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Jessie Swett 
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Re: “Protesters and Trump Supporters Square Off in Burlington

I just don't understand at all how anyone could actually listen to Trump speak and STILL support him afterward. He's openly a bigot and doesn't deny that - wants us to wall off our country due to fear to put a bandaid on a problem that needs a fix and expects another country to pay for it - he talks about women in an extremely sexist way - he blusters and throws tantrums when he's challenged - he is not very bright, if you listen to a lot of his "facts" it's so obvious he doesn't care whether something he wants to believe is fact or not, he lies constantly and for some reason this doesn't seem to bother his supporters...I mean that being said, about the lying, that's why I will write in Bernie's name no matter who gets on the ballot because all the rest have shown themselves to be ready to lie to get what they want whereas Bernie can be shown to not be guilty of that.

I just honestly can't wrap my mind around support of him - as a country we've said for what, at least the past decade, that he's a horrible person and an asshole, I mean watch the Apprentice...why would we want that man as president? And any working class people who think he's on their side are being willfully blind - he's pretty clearly in it just for himself.

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Posted by Jessie Swett on 01/08/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Vermont's Prison Chief Says It's Time to Decriminalize Drug Possession

Ha, the rant I posted on facebook won't fit here. To sum up though, I'm 100% on his side - Portugal has proven a point, decriminalizing drugs across the board makes addiction rates drop - people don't go nuts and just start popping pills that weren't doing so before and those who do have a problem have an easier time getting help as the stigma of being 'criminals' dies down.

We're wasting SO MUCH time and money treating non-violent victims as dangerous criminals. Why are we so supportive of alcoholism but not drug addiction? Many people drink, we think that's fine and not a big deal - when people go overboard and end up with a problem we support them getting treatment and remind them they have an addiction which is a hard thing to break and takes bravery and learning to do so. We treat sugar addiction the same way when working with obesity. Why should drugs be so terrifying and different? I'm not saying the legality of any crimes committed while under the influence should change - assault is still assault even if you were on PCP and didn't know what you were doing, was still your choice to take it. But come on if we look at it black and white it's a simple question:

Which would you, as a tax payer, rather put your money toward? A) locking up drug users in prison where they may or may not get treatment and will likely find it nearly impossible to rebuild their lives to be valuable citizens again after release? or B) put that money (that's collected from you whether you like it or not) to treat the addiction and help addicts find their feet again?

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Posted by Jessie Swett on 06/18/2015 at 9:40 AM

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