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I agree with Mark Lade. 32 years of service, knowing the ins and outs of the City, I would vote for Goodkind. What are Weinberger's qualifications anyways except helping to bring the F-35's in, not listening to neighborhoods and families saying WE DON'T WANT THEM and instead, siding with his big business friends and helping them prosper. Burlington needs someone who cares for its people, the integrity of the City while moving forward. This is one race in March I will be watching closely....
Are you kidding me? Staffers making the decisions for the Sex Offender's registry? And still in the "proposal" stage, according to Flynn. What are these people doing all day? Looks like another dept. that needs to be totally revamped. What a waste of our tax payer's money....
Vermonters were sending a clear message to Shumlin of our disappointment and his decisions for us...the health care system, fracking, his personal property gain, his numerous travelling excursions to promote HIS future political ambitions and his economic choices which still results in high taxes, non-sustainable jobs and monies to live on in this state. Shumlin's words and promises are not always followed through. For these reasons, I did not support him. I think he also felt he had it in the bag and that Leahy's campaign ads for him, lauding all his achievements and trustworthiness would seal the deal but actually, it did the opposite for me. It was rather gratifying to see how Shumlin was so shocked that the results between he and Milne were so close. It will be interesting to see if he is given the title of Governor in January (probably) and if this "wake up" call will produce any results...
I commend Milne for admitting that Shumlin did finally win, BUT it was not by a great margin. I myself did not support Shumlin for many reasons which I think he has craftily smoke screened over the years. Maybe this is the wake up call he needed to remember that his top priority as Governor, should be Vermonters. His "contrite" speech at City Hall seemed to indicate that as he was quite surprised over the closeness of the race as he arrogantly felt it would be a shoe in. It did send a very clear message that we expected more. Shumlin needs to stay home and stop canvassing the country for his own future political aspirations. Through his leadership, he needs to not only speak the words and promises but to also follow through. One example, is declaring his strong stance against drugs, yet helping to cut the budgets that would combat it. He needs to improve our environment, our tax system and employment status which will make it possible for Vermonters to stay in this state and live comfortably with long lasting, sustainable jobs and not think that approving a loud and dangerous military plane presence (which many still oppose) nor a potential gas processing state (which many will oppose) is the "fix" to our economic problems. Maybe he should take a cue from Gov. Cuomo in New York. He needs to relook at our health care insurance system and make it affordable for all. As Governor, Shumlin needs to make WISER decisions FOR VERMONT. Sadly, I think Milne would have done a better job....
Kudos to the Burlington City Council to ban smoking on the Church Street Marketplace! As far as Lee Stirling's comments as it being "discrimination" or a "back handed way" to address this problem, I do not believe so...it is a health hazard. I am not a smoker therefore I do not need to breathe in someone else's secondhand smoke. To smokers, yes, it is your choice to smoke but it is not mine to breathe in cancer causing substances so how is it your right to impose that on me? I am tired of seeing discarded cigarette butts on the downtown sidewalks or sitting outside at the restaurant cafes on a beautiful Vermont summer day and watching you thoughtlessly, blow smoke my way as I am trying to enjoy my lunch. I am tired of standing in line and breathing in your nicotine infused clothes and breath as you try to talk to me...be respectful, please. And for your own health, please quit...you will feel better, save money and live longer...So thank you once again to BCC for banning smoking...my lungs are grateful!
Didn't vote for Shumlin before, nor this time. Ironic that "it was a wake up" call for him as he has been too busy promoting his own interests, private land holdings, numerous excursions outside of Vermont promoting his future runs for who know's what. He should have been leading the way in getting Vermont into a healthy economic (take a cue from New York's Gov. Cuomo) environmental and health insurance shape. Had to shake my head at some of his re-election ads, lauded by Leahy....tough on drugs (Shumlin is the one that reduces the budget for social workers, community services, and human service programs) employment (that is why so many young people are leaving the state as they can't find a decent job and taxes, houses are so high). I think Milne is a breath of fresh air...and I hope in January, the legislature gives him the governorship.
Too bad that the BFP could not maintain the same caliber of writing as Hallenbeck displayed in the "farewell" speech...sad, but the BFP does need a shake up from its poorly written, grammatically incorrect and typo written articles but "axing" the journalists and reports on local education, and government issues is wrong. Isn't this suppose to be a Vermont newspaper? I still say they should take note from Seven Days which is an excellent weekly paper with thought provoking, well written and community articles and not bulked up with advertisement inserts (and THEY use their spell checker and edit the articles BEFORE it goes to print!)
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