Ted Cohen | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Ted Cohen 
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Re: “Burlington Officials Sought to Change 'Homicide' Finding in Police Case

If the police chief's concern over a cop blamed for a suspect's death weren't political, it would be credible.

"Del Pozo rejected using politics to interfere with an investigation."

Then why did he "confer" with the city's mayor before deciding whether to complain to the medical examiner's boss?

That is what corrodes the chief's credibility - and caused his unforced error in judgment.

Bringing a politician into a dispute over a cop's performance - and trying to deny politics, to boot - raises the simplest yet most-profound questions.

What did the chief say to the mayor when he called him?

What did the mayor ask - or say to - the chief in turn?

Was the chief asking the mayor's permission to challenge the state's finding of homicide? Why or why not? If so, why did he think he needed the mayor's approval? If not, then why did he call the mayor?

Who is running the police department - the chief or the mayor? If it's the chief, why did he call the mayor - and then why did he deny politics?

It's one thing for the chief to defend his cops. And in this case he seemed to do so, telling a "press conference" that a cop has every right to punch an unruly suspect.

In fact, the chief described a cop's punch as one of the most acceptable forms of the minimal use of force needed to ensure public safety.

So far, so good.

But why did the chief then deny questioning a medical finding - when in fact that is precisely what he had secretly done just hours before?

If politics weren't involved, his defending a hero cop who successfully neutralized a public threat would be downright refreshing for a change.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/18/2019 at 8:18 AM

Re: “One Dead After Shootout in Burlington's Old North End

Hats off to "CHRIS IN S. BURLINGTON" for several insightful observations regarding the coddling treatment of wayward, violence-prone drug addicts infiltrating the area.

The prevailing political culture in Vermont is to get "treatment" for these clowns vs. locking them up.

Treatment works - maybe - only when combined with a prison sentence.

Mayor Miro's policy is to let the local drug thugs do as they want. God forbid he should praise the cops for their thankless work.

Miro's political base is the jobless-by-choice welfare class sadly born of broken homes and poverty.

So, it's no wonder that Vermont's largest city is crime-riddled. Miro cynically re-enforces that woe-is-me mentality.

THAT is the real crime.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/17/2019 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Campaigning in Indiana, Sanders Rips Trump's 'Cheap' Rhetoric

Suddenly SevenDays is a transcription service for Sanders?

No competing opinions in this thumbsucker.

Not one.

Worse, this is the news organization that Sanders has been thumbing his nose to, refusing to give an interview for years.

Yet now it's going prostrate for him.

Now SevenDays is promoting his policies with not so much as a whisker of an attempt to balance its alleged political coverage.

If SevenDays calls this journalism, it needs to check its press credentials for authenticity.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/14/2019 at 2:53 PM

Re: “NECI Bakery La Brioche to Leave Montpelier City Center at End of Year

Huge hole in story: why?

Rent increase?

Never says.

Only says tenant is trying to decrease costs and landlord hopes to fill the vacancy.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/08/2019 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Weinberger Prioritizes Climate Change, Housing in State of the City

"The mayor vowed to add bike lanes."

Oh, great!

Not currently enough plastic-pylon garbage placed by Miro & gang in the streets of the state's largest city.

Go Miro!

Can't blame the guy. He's catering to his meal plan, no pun intended - the liberal share-the-wealth crowd. (You know, the same hypocrites who love sharing your money but not theirs.)

Without the fake environmentalists - who use cars but pretend they walk or bike wherever they go - Miro wouldn't have a job.

Go Miro!

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/02/2019 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Hammer Time in the Vermont House

Very misleading story that initially - and well into it - makes readers think the House speaker smashed an antique globe.

Way down in the piece it says the globe is a modern reproduction, not a valuable, historic artifact from 1859.

(The story also mislabeled the 1994 globe as a "replica." A replica is typically smaller than its original counterpart.)

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/28/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilor Wants to Amend Conflict of Interest Policy

CWINKLEM SAYS: "We need an ethics commission to investigate, fine and censor councilors; maybe we can rebuild trust in our officials."

Well-intentioned idea but, no, pols will do as pols do.

What we need are people to go to the polls and - get this - vote.

The vast majority of eligible voters sit on their couches on election day.

If they would look at their tax bills or rent receipts, and make the link, they'd get off their fat asses.

Ethics policies are too cynical by half.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/25/2019 at 5:50 AM

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