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Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

It's amazing to me how many people care to judge someone who spends her life actively helping others. Clearly she isn't perfect (but then, she never claimed she was). She succumbed to an illness, alcoholism. She could have hurt someone, including herself, but she didn't. Many people do way worse and still deserve second chances. Many people are more selfish and deserve our sympathy.

To everyone commenting: learn how to care for your community the way Ingram does. Learn how to be non judgmental and just offer help and support to those who need it.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by MaryDram on 10/16/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Walters: Oliver Olsen to Resign From House

His departure seems orchestrated. An elected official should not spend a year looking for a successor without announcing to the public. It is not their right to choose their successor, it is the public's right. Elected officials are public servants after all (even though some of them seem to need reminding of this).

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MaryDram on 10/16/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

I think it bothers me more that someone paid $100K to have that mural painted than anything in it.

Posted by Mt.Philo on 10/16/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

When I hear people say this is a disease it drives me crazy!!!! It's labeled a disease because most of the leaders in this country are drunks!!!! It's a choice and nothing more!!!! She decided to go out drinking that day, she decided to get behind the wheel of that car. I don't give a rat's ass how much good she does; had she killed someone that day it would have mattered!!!
She needs to step down and get her own life in order before she cast a vote that will impact other's life.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Edward McGrath on 10/16/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

I'm white, and the overwhelming whiteness of the mural was the first thing I noticed when the mural went up. It's an embarrassment. Even in the present day section, where are images of our refugee populations? The population of POC in Burlington has more than doubled since the new millennium. How can we claim to be welcoming to newcomers when we make them invisible.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Gabriel 1 on 10/15/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Hey RBJ take a history lesson America has already been in a nuclear war it was called WW2. If the drunk senator had hit another car and harmed or killed someone I bet you would all be singing a different tune or worse all of her supporters would be trying to blame the victim for getting in her way. This woman with a heart of gold could not have called a cab or better yet one of her supporters for a ride. Loser she should be removed from serving in the government. A person with no internal moral values should not be leading anyone.

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 10/15/2017 at 7:00 AM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Stunning how many people are willing to vote for a mendacious narcissistic demagogue who may lead the nation into its first nuclear war.

7 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by r b-j on 10/14/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Construction to Begin After Sides Settle Burlington Town Center Legal Disputes

"...any future development of Sinex-owned property at Burlington Town Center would not reach more than ten stories."..... Isn't this entire plot, owned by Sinex, about to be developed? Going by the final proposal, I don't see how any additional buildings of up to ten stories could feasibly be erected, or am I missing something here?

Posted by thegreyman on 10/14/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Alcoholism is a disease. Drunk driving is not. Ms. Ingram and numerous supporters sound befuddled about the distinction between the two.

27 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 10/14/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Stunning how many people are willing to come to the defense to a drunk who put others' lives at risk...are we serious about drunk driving or not?

23 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Kevin Joseph Ryan on 10/14/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

I really like and I support Debbie Ingram. I was quite pleased that she was elected last fall after coming in 7th (where the top six vote getters are elected) in previous runs. Of course this is disappointing. It is a personal failure but it is not any kind of abuse of power. In fact, it appears to be exactly the opposite. She has immediately taken responsibility and she's gonna have to pay the piper.

Debbie Ingram, from as little as I know her, has a heart of gold and a compassion for the disadvantaged among us. I certainly want to see her continue in the Vermont Senate to where we, the voters in the Chittenden Senate District, elected her.

Debbie, take your lumps, pay your fines, do what they make you do, take a beating with insurance rates, get through this and come out better (and wiser, perhaps) than going in. We're still behind you. (I'm just glad I don't have to pay the fines and consequential costs.)

And, of course, next time call a friend with a car or call a cab.

6 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by r b-j on 10/14/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Police said that Ingram, an ordained minister and a freshman senator, had gone off the road, struck a "fixed object," continued on and then veered off the road again"; she then lost control of the car.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thomas Sperry on 10/14/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

While Citizen,s comments are snarky and mean let's not make Ingram a saint . She displayed neither courage nor responsibility . She got caught drunk driving ! This doesn't make her an evil person but let's not canonize her either .

36 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 10/13/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Get off your high horse Citizen--as if you are a perfect "conservative" or Republican. Nobody is perfect whether they have a D next to his or her name or not. Comments such as yours just reveal your idiocy and poorly educated short-sighted, narrow-minded world view. Grow up.

29 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Elizabeth Tuttle Dumas on 10/13/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

The D next to her name stands for drunk. Great leaders the dems have representing them. What a loser.

55 likes, 48 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 10/13/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Border Patrol Breaks Up 15-Person Smuggling Attempt in Derby

Why waste the taxpayers money and put these people in prison. It would be far less expensive to just put them all on planes and send them back to their home countries. Unless Canada is willing to take them back which will never happen. If this type of behavior continues the USA should consider building a wall on the northern border too. President Trump build that wall.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 10/13/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Walters: Legislative Panel Delays Wind Rules — Again

Does LCAR not recognize that the PUC developed the rules in part based on multiple public hearings around the state? So much for public input!! Do those approving wind developments even consider whether the local utility has grid capability to handle the power or whether their ratepayers can afford more RE at the much higher cost. With the majority of commercial wind proposed in the NEK where the grid cannot handle the power and residents are LEAST able to afford the higher RE cost, this should be a strong factor.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by R. Shippee on 10/13/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

Debbie Ingram is a good woman who helps many people. She is a human being with a powerful disease. In her statement, Debbie takes responsibility for her behavior and for her treatment. I admire her honesty.

37 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Martha Molpus on 10/13/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Meat Cleaver Murder Suspect to Undergo Sanity Evaluation

Hi @Shelley, yes, it was a typo! It's been fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 10/13/2017 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Burlington Cops: Man Armed With Meat Cleaver Kills Wife

A clarion call for knife and cleaver control.

10 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Hubey Folsom on 10/13/2017 at 5:29 PM

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