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Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Given that they won't treat opioid addiction either, how much money is Centurion pocketing and where was the oversight for the first 3 years? Centurion should be out right now. Prisoners are suffering from treatable conditions and are treated as if they have no rights at all. That's what the 8th Amendment is all about, guys.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/21/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Vermont Delegation Calls for Delay in Kavanaugh Vote

Two drunk high school boys claim they have no memory of this incident. Since when do we think drunk high school boys are good reporters of their misdeeds? I can assure you that a young girl assaulted in this way remembers every detail of such an event, and it goes in her personal catalogue of abuse. If this took place in the '80s, I can assure you her catalogue is undoubtedly quite full by now.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/17/2018 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott and Hallquist Face Off in First Debate

Donna Bout in has a habit of making offensive, uneducated comments and then doubling down on them. In the eyes of the law and most moral and empathetic people, Christine Hallquist is a woman. Sad right wingers and TERFs do not fit that description.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/17/2018 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Censorship of Burlington School Newspaper May Have Violated Law

It's always nice to see a legislator say what a law is supposed to do. This principal has got to go. His instincts are wrong and he's pig-headed, not a good combination. And here's to student journalists who are willing to do the hard work of keeping their fellows informed on issues of significant importance to their futures.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/12/2018 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Updated: Stonecutter Spirits Hits a Legal Snag Opening New Bar

There are states in this country that will go back to archaic abortion laws should Roe v. Wade be overturned. This is the problem with laws that don't keep up with evolving social norms. A law with its roots in the age of Prohibition should be totally re-written and brought into the 21st century.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/12/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Investigator: 'Unprofessional' Burlington High School Guidance Director Faked Transcript

WTF? That's the column this belongs in. I have no confidence in a principal who lauds a man who may have done the many things he is accused of. How about withholding that praise until the investigation is done? And btw, I'm more inclined to take the word of the others who worked closely with him and the students he failed to help. A kid graduated with a falsified transcript. That doesm't help the kid and certainly doesn't reflect well on BHS.

The current principal should take the heat for this. His behavior is a slap in the face to the students and the employees who are trying to do what's right. Guess what? The school is for the students, not badly behaving staff who don't care about the students.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/12/2018 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Despite New Law, Vermont Inmates Denied Addiction Treatment

Until we, as a state, take responsibility for the human beings we are putting behind bars, we will reap what we sow. These individuals are entitled to medical care under the Eighth Amendment and yet are treated less well than farmed animals. The State of Vermont owes a hell of a lot more to the people we lock up. It's bad enough that we ship inmates all over the country because we refuse to own them. That we treat them so badly when they are still here, in the fact of clear legislative intent, is disgusting.

When medical providers say they are eligible for medication, but place an arbitrary date for them to receive it, that's not practicing medicine. That is practicing inhumanity.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/12/2018 at 6:19 PM

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