Slaughter at a supermarket

Slaughter at a supermarket

There are 55 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Jan 10, 2011, titled Slaughter at a supermarket. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

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Rings Ghost

South Burlington, VT

#1 Jan 11, 2011
Ah...here comes the hate, right on schedule.
Vter

Bennington, VT

#2 Jan 11, 2011
Tacky, Alden.

Since you like quotes:
"Physician,heal thyself" Luke 4:23
tim

United States

#3 Jan 11, 2011
Vitriol? Really? Boy, you guys couldn't wait to slip that one in there. Look it up, Alden, then read a few of your columns. You might be the definition.
I see stupid people

Bennington, VT

#4 Jan 11, 2011
Alden, did you take a stupid pill?
The shooter has no ties to the teabaggers or conservatives, in fact he is a registered independent. You never address the real problem-the shooter was a nut case! He was kicked out of college, unable to enter the military, all the warning signs were there. YOU are part of societies problem.
By the way, better get rid of cars, they have been killing people too!
Yeah Right

Watervliet, NY

#5 Jan 11, 2011
Mr. Graves,
Apparently your ears are only tuned into the comments of the right. The left have also used what you call "inciteful " language. There has been no proof that this lunitic, and that is the only claim that can be made based on the actual circumstances, has ever identified with any of the public figures you mentioned in your rant. He is obviously mentally unstable and that is the REAL REASON this happened. If you'd really like to "tone down" the inflamatory rhetoric you should state facts and not apply blame.
P.S. Stay away from Target Stores. They have that inflamatory trademark.
Crazy Bernie

Albany, NY

#6 Jan 11, 2011
Is this Alden's attempt at humor or irony or what?

I read some of the things the shooter ranted about and I see a deranged thought process that reminded me of the hate spewing rhetoric of Alden Graves.

Go figure.....
Bruce

Bennington, VT

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Always looking for a chance to give his opinion of Palin,Beck, limbaugh even if there is no connection to them. This type of journalism is what you use to get people to read your tripe. Why don't you base your articles on fact and see how that works for you. Just curious why you never mention Kieth Obermann in your columns he is one of the biggest hatemongers on TV, but of course he's on the left so thst would be a no no for you
estanson

Windsor, VT

#8 Jan 11, 2011
"Is the carnage in Arizona finally going to temper the vitriol in America?"

"Don't count on it. I doubt that it is going to incite anything more substantial than the "no place in a democracy for violence" spiel that many of the instigators of that violence will go back to pedaling in a day or two."

(here we are a few days later)

"Television and radio hatemongers get rich spewing their divisive drek."
(dont forget trite columnists)

"There is just too much money to be made by the propagation of hatred, too much fame to be attained by the manipulation of people's fears and their insecurities."

(and so I will make more money and fame with my propogation of hatred:)

"Glenn Beck with the wholesale dispensation of divisiveness, mistrust, and hatred...destructive rhetoric ...dissenters seem positively traitorous."

"The only thing that is going to stop them is for us to really hear what they are saying. "(...dissenters seem positively traitorous ...dissenters seem positively traitorous." ...dissenters seem positively traitorous.")

"There's no way to fight the hate-peddlers other than to stop listening to them. Sounds easy, doesn't it?"

FINALLY A GOOD POINT ALDEN!
I agree we should stop listenig to you and your hate filled dribble!

ONE FACT:
Giffords is a blue dog democrat...
hmm...is this a likely target for a conservative??

But no one should forget that as facts come out and there are NONE that implicate the tea party or Palin, that the story that broke was nonetheless that this was the case...

now the facts are starting to show he was 1) just plain wacky and 2) more leftist than anything...

so the left will now try to make this about gun control...
but we should never forget that the story broke that he was a rabid right winger...

even after the facts come out we have Alden here blaming the right...
"The only thing that is going to stop them is for us to really hear what they are saying. "
Andy Anderson

Bennington, VT

#9 Jan 11, 2011
Alden, I'd like to say we agree that political discourse needs to be civil. However, I honestly don’t think you really believe that so I can not. Your rhetoric offends me as well as the majority of Americans (Nov. 2?) or as you call us “the private sector”. In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I believe the offense must be intentional. First, you place the blame for this sad event on "instigators". Doesn’t that cross even your own line?

Do you really think Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck are to blame for this terrible tragedy caused by a mad man turned monster? You talk about tempering the vitriol, please review your own body of work and then look in the mirror. When you insult a person it tends to upset them. I think that is something even you understand.

In short order you called me greedy, apathetic, stupid, unsympathetic, and cowardly. Then it appears you actually try to make me regret my firm beliefs in God and the freedoms and liberty he has bestowed on "all men"? The hypocrisy of your diatribe is evident, misleading and above all offensive. Change begins at home brother, why not practice what you preach and stop looking to place blame.
Vermontis

Arlington, VT

#10 Jan 11, 2011
"A woman who used gun sights to symbolically target her political opponents (including Rep. Giffords) gets her own so-called reality show on television"

How can someone who "lived through a presidential assassination, the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Columbine, and Virginia Tech." conviently forget the Democratic Leadership Councils 2004 map of targeted GOP seats, complete with bullseyes on each one?

Or the Presidential assertion in 2010 that the opposition was the "enemy" ?

Your outrage seems to be party-biased , Alden, you demented old fart.
OrdinanceMan

Bennington, VT

#11 Jan 11, 2011
Thank you to all whom see this guy as I do as nothing but a hate-mongering blasphemous rhetoric spewing moron.
TruthTeller

Underhill, VT

#12 Jan 11, 2011
I see stupid people wrote:
Alden, did you take a stupid pill?
The shooter has no ties to the teabaggers or conservatives, in fact he is a registered independent. You never address the real problem-the shooter was a nut case! He was kicked out of college, unable to enter the military, all the warning signs were there. YOU are part of societies problem.
By the way, better get rid of cars, they have been killing people too!
The shooter was a right wing kook who loved Paulin. Start cheking your facts right winger.
TruthTeller

Underhill, VT

#13 Jan 11, 2011
Bruce wrote:
Always looking for a chance to give his opinion of Palin,Beck, limbaugh even if there is no connection to them. This type of journalism is what you use to get people to read your tripe. Why don't you base your articles on fact and see how that works for you. Just curious why you never mention Kieth Obermann in your columns he is one of the biggest hatemongers on TV, but of course he's on the left so thst would be a no no for you
the shooter was an admirer of palin and the right wing.
Rings Ghost

South Burlington, VT

#14 Jan 11, 2011
TruthTeller NOT:
What evidence do you have? What "facts"? Or, are you just saying that because you want so hard to believe.
I think the truth and you are strangers.
Sad

Bennington, VT

#15 Jan 11, 2011
TruthTeller is as much an idiot as Graves.
GDog

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Jan 11, 2011
TruthTeller wrote:
<quoted text>
the shooter was an admirer of palin and the right wing.
PROVE IT B**CH! YOU'RE LYING!
Max Rockatansky

Baltimore, MD

#17 Jan 11, 2011
Sad wrote:
TruthTeller is as much an idiot as Graves.
Do you mean they are *not* the same idiot?*THAT* would be a news flash.
Bob Lieber

Cohoes, NY

#19 Jan 11, 2011
I have nothing against Alden, but have always felt sorry for him. He is so bitter and full of hate, and it comes out in his writing. Ironic that he should even write this column, when you think of it.
Reality Check

Brewster, MA

#20 Jan 11, 2011
So when he goes after rich arrogant blowhards he is being mean and bitter? Now that IS funny. Just shows he knows how to hit them where it hurts. Boo hoo, Glenn and Sarah. Poor you.
Larry

Stowe, VT

#21 Jan 12, 2011
TruthTeller wrote:
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The shooter was a right wing kook who loved Paulin. Start cheking your facts right winger.
OK wize guy, prove YOUR statements! There is absolutely NO evidence he was even right handed, let alone a right winger.
It's now time for YOU to PROVE YOUR statements!
Show us the PROOF he was a right winger! What party did he belong to? What books did he read and quote?

It's time for you to put up or shut up.

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