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Sue T 
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Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

For those living in subsidized housing, the landlord is also getting a much larger share of the rent directly from the state. $340 from the tenant might mean $600 to the landlord directly. I'm not saying the tenant shouldn't pay, just pointing out that there is some payment being made. As for tenants, there needs to be accountability on their end as well. I know it is difficult passing up things or doing without, but living within ones means has to be part of the equation. Tenants need to think about giving up smoking, getting a cheaper cell phone, and learning to shop and cook, until the larger issues of unaffordable housing are fixed. I grow extra food in my garden which goes to the food shelf to help with food insecurity and donate quality clothing to our thrift store. I give rides when I can to those who don't have a vehicle.

I am not in favor of paying more state funds to cover rent for people until/unless each situation has been explored and there is some hope that the money would assure that the person can be sustainable going forward. Everyone has the possibility of a life crisis that could put them in a bad position. I try not to assume anything but think there are better options to assist than just to throw money at every situation that seems to need help. There are other ways of helping, if one takes time to explore where to be of use, which are more advantageous and long-lasting for the person receiving the assistance.

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Posted by Sue T on 01/21/2019 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Cannabis Expungements Planned in Chittenden, Windsor Counties

Could VT Digger investigate why this is only happening in two counties? Why not the entire state? This same sort of thing happened with the license forgiveness day. People in other parts of the state should have the same access to this action.

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Posted by Sue T on 05/14/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Vermont Officials May Cancel Pennsylvania Prison Arrangement

Vermont inmates should be housed in VT. Inmates are most likely to reduce their rate of re-offense when they are able to maintain close relationships with their families and close support people. Tax payers are going to continue to pay for full prisons anyway, the beds should be used to house Vermonters who will be returning to their communities. I agree with the person whose comment is above; release infirm and low risk offenders whose crimes pose little or no risk to anyone else.

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Posted by Sue T on 02/23/2018 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Long Trail Sues Burton Over 'Take a Hike' Trademark

The Long Trail was about hiking long before it was about beer.

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Posted by Sue T on 08/24/2017 at 3:15 PM

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