Rutland Man Supports Pairing Youth with Police in Effort to Combat Drug Abuse

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Joe Brown Age, 34, has lived in Vermont all his life for the most part. He lives in Rutland.
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think the community of Rutland is strong?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I don’t know. Compared to what community?”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that it’s socially a strong community?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I go to church. The church is pretty strong.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that Rutland has a central meeting place or location for young folks to gather?”
 
Mr. Brown: “No I don’t think so.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you like to see one?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Sure. That’d be cool yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “If Rutland held dances would you attend? Would you support that?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “One thing I hear a lot about when I do interviews in Rutland is the drug problem, the heroin and the opioids going around, what do you think could be done to combat that?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think more things to do. More alternatives.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that the older generations are supportive enough of the younger generations?”
 
Mr. Brown: “No.:
 
Vermont Gossip: “What’s newsworthy and relevant in your life?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Sports. I like to keep track of sports.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “March madness?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yep.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “You’re following that? Did you do a bracket?”
 
Mr. Brown: “No I didn’t, I never do.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you like living in Vermont?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Are you married?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Nope.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Have any kids?”
 
Mr. Brown: “No.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe there are tensions between old Vermonters and new Vermonters?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah out-of-staters. Yeah, there’s a little bit of tension.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that elementary school students should be taught to grow food in a hands on environment?”
 
Mr. Brown: “They should definitely..”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that high school students who have an interest in it should learn how to make furniture from sustainably harvested Vermont wood?”
 
Mr. Brown: “That’s a good option, yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you like to see charging stations for electric cars in parking lots and on roads in Vermont?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think moving towards electricity’s good.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Are you on facebook?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Nope.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support an initiative to pair Vermont youth with police officers in an effort to combat drug abuse?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Sure.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that Hollywood and advertising corrupts the minds of our youth with all the sex and violence and parties that are sound in television and media?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Seven in ten Americans take prescription medications and children in America are twenty-five times more likely than children in the UK to be prescribed medication for ADHD. Do you think that doctors over prescribe these medications?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Definitely. Definitely they’re over prescribing medication.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think they should be held accountable for it, especially over prescribing opioids?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I’m not sure how, but yeah definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that our instincts are as complex as other animals?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think our instincts are more complex.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that our emotions are instincts that were selected by nature for survival?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think that emotions are different than instincts.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that humans will survive as a species for at least the next million years?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think so.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that there are human leaders, older men or women who want to see an apocalypse happen in their lifetime?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Sure. Definitely yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Does that bother you?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah, definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Yeah, because you don’t want to see life end?”
 
Mr. Brown: “No.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you ever just sit back and think about all the sacrifices that your forefathers made to get you to this point?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yes, I do definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you read the bible just to see the way people thought thousands of years ago?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah, I did yep.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Have you ever been to a pick-up truck and bonfire party in Vermont?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yup. I used to have a pick-up truck, so yeah yup. Just outside of Rutland…”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about letting refugees come into the state?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I’m for it.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you like to see work camps set up for the poor, building things like apartment buildings or rail lines, where things like healthcare, food and housing were provided for forty or fifty hours of work?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I don’t think that’s a good thing.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “No? Why not?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Capitalism. I think we should leave it natural. Natural growth process instead of trying to plan it out and do things more of a socialist way.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “So you are stronger for capitalism than you are for socialism?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about farm animals raised in cages?”
 
Mr. Brown: “My dad’s a chicken farmer and we follow the Joel Salatin method where you raise them, it’s pretty big on Youtube. He’s got some good methods on cage farming. He’s all about moving the cage so you get fresh grass underneath. It’s a little bit harder method but it’s but what my dad does.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you believe that high school students should be taught about our instincts and be taught to follow our good instincts?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support legislation that would provide all Vermont service veterans who have PTSD with a service dogs and a lifetime of free dog food?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah that’d be good.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support a private initiative in Rutland to build three story buildings for apartments?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Three story buildings? What for and where?”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Just surrounding downtown Rutland.”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think Rutland is pretty much built up and we should fill in the gaps, but I don’t think we need to build much.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support a website that aimed to pair apprentices with master tradesmen?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Definitely.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that Vermont teens are told often enough that having a family and kids could be the most satisfying thing they ever hope to experience?”
 
Mr. Brown: “That’s probably true. I’ve always been under the impression that you should follow god first and a lot of people think that family is the most important thing, but I think that when people make family the priority of their life it ends up messing things up because it’s hard to function as a family.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think we should be telling youngsters to be on the lookout for a life mate early on because they may not get a better chance at it?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Yeah I think people should be cognizant of how special people are to each other early on.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Would you support legislation that would decriminalize operating a driverless car while under the influence?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I don’t know about that, I don’t think so.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Researchers at the University of Iowa found that driving while under the influence of marijuana causes no impairment. Do you support Montpelier’s aggressive effort to crack down on stoned drivers if they legalize weed?”
 
Mr, Brown: “No.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you now who you’re going to vote for for the next Governor of Vermont?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Next Governor? No.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Who’s your favorite Vermont band?”
 
Mr. Brown: “It used to be Phish. I guess it probably will be because there recordings are still around and stuff, so Phish.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “What’s your favorite Vermont brew?”
 
Mr. Brown: “Long Trail.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “How do you feel about the promises of synthetic biology which means genetically engineering everything from salmon to mosquitoes?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think they should slow down on it.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you lament that we’ve lost courting rituals or do you think they’re still alive and healthy?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I think that we have to adapt to the way things are happening now. So I don’t know how that should be but I think it should be a new way. There should be new ways about courting, because sometimes you do it online and stuff. I think we have to adapt to it culturally.”
 
Vermont Gossip: “Do you think that political correctness is a virtue or a problem?”
 
Mr. Brown: “I’d say that honesty and political correctness are not the same thing and honesty is a virtue but political correctness isn’t.”

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