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Vermonters in Bennington and beyond - including former House Speaker Shap Smith - are appalled at social media comments attributed to Mt. Anthony School Board member Ed Letourneau, such as: "If you studied the actual history you would find they [the nation’s founders] inherited slaves, could not free them under law, and gave them a better life then would have had if free." Free speech, hate speech, or both?

"After that comment was posted by Laura and Dave Payne on Saturday, former state Rep. Rachael Fields of Bennington asked, "Isn't there a way to remove him immediately?" "This is appalling," commented former House Speaker Shap Smith of Morrisville, later adding, "Is there a mechanism for a recall?""

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  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2020-09-28 16:18:14 -0400