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Re: “Prosecutor Drops Most Serious Charges Against Accused Fair Haven School Plotter

Mr. Sawyer is a troubled individual who bought a shotgun, wrote in his personal journal AND told a friend of his plans to shoot and kill people in Fair Haven Union High School. Only through his friend's reporting this to the police, was a potential carnage stopped. Other schools across the nation have not been so fortunate. Yet, through "legal jargon" did charges get dropped. Now what happens? Will he be put in jail? Will he be allowed to go free and receive counselling? How close will he be monitored? Will he not be able to purchase further guns? In the media, we have heard of countless episodes where potential shooters were stopped beforehand, only to be let out on a technicality and then moved forward to kill and injure innocent children. Will this be another case?

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 04/23/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Request to Halt F-35s Goes Forward Without Weinberger's Support

Not surprised but disappointed. I am glad I have never voted for him. He was more interested in siding with his "cronies" and developers than listening to 55% of Burlington voter's and believing VTANG and federal officials instead of actually researching the facts. Over 3,000 families with children, not to mention thousands of individuals will be negatively affected by allowing this high military plane which still has technology bugs and low flying hours to fly over our neighborhoods and threaten our environment and safety. Shame on you, Mayor!

23 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 04/11/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “More Work to Be Done, Weinberger Says in State of the City Address

Some issues I wish he would consider and address: 1) The F-35's. Please listen to the voters who do not want this dangerous military machine flying over our neighborhoods. Over 6,000 families and homes in the surrounding areas and towns will be negatively effected. There ARE alternatives, contrary to what Leahy, Welch, Sanders and VTANG and Burlington should never have been considered in the first place. Apparently, no one did their homework or care about what the people wanted. 2) Put our tax money to work and fix Pine Street and North Avenue which are horrible land mines with their pot holes and ruts. Drivers and cars will thank you! 3) Although it is admirable to "fix" the opiate problem, the key is early intervention, not only after the fact and adding another drug to combat symptoms (I hope people that receive this drug are also getting counselling, and rehab treatment in addition.) As someone who has made a career in Human Services and Social Work, it is so important to have resources for our children such as positive mentoring, education, family support, nutrition, after school activities, sports, the arts, etc. so they will not want to resort to drugs in the first place. 4) You were lucky enough to be elected for a third term (I did not vote for you) so please listen to the people in Burlington who are trusting you to do the right thing and not only to your many business cronies and developers....

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 04/04/2018 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Scott Opposes Lake Cleanup Planning Bill

Having owned boats in the past, lived in Malletts Bay and really appreciated and respected our beautiful Lake Champlain, I am appalled at the current condition. I have witnessed hundreds of Canadian boats, who now spend the summer on our waters as it is cheaper for them, dumping personal waste, grey water, oil and gasoline, washing their boats or discarding garbage in our waters. They waters aren't even patrolled or our Canadian neighbors fined for this. In addition, sewer run offs and farm chemical and natural fertilizers, are all a major problem and concern. For several years, there has been a ban on swimming for many weeks, because our lake is contaminated and a detriment to anyone who wants to beat the heat at Burlington's North Beach, Oakledge and Colchester beaches. For me, this is one of the more worthwhile bills that helps support a Vermont natural resource, which we are so lucky to have and enjoy. And to top it off, Scott didn't even look at the bill, but still opposed it? That is one of the many reasons why I didn't vote for him for govenor....his wonderful attention to detail! Shame on him!

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 03/23/2018 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Burlington Real Estate Mogul Tony Pomerleau Dies at 100

Years ago, when I was employed at the Baird Center/Howard, I would take my kids to the annual Christmas dinner. Mr. Pomerleau was always friendly, make a point of greeting everyone and supplied the "party goers" with delicious food, gifts and care packages to take home, something many of these kids and their families would not have on Christmas day. It was always a wonderful, light happy day.

He was a generous human being and more people with monies should follow his lead and give back to their communities. I hope his family and friends learned from his examples and continue that tradition. Rest in peace, Mr. Pomerleau.

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 02/10/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “#HerToo: Middlebury Student in Trouble Over List of Accused Sexual Transgressors

I am stunned by the hatefulness of some of these comments which leads me to believe that sexual assault is still something that is ignored and buried even though "Hollywood" has tried to create a long overdue awareness, with something that has been going on for years. Do I agree with Ms. Dunn's using her Facebook page to "out" alleged Middlebury accusers? I am on the receive such an outpouring of women on campus who have been sexually assaulted, abused or harassed, and feels that their voices have not been heard, or fear of a reprisal or being "raked over the coals" by the legal system of an accuser who wants to remain hidden, is sad and frightening. Hence, Penn State and the military where both women and men stepped forth, telling their stories and these institutions worrying more about their enrollments/enlistments then the victims. What makes you think that Middlebury College would be exempt? Boo hoo to the male college students that were "outed" and how it changed their lives....why were your names listed in the first place? Perhaps instead of Middlebury College ousting Ms. Dunn, it should begin a complete investigation into the names of the men that were listed as "alleged" sexual predators....If you didn't do it, you have nothing to worry about....

13 likes, 55 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 01/26/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Scott Budget Proposal Eliminates Disability Assistance Program

It never ceases to amaze me that human services are the first programs that get cut and other top heavy areas are overlooked and continue to drain the budget. What happened to by the people and for the people?

16 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 01/26/2018 at 6:33 AM

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