Bethany Dunbar: VermontFeature

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3 responses to “Bethany Dunbar: VermontFeature

  1. Thanks Bethany! I have had a few different people ask me about small-scale dairy economics and policy lately, interestingly enough, and never really feel qualified to answer. Now I can share!

  2. Great articles Bethany.

    I was born in Newport Vermont and married Dale Nadeau on June 24th 1967.To this marriage, were born five wondeful children and all five had interest in the dairy life. It was the best upbringing any children could have. We worked together many long days and ate together each night as a family. I know to this day that each one would tell you the great times we had (and not so.)

    As for farming for thirty eight years and seeing the times that were really hard that I would do it in a heart beat again if I was ablecan see your accomplisments each day and many nothing gets done or finished.

    People that dairy farm most always do it for the love of the land and animals, it takes a very special team to do this.

    Aa I said even with the milk prices I know we wouln’t hesitate to do it all over agin!

    Please help the young farmers in keeping up the tradition for years to come!

  3. In June of 1984 I was the Casework Supervisor at the Newport office of the State of Vermont’s Division of Social Services. It was at that time that the State of Vermont conducted a raid on a religious community in Island Pond, taking 112 children, their parents, and several people who were guests of the community into custody in order to have the children checked for signs of abuse by a group of professionals assembled for that purpose. The late District Court Judge Frank Mahady denied all motions made by the state arguing that the state had produced no evidence of abuse and had violated Article 4 of the Vermont Constitution and Article 14 of the Federal Constitution by treating the children as potential pieces of evidence and demanding that the parents make certain statements to the police in return for regaining custody of the children who were found to be not abused. Judge Mahady noted that the state exceeded even the powers granted to it in its search warrant which he described as the most sweeping legal warrant issued since the Magna Charta, based not on any evidence, let alone evidence amounting to probable cause, but on a generalized assumption that some children may have been abused. He called the state’s action an attempt at investigative detention and a “grossly unlawful scheme”. [State of Vermont, Orleans County, ss. In Re: Certain Children, June 26, 1984] It is only the rule of law that deters zealots from abusing the powers of the state. This case was a chilling example of the power of the State of Vermont to illegally invade and search the homes of private citizens and illegally detain them without probable cause that any crime had been committed. When the State of Vermont and its police agencies are the lawbreakers, the rule of law is forfeit and brute power alone rushes into the void. It is unfortunate, but true. It happened before, and it can happen again. Freedom is fragile. Its defense must be vigilant and relentless.

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