Marlene Pond

State Police cancelled trip to Israel: a missed opportunity

When the Anti-Defamation League offered U.S. police officers an all-expense-paid visit to Israel, Colonel Matthew Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, agreed to be part of that group.

According to State Police Spokesperson Adam Silverman, the event provided “an opportunity to interact with Israeli and Palestinian law-enforcement agencies, observe the security strategies and systems Israel uses to prevent terror attacks, and discuss the challenges the parties face in the region.”

According to VtDigger, “Birmingham accepted the invitation from the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization that advocates for Israel, to take part in the seminar along with about 50 fellow law enforcement leaders from across the United States.”

“It would have been Birmingham's first time taking part in the seminar, with expenses covered by the ADL. A previous state police director, Col. Thomas J. L'Esperance, attended the seminar in the past.”...

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Town officials defend a 39-percent reduction in Vernon library budget

In the months leading up to our Town Meeting, the Vernon Selectboard worked to finalize a budget that reflects the needs of local residents while taking into account their ability to pay for services. As a result, the board asked each town department to suggest at least 6 percent...

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