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Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

Correction: I meant to say that I was quoting Sinclair Lewis in my comment below, not Upton Sinclair.

Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/13/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

Despicable that this Vermont Republican endorses a sexual predator of minors (and the predator in the White House), and her lame defense that it would have come up years ago shows her complete and utter detachment to the fact that victims often stay quiet about their abuser for years, sometimes carrying it to their graves, as they are often conflicted with bringing back the trauma and PTSD in revisiting the abuse, the reprisals and being made an outcast by family members and community members who do not want to deal with it, and the fear of confronting their abuser. But obviously Butterfield relies on the same level of denial, lack of empathy and cognitive dissonance on this issue that allows her to endorse all of the other truly harmful, reckless and destructive policies being carried out by this Congress and this President. Truly shameful.

I have a friend right here in Vermont who decided to come out publicly and speak about the fact that she was raped over 40 years ago by her college professor while in grad school. She had kept it quiet all these years, due to the severe trauma of what she went through, but seeing all of the women across this nation who are finding the courage and support to hold their abusers accountable, she decided to do the same. Why is Suzanne Butterfield incapable of accepting that reality, that victims sometimes find it severely painful and difficult to talk about their abuse?

And does Butterfield endorse the fact that Roy Moore put giant replicas of the Ten Commandments in his court house when he was a judge?

Upton Sinclair said it best, over 80 years ago: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross".

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/11/2017 at 11:50 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

Vince illuzi said "You look at the system the participants did what they were supposed to. I don't know what an alternative response would look like."

An alternative response that could possibly have saved Molly's life would have been to move her to a safe house in an undisclosed location, where her abuser would not know how to locate her. It is mind boggling that the court had her stay in the Maidstone house, with nothing but a retraining order to keep him away. I have a friend in southern VT who is going through a similar situation, separated from a physically and emotionally abusive husband, and with a 4 year old. In her case, she was able to move with her child to a safe house for about 2 months when things were the most volatile and unstable, until she could then find housing away from her abuser. I know every situation is different though, and with all due respect to the state agencies involved, but we need more funding and staffing for safe houses and associated services statewide.

With deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy Benoit and her family, as we all mourn this horrible tragedy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

Equal justice in America is a sham

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “On the Rise: Liberty House Opens in Burlington

The building is named after a ship that was confiscated from the British by Benedict Arnold. That seems apt, given that this building was first confiscated (essentially) from the Catholic Church for the molestation of generations of children by church clergy, and then essentially confiscated again, from the board of directors of Burlington College, for allowing the college to be run into the ground.

But those points aside, it is nice to see that this building has been restored, as it never would have been restored to this level even if the college had figured out a way to somehow stay afloat financially. However, I agree with Cheryl's points on gentrification, which sadly is rampant in Burlington now.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/02/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

"Due to changes in program priorities, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the federal government to no longer continue funding for the Providing Capacity Building Assistance to OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees program"

Let's read between the lines of that statement. Why would an administration who's top priority for increased spending is the military, and which is actively trying to slash all forms of assistance to the poor and low income families, want to see an increase in teen pregnancy? Surely they know their bogus "Just Say No" policies of sexual abstinence will not work and will result in more teen pregnancies. So why would these so called Pro-Life people, who also advocate for ongoing endless war and death, through both military foreign policy and arms sales across the planet, want to cause an increase in teen pregnancy throughout the US?

There is only one answer that can explain such insanity: Cannon fodder. Incidences of teen pregnancy tend to be higher amongst lower income populations, and the most heavily recruited population for the military are low income people who have no other opportunities. Increasing teen pregnancy will result in an endless supply of cannon fodder for the endless Oil Wars and Water Wars of the future. It is all part of the big picture for the American War Machine, and the chicken hawks and war profiteers who stand to cash in from these policies. It's all about greed and making money for them. Sociopaths cannot be bothered with such concerns like compassion, empathy, or the well being of children, or teen moms. Programs that help them are just a barrier to kleptocracy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Ponders New 'Everyday Jobs Tour'

I have a suggestion Governor: How about working along side teachers, and getting to know what it is like to have their health benefits cut.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 06/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

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