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James Berry 
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Re: “Burlington Town Hall Featuring Bernie Sanders Draws New American Crowd

Interesting that the discusssion has become one of iq and nation of origin and is has resulted in someone posting articles related to such studies. None noted race, just nationality. But, the USA was down in the twenties (what race is USA?), but far behind some of the other Asian countries with less average economic prosperity when compared to USA. Seems to me more of a cultural issue I.e. how much value the parents put on education. Parents, and not teachers, are the ones who need to instill value of education and insist upon study at home,

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Posted by James Berry on 09/17/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Burlington School District Places Embattled Counselor on Leave

NEA further showing it is all about protecting teachers pay and amazing cherry benefits for its members...not about what is best for the students (students are not union members). If you suck at your job, your fired for good cause ...not paid an additional 6 months for sitting on your ass at home with benefits covering your whole family. Why was this guy hired in the first place?

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Posted by James Berry on 09/16/2018 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Despite Controversy, Burlington Principal Plans to Vet Student Newspaper Stories

Just create a Wordpress site and publish what you want online and email fellow students articles are up, nothing teachers can do about it. US Constitution Amendments are all important and should not be disrespected by a bunch of overly protective union members. Write what you want. SevenDays could even give the kids a weekly reporting space -let the teachers try to edit that

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Posted by James Berry on 09/16/2018 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Burlington Police, Mayor Criticize Prosecutors for Not Charging Suspect

Know....ok thanks, my mistake. I read as the shooter of the girl was not being charged...but my mistake, the other one still in custody is the shooter and a prior felon. So, the one claiming self defense is not a prior felon. Confusing...but I understand now.

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Posted by James Berry on 09/07/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Burlington Police, Mayor Criticize Prosecutors for Not Charging Suspect

For any lawyer reading , please educate me. Assuming perp has valid self defense claim, Self defense as I understand it is only a legal defense against the reasonable harming of the actor doing the offense, and only so much as to stop the threat. But how is self-defense a defense against a criminal battery (and almost manslaughter) of a non-acting, non involved party? It is absolutely a criminal offense when hunting (you shoot at a deer, miss, you bullet travels 1/2 a mile, strikes a person walking, you are criminaly responsible - no different here). Hell. charge the guy under target shooting criminal negligence and resulting battery then - there is successful criminal cases under those facts. Sorry, I believe Sarah George has this wrong and I bet this is not a dead issue, Burlington police are not dummies, and have good reason to believe a criminal charge exists based upon facts and evidence.

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Posted by James Berry on 09/07/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Burlington Police, Mayor Criticize Prosecutors for Not Charging Suspect

Hold on here...a self defense argument only holds against the actor from which defense if required and justified by law. The harming of a non-actor when defending against an actor of offense requiring reasonable defense, is a crime. There was a battery and wounding of an innocent bystander, and as such a crime. Willful, wanton, disregard.
And, is this lowlife a previous felon? That would be a violation alone. The family will sue this wonderful Burlington resident I'm sure, but probably get nothing from his likely empty piggybank.

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Posted by James Berry on 09/07/2018 at 3:06 PM

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

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