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Re: “Montpeculiar: State’s Attorney by Week, Waitress by Weekend

So, if a suspect with a pending criminal charge in Chittenden County leaves waitress George a very generous tip does it mean States Attorney George is guilty of some kind of ethical violation? Nah. Not in Vermont. We don't have ethics laws or rules. And the only imposition of a penalty for a violation of FEDERAL campaign finance law was former VT AG Sorrell's imposition of a mandated $72,000 fine on Progressive Dean Corren for illegally accepting a gift-in-kind from the Democratic party in Corren's ill-fated run for Lieutenant Governor. But the "highly ethical" new AG Donovan has already indicated he is going drop the legal battle to collect the fine from Corren (a friend of Donovan and many other faux Democrats). Yessiree. Watch Donovan very, very closely.

Posted by wahrheit on 01/24/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

On the contrary, he's been the best thing to happen to Burlington in years. Before him we had years and years and years of financial mismanagement, stagnation, and urban deterioration by his Prog predecessors -- city not making its pension payments; no new housing in decades; slumlords rejoicing because there's no housing competition for their hovels; rents going through the roof, for hovels; BT fiasco under Clavelle and Kiss; city stagnating because there's no decent housing for workers; a pathetic, embarrassing half-empty "mall" in the heart of the city; ugly hulk of the Moran plant sitting on the waterfront for decades; etc., etc., etc. Cities that don't move forward die. Burlington was dying.

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/24/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Walters: VT GOPers Seek to Amend US Constitution

Oh damn, the sky is falling, again.

Posted by Walter Moses on 01/24/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

CORRECTION: I thought Pam Mackenzie told someone they don't deserve to wear the pink pussy hat- was wrong. It was Chris S. Please- NO personal attacks here! Take the high road, people!

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Posted by Ellen Powell on 01/24/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “New Moran? Development Group Takes Another Shot at Renovation

To anyone who thinks the redevelopment is not a good idea, I invite you to tour the inside. You might be surprised at the possibilities. Photos of the interior here:

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Posted by Kath Montstream on 01/24/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New Moran? Development Group Takes Another Shot at Renovation

Firstly, none of the things proposed, an ice-skating rink or others can be done without the Moran Plant in existence. Secondly, what is needed in Burlington and everywhere in the country is affordable housing. It is crucial in our economy that we do this. Tear the plant down and replace it with affordable housing. All of the activities associated with the Moran Plant can be done without it.

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Posted by Jordan Davies on 01/24/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

Weinberger has been an unmitigated disaster.

A few nuggets of his truly abysmal record:

1. He wants to finish the highway on the waterfront. All over this country, forward-looking cities are looking for ways to get rid of waterfront highways. Not Miro. He wants to actually build one!

2. He wants to rebuild a mall. I guess he didn't get the message that everyone else has gotten: malls are late-20th century dinosaurs. They don't work in this era.

3. He didn't lift a finger to stop the largest parcel of undeveloped waterfront land in the city from being turned into a sea of condos.

4. The Burlington telephone give away. BT is a multiple jewel. Plenty of cities would love to have a city-owned telecom company and free themselves of the telecom monopolies. He didn't have to give it away to fix it; but he did. Residents will pay.

His actions on the mall alone should be enough get rid of him. A special zoning variance for an out of state real estate millionaire. Miro the developer never met a development he didn't like.

The worst of it? All of his bad actions will be impossible to reverse:

The undeveloped land on the waterfront. Gone. Never coming back.

The city owned telecom company? Gone. Welcome to corporate control of the internet, Burlington.

The 14 story behemoth? It will be there when you die.

Ditto on the highway on the waterfront.

Miro Weinbeger will go down as the worst mayor the city of Burlington has ever seen.

Thanks Dem establishment who put him there. Special thanks to entrenched, out of touch, dinosaur progressive who aren't doing their jobs. You have enabled him. Your legacy is also now colored.

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Posted by tapplinx on 01/24/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Work Begins to Reconstruct the Vermont Bubble

There are some remnants of the bubble here in Southern Vermont. This may explain why I am so frustrated about not being able to protest to anybody; most Vermonters are still bubble-wrapped. This is evident as, the lower half of the Union is totally bubble-warped.

Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 01/24/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

Pam Mackenzie, Why attack someone personally who is expressing their pov, telling someone they don't deserve the pink pussy hat? Pull your Big Girl pants up and stick to the issue. Sheesh.

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Posted by Ellen Powell on 01/24/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

Great suggestions, Chris.

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Posted by Kathy on 01/24/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Author Howard Frank Mosher in Hospice With 'Untreatable' Cancer

go to Boston, unless you're on your dying bed already, it's treatable!

Posted by Judy Cardinal on 01/24/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Middlesex Officials Want State Psychiatric Facility Gone by 2018

"Indirectly?". Sounds very direct to me. Let'stand stop passing the buck and solve this problem to get
help to neighbors who desperately need it. And free up hospital space for those who need emergency rooms.
This is an essential government function, I don't blame the town one bit.

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Posted by Charles Hafter on 01/24/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

PAM MACKENZIE - You are correct about ONE thing - it IS LESS TOXIC in other areas because other neighborhoods don't suffer from the harmful, unhealthy noise impact of the military aircraft. Those most impacted in South Burlington are screaming to get OUT! No one wants to take away So. Burlington resident's property rights, but they DO want a better guarantee of their rights to a quality of life that enabled the Chamberlin neighborhoods to become the great community this it is. ALL that is in jeopardy because of people like YOU that support planes over people, who dismiss significant environmental and socioeconomic damage to Vermonters, and who promote the over-militarization of our region, NOT because of the present council members who are trying to save those people and livability of their communities!
PS someone like you really doesn't deserve to have a pink pussy hat as your icon!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 01/24/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Walters: VT GOPers Seek to Amend US Constitution

Kathy means to say this column would be so much better if you didn't report on the activities of Republican legislators. Scrutiny and sunshine are not welcome on the ideas and policies of her political party.

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Posted by A_Trout on 01/24/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

Here is the Boston Globe article:…

Clearly Leahy used his political influence to change the Air Force's decsion. A Trump-like decision on Leahy's part.

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Posted by SchMan on 01/24/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “New Vermont Panel to Take On Campaign Finance Rules

I'm sick of the greed in every party, although some parties are greedier than others...

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Posted by The Oracle on 01/24/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “New Moran? Development Group Takes Another Shot at Renovation

What is really needed there is a tall building full of housing for UVM and Champlain, expensive housing (with a few affordable units in the basement, a parking garage, and some new spaces for stores. Weinberger will get that on a ballot posthaste before the public is even aware.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 01/24/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “South Burlington Councilors Want Airport Buyouts to Stop

The F-35 is a white whale and a drain on the budget of the US. But, if it's going to get built why can't we spend some prey making it quieter? All that noise represents wasted energy so making it mess noisy would save fuel too.

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Posted by John Meshna on 01/24/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

The anti F35 lobby has lost in every court, now they have decided to attack the airport on the backs of the residents of a great neighborhood by taking away their property rights. The Council is headed back to Court, again, wasting more money that hardworking taxpayers/residents have given them in trust to manage our City. More debt, more bad decisions, more reasons for folks to live elsewhere - less toxic.

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Posted by Pam Mackenzie on 01/24/2017 at 4:34 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

Some very valid points on both sides tonight. An airport owned and run solely by one city (Burlington) but geographically located wholly in another city (South Burlington) is proving a disaster. Whether it is the F-35, a desire to build adjacent hotel, expand parking garage, etc., Burlington incentivized to do everything they can to expand airport because they get the financial gain and avoid the worst negative impacts of noise, neighborhood destruction & loss of property tax revenue. Especially when federal taxpayers are giving them "free" money to buy houses & take over more land in South Burlington, immunizing Burlington taxpayers from true financial cost of Burlington's F-35 support. Make Burlington taxpayers pay for these acquisitions and watch Weinberger's tune change.

Past time for Burlington International Airport to be managed by something like Chittenden County Transportation Authority, with equal representation from Burlington and South Burlington (and probably Winooski too). Denver has had similar problems, leading to lesson learned: "Land use planning around airports should be coordinated and consistent among affected jurisdictions."

Or given Burlington wants to keep expanding into South Burlington by buying & destroying homes, why not reincorporate South Burlington into Burlington city limits? Burlington leaders would be accountable to voters now in So Burlington. In Boston, East Boston voters next to Logan have same vote as someone in Back Bay or Beacon Hill.

Surprised Nowak, Republican, wants to take the other people's $ of federal tax dollars. Also, next time Knodell and Weinberger talk about their commitment to affordable housing, ask about their F-35 support and its destruction of yet more houses, including the energy efficient units with affordable housing covenants off Kirby Road. Just awful situation thanks to Leahy's back room deal to force VT F-35 basing (see Bryan Bender article in Boston Globe).

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/24/2017 at 1:39 AM

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