Ma 
Member since Oct 3, 2012

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Re: “What comfort food are you tired of seeing on menus?

I would eat at a restaurant with only the items from your comfort food poll any day of the week... In other words - I am tired of exactly NONE of those.

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Posted by Ma on 12/03/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “City Council Snuffs Smoking on Church Street

This is the same City Council that doesn't seem to think the F-35 is an issue, though science shows there are actual health impacts from the jets 'second hand' noise? Noise that exposes all the residents in neighborhoods around Burlington's airport to a 65dB average sound level. Don't think an 'average' sound of 65 dB seems like much? Strap a vacuum cleaner to your leg (roughly the distance at which a vacuum cleaner is at a 65 dB level) and running 365 days a year - see what the impact on your quality of life is. However, the F-35 is far worse than that - creating sounds sound levels (measured in Tucson) of ~ 124 dB at 1,000 feet. That's noisy enough that neighboring states have said that no F-35's can fly lower than 5,000 feet in their airspace (the noise level would still be at ~104 dB at that elevation). In Contrast, the F-16's are allowed to have sorties as low as 1,000 feet above sea level in our neighboring states where the sound is measured at ~ 96 dB. Yep - those cigarettes have got to go because they might be an annoyance.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ma on 11/12/2014 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Burlington Police Describe Violent Incident After Video Posted Online

It's easy to watch a short video clip of a man lying on the street and think of him as being defenseless, and that the police are in the wrong. However, the police are REACTING to this man's violent actions - where he struck a man with no warning and caused him to fall to the ground. He was accosted by police after they responded to a call and he attempted to flee. Police have the obligation to take that man into custody and, if needed, to respond with force to do so. This man was not responding to vocal commands, not responding to Taser and these blows which are not to critical areas - from what I can tell. It definitely appears the police were taking control of the situation in an appropriate manner. Kudos to the BPD in this situation. Job well done.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 11/04/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “What's your favorite apple variety?

Empire seems missing from this list... and is there anyone who finds Red Delicious even close to delicious?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 09/25/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Yacovone Out at Department for Children and Families

Good luck Mr. Yacovone. Kudos to doing a great job and bringing the human element to a job that surely needed it. As the previous comment states, whoever has hired you is very lucky - and the state was lucky to have had you in the position for so long.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 09/05/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Sanders Tells Disruptive Members of Town Hall Meeting Crowd to "Shut Up!"

While 'Shut Up' was a poor choice of words by Bernie, it was a room full of poorly chosen and fairly angry words, and it seems that Bernie was doing his best to have his time respected and provide answers to the questions. Note how he didn't come down to the floor to be 'democratic' (which sounded more like an invitation to fisticuffs than real democracy). I disagree with another comment here that the ISIS topic was a distraction - it appeared to be a comparison of the issues relative to that segment of the globe and how that has to be on his mind in the decisions he makes that are outside of Vermont.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ma on 08/22/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “A Boutique Hotel Proposed for Winooski's Roundabout

I'm not against the Hotel, though I would heartily welcome a modest grocery. If the parking is solved (underneath the hotel preferably) a hotel might actually give another reason (in the form of tax profits to the state) to improve pedestrian traffic safety (as would a grocery!) Thankfully the state is already planning to do work to modify the roundabout and, basically, put in place the engineers' original design. Winooski is a vibrant and eclectic area - anyone who avoids it is probably doing a service to those of us who go there to enjoy all it has to offer.

Posted by Ma on 07/28/2014 at 9:12 AM

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