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Re: “Economics 101: Burlington Schools Need $65 Million in Fixes

How about getting Mr. Obeng to move to the city to also feel the pain!

Posted by John Searles on 06/30/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Financial Firm to Pay Vermont $5.95 Million in Jay Peak Case

The fine should go to the local contractors who fulfilled their contracts in good faith but have been shafted by Stenger and Quiros. The EB-5 investors took their chances with a risky investment and should be paid back last

Posted by David Miskell on 06/30/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Truant Story: His Presidential Run Is Done, But Sanders Is Still Playing Hooky

I believe the phrase is "a bucket of warm spit".

Posted by Brad Wilhelm on 06/30/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Vermont Mayors Coalition Calls for Universal Background Checks

Varmint - really? most of those who committed mass murders are Dems? I would be very interested in seeing the proof of that statement.
Thank you.

Posted by marianne1 on 06/30/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Redstone to Buy Winooski Block; Strand Venue Gets Green Light

Another boondoggle waiting to happen. When will the city council members start thinking about the residents of these cities and towns? They want to build build build, yet are clueless to the amount of traffic this adds. The residents are going to have to place no parking signs near their houses, as where do you think these people are going to park? They are going to start parking in neighborhoods. Always seems to be the same developers. No regards to the residents of these towns. Who cares if he is from Winooski, sounds like he is only about making more money with no regard to his neighbors.

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Posted by Homer C on 06/30/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

People are seriously upset that the meters go to 10 PM now? You can just park on College Street or Fletcher Free Library for free after 6 PM. Also, are people not aware of how cheap Burlington is for parking compared to Boston? I realize we aren't Boston, but we certainly don't have it bad. Well, unless you listen to that whack-job Kurt Wright that is...

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 06/30/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Sanders to Put ‘Hold’ on Federal GMO Deal

Stabenow and Roberts both, should be literally KICKED out of office! This isn't just corruption. This is collusion to defraud the American people, and just for their own enrichment. Rob Bright (above) got it right! Get rid of them both and any more like them! NOW!

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Posted by Larry Mac on 06/30/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Economics 101: Burlington Schools Need $65 Million in Fixes

This spending will likely go through unchecked by the residents of Burlington. The school district has carte blanche and the bloated/wasteful school budget is barely monitored. Burlington already spends at least 6 times as much as South Burlington on Administrative costs. You can see the differences in the following links - though Burlington's budget is structured without information or explanations of it's expenses...

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Posted by jhilt123 on 06/30/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Economics 101: Burlington Schools Need $65 Million in Fixes

There won't be any renovations of Burlington High School, if it means the teachers have to give up a raise, just watch.

Where is all the money going? Clearly not to infrastructure.

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Posted by B. Alan on 06/30/2016 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Burlington Harbor Marina Gets Council Approval

Who exactly benefits from this marina, 160 boaters and the guy who owns it? I'm beginning to think Weinberger gave knowyourassumptions a livable wage break or overlooked some other permit for him.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 06/30/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “The Vermont Mayors Coalition Calls for Universal Background Checks

Dear mayors,
Many of you still wish to bring Syrian refugees into the state of Vermont. ISIS now admits to having possession of passport making machines. The Vermont DMV has sold drivers licenses to illegal immigrants from as far as Russia. Five different federal agencies admit that these refugees cannot be vetted. ISIS states publicly that they will infiltrate the refugees. Do we really need to discuss competency?

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Posted by ezduzit on 06/29/2016 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Truant Story: His Presidential Run Is Done, But Sanders Is Still Playing Hooky

Seriously, Senator Egomaniac? It was more important to be on the Stephen Colbert show than to cast an important senate vote for gun control in the wake of Orlando, when it's already been decided that you're not going to be the Democratic presidential nominee? Please resign your Senate seat so you can travel around the country and be all important-like.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/29/2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Burlington Harbor Marina Gets Council Approval

Typical for you: you type your tired, predictable left wing accusations with no basis. Prove your accusation that "the mayor's policies benefit a small few." PROVE IT. PROVE IT.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/29/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Redstone to Buy Winooski Block; Strand Venue Gets Green Light

Redstone has been a good developer in Winooski. Their point man in Winooski is a native Winooskite.and a very creative problem solver. This project can and will work. Finding creative solutions to new development is the new Winooski-way.

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Posted by SchMan on 06/29/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “The Vermont Mayors Coalition Calls for Universal Background Checks

Weinberger is a liberal socialist? That's a laugh right there. Start stockpiling your guns now, Donna. The flat landers are coming to get you.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 06/29/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Redstone to Buy Winooski Block; Strand Venue Gets Green Light

This is a disaster-in-the-making for Winooski. Traffic and parking are already major problems, with the intersection of Main Street, West Allen Street, and the traffic rotary being particularly problematic. Yet, this is precisely where "the Strand" is going to be located. Having one company (Redstone) control so much property in downtown Winooski might also bring problems of its own, and anyone who has ever dealt with Redstone can tell you why. (related thought: does the Winooski City government just bend over for every single developer that waves some money at it?). Finally, I understand now why Decarreau is resigning when she is and what she meant in her recent interview about dealing with developers. The handwriting was on the wall. The people who live in and around this soon-to-be disaster area need to rise up and demand absolute assurance that the quality of life of residents here will not be negatively impacted by the never-ending greed of our local politicos and their developer buddies.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/29/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Sanders to Put ‘Hold’ on Federal GMO Deal

WHY IS THIS BILL SO BAD? Here's what you need to know:

* 1. The bill preempts Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska’s GMO labeling laws and prevents any other states from passing similar legislation.
* 2. The bill creates a new definition of GMO, excluding most of the genetically engineered foods currently on the market and new technologies such as CRISPR/cas9, gene editing and gene cassettes.
* 3. The bill provides for a patchwork of voluntary labeling options -- QR codes, phone numbers, and symbols yet to be created by the USDA -- and would result in consumer confusion and necessitate an inordinate amount of time when shopping.
* 4. The standard for non-GMO is not clearly defined and an acceptable level of GMO contamination has not been determined, leaving this open to the corrupt USDA to decide.
* 5. There are no penalties for non-compliance.
* 6. The bill would not take effect for two years.
* 7. And for the handful of GMO foods that actually will be labeled? Well, good luck finding out what's in those. The bill would FORCE YOU to scan a QR code, call a toll free number or search for some cryptic symbol yet to be defined just to get the information you want and need. And you’ll have to wait two years for it.
* 8. This so-called "national standard" would EXEMPT what looks to be most of the foods on the market from any GMO labeling. Roundup Ready crops would be EXEMPT, nearly all insecticide producing crops would be EXEMPT, refined sugars, oils, starches and processed ingredients with no detectable DNA would be EXEMPT. The bill redefines genetic engineering in a way that EXEMPTS almost all GE foods.
These exemptions don't exist with Vermont's mandatory law.

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Posted by Ron Hollis on 06/29/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Memo Says Burlington High School Principal Mismanaged Funds

In a community like ours which advocates for self-sufficiency and nurturing our local resources against the giants (gosh we held out for so long against Walmart!) it's baffling that we have resorted to the equivalent of "ubering" in a superintendent - at great cost. The “buy local”, “support local food”, “bank local” activism here seems to have missed a big part of our consumer dollar - “local labor”. This is another example of the unfair competition that is thrown against small communities and it's labor force who have deep roots and ownership of our part of the world. The uncertainty Burlington's schools now face with future governance approaches shifting is in the hands of an outside manager with unknown loyalty to the community. Is it fair to the children to wager such risk?

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Posted by jhilt123 on 06/29/2016 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (6/22/16)

Well Julie, as far as "the courage to say yes" to this totally out-of-scale project which requires us to change the newly-established Zoning as set forth in Plan BTV - why would it be courage? You think we are a mob of anti-progress know-nothings at these City meetings? We show up by the dozens because we know that if the Mayor and Mr. Sinex have their way, Burlington will no longer be a livable city. Have you experienced the traffic problems we have already? This project would make them worse. Affordable housing? As Tony Redington has detailed in many letters, that's already being taken care of, and vacancy rates are going up. Pine St. dead-ends at a gigantic building which houses the Burlington Free Press, and will never be re-connected (as Mr. Sinex has proposed) without its demolition (which has never been mentioned). There is a bill of goods being sold the City Council and Planning Commission, and it is a courageous act to question it. Check out the details, if you are interested. This gift horse has bad teeth.

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Posted by stickinthemud on 06/29/2016 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Vermont Mayors Coalition Calls for Universal Background Checks

8 mayors ?? Where?? All I see is 4 liberal mayors, the biggest socialist liberal standing up front, Mr Whinnyberger himself.. The 4 idiot mayors who are having these "refugees" coming into their cities..Hey you idiots leave us law abiding gun owners don't like Vermont laws then by all means GTFO of Vermont..We don't need your kind..Vermont has the lowest gun violence in the Nation..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/29/2016 at 5:29 PM

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