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Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

An initial mistake in not researching immigration law prior to hiring a foreign national has been compounded by legal maneuvering to create a technically adequate but ethically questionable work authorization.
I wouldn't gloat if I were on the School Board.

15 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by miguelito on 08/27/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

The superintendent and the school board need a strong lecture in basic immigration law. An O-1 visa is for non-immigrants. That means it is temporary (3 years) and intended for people NOT seeking to become permanent residents. Declaring publicly that is your intent is in direct conflict to the intent of the O-1 non-immigrant visa, and will only further torpedo his chances to get one ... not that he qualifies under its very strict criteria anyway.

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by PeterC on 08/26/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

That's the way to set an example for the kids! if you can't get the federal government to do what you want them to, get a university to make up a fake position for them and sneak their way in!

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Tom A. on 08/26/2015 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

We are paying Mr. Obeng $153,000 per year and he will be splitting his time between BSD and UVM.

As a Burlington tax payer AND a UVM tuition payer, I am totally disgusted.

Neither the Burlington School Board nor the UVM administration has any regard as to how my hard earned money is spent.

20 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Chip Morgan on 08/26/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

Pretty disturbing really. I think anyone can see this is a sham to get around the legal immigration process.

I'd like to know how much Obeng will be paid to be an adjunct professor at UVM, how many hours he will be working at UVM, how much a typical Superintendent of Schools makes, and how many hours a typical Superintendent of Schools puts in, and how this all adds up.

17 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by caberg on 08/26/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

Couldn't get him through the front door, so they lied and said he was a UVM professor so they could get him through the back door. This whole thing stinks from beginning to end. And to the commenter who asked "as he the only applicant for the UVM job," the answer is that he was the only one so well connected that the powers-that-be would make sure he was hired.

17 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 08/26/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

Was he the only applicant for the UVM job?

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 08/26/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

$153K to be a superintendent. Then how many other people in administration? Can anyone else see why school taxes are so high?

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Keith Stern on 08/26/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Incoming Burlington Schools Chief Yaw Obeng Gets a Visa

Obeng applied and won a part-time faculty job at UVM.

I'm sure that wasn't a stacked process.

22 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 08/26/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Board OKs Plan for Apartments in Former Orphanage in Burlington

TRAFFIC...North Avenue? and how affordable will they be- this is what this city needs.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran on 08/25/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Board OKs Plan for Apartments in Former Orphanage in Burlington

The homeless will only be helped with housing in the cold months? It's okay to make them stay homeless the rest of the year?

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Pamela Simmons on 08/25/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Board OKs Plan for Apartments in Former Orphanage in Burlington

I am increasingly surprised how quickly development in Burlington is progressing. Soon after the settlement agreement was announced in February of this year between the City of Burlington and Champlain College's Eagles Landing Student Housing project downtown, I contacted by e-mail the mayor's office and one of my city counselors, Kurt Wright. I voiced my concern about the city's sub-standard waste water treatment facility which cannot even handle current volume. I heard nothing back. I think this is a major issue particularly given all the whining about and promises to clean up Lake Champlain.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 08/25/2015 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Champlain Parkway

"I wonder which one of Weinberger's friends will benefit with the contract to finish this project and what form the kick backs will take."

Enough already with your repeated vague accusations against the Mayor. Put up or shut up.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 08/25/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Board OKs Plan for Apartments in Former Orphanage in Burlington

Summers in Burlington are a notoriously difficult time to get people involved. The NPAs often take a break in their regular monthly schedules during summer. Some public commissions surely take a month or two off as well. The Council also meets less regularly.

To report that "only a few neighbors showed up" is disingenuous and implies that people don't want a say in this heavily impactful project. The truth is just the opposite, especially for those in surrounding neighborhoods.

15 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 08/25/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Champlain Parkway

I wonder which one of Weinberger's friends will benefit with the contract to finish this project and what form the kick backs will take.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 08/25/2015 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Champlain Parkway

You might want a 52 year old Cadillac, but this 52 year old Highway design is way out of touch with reality.

First, the City is doing a half-assed job of safe soil excavation and storage from Brownfield -Real-Estate Construction projects. ( http://www.wptz.com/news/contaminated-dirt…)
and see the Aug.4,2015 CCTV Live at 5:25 show, guest Hugo Matinez Cazon, VT Dept of Environmental Conservation ( https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/dev… ).

The City of Burlington's Real Estate Construction-Waterfront projects must drastically do a 180 degree turn around, immediately, and learn how to handle contaminated soils- i.e. stop digging up PCB infused toxic soils dumping in Public Parks.

Second, The current "parkway" plan phasing , is to build something from the 289 and dumping traffic onto Lakeside. Period.
This is now being dubbed "THE SUPERDRIVEWAY" yet another new name for this HALF CENTURY OLD ADIE.
This is Phase one.
Phase 2: rip up pine street, repave, re-sidewalk, etc, and watch small business drop like flies as construction delays create a micro disaster zone.
Phase 3, Starbucks replaces a favorite Cafe, and the rest of Generica comes rushing in.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by ibnar Avilix on 08/25/2015 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Champlain Parkway

James, I sure hope you're right. Ever read about Robert Moses, and the effect of his highways on NYC?

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Charlie Messing on 08/24/2015 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Vermont Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Champlain Parkway

An area that I currently avoid when possible. Once this construction is complete and the "improvements" to traffic flow are a reality, I will endeavor to avoid the area at ALL costs!

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by oneguyvt on 08/24/2015 at 2:02 PM

Re: “(AUDIO) Annette Smith: Wind Development Like "a Terrorist Has Landed in Your Community"

Within a polite discussion on this issue with a friend, recently... as with most who have conducted zero to minimal research, he was only aware of Wind and Solar as our two alternatives to the energy question. I had mentioned that I could likely compose a list of 50 options that addressed these concerns more effectively. And, not one of those required bulldozing the oldest mountains on Earth. Pay a visit to West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky if you'd like to see what's awaiting northern New England, due to decisions based on misinformation, and lack of information. 200 miles of Vermont's mountains are in the bulls-eye... in a state that is only 160 miles long.

To make sure I had not overstated my declaration, I set to work seeing if I could indeed compose a list of 50+. I put down my pencil around #53. Whatever your global environmental concerns might be, Wind does nothing to solve any of that. However, there is a very long list of negatives that do come with wind turbines on our pristine mountains! Wildlife habitat, water runoff, destroying our Tourism Industry, elevating the costs of energy and risking IBM and other businesses running off to other states, destroying property values, killing the rural beauty and regional culture of our state, and turning us into a ghost town, etc, etc.

If you own a home within sight and/or earshot of a wind farm, count on your property being worth a fraction of what it was before. And expect, even with a hugely discounted asking price, you will have very few buyers interested in purchasing 'damaged goods'.

There are too many better options to destroying our state with industrial-scale wind farms, to not be investigating other alternatives.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by PlanetMojo on 08/24/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Man Takes Aim at South Burlington High School's 'Rebels' Nickname

American rebels fought the Revolution! "Rebels" does not specify Confederates. And "rebels" does not imply anything other than rebellion. That one rebellion in all of global history (suddenly) offends people on a broad scale shouldn't taint the word for all generations.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Egmatic on 08/24/2015 at 12:31 PM

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