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Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Mull Eviction Moratorium During State of Emergency

Staying in place means NO EVICTIONS, for any reason!

Stop mulling and get this done!

And act to prevent the rash of evictions you will allow when the moratorium ends if people can't pay...because they have been out of work, trying to feed their children. Fill that pit downtown with RVs and get everyone in a home so they can stay in place.

Stop mulling!

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/30/2020 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Race to Contain: A Nursing Home Is the Epicenter of Vermont's Coronavirus Outbreak

Christopher, appreciate your positive thinking, but here's what a family member of Betty Labombard, who died at Genesis BHR, experienced when she went to visit her Aunt who was dying: : wcax.com/content/news/5-test-positive-at-B…

[Betty's niece] was given a mask, gown, and gloves, but she others inside weren't doing the same.
"Some people had their masks down, patients were walking the halls, no masks, no gloves. Some nurses weren't even suited up at all that were walking around," Barrett-Willard said. Labombard was already in a coma and Barrett-Willard says another woman staying in the same room as her aunt was wearing no protective equipment. "No mask, not even 5-feet away from her," she said.

She feels for other families who have loved ones that are still living there. "They can say all they want that they're taking all the precautions -- they're not. I saw it with my own eyes," Barrett-Willard said.

And if that's not bad enough, check this out: https://m.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archi…

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/25/2020 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Vermont Reports Two More Deaths as Coronavirus Cases Climb

Re: "If the patients consent to the move..."

Can we assume that patients and their families, or health advocates, are fully informed of the risks?

Can we assume they are fully informed of events leading up to this ?

Not all residents are able to make that decision, even if they do have all the facts.. Given Genesis' financial interest in keeping residents' $$$, should they be allowed to send their social workers to obtain consent to stay or leave?


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Posted by leaterhune on 03/24/2020 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Three More Dead of Coronavirus at Burlington Nursing Home

It's hard to trust the State Health Commissioner when there is direct evidence that Burlington Health and Rehab did NOT pursue appropriate infection control procedures. Either Levine is hiding the truth to protect Genesis, or the State and CDC standards for appropriate infection control is very very low.

What the family of Betty Labombard (first resident to die at BHR) witnessed challenges what the Health Commissioner reports, and they are speaking out. If we let the State and Genesis cover this up, no one in any senior residence is safe, ever.

Insinuating that Betty died because she was old DOES NOT do her justice. Nor does it excuse the way contagion was handled by the facility, allowing it to spread across two floors of the facility. Stop telling us Genesis/BHR is not at fault. They are!

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/23/2020 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Fear, Confusion Swirl Inside Nursing Home Stricken By Virus

Are the 14 staff quarantined at home as a precaution being paid?

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/23/2020 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Redacted: How the City of Burlington Keeps the Public in the Dark

Redaction is calculated to discourage requests. Why bother request information if you will receive blacked out records? Voters must demand open, transparent government and not re-elect a mayor who redacts everything from police corruption to public art.

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/04/2020 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Giving Up the Ghost: Randolph High School's Mascot Is Erased

Respect for District Superintendent Layne Millington. Wish Burlington mayor Weinberger had the same decency and courage.

In 2012, the newly elected mayor became aware of the parade mural being painted on panels to install along Leahy Alley, and he wanted to get into the parade. Artist objected, outside the history timeline he said. But he was a commissioned artist and according to testimony of his assistant, installation of the mural was delayed 2 months to add the new mayor's family.

The story of the mural's racism is captured in a 9 page letter from the artist which Seven Days printed in full. It reveals the world according to white supremacists as artist explains why the mural depicts only white notables of Vermont history, 1609-2011. Abenaki aren't recognized in Vermont, he says, so the mural depicts a Huron from Quebec posed as the humble servant of 'Sam the Sham' Champlain. The colonist, racist narrative of the mural is unworthy of a progressive, multicultural city.



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Posted by leaterhune on 03/01/2020 at 4:47 AM

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