leaterhune 
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Re: “Burlington Mall Opponents Sue to Get Vote Result Tossed

$250 million mall redevelopment? Much criticism arose over the frequent use of this general description of the project which required rezoning of the town center property. Critics claimed the label was not technically accurate. If it were used in a ballot question, it could have invalidated the question.

Truthful ballot language is a legal issue that is adjudicated in court. It is not a popularity contest. All voters should be glad that CLC is willing to fight for our right to be told the truth on the ballot. Flyers and newspaper ads can lie, there's no law against that. But ballot language is prescribed by law, and the voter's right to a truthful presentation is protected.

12 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 11/23/2016 at 12:53 AM
Posted by leaterhune on 11/03/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Jane Sanders Calls Shumlin’s Clinton Endorsement ‘Worthless’

What Shumlin's endorsement did was earn him disfavor among Vermonters. Already an unpopular governor, he sank even lower, and now he is pulling a good candidate down with him.

23 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/20/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Parent: Burlington School Board Member’s Facebook Page 'Spews Forth Hatred'

A few years ago, there was a call for City Council to create a procedure for recall of public officials. Without recall, we can't remove an official who misappropriates funds or is convicted of a crime, never mind for tweets like these by school commissioner David Kirk, or for what Kurt Wright calls the inappropriate and offensive language of Michael McGarghan who has called for lynching President Obama. With so many young families moving to the nNE, wouldn't you think we could choose more appropriate and inspirational people to represent us?

https://vtdigger.org/2016/10/18/burlington…

23 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/19/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “‘Unity Campaign’ of Burlington Councilors Backs Ballot Items

Vote NO on #3 and #4 if you think 14 stories and up to 185ft is too tall.. There is a Plan B: "Were the project to be scaled back, Sinex said HFF could recalibrate and continue to solicit fewer lenders and investors." http://vtdigger.org/2016/07/30/burlington-…

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/12/2016 at 11:28 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Burlington Developer Proposes Adjustable 'Rod of Outrage'

This piece is clever but don't laugh. How you see our city growing now, and whether the public financing mechanism (TIF) is acceptable, is coming to the voters.

$27.5 million for capital projects (Ballot Item #1), $21 million for TIF "indebtedness" related to newly proposed zoning (Ballot Items #3 and #4) and then a $65 million bond request on March ballot to repair neglected educational facilities. Deferred maintenance is just one consequence of TIFs.

Can we do it all? If not, what can be scaled down? Vote your priorities, vote what you can afford.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/08/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Since May, 10 ‘Black Lives Matter’ Signs Stolen From Rokeby Museum

Yea Jane! Living history! No cobwebs in that historic Rokeby House with you in charge. Right on sister. 👏

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/03/2016 at 10:34 PM

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