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Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

This is a good example of what happens to individuals, families and the community when we refuse to fully fund mental health services for children. I also agree that way back when a 21 year old man pursued a 14 year old girl was the time for intervention.

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Posted by Kim Butterfield on 12/10/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

I feel bad for Tina she is such a good mother/person and people that say stuff to her are so low. She is trying to live her life and be the most amazing mother/grandmother to her kids and grandchild. With all the judgements and things being said about her and her store is low. Mike was and could still be a good guy. I remember when it was freezing in the school and I had gotten my sweater stolen and he asked me if I wanted to barrow his for the day. Like that is the Mike that I try and remember.Yes he has had his problems but does anyone know what jail does to people...I wish things could be different bc I knOw everyone in this family (kids more) I went to school with and they are all so kind hearted and try and help everyone. I hate how all this has effected them. I wish there was more I could do to be there for them.

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Posted by Mindy Rollins on 12/09/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

Tina Brady is the strongest woman I know. She works harder than anyone I know and loves stronger. She is an awesome Mom and Grandmom that always puts others before herself. I am so proud of her for following her dreams and opening her own consignment shop. Tina tried to get Mikel help when he was young and the system failed her. Maybe we should fix the system and not judge a Hardworking Mom. Kindness is free. Spread it around and be good to each other.

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Posted by Raylene Barkley on 12/08/2017 at 11:19 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

People shouldn't judge. Sorry to tell those who don't get it but once a mother always a mother. As a mother I don't always like what they do, but you always love your child. For all those who do NOT know all the circumstances stop passing judgement. This article was very miss leading, many facts were left out and I WAS MISS QUOTED. Tina and family you will always have my love and support especially Mike. Again the system failed you at a young age, all the advocating your mom has done got her no where. Too many people wanted to LABEL you a monster, but many here in Vermont still love you.
Shelly Pearce

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Posted by mommabear on 12/08/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

Sooner or Later this ALL has to stop. People that kill other people should be in the Armed Forces only. This Country has to make Peace with each other and crimes like this have to require a penalty for killing people, 4 in this case? Slap on the hand or 3 hots & a cot don't want to be seen and can't be afforded by the taxpayers that are getting screwed once again by the Prez' Tax "Breaks"..TAKE A PENNY, GIVE A PENNY...Thin out the jails some...

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Posted by Ron Johnson on 12/08/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

This breaks my heart for everyone involved. For those who have lost their lives and the ones trying to live their lives after everything that has happened. As a Mother myself I feel so bad for Tina. The love we have for our children is like no other. Despite the things her son has done it doesnt change the fact that he is still her child. I cant imagine the pain and anguish that everyone related to all of these events has felt. For Tina and her family, they will never be able to not face the scrutiny and cruel remarks from others. People need to realize this woman has already suffered enough and doesnt need to be put through more from others judgments. Making malicious comments towards her in no way change the events that have taken place. She is simply a Mom who loves her child and is trying to live her life and get through something that is unimaginable and more painful than most of us will ever know. My thoughts are with her.

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Posted by khill on 12/08/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

Tina is my cousin , family and life long friend She has a heart of gold and we all stand beside her I do 100 % . A mothers love for there children is deaper than the ocean ..

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Posted by Colson M Stacey on 12/07/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

This is a side note, but it is disturbing that it seems nothing was done when a then 14 year old girl was perpetrated against by a 21 year old man.

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Posted by ESP on 12/03/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

This is a man who has maliciously harmed innocent people and his own family members. His felonious and violent behavior has altered peoples' lives, permanently. This man doesn't deserve to see the outside of a jail cell.

His mother can no longer lead a comfortable life because of her son. It's heartbreaking for her and everybody else who's loved ones were affected by this monster.

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Posted by btvguy24 on 12/01/2017 at 2:34 PM

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

Spot on, I will never understand the division between one person to the next where the court thinks more punishment is due to one victim, and not the same magnitude for the other(s). Is it contributions to society? How much education they had? Who had money, who didn't? Background? WTH is the difference? A life is a life, murder is murder, period.

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Posted by Fred Matheson on 11/27/2017 at 5:57 AM

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

Thanks for filling in the background that most of us haven't heard.

We have a way to go to understand where our fellow Vermonters are coming from. I suggest we try to befriend people both up and down our social rung, so as to expand our understanding and maintain empathy in a world so divided.

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Posted by Kathy on 11/25/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Questions Arise About Heroic Response to DCF Worker Shooting

Regardless of whether he grabbed the gun or she threw it to the ground. He was brave to confront her. We see these situations on TV shows every night but it's not something, thankfully, we see in VT very often. It's easy to be a Monday Morning Quarterback and second guess what people do, but that was a scary situation and he should be applauded for stepping into the situation when it would have been easier and much safer to run away. What he did was heroic.

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Posted by BarreVermont1 on 11/13/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Questions Arise About Heroic Response to DCF Worker Shooting

Scott Williams is not suffering from ptsd... he's a lying piece of shit that made up a story to make himself look good and now he's back peddling because there's other witnesses who's story doesn't match up with his. This article is about his credibility and just from what I know about the situation (which is a lot) he's not credible at all. His lying has potentially opens the door for this psychopath to be out of jail with almost no time to serve. The state needs to open an investigation on Scott Williams to see if there are any other situations where he's lied to further himself..

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Posted by Justin Brown on 11/08/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Questions Arise About Heroic Response to DCF Worker Shooting

Really odd choice for a long story, bud.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 11/08/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Questions Arise About Heroic Response to DCF Worker Shooting

Scott Williams is a mess of a public servant but this isn't a news story. Scott Williams has PTSD from the incident and doesn't remember it, never claimed to remember it, and Seven Days does not actually uncover any lies or true discrepancies in his story. All this story did was victimize someone who tried to do the right thing and is now suffering for it.

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Posted by EllenJoans on 11/08/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

It's absolutely torture what chittenden has put me personally through. It is absolute torture to take someone off their Suboxone or methadone cold turkey. Nobody is perfect. And being an addict sometimes I slip. It happens. To not be given my methadone would make my addiction be a million time worse. I'd probably be dead without it. It's not even the being taken off it part..but rather how they just don't give you any AT ALL if your dirty. You want me off my meds?? Fine. Even tho it's not right, it's wrong in EVERY way. But at least tapper me in a way that it's not gonna make me want to kill myself. I feel like people that slip need it more. DOC feels even if you relapse one time, ONE TIME, that the medication must not be working. But really they just don't want to pay for it. Or specifically don't want ME to be one it while in the jail for fear of diverting it. Even though I've never done that before. Just the reasons they come up with for not wanting to give it to you are ludicrous. DOC's way of thinking and looking at things are ass backwards, judgmental and negative. They just don't want to pay for it or have people diverting it...never mind that someone might die from being off it.

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Posted by Autumn Welch on 11/05/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

Buprenorphine (bupe) is constantly abused in the Vermont prison system. I worked in the Law Library for five years and I represented inmates at disciplinary hearings who were caught with "bupe" as contraband. I disagree with people who claim that it's a wonder drug. It's no better than methadone.

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Posted by Ron U. on 11/05/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

People need to do some research before trying to speak on the subject of MAT. Youre the exact same people complaining about the epidemic but you wont consider realistic solutions? PLEASE go read up on sub/Methadone how it works and why it works when taken properly along with counseling. There are a lot of myths out there and most of them perpetuated by people who tried MAT and werent committed to staying clean. The medication on its own is in no way a cure!

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Posted by Olivia Blais on 11/05/2017 at 12:13 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

Scott Pavek: the "data" is our collective experience that what we are doing now is not working. How can you tell anyone with a straight face to stay off drugs by continuing to take "other" drugs? It doesn't work. The only way to be clean is to be free of drugs. Otherwise, it is a very costly and effective band-aid that only perpetuates the problem.

Barbara Alsop: as counterintuitive as it may sound, continuing to give drug addicts more drugs is making the problem worse. If it worked as well as we would like to believe, then why do we continue to have problems? Please see what I wrote above.

Thank you for your comments.

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Posted by Elrod on 11/04/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

What is not mentioned in this article is the pain, fear and mayhem that these people inflict upon our community. Everyone profiled in this article is a multiple repeat offender with no intention of getting clean, though the article would make it seem as if an all-out addiction to METHADONE is sobriety.

Soft-spoken McGuinness, who sheepishly admitted to being a car thief... His drug problems started when he was 17, deejaying parties and doing ecstasy.

Jimmy Vezina, a 42-year-old lifelong resident of Burlington who said he was injecting cocaine by the time he was 13. Sitting on a bench in Burlington's City Hall Park, he paused in the middle of a sentence to point out a man smoking crack.

"That's why, after six months behind bars, Blatt returned to heroin instead of methadone. Several months later, he was back in prison for burglarizing student dorms at UVM.

Lavallee, 32, was jailed May 20 after evading police during a high-profile car chase that ended at the Burlington waterfront.

Blatt lost his spot in the sober house for a drug-dealing accusation that he denies.
"I am so nervous and upset," he wrote, using the prison email system. "I just don't get how they can do this to me."

How THEY can do this to YOU!!!

We as a society should do what we can to try to help people get clean to become contributing members of society, but the lack of self-responsibility is astounding.

Burlington, is it really normal to have junkies and crack fiends all over our parks and downtown? Is it normal to accept and enable these people to stay on these debilitating drugs that lead to desperation and crime? is it ok to normalize addiction as the Burlington way? Because if it is, we as a society are doomed.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 11/04/2017 at 2:15 AM

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