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Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

As a user no one knows the pain someone is in. There is always a storey behind ever user me I used to hide the pain for what happen to me as child I was raped by a family friend and I needed something to hide the pain. I got clean and I was clean for 4 years but I lost my dad to cancer and I needed to hide the pain so I started using again this store really got to my heart I'm checking in first thing in the morning because I see its not just hurting me its hurting my family to and I don't want them going thought what this family did so please don't judge her tell y'all know her storey because behind ever user there is a storey I want this family to know this storey here saved a life and its mine my god bless this family and thank y'all for sharing this with us

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Posted by donnie on 10/23/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

That was beautiful and very humbling to read as myself being an addict in recovery. Im grateful i had the opportunity to read it. Thank you very much for sharing!

Posted by Brady Matheson on 10/23/2018 at 12:18 AM

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

Matt Thorsens poignant photo that accompanies the article perfectly captures the raw emotion of a visually "very upset" real estate titan who's been taken to the cleaners by some dude searchin' for rural romance on an Arkansas online dating website.

Sinex shares the deep anguish that any one of us would feel when apprised that a crafty conman from Mena - some low-down Arkansas polecat who apparently emptied the formerly flush Devonwood piggy-bank of its last $29,348, thereby making off with Every Penny of the money earmarked for the worker's hard-earned Christmas bonus money - would escape the hangman's noose.

In arguing for a Tough Sentence that includes Hard Time in the Big House, Don Sinex displayed the steely resolve of "Tough Hombres everywhere - he clearly wasnt taken in by casual "Ah shucks, good ole boy" carriage of this" wily southern grifter.

Recall that Mena, Arkansas was the hub for CIA-funded flights running drugs and guns to and from Central America in the 80s, which came to light when the Iran-Contra scandal broke. Make no mistake - Thats no Jed Clampett casually posing for photos at the courthouse. No Cousin Roscoe. No Sir, that looks to be some serious deep-cover hillbilly tradecraft, and while Don sadly had no assets left to cover his employees' hard-earned holiday bonuses, hes obviously not buying the whole "He's not himself a sofisticated person" charade portrayed by the defense. Not for $29,348 of stolen Christmas bonus money, he ain't.

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Posted by flipflopfly on 10/22/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

So sorry for your loss. Thanks for publicly sharing this beautiful tribute to her.

Posted by KatCat on 10/22/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My family and I understand the loss of a loved one. My son died from fake zanax which was 100% fentanyl. He had come home, cleaned up, gotten a good job and feeling great. Just like the funny, whitty and big hearted guy he was. In a moment of craving he reached out to a stranger for some help and it killed him immediately. We are devastated beyond words. Horrible disease. Prayers for those who struggles.

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Posted by Paula Stathakis on 10/22/2018 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Scott, Zuckerman and Fellow Incumbents Dominate Vermont Public Media Poll

Under AG Donovan's leadership, Vermont prosecutors have been locking up low-level drug offenders rather than providing much-needed paths to treatment. Vote Janssen Willhoit for Attorney General for common-sense criminal justice reform!


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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/22/2018 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Hi my is Chasity and I am an addict. I am sorry for everyone's loss. I know how it feels to be where she was. I lost my kids, I lost everything in acive addiction. I am so grateful for recovery, I have 4 years clean and have so much back in my life. It is possible to find a new way to live.
For those that don't understand addiction, you can't understand it by reading books or researching the internet. As addicts we understand other addicts. We are not bad people, we suffer from the disease of addiction. We didn't choice to be addicts. We are not asking for sympathy, just some understanding. I am a peer support specialist, I help people new to recovery by using my lived experience. I will keep fighting for addicts in and out of recovery!
Hate the disease, Not the addict!


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Posted by chasitys on 10/22/2018 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Thanks for sharing. This is so heartbreaking and I am so sorry for what you are going through and will continue to go through. I have a son who is an addict. He is in denial and I don't know what else to do to help him. I have begged, pleaded, and prayed. I am told by everyone that it is a choice and he has to want to stop. Everyone it seems can give advice when it is someone else's child. All I know to do is continue to Pray and let him know how much we love him. I Pray for you and your grandson also.. May she find the peace she could not find here.

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Posted by Rhonda Laprad on 10/22/2018 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I live in a small town in BC Canada. For a small town we have been invaded by this deadly drug. They are finding more ways to lace other drug with it. Like your daughter tried so hard, the demons where buried in her. I have known a few of my kids high school friends that have scummed to this drug. Our law enforcement are trying to clean it up , it has gotten blown out all across Canada, resulting in homeless, Mental heath also Brain Injuries. My friend is a crusader for councilling for all three under one umbrella. They need to be detoxed then council them to get back their life. I am sure there are some out there that came from a great family like yours, but the devil got her. Maybe you could present your experience with others. Some of these kids want help but have no idea how to get it

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Posted by Calliejay on 10/22/2018 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Currently adopting my baby grandchild because my daughter is still out there battling the demon.

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Posted by Debi on 10/22/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Zuckerman Sends State Newsletter From Campaign Email Address

Like this cost the state any money? Met Polyte is an honest woman, and if she says state operatives didn't help, I believe her. If you're going to set a limit on the number of email addressees you can have, then this is a better workaround than using his personal email. Look at the hoofraw Republicans raised over Hillary's email and be thankful we don't have that tempest in a teapot here.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/22/2018 at 2:41 PM

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

@BradD lol you believe The biggest leftist liberal website around. The one where the owner was arrested !!!. The owners are great friends of the Clintons and Soros. They will print anything the left tells them. Those 2 made their statemates on the local news in Fla, on The 3 national networks. So before calling me a liar maybe you should watch the news or do some real research. Bless You!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/22/2018 at 2:39 PM
Posted by Gi Grape on 10/22/2018 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I just want to say thank you for sharing her story as sad as it mustve been to write this im sure ur helping others who suffer with this awful disease/epidemic...and just want to send my love to Maddies family

Posted by Jessica Ann on 10/22/2018 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am from the medical profession. It pains me to know that we have not done enough in our profession to help people with this disease process. We are trying to do better. I no longer practice medicine but my daughter is a licensed professional counselor and we talk about this problem frequently. She states that the emphasis now is on making a contract with the patient that they have to be part of the team. Charles E. Graham, MD

Posted by CharlesEGraham1 on 10/22/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Ayden looks like he is filled with content, love, and happiness. I pray by some miracle he will remember something of his mother loving him. I am SO sorry for Ayden and the rest of Maddie's family. I do not know what the answer is to this epidemic. RIP Maddie.

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Posted by Renee Walls on 10/22/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My heart melts as I read this. I have a daughter out there fighting this awlful disease. She lost her 3 boys to state Foster Care now her addiction is worse, avoiding all family who want to help. She is loved and I just don't know what else to do but pray. God bless you and thanks for sharing! . Xoxoxo Glenna Michelle Reker

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Posted by Glenna Michelle Reker on 10/22/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I've lost 2 son's in 3 years..they were both 35. I can relate. Love this message .so hard to put into words but it was so true and very sorry to family .I have tweeted your story and shared on my fb.

Posted by laurel k on 10/22/2018 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Scott, Zuckerman and Fellow Incumbents Dominate Vermont Public Media Poll

"Download the full results" that is a very misleading statement that has been passed around by the media all morning.

That excel file is merely a SUMMARY of the survey results. What people are looking for is the 606-row dataset that is inclusive of all samples surveyed so that the public can interpret and analyze as they see fit.

I appreciate Vermont PBS for the survey--they are a very respectable media outlet--as polls are expensive and scarce (it appears WCAX is no longer incurring this cost under their new management, which had in the past been the only other robust poll each election cycle). But you can't claim an "open data" policy when you don't allow the public to view the actual dataset.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/22/2018 at 12:13 PM

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