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Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

Prison bad freedom good....who could argue with that... the people who end up in prison have somehow transgressed against some of us...should there be no punishment for them and should the victims turn the other cheek?
We can't hardly educate our children in our schools, how can we set up prisons that will educate our offenders, do they really want to be educated?
Unfortunately we are not Sweden, there is no comparison, the US tax payer would never want to pay what the Swedes pay in taxes. Because of the high taxation they can provide a great life for all their citizens.

Posted by Saffron on 05/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

"The commissioner, who took office in 2009, told Seven Days he was unaware of a 2004 state law that specifies the DMV 'shall not implement any ... processes for identifying applicants for licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification cards that involve the use of biometric identifiers.'"

If this is true -- could the commissioner's ignorance of a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

If this is false -- could the commissioner's complicity in violating a law applying to his own agency be grounds for termination?

So, basically -- can Ide be terminated from his position for his ineptitude or his corruption? Is that an option on the table?

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 05/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

"No lawmaker or resident has ever complained to [Commissioner Ide] about the program."

Seriously?? How was anyone supposed to complain when no one knew about it except the law enforcement agencies they had invited to abuse it?!

And he expects us to be reassured because they have "tight protocols" -- like requiring officers to fill out A FORM! So I guess cops can't get our pictures unless they can read and write -- or have a friend who can. That's quite a relief!!

This is one resident who is complaining to Commissioner Ide today. I wonder if they have a form for that??

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Posted by Robin on 05/26/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver's License Photos

And the government begins to turn on the people... Slowly at first, seeing itself apart from and above the people, for their own good of course. And the police, you know, the ones who look more like soldiers now than police, they work for the government, not the people. The governments enforcers, that keep the people in line. It's for their own safety that we rule over them in what ever way we see fit, it's important that we have any tools necessary, so we can protect their, freedom.?

Power corrupts. And absolute power, corrupts absolutely.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 05/25/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

I agree with the post from Barbara, well stated. I have to also add that I am a mother of an inmate. I would like to see our correctional system change and adopt the Sweden Prison system agenda. The longest sentence is 20 years and during their incarceration they learn a trade. They are also treated with respect and dignity. They gain the self confidence needed to rejoin society.
Vermont DOC is a broken system! I believe everyone should be given a second chance. We need to do what we can to help all to become better, well adjusted person so when they join society they will be successful.
I have learned much through this experience and that is never judge another person.

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Posted by Karen on 05/20/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

Many of these men will be released at some time in the future, having been treated like merchandise for most of their prison time. In the for-profit prisons there was minimal enrichment, no educational programs, and no counseling. When they finally get back to Vermont, they will be little better than they were when sentenced. We won't welcome them in that condition. The criminal justice system works best when all come out of it with some hope of self-respect. We've denied these prisoners that.

When we have a correctional system that already overholds inmates because of housing issues, we have a truly broken system. Until we wake up and start understanding that these men will return to us, and anything we can do to make that return more positive, not less, we ought to do for our own safety and peace of mind, if not for theirs.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/17/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Bernie Sanders and Jane Sanders become trapped in their own self created social justice warrior "kafkaesque" vortex!

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Posted by Matthew Newgarden on 05/05/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Falsifying loan applications to banks and other federally-regulated fiinancial institutions for personal benefit is a serious federal felony. If the feds can prove Sanders falsified the loan documents to bankroll her $200K golden parachute she could be in trouble. If not, she may be guilty only of blundering incompetence in an honest effort to bail out a doomed sinking ship.

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Posted by wahrheit on 05/05/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Drip, drip, drip, drip. It is coming out, slowly but surely.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/04/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

KSMITH610: If Melania Trump had done anything like this it would have been spread all over the National news, via Clinton New Network (CNN), and all the other TV stations, as well as every Leftist newspaper and magazine in the world. Because it was done the wife of a Dumorat, it's small news tucked away and barely reported on.

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Posted by Lin F on 05/04/2017 at 4:44 PM

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

In Pike County Ohio, the locals may have found a solution to people selling drugs to their school children.

Oddly the local and state police can't seem to solve the ten homicides, or maybe really don't want to?

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Posted by Phil Bickel on 05/03/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Maybe she can share a prison cell with Hillary Clinton. Burnie Slanders is a fraud and a coward. He had the chance to run on the Green Party Ticket, Jill Stein offered it to him and he declined. He would not have won and would have put in Trump in office, but it was going to happen anyway, and his views would have aligned.
Fraud and Coward!

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Posted by Carmen Renaldy III on 05/03/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

ALL DimoRats are thieves.

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Posted by heidi Holiday on 05/03/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Of course there was an investigation in 2016. Wouldn't want a Bernie presidency, now would we?

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Posted by Susanna Bollen on 05/03/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Regarding the idiots who use terms like " the RebublKKKan party' and in response to John McCartney post above citing that the Democratic party is the party of Racism which absolutely correct.,let me add to John's response
The Democrats are STILL the party of Racism it took a new form when the Dems so eloquently stated by LBJ in passing Great Society legislation we will have those n888gers voting Democrat for the next 200 years"
basically, the Dems put blacks on a new type of slave plantation.

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Posted by Cormac46 on 05/03/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

So which is worse, an FBI probe or and Alien probe?

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Posted by Ed Nolan on 05/03/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

It will boil down to having all the pledges for the college up until Bernie lost to Hillary. A pay to play scam run by Sanders very similar to the pay to play international charity of the Clinton's that closed down shortly after SHE lost the election.

24 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mensa Graham on 05/03/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

If crooks use spouses to move money around, why shouldn't they be under the microscope?

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Posted by Abu Nudnik on 05/03/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Much like John Teirney, former crooked congressman from Marxachusetts (sorry for the redundancy), who did not know his wife was laundering money for her brother's illegal gambling enterprise out of their joint checking account. Nothing will happen to Bernie's corrupt wife.

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Posted by John McCartney on 05/03/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

"Interesting how republiKKKlans": Don't know any history, do you? The KKK was the militant wing of the Democratic Party, part of how the Solid South remained solidly Democrat. Black members of Congress from the former Confederacy after the Civil War were almost always Republicans. The courts upheld the right of the Democratic Party to exclude blacks from their primaries.

Now you see why progressives don't like history taught.

38 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Clayton E. Cramer on 05/03/2017 at 11:20 AM

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