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Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

I support enforcing laws to send away people who are ILLEGALLY in America. I support forcing the the legal work visas issue, Congress should enact legislation that penalizes the businesses that hire illegal aliens and deports all illegals. Hitting the pocketbook will bring about change. I support the legal status 2020 census question which I believe can provide to American citizens lawful and far more accurate Congressional representation than what currently exists. If you don't, I wonder why you won't just leave America. I support an American citizens sponsoring immigrants who obtain work visas. You liberals in Congress, put your money where you mouth is.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 07/12/2019 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

So just having skin of a different color is "suspicious"? I'm balding, is that suspicious? And my small hands? What about that? I'm an obvious law breaker.

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Posted by David Beeson on 07/12/2019 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

So you want to protest the federal laws regarding immigration and parade around Vermont under the noses of ICE and Border Patrol and then whine when you get arrested. If I was doing something unlawful that last thing I'd be doing is tease the police. You drew attention to yourself. You have nobody else to blame for your situation.

20 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Walter Orr on 07/12/2019 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

They are in this country ILLEGALLY so they should expect that sooner or later the federal government will catch up with them. They cannot complain when the U.S., a sovereign nation with some of the most liberal immigration policies in the world asserts its right to repatriate those foreign nationals who are in the county ILLEGALLY.

Individuals and organizations that aid and abet ILLEGAL ALINS should also be held responsible for their actions and should be prosecuted as well.

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Posted by Michael P. Clifford on 07/10/2019 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

Why don't they get work visas and do it correctly? Is the term "Undocumented workers" the local word for "Illegal immigrants"

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Posted by Ted miles645 on 07/10/2019 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

I have no issues reporting law breakers...and will do it! Vermont has some of the worst places for "illegals" to work...being stiffed their pay, disgusting housing...big list..The law is there for everyone...not a select few...When I cross the border I abide by their laws and do it legally..And as far as lazy Vermonters..yes there are some but farmers do not get a coffee break, able to take a lunch break...put in 8 hours..tell me one Vermonter who wants to work 12-15 hours a day with feces being deposited on them, stepped on, kicked, ...except a farmer and undocumented aliens.

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Posted by Robin Martin on 07/10/2019 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Walmart Arrests Show Why Undocumented Farmworkers Are Leery of Food Shopping

In arrest records, an agent wrote that the tipster reported "suspicious activity at a Walmart, possibly involving an illegal alien,"

Personally, I believe its a brave act to travel thousands of miles to work a physically demanding job in which lazy Americans choose not to do. With that said, migrants must come here legally to do so. If not, youre going to find more and more vermonters tipping off immigration officials.

My guess is that rewards for tips leading to arrests are not too far down the pike.

33 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Forestgimp on 07/10/2019 at 2:12 PM

Re: “How Veronica Lewis Went From Jail to a Mental Hospital — and Back Again

Why the hell is Lewis in Vermont anyway .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/27/2019 at 9:59 PM

Re: “How Veronica Lewis Went From Jail to a Mental Hospital — and Back Again

"if anyone should pay a price for the injuries she inflicted, they should be at least considered for inclusion among the guilty"

Second that!

Hey, Veronica, where ya off to?
Going to take handgun lessons, learn to shoot straight.
OK, have fun.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by prion on 06/27/2019 at 3:48 PM

Re: “How Veronica Lewis Went From Jail to a Mental Hospital — and Back Again

Thanks for highlighting this problem. It's such a gaping hole in our system, and one that absolutely must be addressed. I used to work for one of the state's regional mental health systems and we had similar individuals come into the community, where we struggled to find solutions to the problems caused by someone potentially dangerous to those around them, but clearly not competent to be held completely responsible for their behavior.
In one case, an articulate man who seemed to genuinely regret a violent fit he'd had under the influence of paranoid delusions decades in his past would frequently say that he would have long ago been free of "the system" if he had been imprisoned, rather than hospitalized (he was probably right).
On the other hand; mental health workers are not generally equipped to make decisions on the freedom or further confinement of patients based on community risk; and sometimes people are released from supervision far too early.
This particular case included Veronica's being accepted at a low-security facility in the lovely hills of Worcester, Vermont, where no community member was warned of the potential risk and (I would argue) the people operating the facility did not protect the community against her. Honestly, if anyone should pay a price for the injuries she inflicted, they should be at least considered for inclusion among the guilty...

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Posted by danielleoh on 06/27/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

@ GI Gripe

First of all, Mr. Gripe, I don't want to, and shouldn't have to, smell your pot everywhere I walk in Burlington. Nor should anybody else. But I do smell it everywhere. You potheads got it legalized, so have some decency and respect for other people. For all you weed lovers out there, you can't smoke cigs in downtown Burlington, so don't smoke your weed in public, either. Smoke it at home and leave it there.

Second, Mr. Gripe, no one wants to see you in public nude, either. Keep it at home.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/16/2019 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

And one other thing I forgot to say is it's legal to be nude outside and walking around but it's illegal to smoke harmless pot in public! That's a freaking joke!!!

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 06/15/2019 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

Some of the Vermont laws are in the ice age such as smoking pot in public. Cops love to write tickets and the more they write the more brownie points they get! People who smoke due to having a medical marijuana card should also be exempt from getting a ticket for smoking in public!

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 06/15/2019 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Mentally Ill or Criminal? Dismissals of Murder Cases Spark Firestorm

Just plead INSANITY and you'll walk away free..just make sure you get Prosecutor George. Would she had dismissed the cases if it was one of her family members who were killed or a friend?????

29 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/12/2019 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Mentally Ill or Criminal? Dismissals of Murder Cases Spark Firestorm

Sarah George should have welcomed the AGs review of the cases rather then become unhinged in a series of tweets directed at the Governor. I like her tenacity, but it needs to be leveraged in a more productive and mature way.

28 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/12/2019 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Mentally Ill or Criminal? Dismissals of Murder Cases Spark Firestorm

Sarah Georges response to the Governors inquiry has been immature and childish at best and a massive public safety risk at worst.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 06/12/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

""Can you think of any other patient taking any other medication that would be subject to this type of potential criminal liability, civil liability liability, period just for trying to take his medication?" Fair said."

Sure I can. Ask anyone who takes opioids.

I went to North Beach for July 4th, and the smell of weed was everywhere. You can get cited for smoking cigarettes at a Burlington park, so why not weed?

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 06/07/2019 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

"if it's illegal, it's illegal"...

You mean illegal in regards to the authority of all the little municipal hall monitors? Or illegal via regulatory code, not law? You may be fine living as a corporate slave but my liberty is not up for "regulation". The hall monitors can keep their tickets, I'm not interested in them.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 06/07/2019 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

@ Lori Belding

Come on. -- You know that ever since the Sixties, marijuana and concerts go together like soup and sandwich - at least for concerts of rock, jazz, R&B, hip hop, rap and reggae.

I seriously doubt anyone was "blowing it in your face."

You do know it's not possible to get high from second-hand, marijuana smoke outdoors, right? - Marijuana smoke is not significantly harmful to the PRIMARY smoker, so to imagine the fragrance is somehow harming others is ludicrous.

But I can see a compromise being reached, as in only permitting vaporizing of marijuana, or having a non-smoking section.

I have to ask. Have you ever listened to music high?

7 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by John Thomas 1 on 06/07/2019 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

@ Bob Frazier

>>>"If its illegal, its illegal."

Again, drinking more harmful alcohol in public is illegal also. -- We need to see these people cited at least in the same numbers as marijuana smokers.

>>>"I am more concerned about a potential jurist being high during jury selection and possibly during the trial itself. Is that legal?"

What are you talking about? - What do laws against smoking in public have to do with a jurist being high - or drunk? -- That was out of the blue.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by John Thomas 1 on 06/07/2019 at 2:29 AM

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