struggling get help it's out there u jus have to except it

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Posted by A-mee Lynne on 10/20/2018 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

I see that the anti-everything, jealous-of-anyone-else's-success crowd is out in force.

Someone even thought his anti-Sinex remark was so clever he posted it twice.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/20/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

apache: How did you get to be such a compassionate and kind person?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 3:45 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

Vt blows. Run by idiots voted in by idiots. 1 less asshole to worry about bankrupting our system. Hope you all freeze to death up there

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Posted by apache on 10/20/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

Once less asshole to worry about and our tax dollars to pay for these losers and their welfare kids.

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Posted by apache on 10/20/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

I just love to see how many people are discussing such an important topic, (as i sit here in a waiting room packed full to the brim on a Saturday morning, waiting to receive my weekend dose of methadone) RIP Madelyn :( thank you for thank you for the awareness you brought into light, RIP to my baby brother, who was shot in the face in anchorage Alaska in 2014 during a home invasion, as he was selling heroin to support his addiction, and RIP to my mom who died from endocardytis from getting a staph infection in her bloodstream from injecting heroin, this epidemic has defined my life, i pray my daughter never experiences such difficult circumstances

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ez buzz on 10/20/2018 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

Clavelle did the same thing. He allowed for building the hotel downtown for some affordable housing - Burlington never got it.

Politicians are too sleazy, We need a process that needs more public decision making - not just soliciting for ideas.

The only way I can tolerate continuing to live in this city is to stay out of politics. It is just to damn ugly to deal with. Why bring that misery on myself?

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

This project, the people involved and their integrity just keeps getting better and better. . . almost.

Sinex pulls a Scrooge on his employees because of this? I'm sure the Sinex family isn't suffering. I thought Dandy Don was a big time developer from NYC who had the whole thing sewn up. That is the fable Miro is still pushing.

14 stories equals One Big Lie.

Keep bending over for this, Burlington, maybe you'll catch on eventually. When you allow Neo-liberal hucksters to run things, this is what you get.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 10/20/2018 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

A campaign email list is a fundraising tool. If Zuckerman is creating a system in which in order to access official information from the LG's office you have to open yourself to fundraising requests from the LG, that's not okay.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by RobertRoper on 10/20/2018 at 8:50 AM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

Jean T: "Its hard to have empathy with those so lost."

It is exactly those folks that need the most empathy and assistance. Or are they less than human to you?

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 7:07 AM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

O'Doyle: Ignorant to paint all VTers with the same brush.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

1chuckybob: " The real crime is that physicians are treating the symptom and not getting to the cause of pain."

Too much of an oversimplification. Physicians are not the enemy. Yes, they have made mistakes, taken responsibility and it is turning around. If someone is suffering pain because of a medical treatment, surgery and such, why wouldn't a doc prescribe painkillers?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

Oh, this is way worse than profiting from foreign governments. And not paying taxes. And suing hundreds of people. And colluding with Russia. And being racist and sexist and homophobic and ageist (even though you're old). And praising people who physically and sexually assault other people. AND sexually assaulting people yourself. And...

6 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 10/20/2018 at 6:49 AM

Re: “After Buying Airport-Area Homes to Raze, Burlington Wants to Save Some

critiboy: How could anything else have come out of the city - Sleazy council + sleazy mayor = sleazy deal.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BDE on 10/20/2018 at 6:36 AM

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