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Renée Carpenter 
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Re: “Woman Shot After Man Opens Fire Into Crowd Outside Burlington Bar

Shaking my head--at the out-of-control gun violence in Burlington, at these comments, and at myself because (minus the jab at Senator Baruth), the first part of Mr. Moses' comment came close to matching my own.

Yes, congrats to the police official who was courageous in successfully doing the job he signed up for and gets paid to do.

Now, let us all try to work together (ending this divisive talk) to reform our mental health and criminal justice system, starting by FUNDING as needed carefully considered government agencies. That may mean RAISING REVENUE from those who can afford to pay more (i.e. those who have seen large gains over the last decade-plus).

Turn off the polarizing media messages and inform ourselves: How do we uphold the rights of all and fully fund necessary public programs? If you don't have a specific and constructively functional idea, be quiet and listen to the folks with experience both hired and elected to serve.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/26/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Reversing Course Again, Leahy Now Regrets Calling for Franken's Resignation

Looks like Seven Days comments are being trolled by a certain group of people who have little of useful consequence in terms of thoughtful commentary on public policy.

If they were required to reveal their true identity, perhaps we'd know if they're real people, if they live in Vermont ... and perhaps a few (if they are real and among neighbors) would cease these types of comments. Something to consider....

Personally, I think it is a sign of strength and integrity when someone--especially a political leader--discovers they've made an error and corrects it publicly.

The weakest among us still need to claim bravado and "I'm right, you're wrong" and put others down.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 12/19/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Walters: WCAX Hires Political Reporter Neal Goswami

I agree: WCAX will "benefit greatly from this" and so will the news culture in Vermont. Good for Vermont's democracy.

Kudos to vtdigger.org for being one of the best "training grounds" for Vermont news media--at least, attracting some of the very best to the state and leveraging the funds to do so.

It will be a very sad day if we lose the Vermont Press Bureau. As Neil Goswami did for the Times Argus, I hope Steve Pappas can do for the Vermont Press Bureau: Keep it going!

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 10/28/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Child in DCF Care Dies in Apparent East Montpelier Drowning

I appreciate this reporting and Ken Schatz's cautious and measured approach. Accidents happen--that's why they're called "accidents."

Deep condolences to all involved.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 07/08/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

"A total of eight masked people among more than 20 people in the crowd used "tactics that indicated training in obstruction and intimidation," police said."

That's what should have been investigated; and the funder behind the Charles Murray lecture; and the well-funded National organization supporting these types of non-academic racist speakers with the specific intention of creating disturbances at academic institutions.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/24/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Walters: House Speaker, Union Leaders Very Publicly Air Grievances

"VT-NEA President Martha Allen "trained much of her fire on Scott. She branded his proposal "anti-worker, anti-union and anti-local control," and asserted that it "has very little to do with property tax savings." She called it "the thin end of the wedge," tying Scott to the right-to-work agendas of Republican governors in other states."

Exactly! A few weeks before the close of the session--on any complicated matter--is a clear work-around democratic process. NOT acceptable here in Vermont.

"In her meeting with union leaders, Johnson defended her plan as the best way out of a difficult position. She referenced a recent House vote on the health care issue, in which Johnson herself had to cast the deciding vote.

"'The reality is, we don't have the votes to override a governor's veto,' she told the union reps. 'There are an awful lot of representatives who don't understand what you do and the importance of bargaining rights.'"

Time for the public to do some educating: Either we are a democracy--in the tradition of Vermont's intention towards fairness and dialogue, trying to get public policy right--or we fall into a very negative pattern of political manipulation so pervasive with the GOP (and other political maneuvering).

This kind of political maneuvering is just not acceptable here in Vermont. Seeming like "a nice guy" just doesn't cut it.

Pass the budget, and leave the long-term health care/ union issues for the next session.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/16/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

"'If we're going to legalize marijuana, I think we should also tax and regulate it,' said Young, who is vice chair of the Committee on Ways & Means."

Thank you for this! I hope it goes through, with thoughtful consideration to several concerns:

That the House Judiciary committee has, "scaled back its proposal to legalize no more than one ounce of marijuana, rather than two as originally proposed, is problematic in that the original proposal came from the amount of dried herb from the allowed number of plants. Scaling it back is arbitrary and foolish given the realities.

"Scott knows there is no test to accurately measure cannabis impairment that's why he uses it as a way to say no. Meanwhile, drivers "under the influence" of cannabis continue to drive Vermont roads like they always have with no real issues." (from the comment above) Whether Scott does or doesn't know, it is true that there is no drug measurement test--at least according to AAA Insurance studies. Various strains of marijuana affect people's levels of concentration in various ways that cannot be mechanically measured. Trying to "Police" and criminalize "driving under the influence" when it is technically unmeasurable will take Vermont down a dangerous and very costly path.

From observing last year's testimony from "public safety officials," an attitude focused on impairment criminalizes further Vermont's roadways. Education is far more effective than criminalizing. Perhaps something similar to the "hands off cell phone" "distracted driving" ticket can save Vermont lots of money and serve the communities better.

As we have very recently and tragically seen, we have many potential distractions while driving (eating, children, conversations, anxiety, medication, schedules.... ) and we ALL need to be paying full attention when behind the wheel. We do not need further criminalization of anything.

PS: Beware the new edict from on high: Will State officials protect Vermont residents following Vermont's new laws when the Feds come to prosecute?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/25/2017 at 8:17 AM

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