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Re: “Ashe Hires Liberal Health Care Lobbyist as Chief of Staff

Peter Sterling is one great, ethical guy and as Annette and Paul have stated, is a very good choice. That said, Peter is deserving of a much better salary than $61K in 2017 dollars, given his depth of experience. He should at least make $80K, which is still some $20K less than his predecessor. He's not a young kid anymore, despite his boyish looks.

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Posted by John Brabant on 12/09/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

Joe - "pedestrian traffic" is correct, but there is no diagram to show people enjoying the park - only how people pass through it. I prefer we address the park itself - because, though people can be too busy to linger, the park is made for those who do - it is not an obstruction to those who are going from one street to another. If the block was not a park, everyone would have to walk around it. I don't accept that the park's main purpose is to get people from one side to the other. Being able to enter or exit onto any adjacent street is a convenience, not a primary park function.

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Posted by stickinthemud on 12/09/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

Looking at where this park is located, the majority of the pedestrian traffic is on the diagonals, people cutting through from the corner of Main/St Paul northbound to Church St, or from College/St Paul southbound to Church/Main (or vice versa on those diagonals. Based on that, I don't see how meandering paths are going to work unless fences or prickly bushes force walkers to stay on those paths. For someone who is looking to hang out and enjoy the park, meandering paths might be ok.

I like the Parks & Rec design better, but I'd like to see the fountain stay. The quote "choked with leaves" indicates to me that appropriate maintenance isn't being done, so get on with it!

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Posted by joeconn4 on 12/09/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Sinex Picks Local Firm to Construct Burlington Town Center

I'm very pleased to see this bid going to a local company. I'm not sure the mall has many "local" merchants. Buying local means more than just from a local outlet of a national chain.

Posted by Phillip N. Bosen on 12/09/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

Ive commented on the Great Streets feedback page and hope others who support the arts will, too: I'd like very much for the city to replace the public bulletin boards that were once in the park but removed to install the large metal sculpture. Hundreds, or thousands, of musicians and other creative people had an important resource taken from them. Public bulletin boards help the city reflect to citizens and visitors how vibrant we are as a cultural destination, and the work of advertising this costs the city nothing when artists are doing the poster printing and postering. More than one public bulletin board should be returned to the periphery of the park where the public will see them. The traditional variety of bulletin board that can be stapled-to would be best since thats what our community is used to and has the tools for. Posting this comment here to encourage others to make their way to the Great Streets comment page, support this wish, and make their own hopes known:

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Posted by James Lockridge on 12/09/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

Thanks for the article. Could you please edit to provide a link to where we can see higher resolution designs and leave the city feedback?

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Posted by mvaughan on 12/09/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

I do hope the comments on the Great Streets website (including the Park design) will become public, so we can see each other's thoughts on the subject. Mr. Infinity is correct in that using the Park for the Market or for large musical events will be bad for the grass. Some think that fewer trees in general would be good for the grass, but I disagree - we just need trees that don't create what is called "killing shade" - one of the reasons Elm trees became so popular. We need more trees, but ones that let everything else grow. Here's hoping.

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Posted by stickinthemud on 12/09/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “CHT Buys Motel to House Hospital Patients, Homeless

Good, good. The hospital was dangerously small before this purchase.

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Posted by The Oracle on 12/09/2016 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Vermont Goat Collaborative

What Pine Island Farm has accomplished in just 3 years is simply astounding! Building strong, joyful, collaborative, and resilient individuals and communities through raising goats, chickens, bees, rice, and more! It's a charmed idea, and Farm Founder Karen Freudenberger's deft hand has ensured that its implementation has been equally charmed. Vermont is blessed to have Karen's legacy live on in generations of new and not-so-new Vermonters to come.

Posted by Very Merry Theatre on 12/09/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Ashe Hires Liberal Health Care Lobbyist as Chief of Staff

I agree with Annette.

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Posted by Paul Burns on 12/09/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

I disagree with the gender bias issue. I voted for Scott instead of Minter because I could not see how ordinary Vermonters could pay for her programs. She was not for the ordinary Vermonter but her special interest people like Blittsendorf. The other thing that did not sit well with me was how Scott had met with Planned parenthood and is a pro choice person but the Planned Parenthood PAC came out along with Minter painting him as something he was not. Sorry Sue when you took that tack and then lied to get in office, I had no desire to vote for you for any position.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 12/09/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

When did 7Days start running humor as news? Blaming gender? Seriously? Minter lost because she never had any intent to represent Vermonters. She was the first candidate to ever run for statewide office on a platform of gun control. That is a political death sentence here in Vermont. We have a proud tradition of firing candidates who attack Article 16 of the Vermont state Constitution, so why would we possibly consider electing someone who commits to doing so? Why even Senator Campbell, for all his tenure and power, knew enough to retire gracefully after the gun control debacle he tried to force through last year, yet not once does this article mention the gravity of taking such positions. If you are going to report on something like this, at least be honest rather than trying to deflect to so obvious a red herring. To be blunt, Sue Minter shot herself in the foot.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 12/09/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Burlington Solicits Feedback for Redesign of City Hall Park

we can pick

1) a park with grass
2) a weekly farmer's market in the park

cant have both sry

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Posted by Rick Infinity on 12/08/2016 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

I'm still surprised by Shumlin's comments regarding gender. Many states have elected women to the governor's post, including Vermont. And it is hard to imagine a liberal state like Vermont, where women out number men by a small margin, would not do it again, all things being equal (which was the case when Kunin won).
Is Shumlin that out of touch? Yes, which is why he'll soon be out of a job.

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Posted by Allen Theodore on 12/08/2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Ashe Hires Liberal Health Care Lobbyist as Chief of Staff

Good choice.

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Posted by A. Smith on 12/08/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Sue was a true fighter with actual plans and real heart. Vermont missed an opportunity to be a leader on several fronts - from renewable energy, to affordable higher education, to women in leadership - but instead we elected a race car driver as chief executive. We elected a Republican to the governorship in the year of Donald Trump. No matter what Scott says about being different from the national Republican party it absolutely matters that he is going to be running our state from the same ideological stance. Instead of being a bulwark against extremism when our nation needs it most, Vermont rolled over and let a race car driver become our leader because it was 'his turn.' So much for Vermont values. So much for Vermont leadership. Now we're just another Republican state. Sue Minter didn't lose. Vermont did.

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Posted by Simone de Beauvoir on 12/08/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

Minter should be able to get a nice paying job at Planned Parenthood. They pay really well, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on political ads AGAINST Phil Scott, a pro-choice candidate. I think they may owe her a favor.

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Posted by Brenda Pepin on 12/08/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Walters: Conservative Operative Wins Influential Post in Scott Administration

Oh, this is precious. The very first person pro-wind Walters quotes is his pro-wind pal Paul Burns. Walters notably wrote his almost-final column on his former blog as an advertisement for wind developer Blittersdorf. I guess his Seven Days column will now become the site for him to expound on behalf of his buddies and continue his attacks on people who he doesn't like, without ever having met or talked to them.

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Posted by A. Smith on 12/08/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Sue Minter on Her Loss, Gender and What's Next

There is a lot of truth in the comments by previous posters. It was known early on that Minter matched up poorly against Scott, and that the polls showed Matt Dunne would have been a better candidate against him. But the Democratic "machine" rallied behind Minter, in a similar way they went for Hillary early on.

Many on the left went over to Scott because of some very un-Democratic stances by the Democrats in power, some which came across as hypocritical and ingenuine. The list is a long one: VT Gas, Big Wind, Ethics Reform, environmental issues, VT Rail, PSB, school consolidation, and of course, taxes, etc.

And Minter's call for free college tuition literally scared people senseless. Just how was this going to be paid for? Even the most progressives States like NY and California are having a very difficult time supporting Higher Education. Higher Education must be tacked on the national level, just like health care, as Bernie clearly pointed out. Folks feel like the education property tax is already out-of-hand.

Minter lost this race on her own. Blame is squarely on her shoulders and the Democrats in power as this was a winnable race. She had the opportunity to stand up for Democratic principles, but she ran away from them.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 12/08/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Walters: Conservative Operative Wins Influential Post in Scott Administration

Following the tactics of Trump in Vermont is a sure sign of weakness and ignorance of the people of our state. We don't like partisan liars very much, Mr. Brooks, watch yourself.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 12/08/2016 at 3:23 PM

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