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Congrats to Adam- We know firsthand how monumental a move of a farm can be. Great job and looking forward to coming out there to pick some organic berries!
Interesting how out of touch some people are. Lindley points out GMO labeling as an issue that is a liberal priority, but polls and voters and calls and letters to the editor all indicated that GMO labeling was supported across the political spectrum.
I would only add that many legislators also support a more sane policy. I have supported legalizing, taxing and regulating it for years. Finally I think we are moving in that direction. If we bring it above board and out of the "black (sic)" market, then we can help those few that have real troubles with over use, and we can use the tremendous revenue for helping our state with a variety of issues. Some can be used for prevention of use of more serious drugs and some can be used for economic development, or other good needs. Rather than spending state resources against this recreational use, we should be turning the issue around and managing it responsibly.
I am sure I will bring on some arrows, but I sincerely hope that the City finds a way to retain ownership of BT. With a historical reference to Burlington Electric, I think it is important to remember that at one time that utility was an economic dog for the city (when it first was started). However, with hindsight, I would doubt there are many who would want to sell it off. We have some of the lowest residential bills anywhere around (because of smart investment in efficiency as well as good power planning and purchasing) and the utility actually generates revenue for the City.
In the same way, BT will one day do the same. Already BT has enabled Burlington to attract hundreds (if not more than a thousand) of jobs to the City in the IT field. Our system is regularly rated as one of the best and fastest in the country. Could/should the economics have been handled better, sure. But lets not let the past take away from what we can and should have in the future. Over time, the money will come back to the city in many ways, and in some ways some of it already has. It is an easy political football to make hay from. But I would hope our leaders would think strategically in the long term rather than continuing to look for short term political victories.
I applaud Mayor Weinberger for successfully helping guide us through the legal process to get to this point. But I do think it is a different vision to look to sell it rather than keep it as a public asset.
What is so frustrating about this piece is that Wolf Blitzer did not moderate it. Rep. Bachman repeatedly interrupted Sen. Sanders and Blitzer kept allowing it. At some point reasonable people can disagree, but need to be respectful. Rep. Bachman made no attempt to allow Sen. Sanders to finish his thoughts, nor answer his specific questions. Typical words with no meaning out of her mouth.