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Published July 1, 2009 at 5:51 a.m.


When Dr. Dean was Governor Dean, wasn’t the legislature prepared to pass a Vermont single-payer plan, and didn’t he threaten to veto it if they did [“Health Insurance Rx,” June 17]? Senator Cheryl Rivers then withdrew the bill, and retired into some other vaguely described health-care advocacy job. My take is that if Dean had seized the time, he would now be in his second term as President. Seizing the time has not exactly been his forte.

Steve Norman



Thank you for bringing to light the challenge facing the Hancock community [“School’s Out Forever — in Hancock and Granville,” June 17]. Having closed their school, does anyone believe that this will be the end to complaining about the cost of education in Hancock? No, the conversation will just change from complaining about the school budget, which they had some control over, to complaining about tuition they pay other towns, which they have no control over. So a 208-year-old school is closed for a marginal savings in year one and an unpredictable cost in the future. Sad, so sad.

There are 23 schools in Vermont like the Hancock Community School, with 55 or fewer students, and they educate 816 students — less than 1 percent of the total statewide school enrollment. Shall we hold the schools educating 99 percent of the students harmless and accomplish a higher student-teacher ratio by closing the 23 smallest? If the small schools are supported by their communities and providing “equal (quality) educational opportunity,” shall we support their closure and keep open medium and large schools because they are medium and large? Where does quality count in the school-financing debate?

Doug Dows



You need to do something about the man who wrote this review [Drag Me to Hell, June 3]. He’s out of control, and possibly delusional.

Abigail van den Noort



I applaud Seven Days and reporter Sally West Johnson for the gritty exposé of Chris Hagan’s life as a registered sex offender [“Not in Our Backyard,” June 17]. A person can achieve the status of sex offender with incredible ease as a result of prolific advancements in law enforcement — of which one may be unaware until one finds oneself in the machine. Due process, witnesses and evidence? Silly encumbrance, not a problem. One statement from an angry person to police or a family court magistrate and you’re in the courthouse, often without a criminal charge being filed. So much for due process, now let’s move on to witnesses and evidence. Ha. Wish in your left hand, raise your right hand, and tell the truth, you may be the only one who does…

I displeased a woman who later admitted that she submitted a false affadavit to a Washington County Family Court magistrate. She was asked for no verification of her allegations, and was encouraged to entice me to violate the restraining order, now officially classified as Relief From Abuse. Well, there was no abuse of any sort, but her admission came too late for me to realize my goal of becoming a teacher. Hell, it came too late for me to shovel snow or mop floors in a school for the rest of my life, but maybe that’s a good thing.

After intense bouts of depression resulting from unemployment and adjustment, I’m alive and enjoying this beautiful planet. Mr. Hagan will rise above this misguided crap, and your attention to this matter is appreciated by all who have seen the hypocrisy and weakness of the hearts that often beat behind the uniforms and the black robes.

Philip Wheeler


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