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Re: “Bayberry Commons Hopes to Grow Burlington's Housing Market — and a Community

Wow, a huge, expensive housing project to be near the airport, the F-16's and the louder, low flying F-35's that are coming, which everyone associated with this development, forgets to remind people of. Instead, they cover the fact by adding high end fixtures, planting fruit trees, offering underground parking, and nature walks to Winooski ....It will be interesting to hear how the tenants like the noise levels when they are paying $1,500 - $2,000+ a month for an apartment rental? Just ask Winooski who has done the same thing with their "newer" complexes in the flight path...The façade only lasts for a while until reality sets in...

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 10/08/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

So much for the integrity of one of the VTANG F-16 pilots and a Lt. Colonel at that. I hope this incident is not covered up and he pays restitution for all the services and man hours that were needed to follow through on this accident AND let's hope he is are not one of the designated fliers of the F-35's....

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 09/24/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “At Campaign Kickoff, Milne Calls Leahy Beholden to Special Interests

Leahy spokesman, Jay Tilton says "While Mr. Milne believes this race is about Sen. Leahy, Sen. Leahy believes this race is about the issues facing Vermonters....." Sen. Leahy is our representative, so yes, this race is about him and the job he is doing. Do you know what these issues are any more, Sen. Leahy? How about working to make Vermont affordable so our children can stay here and not move away as it is too tax driven and expensive? Why aren't you pushing for higher business incentives (like New York) to lure companies to our state for good paying, secure jobs that will benefit everyone and not just a few? Why did you support the F-35's basing in Burlington? Why did you not consider the thousands of families in Winooski, So. Burlington, Burlington, Richmond, etc. who will be impacted negatively with these high military planes flying over our residential neighborhoods, endangering our health and environment with noise, pollution and putting us "Vermonters" at a high safety risk BEFORE you cut that military/political deal? What about affordable healthcare for ALL Vermonters? What about the ever increasing drug problem so our beautiful state will not be labelled as an opiate haven? I think Sen. Leahy did a good job but after 42 years, he is too comfortable in Washington with his cronies, and only throwing us Vermonters a good deed now and then. It is time for him to retire and we need new blood, new ideas, etc. to move our wonderful state forward.....Milne has my vote!

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 09/12/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “South Burlington School Bans Homework, Urges Kids to Play

My young grandson has school all day, comes home, has assignments, school projects that absolutely require an adult's help, and totals an extra 2 to 3 hours every evening. Is that necessary? Where does that leave time for family or just "down" time? Oh, and sports once a week. I agree with the no homework rule. I think the children get enough when they are at school with a good accountable teacher which puts the emphasis back on TEACHING...perhaps a reading project with a report or a research of a topic that sparks their interest should be in place every two weeks instead of 2+ hours of homework every night....Ridiculous!

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 09/09/2016 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Judge Dismisses F-35 Lawsuit, Paving Way for Jets to Arrive

"The F-35's will fly out of the Burlington International Airport, nearly 5,500 times a year..." I think it is a sad, sad day for the people of Winooski, South Burlington, Burlington and Williston who will be affected by the F-35's loud, deafening noise, low dangerous flying maneuvers, environmental and health impacts and potential crashes. I am sure these neighborhoods will thank our representatives Leahy, Sanders, Welch, etc. who were instrumental in supporting and bringing these military planes to Burlington and now Judge Crawford WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THESE AREAS and therefore, will not experience these negative results. Again, a sad, sad day for the families and people whose voices and concerns were not heard or considered...

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 08/11/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Winooski Development Projects Face Parking Squeeze

Why are the Winooski reps so intent on taking every tiny bit of open land and cramming in multi-storied apartment complexes, and now a hotel and performance center? And this is all in a concentrated small area surrounding the Champlain Mill. Not to forget, that this congested area is also in the flight path, where the airplanes begin their descent or ascending on take off and fly incredibly close to the buildings in that area. You are forced to hear the ear splitting after burners of the F-16's as they do their low flying maneuvers and now the huge F-35's will be "gracing" the Winooski skies with their bomb and gas ladened planes, increasing the noise level, pollution and potential crash risk. I do echo the many concerns about parking. Of course, Dubroff is pushing hard for his hotel approval which will be right by the bridge and he understates the parking issue but it is a HUGE problem and adding more high storied buildings and more businesses, complicates an already "busting at the seams" parking problem. Thank you to Mr, Tarrant for being the voice of reason (maybe you should run for city manager?) in pointing out the obvious. Is the development purely greed, poor planning by our reps or what? I wonder what future building plans they have for the tiny park by the roundabout? As a resident of Winooski, I am disappointed.....

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 06/03/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “New Performance Venue Planned in Thriving Downtown Winooski

What is it about Winooski and its development? It seems like every little space around that area is cause for high rises, businesses, MORE restaurants and more congestion. And I echo the concern of parking and the rotary, which are total nightmares. Winooski can't even handle the parking of the existing businesses and housing in that clustered area as it is. Not to mention, Winooski is right in the flight path of the F-16's and the huge F-35's are coming, with all that noise, increased low flying maneuvers and potential crashes. Big plans for a very small area. Does the community really want this? Or will this be another scenario where the residents of a town voice their concerns, are not considered, and it is done anyways?

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 05/19/2016 at 4:03 PM

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