Eric J 
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Re: “Burlington College Selling Much of Its Lakefront Campus

So because of mismanaging do-gooders in over their heads, a marginal education institution buys itself time but Burlington permanently loses a gem.
At the very least the property ought to be put up for competitive proposals. You know who people turn to when they find themselves between a financial rock and a hard place? Loan sharks. Think this is any different?

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Posted by Eric J on 10/21/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “CCTA: Drivers Made "Credible" Offer, Negotiations Imminent

Wouldn't it be nice to know some of the issues, even better the relevant facts?

Such as:

1) What do the bus drivers make per hour compared to those of other municipalities?
2) Same vein: How do their benefits compare to their kindred workers elsewhere?
3) What are the sticking points?
4) One sticking point is the cameras on the buses. Given that recent research has shown that dashboard cams vindicate police against ambulance-chasing lawyers NINETY PERCENT of the time, what possible reason do the drivers have to not want them on board?

Without such information how can we, the public, who subsidize CCTA with our taxes, know who's right or wrong?

Eric Johnson

Posted by Eric J on 03/27/2014 at 10:02 PM

Re: “As Bus Drivers Picket, Commuters Scramble — and Walk

How evil can the CCTA management be? They are a NON-PROFIT fer cryin out loud! Incompetent, perhaps. Poor decision-makers? Good chance. But EVIL? No. I don't believe it. The drivers, on the other hand, belong to that lilly-white organization called......drumroll......THE TEAMSTERS!!! Read anything about that bunch? Jiffy Hoffa ring a bell?

Guess what, drivers, you're needed more in the morning when people are going to school or work and in the afternoons when people are leaving school or work to go home. What part of that do you not understand? I am in the construction business. Right now half of our work is second shift--it was either that or no work. Someone else would have done it. We made the shift sacrifice to keep working, simple as that. It's a sacrifice.

Zero driver sympathy from this crusty warthog.

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Posted by Eric J on 03/18/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Regroups After Town Meeting Day Drubbing

Off topic but oh-so-telling: five flags in the photo not one of which is American. Oh, that's right: we're the People's Republic. We spiritually seceded from those big bad bullies at some city council meeting, right? ANY country is better than the U S of A. Just ask Howard Zinn whose view of American history is de rigeur in our school district. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of the Universe...

On topic: The Moran plant needs to become a casino. The proceeds will pay the Cartel--I'm sorry--the teacher's union, whatever it wants. Win win. We'll have better paid educators than Harvard Law. Think what that will do to our kid's test scores! Our district might even pass all the acceptable progress exams the state gives its school districts (something we don't normally do). Eat your heart out Akwesasne!

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Posted by Eric J on 03/14/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Back to School in Winooski the Day After a Gunman Scare

jc, We did get them in. Turns out one was born in California so getting his birth certificate was a bit of an ordeal. Both are now working in the plant.
In a nutshell, people seem to be clueless when it comes to evaluating real threats. They see bad things on the internet or TV and assume it's like that everywhere, when it isn't. About 300 people have been shot in U.S. schools in the last 30 years while distracted driving--largely cell phone use--kills 1,500 a year. If people were serious about reducing mayhem and unnecessary deaths in this country, they would relax about this school shooting nonsense and stop texting/talking while driving.

Posted by Eric Johnson on 11/19/2013 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Back to School in Winooski the Day After a Gunman Scare

I should not have singled her out, you're right.
Terrifying circumstances? There were no guys with guns, Tim. It was a false alarm.
I have no idea what new horrors and atrocities you are referring to that could possibly be worse than the fire bombings of Tokyo or Dresden (tens of thousands dead in one night) or the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (more tens of thousands in a 24 hour period) or the battle of Verdun in WW 1 (close to a million casualties--one battle!) or of Stalingrad in WW 2 (hundreds of thousands dead). Six million Jews died in the Holocaust; Stalin killed even more of his own countrymen than that. So what, precisely, do you have in mind that is so much worse that we now have to face?

Posted by Eric Johnson on 11/19/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Back to School in Winooski the Day After a Gunman Scare

Tim, We are letting security--and those who benefit from it--dominate our society. Right now I am struggling to get my painters through a security vetting process at a manufacturing plant. Two have been rejected so far. Why? Their proof of citizenship was inadequate. These guys were born in Vermont and have lived here their whole lives, but because someone in a cubicle somewhere in the U.S. came up with greater security restrictions, they can't get in the plant to work.
We were once painting a shopping center when a woman smelled the material and felt faint. A store employee called 911 and in came the panic mongers. The shopping center was shut down, the woman was rushed to the hospital, and all the customers were checked by EMTs--with the exception of one group: my painters, the very group most exposed to the paint fumes. Upshot: the woman was fine, nothing was deemed wrong with the material we were using, and I had a first hand experience with what hysteria can do.
Fortunately while rushing this hysterical woman to the hospital the young guys at the wheel of the ambulance didn't flatten some kid crossing the road. These ever-more-frequent security/panic events do have those kinds of consequences. Innocent people get hurt and even killed by over-zealous responders. Happens a lot, in fact.
Sorry, but I have no idea what you meant by your "Boy in the Bubble" reference. I wasn't commenting on it, if that's why you got hissy with me.
Eric Johnson

Posted by Eric Johnson on 11/18/2013 at 7:41 PM

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