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Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

Vince illuzi said "You look at the system the participants did what they were supposed to. I don't know what an alternative response would look like."

An alternative response that could possibly have saved Molly's life would have been to move her to a safe house in an undisclosed location, where her abuser would not know how to locate her. It is mind boggling that the court had her stay in the Maidstone house, with nothing but a retraining order to keep him away. I have a friend in southern VT who is going through a similar situation, separated from a physically and emotionally abusive husband, and with a 4 year old. In her case, she was able to move with her child to a safe house for about 2 months when things were the most volatile and unstable, until she could then find housing away from her abuser. I know every situation is different though, and with all due respect to the state agencies involved, but we need more funding and staffing for safe houses and associated services statewide.

With deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy Benoit and her family, as we all mourn this horrible tragedy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

Equal justice in America is a sham

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “On the Rise: Liberty House Opens in Burlington

The building is named after a ship that was confiscated from the British by Benedict Arnold. That seems apt, given that this building was first confiscated (essentially) from the Catholic Church for the molestation of generations of children by church clergy, and then essentially confiscated again, from the board of directors of Burlington College, for allowing the college to be run into the ground.

But those points aside, it is nice to see that this building has been restored, as it never would have been restored to this level even if the college had figured out a way to somehow stay afloat financially. However, I agree with Cheryl's points on gentrification, which sadly is rampant in Burlington now.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/02/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

"Due to changes in program priorities, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the federal government to no longer continue funding for the Providing Capacity Building Assistance to OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees program"

Let's read between the lines of that statement. Why would an administration who's top priority for increased spending is the military, and which is actively trying to slash all forms of assistance to the poor and low income families, want to see an increase in teen pregnancy? Surely they know their bogus "Just Say No" policies of sexual abstinence will not work and will result in more teen pregnancies. So why would these so called Pro-Life people, who also advocate for ongoing endless war and death, through both military foreign policy and arms sales across the planet, want to cause an increase in teen pregnancy throughout the US?

There is only one answer that can explain such insanity: Cannon fodder. Incidences of teen pregnancy tend to be higher amongst lower income populations, and the most heavily recruited population for the military are low income people who have no other opportunities. Increasing teen pregnancy will result in an endless supply of cannon fodder for the endless Oil Wars and Water Wars of the future. It is all part of the big picture for the American War Machine, and the chicken hawks and war profiteers who stand to cash in from these policies. It's all about greed and making money for them. Sociopaths cannot be bothered with such concerns like compassion, empathy, or the well being of children, or teen moms. Programs that help them are just a barrier to kleptocracy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Ponders New 'Everyday Jobs Tour'

I have a suggestion Governor: How about working along side teachers, and getting to know what it is like to have their health benefits cut.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 06/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Vermont Has Fined Dollar General Stores $200,000 Since 2013

Shame on this corporation that sucks money out of our communities and local economy while ripping people off at the register with higher prices than actually marked. These scanner violation fines are just one more reason I will continue to boycott this company!!! To read in the PDF linked in the article of the repeated fines that each store has received shows that this soulless vulture of a company clearly does not care about its customers, our communities, or Vermont. I will take my business elsewhere and keep my money in the local economy, where it will help local people and small business owners!!!

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 06/01/2017 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Suspect in Burlington College Burglary Won't Face Charges

Another interesting detail here is the erroneous conclusion that a door with no sign of damage or forced entry must therefore equal a door that was left unlocked. No mention by the detectives of the possibility that the lock was picked? Whoever was sophisticated enough to know how to disable the cameras, trace the video feed to its source to be able to disable that too, locate and take files on Israeli students and take a server, was probably able to pick a lock too. Or maybe it was just a former employee, who had a key to the building. Why has the former IT guy at the college not been interviewed for this story?

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 05/08/2017 at 7:18 PM

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