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Re: “Officer Said Kilburn Punched Him During Confrontation

Something seems to have changed in how law enforcement deals with people. I can't say with certainty but it sure seems like the police are killing and hurting a lot more than 20 years ago. It would be good to have the actual statistics of police related deaths from 1980-2000 and 2000-2019. My guess is a dramatic rise. If so, to what is it attributed?

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Posted by lou m on 04/30/2019 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

Shawn Camara said:
"In 1970, Act 250 said that if any commercial development were pre 1970, then you were grandfathered..."

The words "doing it prior to 1970" meant "doing it". They did not mean if you had a commercial operation in 1920, and stopped during the depression, you could start back up again in 1995 without going through Act 250.

Mr. Camara also said: "All of these slate quarries that are around today were started before 1970."

But the vast majority were not working in 1970 and hadn't been worked in decades.

He also said, "From 1970 to 1993-4 the current Act 250 coordinator read law and thought it was simple. His position was we were pre 1970."

Yes, if the quarry was working in 1970, like Hilltop, it didn't need to go through Act 250. But if you opened an old quarry that wasn't operating in 1970, it should have gone thru Act 250. And if you were opening old quarries between 1970 and 1995 without going through Act 250 you were in violation of the same.

He followed with, "The new one did not. So he went to all slate quarries and told them to prove in writing that they existed pre 1970."

Wow, a diligent public servant - though I really doubt he visited all the quarries. Maybe he actually just visited the ones that were working and realized some had been opened in violation of Act 250 between 1970 and 1995.

Yes, the industry had a lot of friends in the legislature back then including some relatives in the industry. They still do. But legislatures make mistakes as we all do. And when government does so they need to fix them. This is a chance for our Legislature to address a whopper.

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Posted by lou m on 04/18/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

Representative L. Morgan of Milton from Milton said, "Other than aesthetics, we really don't know it's having any detrimental effects on anything," Maybe he was dozing when the District Coordinator testified about all the problems he's had to deal with for the last 20 years - and the threat he received from an industry operator. And where was he when the testimony of a family who had a quarry open in their back yard that totally upset their lives.

The Rutland Herald has reported many instances over the years of everything from using quarry holes as dumps to the conflict with neighbors who have no recourse to Act 250.

Act 250 is meant to protect the environment and citizens from reckless business interests - not the other way around.

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Posted by lou m on 04/10/2019 at 12:17 PM

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