Thomas Joseph | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Thomas Joseph 
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Re: “Leahy, Scott Tap Prosecutor Christina Nolan for U.S. Attorney

Let's hope President Trump does not follow tradition nor elevate any current federal prosecutor in the Burlington Office of the United States Attorney of Vermont. Justice is rigged in Vermont thanks to Senator Leahy and we simply cannot take a chance on another federal prosecutor "selectively" enforcing federal fraud laws as Vermont is fraud-ridden from Burlington to Brattleboro. I'm at a loss how two successive United States Attorney's nominated by Senator Leahy (Tristram Coffin and Eric Miller), along with Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas "Kolo" Kerest and Special Agent Jennie Emmons of the FBI can sleep at night knowing they turned their back on many hundreds of patients who were denied the return of their patient credit balances for a decade. Yes, the state and federal governments have had the evidence to confirm since April 2013 and have done nothing. It is my hope that the next United States Attorney for Vermont along with Attorney General TJ Donovan can summon the courage that I have demonstrated the last six years to honor the law and jail historic crooks at the Brattleboro Retreat. If we can imprison folks for mental health and substance abuse related crimes at the Southern State Correctional Facility often without adequate care, why then can't we jail those who steal from the same population at the Brattleboro Retreat?

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 06/21/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Scott Struggles to Articulate Immigrant Deportation Stance

RE: RoyPotter

If you listen to the actual Press Conference audio you would be able to experience the rapid fire peppering of questions by reporters present. Even after the Governor gave his answer, they kept coming back even after he shared he would get back to them.

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 04/08/2017 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Scott Struggles to Articulate Immigrant Deportation Stance

The incessant need of Vermont's media to engage in gotcha moments of Governor Scott or anyone diminishes our state. Forgotten, is that at the end of the day, we share many of the same concerns and a majority of values. Reporters should be grateful they have regular, and scheduled access to engage the Governor as he continues to set a new standard for transparency in Vermont. That transparency, while trying to be responsive to Vermont's media clearly has a downside. It's made worse by media's persistent efforts to produce gotcha moments which we saw on display in the recent Press Conference. The media's aggressiveness under the guise of seeking clarification doesn't hold any water. Reporters in Vermont should reflect on their own behavior more frequently. If they did, we'd all be better for it.

16 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 04/07/2017 at 5:01 AM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

Actually, I thought it was very well done. And I don't often find reason to compliment Mr. Walters. Very insightful and intuitive to my impressions of Vermont Watchdog. Any organization which claims its mantle to be "fraud, waste & abuse" while simultaneously admitting its partisan reportage and purpose as openly as Watchdog does, would give most readers reason to be skeptical of anything it publishes.

3 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/29/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

In reference to Comment by "terjeanderson"

Contrary to the inaccurate misrepresentation of my prior post, I wasn't suggesting or defending anyone's alleged accuracy of data only to point out that those on the Democratic side are often guilty of the same shortfalls Mr. Hoffer and Commenter terjeanderson cite as a basis for their positions. The reality is virtually all political parties engage in various forms of banter and often misrepresentation of their opponents records. That said, I know Governor Scott and after witnessing Vermont the past 6 years I support his vision for Vermont as opposed to the one which has led to so many problems for Vermont statewide which coincidentally has occurred with a predominantly democratically controlled legislature who are tone deaf to the citizens of Vermont who are tired of paying more and more to live in Vermont. Moreover, spending time on legislative initiatives that do not have the support of the Governor seem a waste of time knowing that a veto will await should it ever get to the Governor's desk. The comments cited by " terjeanderson" also lump all public officials into one large group. That is the crux of the commentator's misrepresentation of my prior post as I was ONLY referring to individuals elected to statewide office, not state representatives or senators but the few Vermont office holders who have statewide responsibility: Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General and Auditor of Accounts.

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/20/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

Let's face it, the Vermont democrats and their surrogates cherry pick facts as much as anyone. State Auditor Doug Hoffer will always engender appreciation from this Vermonter for all his office has done in the Brattleboro Retreat matter but the sad reality over the years I have been engaging folks in Montpelier is that those who hold statewide office have no business engaging in anything resembling partisan politics.

Mr. Hoffer feels that his 1st Amendment Rights are as important as anyone and I agree. The disconnect occurs when individuals hold statewide office as Mr. Hoffer does which is something you sign up to do 24/7 or 365 days a year. While Mr. Hoffer may be compensated for 8 hours a day by virtue of his job, that doesn't mean the other 16 hours of the day he can be John Doe private citizen and critique those in the opposing party without the appearance of partisanship.

Democratic surrogate Lachlan Francis who got his big break being Governor Shumlin's neighbor recently posted on Twitter quotes from "State Auditor Doug Hoffer" from the above post in an attempt to diminish the credibility of information Governor Phil Scott's office had released. Considering the comments Mr. Francis quoted on Twitter originated in comments Mr. Hoffer posted on a Saturday morning evidence that even his democratic friends and surrogates including Mr. Francis recognize Doug Hoffer is not a private citizen on Saturdays but indeed, State Auditor Doug Hoffer seven days a week, 365 days a year which renders dabbling in fact checking on public forums problematic for him or any other individual holding statewide office.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/20/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “House Leaders Accuse Gov. Scott of ‘Shirking Responsibilities’

re: Rama Schneider

There is a new Sheriff in Town who doesn't subscribe to the unsustainable spending priorities of the "tax & spend" legislature. Indeed, Governor Phil Scott won a mandate because an even larger number of "petulant" Vermonters supported the Governor's spending priorities which included a mandate to change the way we do business in Vermont.. Now its up to the opposition to put theatrics aside and start doing the job their constituents elected them to do which will be made easier once they recognize the election is over and now its time to govern and do the work of the people while recognizing a vast majority of Vermonters DO NOT support continuing the same spending habits of the former Governor Peter Shumlin who left us with more problems than he inherited six years ago.

32 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/16/2017 at 8:44 AM

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