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Re: “'Pie' in the Sky: Airport Restaurateur Blames the State for Failed Biz

Never open a business until all permits are in place. Tough lesson. I am sorry you had to learn it the hard way.

Posted by Christine Carrington on 06/15/2016 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Why Blueberry Hill Inn — and a Handful of Other Vermont Hospitality Properties — are Up for Sale

I had tony Clark as a teacher in 1969. It is good to see what has become of him.

Posted by Bill Poser on 06/07/2016 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Vermont's Medical Marijuana Industry Is Growing — in Chittenden County

i dont live in usa, but I wanted to know if a normal citizen of vermont could access the marijuana dispenseries and buy there, just like that, for whatever the reason, headache or any other kind. Because That's what happen in west Canada, where a nobody obtain the card in less than 10 minutes, and 2 sentences spoken, and have access to any pot shop, which is cool.

Posted by Jean Klfd on 06/07/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Vermont Versus Dollar Stores: Fair Fight?

There does not need to be a Dollar General or Family Dollar every 10 minutes down the road and that's what's happening. It's BS. It's as much a blight as WalMart is. especially when they're packed to the gills with junk & not well maintained. Who really wants to enter a place filled with cheap crap that looks like a bomb has gone off, let alone shop there? I'm not a snob, just long for a little better quality discount store and employees who keep it shoppable. I actually miss Ames & Woolworth. Perhaps their cheap stuff would be just as poor quality now too, I don't know. ?

Posted by Lisa M Boucher on 05/14/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Border Air in Swanton Keeps Imported Planes Alive

Ed James farmed in Shoreham and was managing the Shelburne Airport at the time. The oil hose didn't have a slip joint so it wanted to twist off as soon as it was twisted on. Russian radial engines are tough. I practiced for my license flying a 1938 Cub into Swanton and Newport and three grass strips in the islands.
Don Arnold

Posted by Don Arnold on 04/20/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Border Air in Swanton Keeps Imported Planes Alive

The American Dream still lives in Swanton! I like your attitude Cliff Coy.

Joel Davidson

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Posted by Lisa Davidson on 04/14/2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Deepa Clothing Store Dresses Nepali Community

The diversity and incredible people and businesses in the Old North End are one of the reasons I bought my home here and have loved living in this part of town for nearly a decade. Lal Maidali has a done a wonderful job with that space and I wish nothing but success!

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Posted by Laura Hale on 04/13/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “From Peddling to Prosperity: How the Handy Clan Became a Vermont Business Empire

It’s not big news they own a lot of businesses in Vermont. As I know it is at least 15-20 Simon`s stores, gas stations, a couple hotels, Anchorage Inn for sure, apartments, restaurants and more. They are huge!

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Posted by Intern on 03/09/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

I think it would be a public disservice to privatize liquor sales. Prices are - on average - lower in liquor control states, rates of binge drinking are lower, incidents of DUI's are lower and incidents of DUI-related fatalities are lower. So then why turn a system that clearly benefits the public and the public good over to private industry? Just look at how Washington has fared with privatizing their liquor stores.

Also, in terms of the "prohibition-era laws" stellaquarta: why on Earth do you think that happy hour would be a good thing? Are you a bar owner or something and are looking to maximize profits? The hour after happy hour coincides with an uptick in drunk driving related incidents and fatalities. It encourages binge drinking, which is not in the interest of the state or society.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/09/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

How about just changing some of the ridiculous prohibition-era laws that restrict bars and breweries from doing things like having happy hours, pouring drinks without serving food (breweries but not bars, reason unknown), or serving normal-sized pitchers?

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Posted by stellaquarta on 02/04/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

I'll tell you another BIG problem with this state is the monopoly afforded to the 5 distributors of beer. For a bar or store to legally sell beer it MUST be bought through one of those 5 distributors. This is done SOLELY for taxing purposes, which is fine, I don't care about that, but what it does do is create a bottleneck where consumers are denied tasty beers from around the world, simply because none of the 5 distributors are ambitious or motivated enough to import them and then offer them for sale to outlets.

Some sort of system needs to be created where bars and stores can import beers from around the United States and indeed the world and sell them directly to consumers. Create some sort of accounting or inventory tracking that allows the state to still get "their cut" and allows me to enjoy a "Drafty Kilt" from Monday Night Brewers out of Atlanta, or a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing in Indiana.

Vermont could literally be THE beer destination of the world, combine our incredible brews made right here in the Green Mountain State with top notch brews from out-of-state, and there'd be no reason to go anywhere else. Let's not start playing second fiddle to Colorado or Oregon simply because this state can't get it's liquor control and taxation policies out the 20th century!!

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Posted by Charles Root Jr on 02/04/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

What everyone said here, minus what Michael Simoneau said. I have been deeply dismayed by Jean Richards' behavior and talk concerning the whole horrible F35 catastrophe coming down on our heads. And the way he talked about that city councilor- unbelievable!

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Posted by Ellen Powell on 01/31/2016 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

Part II

2) “Gene Richards, director of aviation for the Burlington International Airport, said the airport would not participate in a commission that includes residents as representatives.”

Richards said if residents are represented on a noise mitigation commission, people with “agendas” could hijack the proceedings, and (the) …“anti-F-35” commission would be unproductive

These quotes are indicative of his reaction to the legitimate questions by numerous members of an obviously frustrated audience, from both S. Burlington and Winooski, carrying pent up frustrations from a perception of the airport not being fully receptive or responsive to noise issues. Rather than recognize the legitimate questions of a noise–impacted public, Richards later used a scapegoat tactic to deflect the anger directed at himself: He accused a city councilor, who stood up to ask a question, of spreading “irresponsible misinformation” about the new noise exposure maps. (His notion is complete nonsense and an insult to local residents)

http://vtdigger.org/2015/12/10/air-guard-m…


3) In this very article: “Richards described the neighborhood group as ‘dysfunctional.’ ”
This is Richards perspective on the community of peoples surrounding the airport and subjected to the military jet noise.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/31/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

This article is a promotional piece obviously precipitated by the Noise Exposure Maps, Nov. 9 meeting fiasco and the subsequent bad publicity for the airport over that event. The audience members demanded that their concerns and complaints be addressed directly. They were angry for reasons that lie with poor airport leadership with regard to neighbors' legitimate concerns over increased noise since the home demolitions occurred and foreseen noise with the arrival of the F-35s.

The article presents the positive side of Richards whereas others show his complete indifference and callousness to residents from the affected communities.


Here is the other side of Gene Richards:


1) “Richards describes himself as “100 percent receptive” to having F-35s at Burlington International. “I hear the noise the F-16 makes,” the Burlington resident adds. “I think it’s exciting. I think it’s part of being in a lively community. If you want quiet all the time, you should move to Montgomery.” (Note that he lives in Burlington not close to the airport)

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/airport…

( see part Ii below)

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/31/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

I read this piece more than once, trying to find some virtue in it. I do applaud Gene Richards for what he has done to bring the airport to a better place operationally. It appears he has addressed many issues which make it run leaner and, from a business sense, function better for the city of Burlington, which owns it. He did a very good job overseeing the removal of the empty houses in my neighborhood and making the area livable as it was happening. He has responded to requests to halt the airport employees or venders' workers from parking on neighborhood streets. All this is good. What hasn't been done so well is working with South Burlington residents to address issues of noise. After a very rowdy meeting with the unveiling of the noise map in November, Gene has taken the comments made as a personal affront and refuses to participate with residents to make this a more livable part of my city. My hope is that he can transfer his energy, and his ego, to a mission of working with the airport's neighbors for the benefit of all of us. This article as a PR piece does wonders for Gene and the airport. It would have been better if some residents were interviewed to bring some reality to it.

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Posted by Carmine Sargent on 01/31/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

How entrepreneurial...$37,000 table for $2000, free player piano... The Airport has "no money", next venture, a thrift shop on the airport parking garage roof top Fly and Buy. Perhaps with the proceeds he could purchase Dale Carnigie's audio book How to win friends and influence Airport Neighbors; I mean people.

This article "Up in The Air" reminded me of a passage from the book.

“And the pathetic part of it is that frequently those who have the least justification for a feeling of achievement bolster up their egos by a show of tumult and conceit which is truly nauseating. As Shakespeare put it: “ … man, proud man, / Drest in a little brief authority, / … Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven / As make the angels weep.”

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Posted by EyeOntheSky on 01/30/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

What a terrible fluff piece. Obviously Seven Days feels beholden to Gene the Bean in some weird way to have to write this awkwardly revealing bit of bio-trash on a man of such "great" stature. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the disclaimer buried 3/4 of the way through stating there's a professional relationship between it and the very department this, at best, compromised man oversees. It may just have to do with the well-known fact in this small town that this equally small man needs to get his oversized ego rubbed from time to time.

Bean here sets out in life to better himself by getting into the "real estate gold mine" that is the slummy game of being a Burlington landlord. He goes on to meet our current moonlighting-mayor and Developer-in-Chief who, with reservations, decides the despite not being "really sure how it was going to work" hands him the $112,000.00/year job. Now, despite apparently losing revenue from certain areas of the airport (see: parking garage) and needing to trim contracts because they're costing the airport too much (see: police), Bean's chops led him to see a wise investment for the airport being a new executive office suite complete with treadmill desks and ping-pong tables. Of course, being so busy with the most high-pressing aspects of his job - bullying low-level employees trying to do their own helluva-lot-less-than-twelve-thousand-dollar-a-year -jobs (see: timing TSA with a stopwatch) - you could probably excuse him for not realizing he is the Airport's biggest waste of money.

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Posted by BTVresident on 01/29/2016 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

This article explains a lot. I do give Gene Richards credit because at least he is entirely transparent about his total disdain and contempt for Winooski and South Burlington (unlike some politicians, who merely mutter it in private settings). His public comments over the years about South Burlington City Councilors and South Burlington property taxpayers are pretty appalling. Perhaps Winooski and South Burlington should be incorporated into the City of Burlington so there can finally be some electoral accountability with respect to running the airport. After all, Winooski and South Burlington bear all of the negative impacts while Burlington takes and controls all the revenue.

I still fail to see how the goal of hosting the loudest fighter jet ever built is compatible with the goal of inner Chittenden County remaining the de facto growth center and population center for the entire state.

Mike Simoneau, who made a comment above, is known to think creatively to come up with win-win solutions. I am surprised he has failed to advocate for protecting Burlington/South Burlington/Winooski's growth center advantage and livability and also protecting the VTANG jobs. We could have both and keep the jobs in the Lake Champlain basin by retrofitting Plattsburg's airport for the F-35. Or, we may be forced to follow Chicago and Denver's example and build a new airport farther out in a rural area that does not put $550 million of property value in free-fall, as is happening now thanks to the F-35 basing. Chicago forefathers had the vision in the 1950's to expand O'Hare when they realized the 1920's era Midway was too small and too close to existing neighborhoods. Same situation here.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/27/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

The Mayor made a great choice hiring Gene Richards. He's a great manager and gets things done.He demands a high level of accountability from the people he surrounds himself with, which can be challenging for some, but is also a great opportunity for anyone looking to "grow". Regarding the relationship with South Burlington, yes there is stress, and there may always be stress, but people who know Gene know he's committed to taking care of the people who are impacted by the airport's presence. Patience and trust are needed during that journey! Having someone like Gene running the Airport is good for Burlington, South Burlington, and the region!

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Posted by Michael Simoneau on 01/27/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Update: Vermont's Medical Marijuana Industry Is on the Move

Way to go Vermont !!!!

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Posted by Paul J. Soychak on 01/04/2016 at 10:13 AM

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