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Re: “Leadercast 2016: Architects of Tomorrow

I've been to Leadercast back when I was living in New York. It is such an amazing experience and I am so excited it's coming to Vermont!

Posted by Brad Schwartz on 04/22/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

PRDP has been specially blessed by the director's guru in India. It follows his teachings and will put those watching and aware into a beautiful process. See it over and over. May it come soon to Roxy!

Posted by vtjoy on 11/24/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Cut!

Fantastic thriller! Terrific story, Terrific acting!

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Posted by horrorfan1 on 01/20/2015 at 1:27 AM

Re: “Vermont Congressional Delegation to Attend Trump Inauguration

We Vermonters are better. We will respect our country and its Constitution. And, then fight like he'll to protect it from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Posted by vermontchef on 01/18/2017 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Vermont Congressional Delegation to Attend Trump Inauguration

I am glad to see their support, the inaugural ceremony is an important and proud tradition of a fairly elected President according to our Constitution. A boycott shows no respect for our 230 yrs. as a Country. God Bless America, and protect, and heal the damage that has been and is being done.

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Posted by Connie Cizmadia Brown on 01/17/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

Secession? Please, spare me the ridiculous drama. Our state is in sorry shape. Our legislators have some real work to do.

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Posted by saysme on 01/17/2017 at 9:30 PM

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

Don't forget. Miro got in line RIGHT AWAY to support Hilary. That should tell you all you need to know about who he thinks is "reactionary fringe"!

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Posted by teenwitch on 01/17/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Making a Case for Saturated Fats

In the 1960s, scientists at Harvard University were bribed by the sugar industry to produce counterfeit studies wrongly linking saturated fat with heart disease. Diabetes and obesity rates have since then quadrupled!

Switch back to full-fat dairy products such as butter and whole milk, instead of denurtured, tasteless and undatisfying products like margarine and semi-skimmed 'milk'. Margarine is basically poison and is GREY before it's dyed yellow! Use saturated fats for cooking as these are extremely heat stable - unlike toxic solvent-extracted 'vegetable oil' which creates cancer-causing aldehydes at high temperatures.

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Posted by Thomas Baird on 01/17/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

With all due respect Naylor, Williams, et. Al. Are a little late to the party. In 1984, April 1st, I, along with a colleague, introduced a Resolution on the House floor that declared Vermont would secede from the union. Then Speaker, Ralph Wright, somewhat perplexed by the resolution, sent it off to Judiciary where it died a likely death. By lunchtime we had about 70 members approach us about signing onto the resolution. I suggested that they go back and re-read it...then look at the date.

It's a fun idea to talk about but it's not going it?

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Posted by bobstannard on 01/17/2017 at 6:33 PM

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

In listening to the mayor's speech at the Democratic party caucus, I'm troubled by his over simplication of dissenting voices and his name calling. In black and white thinking it may be easier to simply label those who oppose specific issues by saying that they are essentially "anti-everything". But in doing so the opportunity is lost to learn what nearly half the voters expressed in November. I ask the Mayor and our elected representatives for some honest curiosity about other viewpoints rather than broad brush negative labels. It will make for a much more interesting and productive dialogue.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 01/17/2017 at 6:27 PM

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

Good post, Chris. Folks should look at the annual reports and balance sheet of many of these so-called non-profits. These organizations once had noble missions, but over time they lose their focus and become self-perpetuating bureaucracies. This often happens.

Last I checked, VLT had 50 employees, and several earning more than $100,000 annually. This is not the way to use our land-conservation dollars. Similarly, CHT has even more, and I think most people would be shocked at the salaries of the Director and its employees. Eye-popping. CHT has totally lost its half that was the Burlington Community Land Trust at one time, and spoke for both preservation of important parcels of land, and smaller single-family homes and duplexes for families...both something in dire need.

CLF and VNRC have become a revolving door of individuals between the two groups. Just look at their employee bios and see how many people have worked at both organizations at one time or another.

If one is a paying member of these non-profits, the public has a right to know that their $$$ are often going to salaries, often exorbitant ones, rather than to supporting their original missions. And these groups are now dependent on dollars from the development community to keep their burgeoning bureaucracies going.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 01/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

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

As for CLF, AARP, and Champlain Housing Trust, their Tall Mall endorsements may have carried weight for those not paying attention but to so many others these organizations lost credibility long ago. They all showed their true colors in their deafening silence regarding the F-35 fighter jet basing. CLF also betrayed its roots by supporting the anti-environment destruction of Act 250 and local zoning via total exemptions for industrial energy.

Champlain Housing Trust supposedly cares about affordable housing but in reality they only care about building new housing that allows developers to profit and that CHT gets to manage, the better to justify expanding their bureaucracy. CHT cares not a whit for pre-existing affordable housing that is privately owned nor existing residents (i.e., huge swaths of South Burlington, Winooski and Williston under attack from the expanded noise zone of the F-35 fighter jet). Affordable houses with a garage and yard for the middle and working class. True homeownership for the middle and working class who do not qualify for subsidies is not part of the CHT agenda.

House after house is still being demolished in South Burlington, in spite of vows from Mayor Weinberger that the City of Burlington would stop applying for FAA funds to destroy neighborhoods. Not a word from CHT. More lies and violations of promises from the Democrats, just like the lies from Democrat-Progressive Jane Knodell.

CLF talks big about global warming but has no problem with the F-35 fighter jet, in spite of emissions so significant they threaten to further aggravate existing Clean Air Act violations in the F-35's Utah basing. This is Burlington, Vermont today. How the Mayor and these nonprofits claim some mantle from the Bernie Sanders era based on these values is beyond me.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/17/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Lawmakers Leery of Scott's Proposed Labor, Commerce Merger

Because nothing's ever discussed during pillow talk ...

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Posted by Joey Kulkin on 01/17/2017 at 5:53 PM

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

In politics, half a loaf is better than no loaf. This is Weinberger's justification for destruction of PLANBVT and community-enacted zoning. He is a developer so to him, like the carpenter with a hammer who sees every problem as a nail, Weinberger sees every problem as a lack of development that can be solved with more, more, more.

I am partly sympathetic in that the Tall Mall could already have been built by now, a few stories lower in compliance with zoning, had City Council and the nonprofits not objected 2 years ago and insisted on various changes when Sinex made his first application. This might have been the silver bullet that would have provided more housing, brought the Fletcher Allen Hospital back office jobs downtown & also complied with zoning with zero height violations. Nor any tax subsidies. There was a trade-off to be made and many of us were just fine with the original application, regardless of connected streets or a few extra subsidized "affordable" units (guess who is paying for the subsidies - it is not Don Sinex but the taxpayers subsidizing him and the market-rate payers who now have to pay more). When City Council & the nonprofits wanted to futz with it, Weinberger and his cronies decided half a loaf is still better than no loaf, even if it involves $20+million of fiscally irresponsible tax subsidies. Unfortunately, the voters want to pay these higher taxes or else fell for possibly false marketing from Weinberger & co (whoever heard of a SuperPac for ballot initiatives in Vermont until Weinberger).

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 01/17/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Vermont Congressional Delegation to Attend Trump Inauguration

If you agree with your elected delegation doing at least part of their job and supporting the constitution use the numbers listed above to offer your support. God bless America.

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Posted by citizen on 01/17/2017 at 5:37 PM

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

"Genese, I am sorry to see that you have become a target by the trolls,"

Anyone who comments here in a way that the anonymous, so-called "VTPolicyAnalyst" doesn't like, is a "troll." Anyone who doesn't like Ms. Grill's modus operandi of sucking all of the air out of the room, and of engaging in personal attacks on her ideological adversaries, is a "troll."

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/17/2017 at 5:34 PM

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

The "Coalition" for a "Livable City" and their candidates for City Council are part of the alt-left. Just like the alt-right they reject anything which does not fit into their narrative as part of a conspiracy. It never occurred to them that when well known and trusted advocacy groups stood up to support the mall redevelopment project they might be doing so purely because they actually believed in the project. No, to the it was all part of a scheme by the mayor to somehow profit off a project he has no financial stake it. Even when their internet comments get disliked they believe its part of a scheme against them, not that people just disagree with their reactionary and insane beliefs.

Guess what, when the Conservation Law Foundation and the Vermont Natural Resources Council supported this project it is because they genuinely believed based on what they, the experts, know about environmental effects of development, that this project was a project which would benefit the environment. When COTS endorsed the project it was because they, the experts, believed it would benefit the homeless by lowering the price of housing city wide. When AARP endorsed the project it was because they believed it would benefit seniors, and Local Motion endorsed it because they believed it would benefit bikers.

We should be weary when it comes to people who believe everything in this town is a conspiracy. Our Mayor, Jane Knodell, and Joan Shannon supported the project because they genuinely believed it would benefit their constituents. The CLC spent months yelling at them, insinuated they were doing this for some sort of personal profit, and lying to the people of Burlington about the basic facts of the project. They are fringe and we should not normalize them.

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Posted by BurlingtonObserver1 on 01/17/2017 at 5:30 PM

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

Excuse me, "VT Policy Analyst," but if you are referring to my comment, I am not a "troll" or a "political operative," just a citizen of Burlington who is really put off by the hypocrisy I'm seeing, where it's ok to accuse your opponents of "lying" etc.(see below) but any criticism of you is cause for concern. On top of that, I just thought the whole idea of a candidate involving him/herself in the comments on their own articles is not cool, especially when people don't know it's him/her. People should be given space to think for themselves on these issues. If that offends anyone or makes my comments unwelcome, then I apologize.

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Posted by dm_VT on 01/17/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “At Caucus, Burlington Dems Back Progressive Council Prez Knodell

I am really disappointed by the so called progressives who have put forth this bizarre mall project , claiming that it will help with housing and somehow bring renewal to the downtown. This does not seem to align with the already dead mall space and the rise of online shopping. It's outdated and not at all progressive. We will end up paying this off for years to come. Genese is looking at a truly progressive plan to revitalize the city with the actual needs of the people who live here and work here and create here. We need this kind of vision going forward. People with true vision will often be attacked by those trying to hold onto the old power system. I can see that happening in this thread and it is sad.

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Posted by Pam Ant on 01/17/2017 at 4:00 PM

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

Everyone should also know that bypassing the restriction of only allowing one "Like/Dislike" per person on these comments is easy. Anyone can do it. You will actually find that the plethora of "Dislikes" that appear suddenly is just one or two people.

Genese, I am sorry to see that you have become a target by the trolls, just by writing very informative postings. You and your organization have raised some very, very important issues during the last year.

These trolls and political operatives now have a giant "bulls-eye" on you. They criticize and attack you relentlessly, while usually adding nothing informative to the debate. Nor are they able to defend the actions of the Mayor or the Sinex proposal in any real way...they just spew rhetoric with no details.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 01/17/2017 at 3:57 PM

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