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

Sue: You lost because people are tired of the same old liberal rhetoric. Time for people to own up to their responsibilities. Scott offers an "option" - nothing more. The "Shumlin Shuffle" of political favorites from agency to agency needed to end. Cutting the Dem chord at the Gov level will give the public some relief before Scott starts his political favors.

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Posted by Drobin9353 on 12/07/2016 at 9:19 PM

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

Typical of Shumlin to come up with an excuse for why the Democrats lost the elections for both governor and president instead of just acknowledging that this time the Dems. picked the wrong people to represent their party. It must just be easier to accuse everyone of being sexist, or racist instead of looking at your own parties issues or lack of understanding of the real issues voters face. Peter maybe if you had a back bone and supported Bernie instead of a lier your party could have won at least one race. Mr. Shumlin you are an embarrassment to real Vermonters.

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Posted by citizen on 12/07/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Growing Pains: Burlington Progressives Clash Over Development

I agree with Amey. The tension here is that there has been little other than canned responses from those in favor, while they short circuit normal processes to meet the developer's time line. If this were one of the two big parties, this level of disagreement would be the cause of some jokes and merriment, but it's become a big deal because the Progs are a relatively small group. I value Max Tracy's work in trying to slow down this fast moving train, and it's not helpful for someone to say his efforts may have damaged the whole deal. Really? This developer won't give on anything? That may be what concerns us the most.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/24/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Growing Pains: Burlington Progressives Clash Over Development

Sadly, once again, "anti-development" is the simplistic summary of what the opposition is about, despite what has been publicly stated. There in a nuance here that must by stated once again. The opposition is looking for thoughtful development that follows democratic process. In the last 6 months there have been so many small and large bits of sleight of hand, trickery and misrepresentation, including a pre-developement agreement that ultimately seemed pre-determined, and a final vote pairing that was constructed to minimize the number of dissenting votes. The fact is that Jane Knodell's "Clavelle progressive" agenda position is not representative of her ward which voted the zoning change down. There is a split in the progressive party and I stand with Winkleman and others who want development to be thoughtful, community-based and truly progressive to serve the environment and those most in need.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 11/23/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Peak Power: Burlington Electric Draws Vermont's Top Brass

Yup - more recycled politicals!!! Why nobody else gets a shot at COMPETING is beyond me. BED, CEDO, VT State College System - all well paid parking lots for politicals that can't be bothered competing for positions.

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Posted by Drobin9353 on 11/23/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

Mr. Peters, you ARE uneducated. I appreciate what you have sacrificed for our country, but with all respects you have been educated in a bubble (literally). Your statement "Even though he's a billionaire, Trump could relate to the working person. He didn't struggle himself, but probably he knows what it's like." is ludicrous. Trump lacks integrity - and absolutely does not understand about the struggles you face. It's so very sad for me to hear about the reasoning behind why many folks voted for him. Trump took peoples confusion and anger and tricked them into believing he would help fix the government. Have you seen who he plans to elect into his cabinet? Lobbyists, big money interests...Seven Days, PLEASE find someone who is educated and voted for Trump. That is news I'm interested in. I know that they are out there. The people that I know who voted for Trump (mostly family) are uneducated and get their information from non-credible sources. Very sad.

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Posted by vermonter22 on 11/21/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

It's disingenuous at best (bad journalism at worst) to imply that the Northeast Kingdom favored Trump. Of the three counties representing the Kingdom (Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex), most voted for Clinton. Only Essex county (home to fewer than 3000 voters) came out in favor of Trump. True: Essex is the only county in Vermont that favored Trump, and true: they're part of the Northeast Kingdom. However, they have the smallest voting population in the Kingdom--in the whole state, actually. With the exception of Grand Isle, every other county in Vermont had more Trump supporters than Essex County. If you really want to know why Vermonters voted for Trump, you'd find a much larger sampling from Chittenden, Rutland, Windsor, or Washington. So here's the question: did this article aim to examine the Trump vote, or to perpetuate a harmful, not to mention lazy, NEK stereotype?

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Posted by EKN on 11/21/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

As far as I can tell, many people in the NEK (and elsewhere) simply fell for Trump's particular brand of kool aid-hook, line, and sinker. Stay tuned: I predict the brew will prove rancid. Also this story needs a little fact checking. I will let others figure out what doesn't ring quite true.

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Posted by mp on 11/20/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

Good luck NEK and former steel workers and others. I'm sure your lives will be immensely improved under Trump. Trump is sooooo empathetic.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 11/19/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

Yes, they are doing soooooo well up there.

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Posted by vtalise on 11/19/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Why Many Northeast Kingdom Voters Chose Trump

Apparently the only people with brains in Vermont live on the NEK.

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Posted by citizen on 11/17/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

So where is the ethics law? Shumlin tries to steal his neighbors home and the legislators turn a blind eye!
Then they waste 200 or more million dollars on a failed and broken web site and do not ask for one penny back form the company that closes shop and disappears. Then they wasted 20 -30 million on the failed single payer plan and again nothing is done about recouping the money VT Health Dept. head, . Dr. Chen mails 2 one dollar bills out, with a survey, and the legislators know nothing about this, not even the press knows how many letters were sent out and how many were returned or how many dollars just ended up in the trash! David is just another example of no accountability for departments or even the legislators and the Governor! WE need a Ethics law and we need to clean house tomorrow at the elections.

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Posted by Andrew J. Tarantino on 11/07/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Vermont Legislators Admit to Cheating the System. Are They Justified?

They should be required to turn in receipts for meals and lodging, as well as documented mileage between end points by day by trip. Period. No wonder we have so many entitlements.

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Posted by Gilly on 11/06/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Who's on Your Vermont 2016 Ballot?

Bernie himself is putting his full suport behind Hillary. If you want to support Bernie, vote as he has asked. Any other vote is one less for Hillary and in these times, that's a dangerous place for us all to be. Bernie has much more chance with Hillary than with Trump of promoting his policies. That is the miserable truth of a two party system and we are not going to change it by tossing in a write-in vote here or there. That said, big thumbs up for exercising your right to vote HOWEVER you vote! It is a precious right we should never take for granted.

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Posted by Beth Weintraub Liberman on 11/06/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle Pits Weinberger Against Activists — Again

Thank you Charles S. for your comment. The mayor asks, apparently with a straight face, "What are we going to do about the fact that we have a real serious housing challenge?" at the same time that he supports the destruction of affordable single-family homes and entire neighborhoods in Winooski & South Burlington so his prized F-35 fighter jet can be based in the most densely populated area in Vermont.

These organizations supporting the Tall Mall like Champlain Housing Trust and COTS pretend to care about affordable housing and homelessness but haven't lifted a finger to protect the 12,000 plus people in an estimated 3,000 plus homes and apartments under threat from the F-35 basing. Other groups supporting the Tall Mall like Conservation Law Foundation and VNRC pretend to care about global warming and then embrace the F-35 fighter jet, in spite of emissions so significant the Air Force anticipates increased Clean Air Act violations from its basing in Utah. Their silence on the F-35 basing is deafening and lays bare their hypocrisy in supporting the Tall Mall.

We get it, protecting existing homes and citizens does not help Weinberger's 1% real estate developer cronies profit. But let's stop pretending this is about improving Burlington and admit it is all about further enriching the already wealthy.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/04/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Ballot Battle Pits Weinberger Against Activists — Again

I've already voted "Yes" on Ballot Items 3 & 4, and I encourage all Burlingtonians to do the same.

The nearly 250 new bedrooms the Burlington Town Center redevelopment (which Ballot Items 3 & 4 support) would create downtown directly addresses a need we all articulated in our PlanBTV Downtown document when we called for more mixed-use (i.e., including housing) development downtown.

But more importantly, there's an absolutely crushing need for more housing in Burlington, with way too much demand chasing way too little supply. The result: spiraling housing prices, and people at the lower end of the economic spectrum being pushed further away.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to supporters like the Progressive president of the City Council, Jane Knodell. Listen to the Champlain Housing Trust. Heck, listen to COTS executive director Rita Markley, who recently told WPTZ, ""For those who say the (housing) markets easing up, that vacancy rates are better, that's not true." (…)

Ballot Items 3 & 4, and the Burlington Town Center redevelopment that they support, aren't in themselves magic bullets for fixing all our city's problems. But they go a long way toward helping, and the additional economic benefits, not to mention getting Pine St. and St. Paul St. re-connected (also, I believe, a PlanBTV goal we all articulated), are welcome benefits to all Burlingtonians.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 11/04/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Hopefuls Minter and Scott Come From Different Worlds — Sorta

Love the caricature of Sue Windmill Minter on this weeks front page. What a great representation of Minter being in bed with the likes of David Blittersdorf. Now theres an image that you dont want stuck in your mind.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 11/03/2016 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle Pits Weinberger Against Activists — Again

To directorbba: can you say more about 55 "workforce housing" units? I noticed this term on a recent promo postcard and was surprised. It was my understanding that there were 55 "affordable" units. I believe these terms refer to two different sets of housing - affordable housing is typically for the most needy and may involve subsidies. Workforce housing is for those who may not qualify for affordable housing, and also can't afford market rate. What is being provided - affordable or workforce? This may make a big difference to housing advocates who have supported the project based on 55 affordable units.

Personally, I think 80 college units, 50% more units that what is being provided for the most needy Vermonters seems like a very indirect way to solve the city's housing problem. Plan BTV suggests the colleges provide their own housing. Think of what a better project this would be if those units were affordable. It's hard to call this project a win for housing with those numbers. Furthermore, the rest of the units will be market rate, which is quite high. It's going to be tough for seniors, young professionals and downtown workers (the groups targeted for support in the Plan BTV mall redevelopment section) to afford these units.

Lastly, all housing discussions should incorporate recent numbers such as a rising vacancy rate - now around 2.5% and an accounting of how many units have been built in the last year and are already on the books for Cambrian Rise and Grove Street.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 11/03/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle Pits Weinberger Against Activists — Again

Thanks to Seven Days for their coverage of this crucial set of ballot items. Expecially as VPR seems to have ignored their responsibility to present a full and balanced presentation of these items. But I'd bring your attention, Sasha, to one item. You quote the mayor saying last year: ""What are we going to do about the fact that we have a real serious housing challenge?" Mayor Weinberger has in fact addressed the housing issue. His administration has abetted the destruction of about 200 owner occupied and modestly priced homes surrounding the City-owned airport. Why this destruction? Because the mayor has placed his chips--and our own--on making room for the military industrial complex which needs to base their problematic F-35 and current F-16 offensive war planes somewhere. The mayor feels that "somewhere" should be in the most densely populated county in the state. How's that for being a champion of more and affordable housing?

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Posted by Charles S on 11/03/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Ballot Battle Pits Weinberger Against Activists — Again

I'll speak for the yes while I stir my pasta sauce. This project adds 55 units of workforce housing which Burlington NEEDS. What we NEED is housing for working people. Rents are not $1000, they are adjusted to be affordable for someone making 65% of the median income. That's about $38k for a single person. Rent will be no more than 30% of income.

We also need office workers back downtown. Our winter and mid week traffic in local businesses is down.

Finally we need our streets and neighborhoods back.

A yes vote offers this and much more. That is why these orgs and more than 200 downtown businesses and thousands of citizens support a YES vote.

Mayor Miro Weinberger * City Council President Jane Knodell * City Councilors Chip Mason, Dave Hartnett, Joan Shannon, Karen Paul, Sara Giannoni, Tom Ayres, Adam Roof * Former Mayor Peter Clavelle * Former Governor Howard Dean * Former City Councilor Vince Brennan * Bonnie Acker * John Davis * Kyle Dodson * Emily Lee * AARP Vermont * Burlington Business Association * Burlington Fire Fighters Association Local 3044 * Champlain College * Champlain Housing Trust * Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission * Conservation Law Foundation * Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) * Housing Vermont * International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 300 * Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce * Local Motion * Select Design * Seventh Generation * TruexCullins Vermont Architecture and Interior Design * UA Local 693 Plumbers and Pipefitters * United Way of Northwest Vermont * University of Vermont * UVM Medical Center * Vermont Interfaith Alliance * Vermont Natural Resource Council * Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

How about we skip the conspiracy theories and stick to the issues.

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Posted by directorbba on 11/03/2016 at 10:38 AM

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