Peter Van der Does

A legal question

BRATTLEBORO-Let me begin by saying that I only have great distaste for the large orange guy and that I pray that he doesn't make America groan again. No, that wasn't a typo.

That being said, what I would like to know is why the hush money incident he is currently in court for doesn't also make the adult film star who received the payment qualify for criminal prosecution herself?

After all, Stormy Daniels accepted money to keep quiet about the whole thing, right? Isn't that tantamount to blackmail? If so, shouldn't she have her time in court as well?


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A modest proposal

We cannot have another accidental death during a police apprehension. Why not give law enforcement tranquilizer guns? Officers have only split seconds to make a potentially lethal decision. With a tranquilizer gun, they can shoot first and ask questions later. Was that just a shiny object in the suspect's...

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West Brattleboro P.O. is diligent about helping people vote

There was an item on the radio a few weeks ago from the current administration about a number of ballots that were found floating in a ditch. There was no source given for this information or where these ballots were discovered. I have a completely different experience regarding my...

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Daims: an activist gets things done

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Drain the river, close Vermont Yankee

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Other causes for nuclear meltdowns

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