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Gina Halpern 
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Re: “Burlington Police Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Man

The fact that he was elderly and mentally ill makes this disturbing. Couldn't the building have been evacuated and the floor he lives on corded off ? I think as long as he was confined to his apartment , why not wait it out. Question is do the Police have proper training to deal with the mentally ill instead of killing them? This isn't the first time someone during a psychotic episode ended up dead. Do we need more hospital crisis beds ? Could this been handled before things got to this. I am the daughter of a 76 year old woman with severe schizophrenia . If she was to be shot while being psychotic , I of course would be beside myself. Is this the way we want to treat our mentally Ill ? Can Law enforcement learn anything from these senseless deaths instead of repeating them over and over ?

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Posted by Gina Halpern on 03/22/2016 at 6:57 PM

Re: “City Council Snuffs Smoking on Church Street

Great ban smoking but no one seems to care about geoengineering over Burlington. It is increasing atleast 3 times a week now. No one looks up ? Wake up , those lines mucking up the sky
are not contrails and they are definately not real clouds.Observe over time and you will see. Im all for not breathing cigarette smoke. I also dont want to breath aluminum barium and strontheum and who knows what else is raining down on us and our water supply. I used to think Vermont was a leader in preserving and promoting positive quality of life, Im not so sure anymore.

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Posted by Gina Halpern on 11/11/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “CCTA: Board May Consider Outside Avenues to End Strike, Including Temporary Drivers

I have been a ccta customer for over 25 years going back and forth to work each weekday. I am so glad to see that Vermont officals are concerned about the situation. The two parties seem to be at deadlock and unwilling to come to any kind of agreement. Doesn't seem like this is about hours or pay ect . Seems like this is about power and control on both sides. The public is stuck in the middle, forced to walk in freezing temps long distances or pay high prices for cabs that have a 2 hour or more wait time due to the demand. The ccta and the drivers are valued by the public. Just ask any one of us thats been waiting for a bus in below 0 temps. when that bus pulls up we are so grateful. Please Ccta and, Drivers consider your role in serving the public and just how important it is. Compromise sounds logical doesn't it?

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Posted by Gina Halpern on 03/25/2014 at 2:59 PM

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