Vidda Crochetta

We need independent judiciary more than we need community policing

Our nation's police departments' primary objectives have to be enforcement of existing law as enacted by the legislatures of the various states and the U.S.

The latitude exercised by each department is affected by a dizzying array of various police-departmental and community circumstances. There is no template except that which falls back upon established law.

In a real sense, the executive summary and, therefore, the full report, released in January, of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing is putting the cart before the horse.

The summit participants “outlined three conceptual elements of building community-police relationships. The report defines those elements [as] communication, partnerships, and trust.”...

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Most marijuana use made arbitrarily unlawful by a few government mortals

Many young people have an innate interest in things that make them feel good and glow with an almost excited delirium for life. They ride on a peak of being interested in everything, and as they age, most of them decelerate to a variety of moderate behaviors throughout their...

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Obamacare really didn’t do us any favors

If Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and, indeed, the rest of this Congress had put more effort into single-payer health care as they did in the Affordable Care Act, our growing segment of the increasingly older population and the future of health and medical science and services for us all...

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Old people are planning for the future

On some level, I'm attracted to the notion of the Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee - maybe because I see less and less of my future. But the minutes of this new committee are troubling. The truth is, most people's attention span can hardly make it to the next day, much less the next week or following year. Some of the comments like “apparent inertia of our system,” “to get at why the system does not work,”

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Drug use, convictions baked into the national system

Getting inebriated is an intentional human behavior - it is not a mistake or an accident. Neither is it a mental-health crisis. It is, in fact, perfectly normal human behavior well within the range of good mental health. Just like the drugs themselves, it is a question of degree (or percentage) of usage and effect. Deeply ingrained in the desired effects of drug use is another perfectly normal human behavior: moderation. In fact, moderation is the largest component of drug-use...

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Marijuana use never should have been a criminal activity

Since Vermont is one of the 17 states to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the Legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing. But wait. Not so fast. Is decriminalizing marijuana really an admission of guilt and culpability in criminalizing people who were not criminals before? There cannot be a great difference between marijuana use today and its use five, 10, or 40 years ago. If it's decriminalized now, that...

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Plane impacts alone could not have brought down WTC towers

There is a wealth of information, evidential or otherwise, that - based on the destruction of the World Trade Center towers alone - demands that the Office of the Independent Counsel be empowered to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate all government and non-government forensic crime data related to Towers 1, 2, and 7. The focus of such an investigation should be targeted to the intra and extra crime field analysis around those towers. What happened to the towers on...

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Is the truth about WTC Tower 7 lurking in the shadowy mists of patriotisms borne of deception?

At 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center Towers 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 were damaged but still standing. Nevertheless, earlier that morning, the lower Manhattan skyline had changed forever. The smoke, fumes, and dust of Towers 1 and 2 had already firmly established in American minds the smoke-and-mirrors effect, the brainchildren of the attackers who designed and desired that outcome. The two main objectives of any building demolition in populated areas are, one, to break up...

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