Ma 
Member since Oct 3, 2012

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

Re: “Burlington Telecom Deal Faces State Scrutiny

Is it just me - or does it seem like BT should be sold for $23 Million? In other words, the $6 million figure PLUS the $17 million owed to the Burlington Tax Payers... Anything less seems to be a fantasy figure dreamed up that doesn't represent the actual amount that BT is 'worth' (though it could possibly be even more in market value) that would create a huge potential windfall to folks like Pecor, while leaving Tax Payers hanging out to dry.

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Posted by Ma on 07/24/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Boy Scouts Bow Out of Montpelier Parade Over National Policy on Gay Leaders

Which is better, to learn that the group you're in has some shameful practices now, or to invest much of your youth into what tastes like a lie you repeated for years? According to the BSA, "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." - and by gum it's true! However, it doesn't mean the group hiding behind those scouts is. Montpelier tabled a discussion and asked for a conversation, but the only message sent was from the local leaders to Montpelier was that no conversation would be taking place. Is that the kind of leadership the BSA is teaching youth today?

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Posted by Ma on 07/02/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Winooski Plans to Improve Arteries

I love most of the changes in Downtown Winooski - including those at the Mill. The current tenants are preserving a wonderful treasure in that building. The one shortsighted direction in the changes at the Mill would be that no large trucks can make deliveries - limiting the types of businesses that could be there. I only state this because the glaring omission in Winooski's downtown is a real grocery store (there are a few convenience stores with a very limited selection of staple items). Another restaurant is great, but most Winooski residents can't afford to eat out for every meal - I know I can't. Many agree that Winooski has moved in the right direction. I can walk from one end of town to the other, bike with relative safety through much of the area (the circle being the exception - though I can walk through safely) - but living in a food desert is a challenge that shouldn't have gone this long without a resolution. In such a concentrated community it seems there's no lack of customer base.

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Posted by Ma on 06/17/2014 at 12:30 PM

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