leaterhune | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Québec Unveils Marijuana Legalization Plan

Why do police need breath or saliva tests? A driver who is impaired, for any reason, is endangering others. It could be alcohol, weed, prescription or otc pharmaceuticals, lack of sleep, anger or other mental problems, physical illness -- whatever! If driving erratically, involved in an accident, or hurt someone while driving, and exhibit signs of impairment, document the behavior and charge accordingly.

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Posted by leaterhune on 11/25/2017 at 1:22 AM

Re: “A Year After Al Franken's Visit, Vermont Dems React to His Scandal

Let's see what the Ethics Committee comes up with? Areas the ethics committee investigates: Gifts, Travel, Campaign Activity, Conflicts of Interest, Prohibition on Unofficial Office Accounts, Constituent Service, and Franking. Either political party has an effective veto over the actions of the committee. Men are in the majority, 8-2 House Ethics Committee, 5-1 Senate Ethics Committee. Rarely have the committees taken action to expel or even censure or admonish a member. "Let's see what the ethics committee comes up with" is a way of sidestepping calls for resignation and squelching public discussion.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by leaterhune on 11/23/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

$100,000 for that cartoon of Burlington notables? Now $20-30,000 to add some diversity? Don't throw good money after bad. Paint over it, it's ugly.

41 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/09/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Walters: Pot Commission to Discuss Path to Legalization

Roadside test? There are so many chemical substances -- legal and illegal, naturally occurring and ingested/imbibed/inhaled -- that can impair driving, maybe it is time to judge the behavior without attributing it to a substance. There are no accidents. If the driver loses control of the vehicle, s/he is culpable. Too much caffeine? Anger adrenaline? Sleep deprived? Distracted? All are risky, and no roadside test for it.

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Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire: Accusations Fly in Burlington Telecom Negotiations

Conflict of interest: Terry Dorman, who is heavily influencing the BT sale decision, and profitting from the sale, is closely connected to one of the bidders (the one advised to withdraw). The mayor, on advice of legal council, discussed the conflict with Dorman, and the bid in question was withdrawn. Very responsible on the mayor and Dorman's part. Why wasn't the connection between Dorman and the bidder disclosed sooner? Some councilors, who apparently knew about it, are red-faced. Embarrassed? Oh no, they are mad. The mayor validated conflicting interests! If one conflict of interest is acknowledged, other deals will be questioned, past present and future, and public acceptance of council's refusal to recognize conflicting interests may be over. https://relationshipscience.com/connection…

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Fourth Bidder for Burlington Telecom Says He's Out for Good

Why all the secrecy? This article does very little to inform about the conflict of interest. Since council and the mayor routinely turn a blind eye to blatant conflicting interests with clear financial gain (for example, squirty fountain design of City Hall Park), this conflict must be a huge legal liability. Press, do your job!

14 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Well done, John Walters.

Dems in VT, and nationally, are focused on serving an establishment that is perceived as ruled by the wealthy elite. The immense popularity of Bernie in VT, and nationally, would have guided a party ruled by Democratic principles, serving the interests of the people.

As for the Free Press' Pomerleau tribute -- tacky tacky tacky. We all saw right through it The police chief's donation of $500 out of the dept budget -- we'll remember that when the chief says we can't put a speed reader on North Ave, or a camera at the intersection of 127. It's a blatant example of a City dept using taxpayer dollars frivolously.

If Pomerleau is the civic santa the Free Press presents, then he was not flattered or impressed. Every ad purchased by a City dept or a non-profit took money away from services to city residents. Better to invite him over for lunch and shower him with heartfelt affection and praise.

19 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/28/2017 at 1:48 AM

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