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Barry Kade 
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Re: “Rick Steves Urges Vermont to 'Take the Next Step' in Weed Legalization

It is important that we get this right and recognize that whatever law is crafted will take refining over the years. Comments like drbob's, claiming that pot "cures" cancer, etc. are about as useful as the old claims that it causes murder. Pot has some significant but not quite miraculous health benefits. It also has some significant, but not unsurmountable public safety issues. It can help raise some significant tax revenues, but not enough that we can abandon the income tax.
In the development of a legal commercial market, I am concerned that it not become another capitalist monopoly. I think Vermont should look into how tobacco was grown and regulated with allotment of small plot shares. The way to eliminate the black market is to provide an easy route for today's illegal growers to transit to legit.
As is, I'm looking forward to July 1. it's been 30 years since I've grown any.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 02/27/2018 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Media Note: Top Free Press Editor Sparks Outrage on Twitter

If by "Apocalypse" Mr. Finley meant a Vermont where everyone has correct political views, or else keeps them to his/her self, he sure nailed it.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 01/09/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Heralded New Addiction Treatment

The present administrators of the Dept. of "Corrections" seem capable of only 2 functions: 1) Administering security and 2) Advertising their claims towards rehabilitation, while actually doing very little in that regard.
One would think that recent reports concerning the torture, neglect and abuse at the "Supplementary Facility" in Pennsylvania, as well as within State failures, such as this article reveals, would prompt the Governor to take some action. Following the death of 7 prisoners in 2003, then Governor Douglas hired a pair of attorneys not affiliated with the State to conduct an independent investigation. Their Report shook things up for a time. It is still availabe online at:…
It is past time for the current Governor to get off his butt.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 11/10/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Vermont's 'Most Beautiful' Prison Has an Uncertain Future

This article proves that the Vermont Department of Corrections has little or no interest in rehabilitation and is only concerned with warehousing prisoners at the lowest possible cost.
BTW One fact that I haven't seen mentioned in the debate over Windsor's closure is that when it operated as a minimum custody facility, those who were sent there were given day for day credit towards their sentence. That means a day of "good time" was earned for each day spent without a rule infraction. So, if cost is so damned important, compare the cost of 6 months at Windsor to 12 at another prison within or outside the State.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 09/20/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Suit Challenges What Vermont’s AG Can Keep Confidential

As one who frequently makes public records request, as has litigated a few, I agree with Hardin that those of us on the other end of the political spectrum from his free market organization should be paying close attention.
One problem I have recently come across is that the Legislature considers Legislative Counsel to be their legal firm and that communication between legislators and the counsel are exempt. This is one of those interpretations where the exemption swallows the rule. It assumes that advise as to the wording or effect of potential legislation is on the same footing as advice to a client whose property, privacy, or liberty interests are the subject of the legal advice.
We should all pay close attention to the EELI case. It certainly will have a wide effect on the scope of the exemptions to Vermont's Public Records Act.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 04/10/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Burlington Electric Discovers Russia-Linked Malware on Laptop

Let's see the evidence that: 1. The malware was targeted at Burlington Electric, rather than one of those viri we pick up whenever we do something stupid on the Internet; 2. That it came from the Russian gov't, as opposed to criminal elements, organized or not, in Russia or elsewhere.
Grizzly Steppes is a term made up by the U.S. Government. It may be defining a real Russian plot, or some 30 year old living in his parents' basement, or anywhere in between. Anyone who claims to know othewise, please show us your evidence.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 01/02/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Walters: GOP Leader ‘Concerned’ About Scott’s Shumlin Holdovers

Here's hoping he can find one to head the DOC who really believes in "Corrections" and comes from a jurisdiction with a record of rehabilitation and getting prisoners ready to hold a job and be productive citizens in other ways.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 01/02/2017 at 5:55 PM

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