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Re: “Norwich University Band to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

Slowly, but surely we creep along the road toward fascism.

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Posted by bellota on 01/16/2017 at 2:00 PM

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

Genese Grill got caught trying to run a dirty campaign and stir up negativity against her opponent by impersonating an anonymous commenter online, and her defense is that she's been using her real name on her campaign page? I would certainly hope so! If she *really* wanted to use her own name, surely she could easily find the account info button at the top of this very page?

However, this appears similar to her usual modus operandi of relentlessly spamming the Front Porch Forum with anti-mall material, which many believe led to that campaign's failure because people were put off by her long-winded posts there, often exceeding 10-15 pages daily. This abuse of public forums is quite in keeping with the political strategies of a post-Trump era. Grill also tried to sabotage Bernie's campaign by smearing his wife during the election because of a personal grudge over being unceremoniously fired from her last academic post, years ago. She didn't care if Bernie, whom she supported, lost; her only small-minded and petty goal was to keep Jane Sanders out of the White House as First Lady (see http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/jane-says-sanders-secret-weapon-or-a-political-liability/Content?oid=2670992).

However, if she doesn't get her way, we may expect to see this city council hopeful collapsing on the floor of the police station in tears again, which is where she was observed last summer after another failed campaign to stop the air show. Burlington, please dig deeper and ask yourselves who you really want having access to city government?

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Posted by VivaONE on 01/16/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Jane Says: Sanders' Secret Weapon or a Political Liability?

Genese Grills defense is that shes been using her real name on her campaign page? I would certainly hope so! That does not excuse her from getting caught trying to run a dirty campaign and trying to stir up negativity against her opponent by impersonating an anonymous commenter online. Surely, she could easily find the account info button at the top of this page if she really wanted to use her own name?

However, this is in keeping with her usual modus operandi of relentlessly spamming the Front Porch Forum with her anti-mall propaganda, which many believe led to the failure of that campaign because people were put off by her long-winded rants there, which often exceeded 10-15 pages . This abuse of public forums is quite in keeping with the political strategies of a post-Trump era. Genese also tried to sabotage Bernies campaign by smearing his wife during the election because of a personal grudge over being unceremoniously fired from her last academic post, years ago. She didnt care if Bernie, whom she supported, lost; her only small-minded and petty goal was to keep Jane Sanders out of the White House as First Lady (see http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/jane-says-sanders-secret-weapon-or-a-political-liability/Content?oid=2670992).

However, if she doesnt get her way, we may expect to see this city council hopeful collapsing on the floor of the police station in tears again, which is where she was observed last summer after another failed campaign to stop the air show. Burlington, please dig deeper and ask yourselves who you really want having access to city government?

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Posted by VivaONE on 01/16/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Scott Plans to Merge Labor and Commerce, Lottery and Liquor

Wow. who squealed to 7 Days?

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Posted by Tom A. on 01/16/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Norwich University Band to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

Well, I don't think it's a honor to "celebrate" a clown taking office in the White House, but I can understand why an organization aligned with our military would chose not to make a political statement of such proportions by refusing the invitation. Not that Norwich would, but I don't take this as an endorsement as much as it is a part of the identity of the school.

But everything about this inauguration is sad, sorry, and ludicrous, when viewed in the light of reality. Mr. Trump is not qualified for this. He is not an credible voice for our country. He is a charlatan in business and now in politics. That's not my opinion -- anyone who has been aware of him for the past three decades is well aware of who and what he is.

If we have no options short of armed resistance or military coup to prevent him from taking this office [him and the cadre of hyper-Right-Wing operatives who come with this package] -- and those extreme remedies are certainly OUT, being ways to destroy the very thing we'd like to preserve: Our Democracy! -- then we must deal with this transition as it takes place, resist the man in office, vote the blighters out at the first opportunity, and ... soldier on. [Sorry for a pun at such a sad time.]

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Posted by Pat Goudey O'Brien on 01/16/2017 at 9:21 AM

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

BTW, who has been engaging in a "negative smear campaign"? The smears were thrown by CLC, the anti-Mall allies, and the Weinberger haters. Just look at Comrade Petrarca's and others' name-calling on this thread alone:

Capitalist exploitation
Weinberger=Trumpist
Developer
Cutthroat
Twerp
Multi-millionaire
Gentrification agenda
Neo-fascist

If that isn't smearing people just because they have different ideas from you, I don't know what is. The fact is that the Mayor has put up with this name-calling for months and months without responding. Now your mad that the guy you've been smearing for months is mad? Really?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/16/2017 at 9:20 AM

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

Headline: "Politician Critiques Mayor's Speech Before Seeing Or Hearing It. Then Lashes Out At Critics"

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/16/2017 at 9:02 AM

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

Also: who is it running a negative campaign here? We are not the ones calling people who voted yes on the mall vote anti-environmental, anti-senior, anti-labor, anti-affordable housing. We are not the ones calling almost half of the citizens of the city a "reactionary fringe". Criticism where criticism is due is a duty of all citizens. Negative smear campaigns are something else.

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Posted by Sud End on 01/16/2017 at 8:24 AM

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

Excuse me, " Know Your Assumptions," my Sud End name happens to be connected to an old Facebook account which has since been changed to my real name. But it comes up this way on the comments...I don't know why. As anyone who knows me knows, I am happy to express my criticisms, have done so on my campaign page, in the newspaper, and openly at city meetings, and have been doing so for years. My first comment came after reading about the Mayor's speech. I was reacting to quotes in the newspaper. The second came after watching the speech. Have a nice day.

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Posted by Sud End on 01/16/2017 at 8:21 AM

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

SEB8085 isn't commenting pseudonymously on an article about himself or herself!

What's even more amazing is that Grill's second comment here (8:36) pm shows that she criticized the Mayor's speech before she had even seen it.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/16/2017 at 8:15 AM

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

Is that seb8085 hiding behind a pseudonym????!
Hypocritical? Negative? Credible?

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Posted by Michael Long on 01/16/2017 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Norwich University Band to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

I am happy to hear that the Norwich cadets will be representing Vermont in the Inauguration ceremonies in Washington on Friday. It is an honor to be invited to participate in the peaceful transition of power that has made the United States unique in the nations of the world. Norwich can be justly proud of its history of providing America with leaders in all fields and especially in the United States Military.

I'm sure that there are more than a few names of Norwich Alumni on the Vietnam Wall in Washington as well as on every list of men and women who have sacrificed so that Americans can live in peace and freedom at home.

Congratulations on the invite and march proud.

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Posted by alpha1six on 01/15/2017 at 11:06 PM

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

FYI, the person posting as "Sud End" is Genese Grill- the person running against Jane Knodell! Why doesn't she use her real name here, instead of trolling as a "commenter" with negative things to say about the other side?! Please, if you're going to run a negative campaign, at least own it, instead of hiding under a pseudonym!

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Posted by seb8085 on 01/15/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

"Efficiencies and studios now cost more per month than a two bedroom did in 2012, and that's outrageous. It is pure profit-taking by the city's landlords with precious little improvement in the housing."

You apparently skipped Economics 101. It's about supply and demand. Costs and rents for housing in Burlington are outrageous because more people want to live there and there hasn't been any new housing construction in Burlington in decades. And yet you and your anti-everything friends whine every time Mayor Weinberger tries to add more desperately-needed housing units to the city, or when a developer wants to build housing units on a piece of private -- yes, PRIVATE -- land behind the former Burlington College.

You don't solve the supply and demand housing problem with rent control. You do it by adding housing units to the city across the entire income spectrum: luxury, medium, and low-income. And in Burlington that means going up, as in taller buildings.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/15/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Sends $85.5 Million Budget to Voters

Townie: Here's a link to an analysis Dr. Art Woolf did in 2014 of Vermont's school's performance:

https://vtdigger.org/2014/04/15/art-woolf-…


He concludes, "Vermonts education systems performance is, at best, about average for the nation and a case could be made that its not as good as the national average. Thats far below what most Vermont policymakers, parents, and taxpayers believe to be the case. Vermont does not get a better performing education system in return for its very high education expenditures. We should all be concerned about why that is the case."

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Posted by Chip Morgan on 01/15/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Norwich University Band to Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

As a Norwich grad myself, I am very proud of my school and happy that they get this opportunity! I don't know where all the hate for Norwich is coming from... It's an amazing school with amazing people that prepared me for the REAL world and not your bubble wrapped fantasy land so many seem to live in. Say what you will, but unless you went there and know what it's really like, you may want to keep your negative comments to yourself because really you just come off as ignorant and arrogant.

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Posted by Kevin Thibault on 01/14/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

The article assures us that "Despite all the ink spilled over the state's supposedly high tax burden, Vermont's effective tax rate is roughly average" according to a study by a left-leaning think tank, setting us up to agree with Senate President Ashe later intimating that we should solve poverty in Vermont by a tax-based transfer of wealth from those who have to those who don't. I think most Vermonters would rather their politicians figure out how to get them a good job rather than a handout. And most peoples experience living in Vermont tells them that taxes are NOT average. The personal finance website Wallethub calculates that Vermont ties Maine in having the 3rd highest taxes in the nation when you measure taxes as a percentage of total personal income in the state (wallethub.com/edu/states-with-highest-lowest-tax-burden/20494/)

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Posted by Neo on 01/14/2017 at 8:56 PM

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

Oh, Mr. Petrarca, you are a genius! Your inspired parody of tired, old American socialist radicals is priceless! I remember reading about these deluded old-time activists in history class in college! "Reds," they were called. And "Wobblies." They were so nave! They actually fell for their own slogans! But as we know the world moved on! I love your creative use of propaganda terms like "pro 1% gentrification agenda," "Orwellian doublespeak," "build the grassroots campaign," "Fight neo-liberal capitalism," and "fight neo-fascism." Genius, I say! Pure genius! Please, keep us laughing! Thanks!

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/14/2017 at 7:11 PM

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

A tempting fantasy considering the current direction of the federal government. Reality hits when you consider that Vermont receives from the Federal government an amount equivalent to 33.6% of the general fund revenues (taxfoundation.org). Oh, but we get to keep the taxes that we pay to the Feds so we're better off? Not quite. Vermont receives $2.05 in Federal spending for every $1.00 paid in federal taxes (mises.org).

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Posted by Neo on 01/14/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Sends $85.5 Million Budget to Voters

$85,500,000/3800 students=$22,368 dollars spent per student. This is nuts, and the financial hole these spends and accounting shell games are creating pretty much ensures there will be no city worth living in for our children. To cover, taxes will go up, home values down, taxes will need to go up more, and home values down more - a slow but vicious collapse to the bottom. Its time to cut the administrative fluff and ancillary programs, and focus instead on core academics.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Russell Beste on 01/14/2017 at 6:28 PM

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