Ava Lafferty

Once again, a person charged with violent felony offences is released on conditions with no posting of cash or bond despite being previously released on conditions as to other charges and allegedly violating those conditions with no revocation of bail.

When asked why cash bail was not requested, the Deputy State’s Attorney for Bennington County, Alexander Burke, refused to comment. Did it slip his mind at the arraignment/bail hearing?

Pray, dear readers, for the safety of our communities in Vermont. To be continued……..

https://vtdigger.org/2021/07/06/white-supremacist-from-bennington-arrested-again-released-again/

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The Myth Of “Progressive” Vermont Exposed Yet Again

A dear medical profession friend here in Vermont has been searching for over a year in vain for a Queer therapist to help treat PTSD induced from helping others in a traumatic situation caused by the Trump administration. The sad reality is that there are extraordinarily limited mental health resources in Vermont and even less available to the the LGBTQ+ community.

This reminds me of a FtM trans friend , a student at the then Lyndon State College, who decided two Summers ago to return to their home state of Kentucky (Yes, Moscow Mitch’s state of Kentucky!) because they could obtain better mental health services there than here in the Green Mountain state.

More on this crisis in Vermont mental health services to come……

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Despite its reputation as a liberal/progressive Mecca bordering on Nirvana, that’s not the reality of Vermont living. Mostly rural, often culturally isolated with more Trumpistas than a liberal nightmare might conjure, what you see in the big city called Burlington and the wealthy ski enclave of Stowe ain’t what ya get living here. For those of us in the LGBTQ+ community, the daily dangers of living in Vermont are all too real.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll look at the relevant issues we face while attempting to create a more just and inclusive community locally and nationally based on the rule of law equally applied to all.

Lyndonville, VT During the 2020 Presidential Campaign

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Ava Lafferty

Ava Lafferty

Trans-woman. Semi-retired lawyer and educator. LGBTQ+ advocate. Resident of the Green Mtn. State