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Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Seems that the gullibles who fall victim to lapping up biased, poorly researched articles prefer to spend their time "clicking" their "likes" and "dislikes" rather than devoting their efforts to more constructive pursuits. How about cleaning the rats out of Addison's selectboard and regulatory agencies? Anyone up for a "witch" hunt to rout out the bigot's?

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by JJ on 12/31/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Update: 'Barbaras' Lawsuit Drags On Amid Lakeshore Drama

Wouldn't it be miraculous if the town regulatory officials would DO THEIR JOB and apply the regulations equitably amongst the citizens?? As for the article, Kathryn Flagg sadly resorts to sensationalist, incomplete, therefore inaccurate reportage, all indicative of her lack of integrity as a reporter. No surprise that Ms. Flagg's reporting favors the defendants as, in all legal cases, the defendants are the ones who have their backs against the wall and are, therefore, more than willing to spout whatever gibberish they can to make themselves appear to be the upstanding, law-abiding party. Quite the contrary (READ the lawsuit) in this instance, and if Ms. Flagg were to practice due diligence in her reporting, her article would have read quite differently. Namely, that there has been REPEATED AND SYSTEMATIC discriminatory application of town regulations against just about EVERYTHING the Barbaras have done with their property. They endured relentless and unjustified harassment during the construction of their guest house and this harassment continues to this day. Any fool can see that they have improved the neighborhood far beyond what their neighbors have done by adding a lovely guest house on the lake front.
Town regulatory officials have REFUSED to hold other citizens to the same standards that they demand of the Barbaras. There ARE REGULATORY VIOLATIONS OCCURRING ON NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY that the town officials REFUSE to address. Maybe Ms. Flagg could invest some time and effort here, you know, really get to the bottom of this. This would, of course, require more effort than perhaps she is willing or capable.
Suffice it to say, Ms. Flagg's article is irresponsibly filled with inaccuracies and intentionally provocative language. It's unfortunate, in the interest of good journalism, that she doesn't seem able to report a story based on current and objective information.
As for "turning witches to wine," as per the uninformed and gullible Penelope in the previous comment to this article, who's looking into finding out who the hateful bigot(s) was who spray painted the "I 'heart' fags" graffiti on the town offices parking lot? Graffiti, which by the way was allowed to stand for several years. I can't help but wonder what the town's response would have been had someone sprayed "I 'heart' niggers," or I 'heart' spics," or I 'heart' wops," or I 'heart' chinks." Would they really have found it to be such a difficult task to remove such disgusting and hateful language as they found the task to remove the anti-gay language?
There are serious issues at hand in this lawsuit, as anyone who actually READS the lawsuit in its ENTIRETY will see. Rather than spout ignorant assumptions regarding a legal case that may, in time, reveal that among town officials, there has been conspiratorially pervasive discrimination, not to mention incompetency and failure to equitably apply the law, let's just let this play out and, yes, let our LEGAL SYSTEM run its course. This is how we do things in this country, remember? How refreshing it could be to have town officials who actually work to uphold town LAWS and REGULATIONS EQUITABLY among ALL OF THE CITIZENS in Addison. How refreshing it would be, too, to have a reporter and publisher at Seven Days who would truly apply due diligence in gathering accurate and up-to-date information BEFORE they concluded that an article warranted publication. Gossip and incomplete therefore inaccurate information, do not a journalistically sound article make!

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Posted by JJ on 12/30/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Lesbian Couple Sues Addison: Sour Grapes or Hometown Harassment?

A credible and unbiased reporter produces articles presenting both sides of an issue in a balanced fashion, providing the reader with sufficient information to consider opposing positions, and encouraging critical thinking so as to arrive at an informed understanding of the issue at hand. I must say that Kathryn Flagg's article leans decidedly in favor of the defendants of this lawsuit. Why didn't she dig more deeply into Mr. Hunt's comment that "There is a faction that believes that because they've lived there the longest, they don't have to follow any rules..."? Who's not following the rules? Further, the article states, "...Hunt, who tangled with Jeff and Carol Kauffman a few years ago when the Kauffmans repeatedly discussed school issues at selectboard meetings." As a reader, I was left wondering what "school issues" were repeatedly discussed by the Kauffmans at selectboard meetings, such that Mr. Hunt "tangled" with the Kauffmans. Also, I found it curious that although the "Wikileaks of Addison Town" letter is signed, "Anonymous," upon close scrutiny, the individual composing the "letter" offers to the reader, "I also have a copy if anyone is interested." This appears just after the author of the "letter" provides the website link to the Chittenden Superior Court cases. Hmmmmm..... who might this "I" be??? Perhaps this would have been a very interesting question to have posed to some of the townspeople Ms. Flagg interviewed for her article.
To close, if anyone thinks there is no anti-gay bias in this community, you must not have read the vitriolic and cynical comments left by a significant number of apparent readers of Ms. Flagg's article. Upon a thorough reading of the full text of the plaintiff's lawsuit, I am certain the plaintiff's have good cause in bringing this lawsuit against the town and that the lawsuit absolutely has merit. Oh, just one last comment.... who, in their right mind, would impersonate the plaintiffs and compose and send a fraudulent letter to the plaintiff's attorney? I would suggest that this alone reveals a level of calculated and sinister behavior by someone in the town of Addison, and this individual must be exposed and face their day of reckoning.
So, for anyone who has jumped to the conclusion that you've already figured this one out simply by reading Ms. Flagg's article, consider that you've been given an incomplete and factually distorted version of the issues at hand.


5 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by JJ on 03/31/2014 at 3:30 AM

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