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Re: “New 'Don' for Vermont Gas: Can Rendall Win the Pipeline Battle?

I don't read anything new here. I read a lot of new "buzz words" but the fact is, VGS still wants to shove a pipeline down Vermont's throat and that is their objective no matter what Mr Rendall says. He can say he wants to "rebuild trust" but that is just lip service. If he really had respect for "families and Vermonters" he would listen to us when we say we don't want this pipeline.

I am sure VGS could pick up a few thousand customers in Chittenden and Franklin Counties for a lot less money that it will cost to build this high pressure transmission line to Addison County.

And for those who were supporting the build out of this fossil fuel infrastructure,...I tell them to read the latest studies that prove that methane is NOT cleaner and to check with their local fuel dealers where you can buy your heat for a comparable price to methane. VGS is still not being open about the costs to convert to gas, hook up to their distribution lines and the cost to "dispose" of an oil tank or the competitiveness of the price. Plus...Mr Rendall seems to want to gloss over the fact that ratepayers will have to pay for this expensive pipeline and that will be added to their gas bill. So where's the good stuff, Mr Rendall? It seems that your approach is that as long as we take what you want us to have, you'll be happy and call that a negotiation. Why should we bother to trust you or your company when you are selling us something we don't need and don't want?

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 01/29/2015 at 8:03 AM

Re: “New 'Don' for Vermont Gas: Can Rendall Win the Pipeline Battle?

Natural Gas does NOT get us to 90% renewables by 2050. Fracked gas is not renewable. Plan and simple. The other part of the statute that Mr Rendall did not quote is more importantly that Vermont must reduce its Green House Gases by 75%. So even if you thought Fracked gas is renewable, it doesn't meet the 75% reduction target. The green house warming impact of gas is no different that heavy fuel oil for the first 40+ years due to the methane. Vermont's 75% reduction includes the upstream methane leakage. So you cannot just look at the burner tip. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addressed this in their March 2014 report. Please stop lying to us, Mr. Rendall. It is time for the truth. Fracked gas is not cleaner. Nor can be considered a bridge fuel. The facts are the facts.

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Posted by Barb Wilson on 01/28/2015 at 7:00 PM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

Thanks for clarifying, Christine. Definitely did not intend to encourage that misimpression!

Posted by Alicia Freese on 01/19/2015 at 8:22 AM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

@kcnelso2 You raise a good question. I can totally see how that line in the article could be misinterpreted.

The content of our "Femmechanics" class is no different than any 3-day introductory class to basic mechanics would be for anyone. We offer a class exclusively to female-identifying people because the bicycling world is male-dominated and we want to create extra opportunities for others to enter into it. Some women report feeling intimidated by male-dominated bike shops, so Femmechanics creates an opportunity for a group of women to hang out with a female mechanic and talk shop.

We offer bicycle mechanics classes that are open to everyone, as well. We want to share the bicycle love with everyone, and especially with people who have more barriers.

- Christine, Bike Recycle Vermont

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Posted by Christine Hill on 01/18/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

"repair 101 for women and trans people"...I love this place and this is a great article but this line really does not sit well with me. Im not sure if its a typo or something, I just don't understand it? A repair class that is designed to help woman and trans gendered people comprehend basic bike mechanics? Would this differ from a bike repair class for men?

Posted by kcnelso2 on 01/16/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

This is a classic (and classy) win-win.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/14/2015 at 6:31 PM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

Wonderful news- congratulations all around!

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Posted by allen_key on 01/14/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “New Folks Buy Old Spokes

This is great news! So glad to see two wonderful places merging and staying in the ONE.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 01/14/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note

Buchwald should have looked into suing Headrick for harrassment. There ARE limits for her too, like wasting the time of the courts and zoning officials.. A simple test of her claims by a visit of those people and having Buchwald turn on his equipment would have resolved the issue and shut the old hag up.

Posted by Randall Roberts on 01/14/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “FairPoint Customers Suffer Through Strike, Outages

Here in isle La Motte, Internet service was sketchy at best for the past 8 weeks, running at 300kbps instead of the advertised 4mbps and for half of the day was completely out. now today i try to make a phone call and got "all circuits are busy 5 times. Phone service like this should be unheard of in this day of technological advancements, and the greedy corporate people at the top of the pyramid scheme should be taken behind the shed and given a good dose of justice. it's a simple case of fairpoint neglecting their obligation to provide what they promised and what we paid for.

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Posted by Hans Warren on 01/12/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “FairPoint Customers Suffer Through Strike, Outages

It is ironic that the strike and lack of service for Fairpoint customers will only drive those customers to look for alternatives, hastening the decline in demand for landline service and eroding the need for Fairpoint employees. Customer like this one, "Cogan finally broke down and purchased a prepaid cellphone." will realize they don't need Fairpoint and won't be back.

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Posted by BusDriver802 on 12/19/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “FairPoint Customers Suffer Through Strike, Outages

The union called the strike, and it can end it at any time it wants. With that in mind, place the blame where it should lie. By that I mean that, if Mike Spillane thinks workers brought in from outside can't do the job, then perhaps he should consider that they're doing one heck of a lot better job than his union members, who are refusing to work at all.

If the ex-workers at Fairpoint want to continue with their strike, then let 'em. Meanwhile, let Fairpoint get on with the process of permanently replacing them as well...and thus solving the problem.

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Posted by Ken Meyer on 12/19/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note

Barbara Headrick is such an awful person. How awful is she? The Buchwalds sold their house to a young couple with young children. Shortly after moving in they threw a birthday party for their four year old child. Barbara Headrick called the police. Yes, that's the kind of person Barbara Headrick is, the kind who would call the police on a four year old child's birthday party. I'm certain police records would show she has called the police or filed complaints on every neighbor she's ever lived next to. She's such a miserable person, one can't help but feel sorry for her. So sorry you could just pinch her.

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Posted by emjaysea on 09/22/2014 at 8:00 PM

Re: “State Cracks Down on Burlington-Area Chinese Restaurant Owners

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Posted by Ashley Smith on 09/10/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Waiting for Winooski

Dear Xavier... clearly you don't live around here - here, being Vermont. You may have noticed that this article was written 5 years ago. I'm sorry to inform you that your assumptions have been proven false by more recent events, as evidenced by a more up-to-date article:

Oh wait, that article is over a year old now, since which time this small downtown has added a locally owned and independent boutique retailer, coffee/bakeshop, chic cocktail bar and craft brewery. Or perhaps the newly thriving textile industry here in town is more your speed?

Although I'm not sure the goal of this project was reaching the so-called "Promised Land" you speak of, I'm happy to report that this town has experienced a full-on revolution of sorts over the last few years thanks in great part to "small shops, busy restaurants, and cafes serving coffee and fresh pastries." Big businesses, small businesses, and a diverse melting pot of community-minded citizens now happily call Winooski home, something that the planners and developers only dreamed would happen some 5 years ago... and here we are! And now that once empty commercial and residential spaces are filling in with thriving enterprise and vitality, new development continues with fervor. The old Water Works space, vacant for 10 (?) years now is under development to be a thriving restaurant once again and the tiny strip of undeveloped land left downtown is set to be a new boutique hotel reflecting a new-found demand from visitors that matches that of the locals.

As for the notion that "liberal masterminds," George W. Bush and/or Barack Obama have anything to do with this article or this town's revitalization, well, let's just agree to disagree there. But if you do ever find yourself making the trip to this wonderful Utopia we call Vermont, please do let me know. I would be happy to show you around. I'm sure we would both benefit from the spirited, respectful dialogue and leave with full and happy bellies.


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Posted by ScottPelle on 08/31/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Waiting for Winooski

Yet another example, but hardly the last unfortunately, in a long string of similar tales of what happens when liberal masterminds try to "plan" life for the serfs around them. This is Utopia when it is exposed to the light of Reality. Seriously, did the planners really expect to establish a viable tax base with card stores, pastry shops, juice bars, and boutiques? This isn't "smart growth" and "thinking outside the box"; it's the same old formula from the usual liberal suspects, who seem incapable of understanding what goes into a successful business. And to have to wait 20 years (!) for the first penny of city revenue from this project? What genius conceived that scheme? If this city is ever going to reach the Promised Land, it ain't going to be via “small shops, busy restaurants, and cafés serving coffee and fresh pastries.” Wake up and smell the coffee, and stop blaming the "down economy" (and please stop blaming President George W. Bush). It's the concept, stupid, including the notion of the "concept restaurant" as economic savior. I can understand why Barack Obama carried this state so easily in the past two elections.

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Posted by Xavier Xsyllman on 08/26/2014 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Cab Companies Jockey for Position in Post-Benways Burlington

Check. Never, ever get a ride from Big Brother Security Programs. Glad I read this! The attitude of Shelley Palmer is not one I want to support.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 08/09/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Cab Companies Jockey for Position in Post-Benways Burlington

This quote is disturbing:

Palmer is unperturbed. "We'll probably get cited and go to court, which is a good thing," he said. "We'll curb-stomp them."

A curb stomp is when someone is face down, mouth open, on the corner of a sidewalk on then someone stomps the back of their head. See American History X for reference.

It is only something a psychopath would do and I certainly wouldn't do business with someone like that.

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Posted by Concerned citizen on 08/08/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Cab Companies Jockey for Position in Post-Benways Burlington

As a Burlington taxpayer and business traveler, I am really happy Uber is available locally. However they need competition so Lyft coming in would be great, as would any other car service app. Burlington has always had ridiculously high taxi rates, I hope they don't pass laws creating a monopoly for taxi companies. That didn't work very well in the cable industry, it would be nice to learn from those mistakes and let consumers have choice.

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Posted by Penelope on 08/06/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “A Boutique Hotel Proposed for Winooski's Roundabout

I'm not against the Hotel, though I would heartily welcome a modest grocery. If the parking is solved (underneath the hotel preferably) a hotel might actually give another reason (in the form of tax profits to the state) to improve pedestrian traffic safety (as would a grocery!) Thankfully the state is already planning to do work to modify the roundabout and, basically, put in place the engineers' original design. Winooski is a vibrant and eclectic area - anyone who avoids it is probably doing a service to those of us who go there to enjoy all it has to offer.

Posted by Ma on 07/28/2014 at 9:12 AM

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