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Re: “Men Accused of Shooting 200 Cars in Burlington Over Two-Year Span

I would like to recommend to the commenters here the principle, long a part of the constitutional system that rules our lives, of presumption of innocence. The fact that the police apprehended these men and charged them with a crime is no evidence of guilt, in the eyes of the law. While I'm sure that the penalty phase, if we ever reach that far, will be full of evidence of the past behavior of these men, it has no place in a trial. So please, let's adjudicate guilt in a proper forum, not the comment section of a free weekly newspaper first.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/15/2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Approves Flying the Black Lives Matter Flag

People who say "All lives matter" don't get that, until Black Lives Matter, no life matters. That is how fragile life is for people of color in some parts of this country. Their lives are treated as no more important than that of a stray dog, and that is simply wrong. We are all descended on the same family tree, and unless we can agree that those black lives matter, then it is simply blindness to insist that all lives matter.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/14/2018 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Vermont Agency Denies Environmentalists Access to Runoff Rules Draft

I note that the teflon governor's supporters come out to dislike comments that place the blame of ANR's intransigence on the governor where it clearly belongs. Phil Scott leads a government for the corporations and agribusiness, not the rest of us who just want to live in a healthy, beautiful state. Preserve us from the wasting that is destroying the planet, at least for a little while!

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/14/2018 at 8:40 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

The inmates who complain to authorities say that they are threatened the next day with reference to their complaint. This, if true, certainly causes some reluctance to use the system supplied for grievances. It all comes back to Vermont's abrogation of responsibility for its inmates. It closed one prison recently, which certainly should raise some eyebrows. There is now floated a ten year plan for an adequate prison, to be built apparently by one of the most abusive private prison companies, which again raises some eyebrows. I wish the people of this state would rise up in high dudgeon and tell the powers that be to stop sentencing people to prisons if we don't have a place to put them, and to start looking for real solutions, not band-aids.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/01/2018 at 2:12 AM

Re: “Maple Syrup and Tax Breaks: Can Scott Attract New Vermonters?

Vermont suffers from the problem of all northern states watching people fleeing to warmer climes. What nature takes away, climate change will bring back. When Florida is under water, and the desert West is all like Death Valley, we won't be able to keep the people away. Or is that too far-sighted for Governor Scott? After all, it may be as much as 30 years away.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/01/2018 at 1:57 AM

Re: “Driscoll Leverages Relationship With Sanders in Campaign Ad

Since all of the comments here and at VTDigger have made much of her relationship with Bernie, it's a little disingenuous of this paper to claim that this is unexpected. If she failed to address the issue of her relationship with the man, the catcalls from the gallery would continue and claim she was being opaque. She can't win in this atmosphere. Here she showed a picture of the herself with the man who has effectively been her father for the bulk of her life. For you to quibble over the label, father or step-father, is repugnant to those of us who have known the love that can arise in a blended family. She has said repeatedly that she would not ask for or accept his endorsement.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/01/2018 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Two Against One: Is Weinberger Vulnerable in Burlington's Mayoral Race?

I note Miro is now going to visit "safe" locals to address the issue of his failure to listen to the people. I find it entertaining that he was told he would have to earn the vote of this constituent. He hasn't shown any interest is listening to his constituents unless they already agree with him in his years as mayor, and the city's livability is paying the price. I should add that Peter Clavelle is a traitor to the Burlington he once succored if he thinks Miro is the best we can do. I have had my differences with Jane Knodell over the years, but I'm with her 100% on this one.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/01/2018 at 1:30 AM

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