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

Well Im very impressed with Mary Markley. And very unimpressed with the principals reaction. Stellarperformance, really? Its hard to have confidence in administration that just doesnt seem to get how distressing this is. They arent taking it seriously enough. How depressing.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 09/11/2018 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Vermont Cops Partner with Nonprofits to Fight Sex Crimes

A public records request about grant funding? Staff salaries? Maybe its reasonable to ask someone to put in what i imagine would be a fair number of hours to respond to one persons request to satisfy curiosity. But i think its a huge stretch to suggest that this might allow him to gather information about communications between law enforcement & prosecutors about a particular case that is already available through the prosecutors office. Prosecutors understand what communications are discoverable & take this obligation seriously. I think perhaps your article should mention that.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 07/19/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Basketball Players Take a Knee Before UVM Game

Whether or not you personally agree with the players who choose to engage in this silent form of protest, we all need to respect each other's right to engage in peaceful demonstration. The fans at the game who chose to yell at players during the national anthem created a greater disruption, and showed great disrespect. I was at the game with my 13 year old son who was extremely dismayed that the St M players were ridiculed for taking a knee. Its important that we not lose sight of our core values to treat others with respect even if we disagree with their actions.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 11/09/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Case Dismissed: Echoes of National Police Issues in a Vermont Courtroom

I have to wonder--did the police officer follow the car for some period of time to confirm erratic driving? If so, the false tip played little to no role in the stop. Also the article states this is the defendant's second time before the court for driving under the influence, there is a public safety issue that is being ignored here. Lastly, the driver also was smoking marijuana, a fact that makes his impairment greater than the .09 reading from the test since that test only measures his degree of alcohol impairment.

If the revenge tip did in fact provide the only basis for the stop, that had already been taken into account by the prosecutor in offering a more lenient plea than she would normally have offered. For the judge to simply throw the case out shows bad judgment and sets a bad example. Would we want a juror who decides to allow sympathy or prejudice to sway his or her decision and disregard the law? Would we want a police officer? Judges too must follow the law that they are sworn to uphold. Judge Rainville's desire to show mercy and kindness is a nice impulse, but perhaps our justice system would be better served if he exercised it through volunteer work in the community.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 08/14/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Residents Cry Foul Over Felled Trees at UVM Site

While the city arborist might only have "say" over trees planted in the public right of way, that misses the point. We have in the city's employ someone who is an expert on trees. Why would the city not consult him? Why didn't UVM? The only answer is that either or both failed to recognize the important role of trees in our community. New ones aren't the equivalent of old ones. I am on the parks commission and am familiar with the work that our parks department has put into the goal of increasing the canopy cover provided by trees in the city. We can't get there by street trees alone. We need private land owners to step up. UVM should be a leader in this area, and while perhaps not deceitful they have shown callous indifference to the importance and value of preserving significant old trees in our community--to make way for a parking lot of all things.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 08/08/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Who Will Get the Land Around Burlington College?

How can this story only have one comment? I'm surprised that this hasn't generated more discussion. When it's gone, it's gone. If the city wants to preserve even a piece of this land shouldn't we at least be in discussions NOW about how much we will have to spend to get it? It might cost a lot more than we want to spend and suddenly paying 7 million to get all of it doesn't sound that bad.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 11/21/2014 at 10:42 PM

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