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The Op/Ed opinion section

"Presumed Consent" Is NOT "Informed Consent" And The VT State Legislature Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves!


This Act shall take effect on January 2, 2016. Bill as introduced, H. 57 It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. chapter 110A is added to read: CHAPTER 110A. ANATOMICAL GIFTS § 5232. PRESUMED CONSENT All Vermont residents 18 years of age or older shall be presumed to consent to making an anatomical gift of some or all of their organs, eyes, tissues, or a combination thereof upon their death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.


French President Promised Justice but Terrorists Seek Real Justice for Muslim Millions Slaughtered

Meaningful justice, would be Europeans recognizing their legal responsibility to compensate the survivors of Muslim and non-Muslim millions slaughtered, maimed, impoverished, enslaved and exploited on three continents over the centuries of Europe’s rise via the plunder of three continents, including Muslim and other cultures and civilizations older, more advanced and wealthier than those of Europeans at that time. Patience!


Addressing Racial Bias in Vermont Law Enforcement

By Curtiss Reed, Jr., Executive Director, Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity

Brattleboro. We believe Robert Appel’s Commentary “Racial bias plagues Vermont, too” (Rutland Herald & Times Argus, December 28, 2014) does a disservice to the Vermont State Police by casting the agency in the very narrow, negative lens of deficient data analysis. More so than any other state agency, Vermont State Police (VSP) has demonstrated conspicuously courageous leadership in the areas of bias reduction and cultural competency. This commentary offers a brief retrospective on how VSP leadership has been shaping a more responsive, culturally competent agency.


Marshall Islands Republic Sues U.S. Government To Stop Nuclear Proliferation

And you thought that ended in 1970?

JANUARY 2015 FEDERAL COURT NEWS: The Marshall Islands Republic sues  to try to stop the U.S. Government from continuing nuclear proliferation in violation of the  1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

President Barack Obama (Democrat) claims to be opposed to nuclear proliferation while in reality, he supports it 100% as Commander in Chief of the United States Military.   F-35 strike fighter jets are designed to be dual capable to carry nuclear weapons.


Very Enjoyable

Chris and Lise,

For quite awhile I've been meaning to tell you both how much I enjoy the " This Day in History" column. It's fascinating to see that while many, many changes have occurred -both historically and in the make up of the town; It's also quite interesting (and amusing) to see that some dissatisfactions remain the same: For instance:

"1892: Muttered curses, not low, but deep, are daily heard in reference to Brattleboro’s railway service"


Kerry, Murderer of a Vietnamese Patriot, Comments on Terror in Co-Terrorist France

Historical ID of now US Secretary of State John Kerry, who today quite rightly condemned the terror attack on the offices of a Paris newspaper plus a history of French colonial and neocolonial terror.

What first comes to mind is US Secretary of State John Kerry's prestige for his heroic Swift Boat killing of a Vietnamese in his own beloved country during the holocaust the US committed in Vietnam.  A wounded Vietnamese freedom fighter, who had been aiming a rocket launcher at the Swift Boat Kerry commanded, was shot by Kerry as he was running away. Kerry by daringly running his boat right at the danger was decorated for having saved the boat and its crew. ["KERRY leaped ashore, pursued the man behind a hootch and killed him"  from official Silver Star Citation "For the President, E.R. Zumwalt, Vice Admiral, Commander of US Forces in Vietnam"]


The Small, Small Post-Snowden World

After seeing the Edward Snowden movie Citizen Four at the Latchis recently, I was left with an impression that was not what I had expected. I had expected to be buried in acronyms – I was. I expected moments of understated drama – they were there. But what I didn't expect was this lingering feeling of claustrophobia which comes of spending two hours watching a man whose physical existence is now confined, 24 hours a day, to a single beige hotel room which could have been anywhere but happened to be in Hong Kong. What struck me more disturbingly was that you don't have to be an NSA whistle-blower to feel a hint of that claustrophobia in your own life. Many of us, I suspect, feel confined to a smaller space these days, especially in the time since Snowden's revelations.


Open Letter To Vermont Voters Regarding Legislative Vote For Governor January 8, 2015

Open Letter To Vermonter Voters,

I have complained here at ibrattleboro.com during the fall of 2014 that my vote count was lowered from the "unofficial" vote count to the "official" vote count four days later.   This never happens to major party candidates.  It happened to me in 2010, and it happened to me in 2014.  I want some positive, constructive changes made!  Because this never happens to major party candidates, I am now complaining that I believe the Constitution of the State of Vermont is being violated.


Gov Shumlin, Now IS The Time; We All Deserve "Cadillac" Health Care

The purpose of writing this is to express my grievance over Governor Shumlin's recent dismissal of Act 48, the Vermont Law, passed in 2011 by Mr. Shumlin himself --who rode into office on the wave of public support for this law in the first place! This law states that all residents of Vermont have the right to receive the best, high quality and publicly financed medical care-- in other words, Universal, or Single-Payer Health Care. He has now abandoned us, having already missed several deadlines for putting various parts of it into affect so that it would be fully implemented by 2017. In his own words, on Dec 17, 2014, Governor Shumlin claimed that "...Now is not the time..."


Xmas As Usual Killing Jesus in Afghanistan. Now Complete a New Year's Resolution!

Regarding Killing the Prince of Peace in Afghanistan on his birthday, no sense thinking up some new observations, last year's and those of previous years should suffice.

Below the list of articles, readers are invited to imagine appropriate completions of New Year's resolutions for a few of problems Americans will face in 2015.


Protester's Are Officially Unemployed

Well it's official. At approximately 11:00 am today VY powered down for the last time. There may finally be peace in the area as the protesters, most from well outside the evacuation zone I might add, have officially become unemployed. They can move on to another area and chain themselves to the perimeter fence of another nuclear facility. If they don't mind the cold and would like to enjoy the benefits of no sales tax maybe they should consider Seabrook N.H. 


US Did Not Warn Asian Nations Of Quake And Danger Of Tsunami

On December 26, 2004, shortly after 0.58 UTC, scientists of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had been made aware that a deadly tidal wave could be building up in the Indian Ocean from an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude, yet did not warn any of the many nations that might be about to be hit.


Happy New Year! Will This Be The Year The State Legislature Obeys The Vermont State Constitution?

Happy New Year! I would like to share this LETTER TO THE EDITOR I wrote to THE VERMONT JOURNAL which they Pubished Dec. 18, 2014

My favorite fantasy is to imagine men in Vermont in the 1770's riding their horses across the hills and mountain trails, splashing naked in the hollowed gorges and streams, and fighting for their freedom.


I Come To Bury Representative Town Meeting, Not Run For It

How is Representative Town Meeting (RTM) better than the "normal" open Town Meeting that every other Vermont town uses?

Taken on its own merits in a vacuum, RTM is a fine concept. But we don't live in a vacuum; we live in the state of Vermont. If there were 30 people running for 14 seats, and there were platforms and discussions and a system of accountability between representative and those being represented, then it would be great - but we have 14 people running for 30 seats and it's not clear who's representing what. If there were so many people attending Town Meeting that it was impractical to allow everyone to participate in a Robert's Rules style meeting, then I can see where RTM would be a good alternative - but space doesn't seem to be an issue.


Happy Holidays 2014

I'm hoping you are getting some warmth, food, and rest in the coming days. Perhaps a present or two, too.

With holidays and such, things may slightly slower around here for the next week or so. We'll be checking in and making sure things get posted, but we're also going to try to enjoy some time with the family.

A big thank you to everyone who adds their thoughts, comments, news, and events to iBrattleboro. A big thanks to all our wonderful advertisers, as well. Click on their ads and ennjoy their services.


"To Sleep, Perchance To Dream - Ay, There's The Rub."

Today’s NASDAQ has Fairpoint Communications, Inc. at $14.34 USDs. Adjacent to the figure for Total Calculated Compensation of $2,359,299 (FY 2013) to Paul Sunu, as Businessweek notes, Fairpoint’s CEO is “connected to 15 board members in 3 different organizations across 7 different industries.“

Maybe that’s not so exceptional for a business man with 25 years experience in finance, corporate management and law, with degrees in political science and Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign and the College of Law.


Goodbye To My Many Vermont Yankee Friends

As I continue to say goodbye to my many Vermont Yankee friends I have a heavy heart. I have followed IBrattleboro for a long time but I have not contributed - other than for an obituary - prior to today. Candidly, I believe I am in the minority in respect to my opinions as compared to most of you.That's okay as our differences are part of what makes us such an incredible community.

That said, during the past two months I have found myself in far too many conversations with departing Vermont Yankee employees. Most [ read almost all ] do not wish to leave. Many [ read most ] are in tears as they speak with me. Yes, some remain angry if not bitter. But that seems to have dissipated over the last 12 months or so. Universally they are simply sad to have to leave.


Ramsey Clark, "Without Demands for Compensation for Wrongful Deaths/Destruction, Anti-Imperialist-Wars Journalism is Hypocritical"

Ramsey Clark and yours truly believe the great economic power shift Eastward augurs a future grand scenario in which the present and poverty of constructive thought from First World journalists will come to be recognized.
I plan to translate this treatise into various languages spoken in the neocolonial plundered world.


Anonymity & Pseudonyms Promote Cyber-Bullying

Yeah I think I'be been 'pushed around' on iBrattleboro just a bit. And I have definitely spoken out quite a bit -- and been taken to task for -- questioning why people on iBrattleboro would want to debate serious issues under pseudonyms ... and especially why they might expect to do so and still be taken seriously. It particularly irked me recently when someone criticized a Town employee by name on this site, but declined to give their own!


Elliot Street, Again

Today, we again have news of another persons stabbed, (multiple times), on Elliot Street. My friend was reading the paper. I didn't have my reading glasses, but I saw the headline had the word stabbing in it, and I immediately knew it was going to be on Elliot Street and in the early morning hours, as happened over and over again on that street, at that time.


iBrattleboro Poll

In my view, the most tourist-y thing in Brattleboro is