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Re: “Edward Snowden Takes Center Stage at Middlebury College

If media and students were prohibited from photographing or recording any part of the conversation, then who took these photos?

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/17/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Not So Fast: Opposition to Appeal Burlington Town Center Permit

The mayor is right. Appeals are part of the process. If the process was rigged, careless, or scammy, it likely comes out on appeal.

The original mass model of the project had incorrect data that CLC questioned, and recently CLC learned that the sun/shadow analysis was, well, the word used was fraudulent. It's important to catch errors, and when a process has been pushed and politicized, mistakes happen. It's wise to "measure twice, and cut once."

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/14/2017 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 16 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

"The other officer, Nicholas Rienzi, is not facing discipline." Why?

Reinzi knew, and was party to the lie. Is this kind of collusion common?

"Do you smell anything?" Rienzi asked.

Lopez: "No. I mean, I can if I need to, but I don't like going that way if I can't back it up,"

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/12/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Two Burlington Council Members Pay a Colleague for Campaign Work

Shannon said she feels more indebted to campaign volunteers who turn out in the snow and the rain to do literature drops? I see that the mayor emailed voters, asking them to volunteer to help with the campaigns of his slate -- Knodell, Shannon, Deane. This, and hiring a fellow councilor, is dirty business. Of course it is an ethics violation. The pollution of Trumpian ethics permeates City Council and the Mayor's office.

Voters can do something about it -- elect Grill, Simpson, and Winkleman. We need residents on City Council, not lobbyists, operatives, and the mayor's rubber stamps.

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/03/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

Keep focus on local government. Check our local government process:

"He isn't waiting for due diligence and deliberation and task forces and special cabinets. He cares not for your 'informed decisions' as he controls the debate via Twitter and fires government functionaries [elected officials, dept heads, members of boards and commissions] whose actions displease him." Who/what does this describe?

Controlling the debate in Burlington is easy because we have such weak media. Example, a Freep article today about a bypass and a parkway ignores opposition and reads like a paid promo piece. The article does not mention or interview residents who advocate for a better idea that is cheaper, safer, and less disruptive of neighborhood connectivity, "Pine Street Coalition, Let's Do it Right." http://www.safestreetsburlington.com/2016/…

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Posted by leaterhune on 02/02/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Burlington Activist to Challenge Council President Knodell

Too often when people serve in any elected position too long, they become members of the club and no longer identify with (or represent) the people who elected them. Look at how they vote. Sharon Bushor is a rare exception. Genese Grill's opponent is not.

Genese will bring a resident's petspective to City Council. She will be faithful to the values of the Central District, and will work well with Councilor Tracy. She will bring energy and independence to a council that tpday acts like the mayor's private club.

Genese is not timid. She will fight for the people in her district and for all who want a council that serves as a balance to over-reaching power. People all over the city are counting on Wards 2 and 3 to send Genese' strong, independent voice to the council table.

57 likes, 70 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 01/11/2017 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

Good idea to hold January meeting of the Alliance at Salvation Army -- a lunch meeting. Suggest they mix with people during lunch and meet after.

Posted by leaterhune on 01/01/2017 at 10:04 PM

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