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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Politics

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

Seriously, with the recent Q-Burke/Newport State Airport public disaster perpetuated by inept state bureaucrats giving sleazy no bid contracts to ponze scheme fraudsters, what business does the state of Vermont think it has running ANY airport?

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Riley on 02/17/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

So if Burlington owns the airport then why does S. Burlington think they have the right to tell the airport to stop the buyout program?

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ken Atwood on 02/16/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

Makes me want to run for office! Sounds like fun.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nina Gaby on 02/16/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

I don't care which side you are on , you have to laugh ,or shake your head, when Allaire says. "I have as much sympathy and empathy for refugees as anyone." Seriously ? Anyone ?

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 02/15/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

Even Easier - Close the airport ! Clearly this is what so many of the complainers want with 7Days a charter member of this crowd . Complaints many , solutions few . So close it so there will be no more whining about F-35's , noise , house buyouts, tax issues and beefs about its management . Seriously shut it down , or severely restrict it so that it dies on its own . I'm sure no one will have a problem driving to Montreal or Albany . Have a good trip .

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 02/15/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Legislative Roomies Share Boxed Wine and Political Strategies

Some legislators share boxed wind and political strategies, other legislators are so out of tune with their living space that they see no problem with a very old man sharing a room with an extremely younger woman.

Seriously? All of this fraternization and Vermonters are supposed to believe that nothing was fishy for Norm McCallister's housemates?

Folks are different I guess.

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Posted by Gus Steves on 02/15/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

The sharing of facts about a candidate for public office is not "harassment" or "bullying." When a person runs for public office, they open themselves up for scrutiny. That person has LEFT the private sphere and entered public life. We, the citizens, have a right to share information and observations about candidates! If Ms. Grill were not running for public office, I'm really sure no one would be dissecting her qualifications. But we have a right to do that before voting!

Ms. Grill was posting here anonymously herself, bashing the mayor and current administration in the same negative, harsh, accusatory tone that you are saying is unacceptable (please see other articles for reference) I guess you could say she set the tone herself, and people responded accordingly?
The hypocrisy there is pretty astounding.

I've also seen plenty of harsh comments and negative smears about candidate Knodell, but no one takes issue with that?

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/15/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@NRBH @dm_vt et all, Re anonymity, your choice here and 7 Days permits it. I would urge all to keep their rhetoric, comments, concerns to a tone you would use if you were to reveal your identity.

If one of the above commentators believes in "truthfulness", again, i invite you to come forward. If you don't want to do so on a public on-line forum, please do contact me to discuss. It's time to build bridges, not walls. It's time to try and understand, not flame fear. If you have questions regarding Candidate Genese Grill, running for Central District seat in the Old North End, contact her directly or attend a public forum. There are meet and greets happening around the city. Thurs at Nunyuns 5-6 pm and a Tea Party coming up i think later today at Dobra Tea. You can check out Genese Grill for City Council on FB:…

At this very moment there is a NPR program on w/ Jane Lindholm re important issue of bullying, harassment and as adults, we gotta do better to role model it to our youth:…

Pls see VT Digger's policy for on-line commenting and I encourage 7Days to please review their guidelines and policy:

"COMMENT POLICY of VT Digger: requires that all commenters identify themselves by their authentic first and last names. Initials, pseudonyms or screen names are not permissible.
No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Be succinct and to the point.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage a civil discourse among readers who are willing to stand behind their identities and their comments. VTDigger has created a safe zone for readers who wish to engage in a thoughtful discussion on a range of subjects. We hope you join the conversation."

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/15/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Airport's Actions Prompt Push to Reexamine Its Governance

Easy! So. Burlington coughs up say 28 million or so and they and Burlington share the responsibility of running the airport. They also assume the financial risks as well. Problem solved.
Never going to happen. They would rather complain about the way the airport is run then put up or shut up!

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Posted by BradD on 02/15/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

For the posters who only want real names, I would point out how civility in public discourse is no longer an expectation. It seems people no longer can tolerate any other opinion than their own opinion and there are daily reports of incidences where people cross all lines.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 02/14/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@ML: I DID attend the forum with an open mind, hoping to see these candidates in person (I haven't met either one,but have been following the race.) I was surprised by the actual physical behavior of one candidate (Ms. Grill) and also by how different this was from how her campaign makes her sound. I was really turned off by the eye rolling, leering, constant sighing, and smirking whenever her opponent was speaking.

That's not a personal attack, just a valid observation about how a potential city representative was acting! Is it ok now for adults to publicly belittle each other this way? If I'd brought my kids, I would have explained that a person who is confident and secure in her message wouldn't have to use those tactics, and it's not ok even for grown-ups to disrespect each other like that when they don't agree.

RE my "profile name:" I don't know about others, but I have been told that internet privacy is wise. I don't really want to give out my name on the World Wide Web. It has nothing to do with the issue of local elections. I suspect others are following the same guidelines. I ( and others who keep being shamed for posting with "profile names") have the right to keep my name off the internet. I'm not running for public office. Ok, no more to say..will cast my vote soon and probably won't make the mistake of stating opinions online again...I just agreed with other comments here and wanted to share observations on this highly contested local race. I agree that the national race has brought more attention to local politics and frustration carries over for sure, but it feels like we can have some say in what happens locally. Thanks.

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/13/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

Genese Grill and other well-qualified candidates challenging the status quo aim to bring back neighborhood power and good faith democratic process that have fallen by the wayside. This would be a godsend for the people of Burlington, people that the Burlington Business Association and other lobbyists are not watching out for.

The anonymous source claiming to have attended a candidate forum "with an open mind" proceeds immediately with a personal attack belying such a claim.

Personal attacks in place of substantive discussion have become the standard tactic of apologists for the status quo -- from Miro's hysterical "reactionary fringe" comment on down to a number of the pseudonymous comments we see here.

The nominally democratic administration currently in power locally is far more Trumpish than many suppose. This administration is enthusiastic about deregulation, about subsidizing private business, and about privatizing public assets. This administration is not shy about bringing buddies into key positions and it's so eager for development dollars that it will rewrite zoning regulations to clear the way. It pays lip service to affordable housing, but seems more serious about eroding inclusionary zoning to "improve" it.

These are not values usually associated with the Democratic Party or the Progressive Party. They are in fact solidly Republican/Trumpish values, but they are indeed what we face in City Hall and on the City Council at the moment.

It's time for a change, not more of the same.

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Posted by Michael Long on 02/13/2017 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

I attended the debate between these two candidates with an open mind.

After the first half hour or so, I nearly left because I was having a hard time even focusing on what was being said, due to the constant eye rolling, leering, and other distracting faces that Ms. Grill made every time her opponent had the floor. I felt like I couldn't even watch anymore. Not only was it unbelievably rude behavior, but I felt like I'd see a better, more respectful candidate at a seventh grade class election. Ms. Grill also forgot what she wanted to say mid-sentence several times and, other times, spoke so fast within her allotted minutes that it was hard to even follow.

Maintaining good relationships and working well with others is a crucial part of the job as city councilor. Ms. Grill demonstrated a total lack of basic manners and grace on that front, which does not bode well for her ability to work with others in city and state government if elected. Councilor Knodell was calm, self-possessed, respectful, and well-spoken. She also made her points quickly and concisely, and swiftly corrected Ms. Grill several times on some sweeping generalizations and incorrect ("alternative?) facts when challenged.

Someone made a comment on the 7 Days fb page about Grill, saying that she's "the tea party candidate of the left" which is how I landed on this article. That is so accurate- from what I saw at the debate, her behavior (especially the rude eye-rolling and smirks) reminded of Trump during his debates more than anything else. We now have a federal government full of appointees who completely lack the credentials to do their jobs. Please keep our city government staffed with well-respected, qualified representatives here at home!

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/12/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Full Disclosure: How Burlington Prog Tim Ashe Came to Power in the Vermont Senate

Paul, This is a bizarre hagiography. Sure, you found a few folks to give you a few negative comments but the overwhelming message is how terrific he is.
The worst part was your justifying the coverage of your boss' partner. The partner of the woman who co-owns this newspaper, is featured on the front page of the newspaper and you tell us that his coverage is still somehow less than his peers? I call BS.
Although I do recall a cover story on Donavan I cant think of a cover story on Johnson, Hoff, Zuckerman, or any of the others waiting in the wings for the top jobs to open up. If there were cover stories on these folks were they equally laudatory? I doubt it.
And, btw, your conflict policy is worthless. The co-owner reads the stories you write, whether she assigns or edits them is not the point - do you mean to tell me that if you went after him or his policies that somehow she would not notice or that there wouldnt be some sort of subtle repercussions? again, doubt it.
Again in this piece 7 days soft sells his employment/income picture. Ok so hes an adjunct when hes not in Mont P, got that. Left unsaid is how exactly is that a livable wage? Adjuncts make around $3000 a class. How much does he make from this more or less? How much from the senate? I bet the total is not even 30K a year. He/they live in a nice home overlooking the lake. Is she paying the bills? If so, that is newsworthy. If she is paying his bills, you wrote a big long piece on him and somehow that news is not news? Please stop pulling punches.

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Posted by tapplinx on 02/12/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

JK needs to be ousted.
She is long past her expire date.
She is a dinosaur.
What she is not, despite her claims, is a progressive.
Progressives do not support giving multi-millionaire real estate developers special zoning variances and tax giveaways so that they can make even more money - and foist an out of scale behemoth on the city -
she and the rest of the mayor-developer's enablers need to be ousted

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Posted by tapplinx on 02/12/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

Please stop referring to support for the redevelopment of that crappy old mall into a mixed use town center as supporting 'the mall.' It is precisely the opposite of that, and haven't heard any alternative vision from the antis...

35 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by AdamGoch on 02/10/2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

and @NBRH and @knowyourassumptions:

Here's a great film: The African Doctor…

about exclusion, fear, diversity, resilience and perseverance. It make sense that those that may be different from you engender discomfort, which can lead to people lashing out. Let's stop that and we all know that 2 wrong's don't make a right! Unless you're President you know who....

btw, @know yourassumptions, what issues are important to you in this City Council race of the CENTRAL DISTRICT? and real names appreciated :) if you are comfortable with that-

Maggie Standley
Ward 3

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/10/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@NBRHD News - regarding your apology,

Given that your anonymity creates an "imbalance of power," which is, not so ironically, greatly in question, in this contested CENTRAL DISTRICT City Council Election for Wards 2 & 3 in Burlington's Old North End, would you mind sharing who you are so we can continue this discussion on more even footing? .

I would appreciate being able to have a productive discussion regarding the issues:
- The lack of diversity and ward representation on the volunteer Boards & Commissions
- The zoning policies in place to ensure equity and smart development/growth that is sustainable
- "What is affordable housing" anyway? How many units do we need, to meet the demand?

What issues are important to you?

I hear you are scared and have issues of concern, and I would encourage you to gain the clarity you would like in a more open manner to improve solution generation and a stronger community. Isn't this what this is about? To make our community the best it can be? To disagree respectfully and to at least have the intelligence and integrity to agree on the facts...

We live in times where "The bully" is winning, where Trump's money and scare tactics have worked to make him President~ let's not stoop to that level in Burlington. Who is the unstable one there?

Many thanks,
Maggie Standley
Ward 3 Resident
Educator, Artist, Small Biz Owner, Spread Your Wings Nonprofit Founder, Myrtle St Avant Garden Co-Founder,
Burlington Community Arts Award Recipient 2016
Truth Fairy ;)

10 likes, 46 dislikes
Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/10/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

I apologize if my comments came across as overly harsh. Perhaps, taking a page from the Trump playbook, all unpleasant facts about a person running for political office can now be labelled bullying?

I respect kindness, fairness, and truthfulness. Is it fair for a candidate not to disclose the fact that she belongs to (and heads) a self-described cult with a "vision of civilization?" With a written manifesto that lays out a clear agenda for spreading its values through means *including* legislation?

This is not a personal attack against this candidate; this is offering information (with links and citations!) about a candidate for public office, who some may argue appears unfit for the job, and personally unstable, as evidenced through other, public and verifiable actions. Several others have noted this, too- unaware of Aesthesia and its anti-technology/development agenda. This is concerning, given the current political climate, when Democrats and Progressives, even at the municipal level, need to be taken seriously to keep and hold relevance at the city, state, and national level.

Again, I am sorry if that was not worded gently enough the first time. Perhaps my frustration that no one has commented on that (publicly, anyway...) got the better of me!

Maybe this candidate can address the issue of her cult leadership, and assure us that there are no personal conflicts between its stated values (which are extremely relevant to city politics) and her potential job as city councilor?

The fact is, when you run for public office, you open yourself up for possibly harsh scrutiny and evaluation, so the community can decide if you are qualified to serve. People deserve facts. THAT is only fair.

57 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by NBRHDnews on 02/10/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@ Standley

Require posters here to use real name only? You're joking, right? You obviously aren't aware that your hero Ms. Grill has posted on this very site repeatedly under a pseudonym!

And it's not a personal attack to inform people of the beliefs and behaviors of candidates for public office.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/10/2017 at 5:17 AM

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