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Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

"Then why do you like a guy who said John McCain ISN'T a war hero, because he got captured by the Viet Cong?"

I know this wasn't aimed at me, but I'll field it, because I can...

I don't like Trump. I thought he was a terrible candidate, and an awful person. My position has only changed on the former. I still don't like him in the least. But I can support him when he does things that I support (a bit of a tautology there, I know).

Yes, insulting McCain because he was a POW is untenable. Absolutely disgusting. I didn't like McCain and was pretty angry at some things he said and did, but I'd never disrespect his service, and the pain he suffered as a result. McCain was a war hero, and he had grit to stand his ground until the very end. It's difficult not to respect someone like that, even if we were at odds.

So why does Trump talk such inane crap? Narcissism and partisanship can account for nearly all of that. It's what led Nancy Pelosi to ask Trump if he didn't see "the spark of divinity" in MS-13 gang members. She's even nuttier and less lucid than Trump at his worst.

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Posted by William Snell on 10/08/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

"Bedrosian deleted the post and blocked del Pozo. "I remain intimidated by Brandon del Pozo to this day," he said."

Then he has far bigger problems than getting PM'd by the police. Perhaps his balls will finally drop one day.

Posted by William Snell on 10/08/2018 at 2:18 PM

Re: “State Withholds Report on Inmate’s Final, Agonizing Cancer Fight

The government covering up for a corporation: nothing unusual there. Just another example of the corporate capture of government at all levels, national, state, and local.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 09/20/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “State Withholds Report on Inmate’s Final, Agonizing Cancer Fight

So the medical care in Vermont is supposedly better than in Pennsylvania? The supposed medical care in Vermont is a joke! The supposed doctor that sees you is only in twice a week if that. You have to fill out sick forms continuously in order to just see a nurse. Then if you are lucky, you will get in to see her in a week. Centurian health is a joke and should not be allowed to practice in the jails at least in Vermont. But Lisa Menard doesn't care as long as it's the cheapest way out!!

Posted by Gi Grape on 09/20/2018 at 10:30 AM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

Thank you for the article, both the paper and the reporter. The lack of oversight and transparency in the sheriff's departments -as well as other county functions to some degree--and the laissez-faire attitude of the public and the State toward this has been a concern of mine for many years. The situation needs reporting and change.

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Posted by Robert Bernstein on 09/07/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

I see what you did there, Alicia. Sheriff Hill is "an avuncular man", and his name is Sam. Cute!

Posted by Paul White on 09/07/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

Sorry, but one is able to essentially double ones tax payer supplied income, its is really hard to justify the tax payers also covering retirement and Cadillac health insurance plan. Keep in mind, a $70k income, with benefits, is considered a $90k+ by the IRS. And, a state police employee in charge of a local barracks, has more full time employees, more vehicles to be in charge of, makes less money, treamemdous oversite, and, is routinely on 24 hour call, and most importantly, don't pick assignments based on possible profit - huge difference. These sheriffs need to give up the extra 5%, or give up the tax payer extra benefits. The quotes even admit the some do private construction work over the tax payer work, who are covering 50%-80% of their take home - absolutely a conflict of interest. And the nepotism, whether fact or not, just reeks of potential fraud - you really believe a guy is going to challenge his wife, moms or kids submitted hours? Just silly giving this kind of $ and power out with almost no oversite.
time for a statue amendment

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Posted by James Berry on 09/06/2018 at 8:19 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

A good many of the sarcastic comments of the people interviewed here in this article don't like the police to begin with. While oversight isn't a bad thing, there is a lot of administrative work going on with these sheriffs. A five percent compensation fee for administering and supervising all of the back end of these contracts is not a lot of money. If the state thinks they can do it for less .... lets see the highest paid was $70K that's about one mid level state employee.

If some don't live the arraignment then pay these guys what a manager overseeing an operation of numerous employees a fleet of vehicles and do it 24/7 365. You'll see it's a lot more that what they are making. Also I suggest the editors clean up the profanity in your article.

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Posted by Mike Hall on 09/06/2018 at 4:56 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

As someone who lives in pa an has a loved one in camp hill they are cruel an make them feel like they are less then human from not allowing showers for 6 days at a time to threating them with write ups if they cause rift raff for the guards the pa doc has been locked down for 9 days now an we are lucky if camp hill listens to the sec. Of pa doc an allows one call a day am rec time which they havent been doing granted I understand they commit crimes but in the same hand we are not God an we have no right to judge an just because they are in prison does not make them less of a human am before anyone trus to attack my comment my husband is there for a dui while on parole

Posted by Rachel Miller on 09/06/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

Sheriff Marcoux is correct about his deputy brother. Best is the word that comes to mind..
Michael C. Vinton

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Posted by Michael C. Vinton on 09/05/2018 at 9:55 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

I can see that chart is way out of whack. All county sheriffs should be measured on the last complete year of income. Some even the end of last two decades. Sheriffs are audited by the state every two years, and that does not see a lot of corrective action.

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Posted by Deborah Wright on 09/05/2018 at 6:18 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

Interesting article. One question, given the overall theme that the office of sheriff has very little oversight or accountability. It is my understanding that the ONLY function of the high bailiff in each county is to arrest the sheriff if that becomes necessary. Has any sheriff actually ever been arrested by a high bailiff?

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 09/05/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Forgotten Victims? Sentencing Reveals Herring Family's Pain

What does a persons social standing in society have to do with justice. Justice is blind I believe and each person in this world should be judge for their actions not social standing. This bitch got everything she deserved. Remember all of her victims not just Lara. Rhonda Regina and Julie deserve the same respect!

Posted by R on 09/04/2018 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Police Dog Mojo Sniffs Out Hidden Electronic Devices — and Illegal Porn

I guess we will have to add to Potter Stewart's famous statement, "I know it when I see it," another one relating to porn: "I know it when I smell it!" Great story.

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Posted by Margo Howland on 08/16/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Police Dog Mojo Sniffs Out Hidden Electronic Devices — and Illegal Porn

Would love to see more upbeat stories like this one! Kudos, Mojo!!

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Posted by Discern ing on 08/16/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

Vermont spends more per inmate than almost any other state, $50,000 per year. This represent about $150,000 and 10% of the annual budget. For what?? Our judicial system is a for-profit industry. Why?
There are plenty of other ways to discipline offenders of law. How much does it cost to put someone in the public commons for a few days..in stocks? How much to have a public flogging, (put out to bid, of course)?
How much does public service cost?
When is some common sense and a renewal of homegrown treatment going to be reapplied to our correctional system? Oh, wait... it is a prison for profit system, I forgot.

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Posted by timothy price on 06/14/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

Taylor Dobbs used to be a respectable journalist, rooted in fact. Appears he is now a tabloid journalist, which is too bad.

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Posted by Derek Maynard on 06/14/2018 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

It's clear what Dobbs agenda is in a biased series of articles . To paint as dark and evil out of state prisons to which Vermont prisoners are sent . Anything to ignore the spectacularly expensive cost of building a new "home grown" prison . Personally I am not in favor of spending hundreds of millions to house these felons . Aren't Vermont's finances already stretched enough ?

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/13/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Life Sentence: Former Judge Ed Cashman Finally Defends Himself

Interesting compare and contrast between situations where Liberals defend judges (as in this case) and when they attack them https://bit.ly/2M7RBrt as they did in California.

Posted by Alger Hiss on 06/07/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

One murder can be ruled an accident but murdering three Vermonters in 6 months by Trooper Chris Brown tells us these incidents are not accidental nor are they justified. The videos prove that. He shoots a man with a SPATULA and claims it was a deadly weapon. Sorry but the only deadly weapon in all these incidents is Trooper Chris Brown. Any other State besides Vermont would have convicted him but Donovan obviously has some hidden political agendas. This is without question Vermont's darkest hour and I am ashamed of Vermont as well as terrified for my family. There is something wrong when citizens are more scared of a State policeman than a common criminal. I hope the Governor intervenes and assures us that this so-called innocent State policeman doesn't murder any other citizen.

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Posted by Maid Vermont on 06/02/2018 at 8:36 AM

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