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Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends it to Voters

The attack by 1% real estate developers on community-designed zoning laws now turns Orwellian. Having failed to convince the community, it is time to roll out the favorite tropes of those in power who do not tolerate dissent. You are now apparently a racist xenophobe who hates the poor if you don't support the further enrichment of the out-of-state 1%er developers.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/30/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends it to Voters

To do this properly, there should actually be THREE votes.

The first vote is whether a separate zoning district should be created. Because any planner who looks at this project scenario would consider this "spot zoning", despite Jane Knodells hilarious spin attempt to say it is otherwise. There is enormous evidence and testimony that shows this is happening here.

The second vote, if the first one passes, is to set the zoning characteristics for this new district. This can only occur after public input and full involvement of the Planning Commission...and not in consideration of the Sinex project itself. By State statute, and accepted policy and process, this is the proper way to accomplish this, and the City is performing this completely backwards.

And lastly, if the above two votes pass through the Council and the public, then the Sinex proposal itself should be considered, with public input through the DRB. With all valid appeal scenarios possible, if the public disagrees with the project or feels it does not meet the goals of the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance.

The Mayor's stated comments are improper. Just who is saying "no" to more housing? Burlington is in the process of building thousands of units throughout the City, with many already recently built. And his stance trying to make this a "class issue" are downright offensive. Burlington has an inclusionary zoning provision, plus height bonuses, for affordable housing already. All of this can, and must be, included with the current zoning maximums of 10-stories and 105'. The Mayor's statements are false on their face. Although, I will say, under this Mayor's leadership, these provisions are often ignored and circumvented.

I fully expect litigation here, as there are multiple improper actions occurring which give impetus to take the project and zoning changes to court.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 09/29/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends it to Voters

I'm glad its going to a vote. But the two issues should be separate. There should be two votes. One for the zoning change and one for whether this proposed development is acceptable, or not. Unfortunately the two issues are now confused because of this exception. This proposal needs to be cut down in size or substantially revised. Frankly, from the artistic renderings this is potentially one of the most ugly buildings ever. It could be a giant carbuncle overshadowing the pretty architecture and businesses of downtown Burlington. Once it is there it would be very difficult to get rid of it, so better to change course before the ship hits the rocks.

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Posted by David Ian Lightbody on 09/29/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

I offer sincere gratitude for first responders’ prompt and professional response. In that spirit, I respectfully present a diverse view, based on the same article.

According to the article... 'Federal regulations require a pilot involved in an accident to “immediately, and by the most expeditious means available, notify the nearest National Transportation Safety Board office.” The NTSB had a preliminary crash report on its website Thursday, but a spokesman could not say when the agency was notified.'

The article also states "“They [pilots] did make several calls. I don’t know to whom and the nature of the calls but they made several calls,” Fisher said."

Perhaps the pilot failed to notify NTSB… or maybe the "calls" could have been the required NTSB notifications. According to the article, that would satisfy the pilot's legal obligations. It is possible that NTSB doesn’t share data with local law enforcement. Again, the first responders performed heroically, given the situation.

It would be easy for me to criticize someone who arguably did their best to handle an emergency--self-induced or not. Given that same situation, I might not have done as well. I recently saw the movie "Sully" depicting the pilot’s split second reactions during an airplane crash in which everyone walks away. Regardless of your political leanings, it is important to recognize that this crash resulted in no injuries and no measurable damage to property, other than the aircraft itself. That’s worth something.

Several local families are lucky and relieved to have their loved ones back safely home—pilots and first responders. I will choose to wait for the FAA to finish their investigation and try to learn lessons for future application. I will keep loved ones out of the discussion. I offer these thoughts in the spirit of intellectual diversity.

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Posted by Milo on 09/29/2016 at 10:18 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Wow. So this is THE issue Minter wants to run against Scott on? Really? And she feels the need to ride it so badly that when Scott does exactly what the Democrats demand, she changes her position so that she can still talk about the issue? How pathetic. I guess the one thing she DOESN'T want to talk about is the record of her predecessor in her Party.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 09/29/2016 at 5:37 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Yeah, Donna! Totally with you!

Sincerely,

Another "stay out of my state," probably racist and homophobic white old man

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Posted by dontshitwhereyoueat on 09/29/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Proposed ‘All-Payer’ Health Care Funding Advances in Vermont

The whole point of all-payer is to control government spending; government spending on health care. Or maybe we should just leave it alone and let everybody end up dropping out of insurance and declaring bankruptcy to pay their hospital bills, that sounds freakin awesome.

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Posted by Jeff Laughlin on 09/29/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “At Rutland Debate, Minter Backs Away From Health Exchange

Don't agree with all of Mr Scott's ideas but more so then dictator Minter..We need a good heath care not a government care..look how obamacare turned out..Vermont Health care is a joke the same as obama care..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Vermont Delegation Divided Over Spending Bill Extending EB-5

EB-5 never should had happen.. immigrant investors should not be allowed to pay (bribe) their way to come here..and that's what EB-5 is..they should come to the USA like all legal immigrants.
Leahy and Welch voted nay to cover their butts, election time... Sanders..didn't vote cuz he don't care..he skipped 58 percent of the Senate's roll-call votes..Some senator for Vt..only cares about himself..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Trump denies having allergies or a cold.
Heck, he's even denied sniffling.
I found the denials odd.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by zebnorris on 09/29/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Board Unanimous: Johnson, Lyndon State Colleges to Become One

We would all be a little happier about this if there had been any genuine internal involvement at both campuses prior to the vote.

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Posted by Jay Shafer on 09/29/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Dean Doubles Down on Trump Cocaine Comment

Donald Trump is famously a teetotaller; his older brother was an alcoholic and died young, and Trump's claims of never using drugs or alcohol seem to be one of the few true aspects of his self-myth. Which makes this low blow (jokingly accusing him of doing coke when he probably just had allergies) all the more asinine and petty.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Alex Chaffee on 09/29/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Shumlin Using State Plane to Commute from Putney

Guess he's going to make up for not using it..fundraisers for who??He only had a few mos left in office, he wasn't made to move..his choice, should come out of his pocket for the commuting, not the taxpayers..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Now isn't this a bunch of BULL, Shumlin still ran his business..Vermont don't need another democrat for governor..Another dictator ..she learned from obama..she worked for him.. What right does she have to tell Scott what to do.. At least he's a true Vermonter .. Minter can't say that, who's from Philadelphia.and then Rhode Island and moved here in 91'..she's a community organizer, Vote Phil Scott..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/29/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

Does Sue Mintner also agree that any and all campaign donors (including hers) shall be banned from state contract bids; nor allowed to profit from state tax subsidies (for example, industrial wind and solar)? If not, then what she is saying is she believes in ethics for one candidate but not for herself.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/29/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “After Scott Pledges to Sell Construction Business, Minter Moves the Goal Posts

I think it's interesting that a business owner can't continue their business after getting elected however all the lawyers who get elected enhance their value tremendously and nobody ever questions whether that's ethically correct or not
The goal should not be that a common man or business owner cannot become an elected official and that lifetime public officials are not necessarily a good thing

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Posted by Pete F on 09/29/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Proposed ‘All-Payer’ Health Care Funding Advances in Vermont

“This [healthcare] is probably the single thing that hurts Vermonters the most economically,” Shumlin said at a Montpelier news conference."

Only if you ignore 'government spending' as being the single thing that hurts Vermonters the most economically. Taxes and interest on public debt, with public debt being a deferred tax hike on ourselves, our children and grandchildren, costs Vermont households 40% of their annual earnings.

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Posted by John Cisar on 09/29/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Talon Scouting With a Vermont Falconer

I wish there was more information on whether or not these birds are subject to imprinting.

Posted by Linds Go on 09/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Shumlin Using State Plane to Commute from Putney

The headline is a catchy exaggeration of the story. Three trips in a month does not constitute "commuting."

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Walters on 09/29/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Barflying at Windsor Station

This place is really good. Never been disappointed

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Maggie may on 09/29/2016 at 11:31 AM

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