Chris in S. Burlington 
Member since Feb 26, 2014


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Re: “Vermont Public Television Board Defends Leadership, Releases Report on Closed Meetings

Sadly, VPT will never be getting another donation from me given Mackenzie's role on their board. She has been absolutely toxic for South Burlington. Politics in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, where Mackenzie previously resided until 3 or 4 years ago, are famous for their corruption. State legislator Vince Fumo and others thankfully have had to do time behind bars for their numerous campaign finance violations. It's sad to see Pam Mackenzie practicing the same approach in Vermont. Hopefully the Attorney General's office doesn't go soft on her just because she is an ally of Shumlin on the budget-busting F-35 fighter jet. Wouldn't be surprised if she got some cushy lobbying job with Lockheed-Martin next.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/26/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Political Feuding Fuels South Burlington Council Races

Pam Mackenzie has been absolutely toxic for South Burlington and sadly, Rosanne Greco is not that far behind her. Greco acts like a spoiled 2 year old when she doesn't get her way. I agree with her on the F-35 but she needs to take it like a grown-up. Yes, it was influenced by illegal $$ but the voters still spoke in big way the last election and she should honor that. On the other hand, at least Greco is not out there brazenly breaking the law and violating all dictates of ethical behavior like Mackenzie. Of course the latter qualities only put Mackenzie in the same company with 90% of politicians. South Burlington has been on a long downward trajectory for the last 25 years when past city councils sold out the city to the highest bidder, in violation of what the people wanted. Planning Commissioners & DRB were only too happy to help, granting endless variances to any and every developer. I'm in agreement with Shelburne's Article 10 and towns like Bristol & Charlotte that provide the public a direct vote on the town plan, the way it used to be when I was growing up. Cronies on town boards for non-resident developers do not serve the public. And memories are short: how about Chuck Hafter being completely asleep at the switch with respect to pension management and getting in way over his head? We are all still paying for that. The truth is, no matter what Mike Simoneau & others try to tell you about "growing the tax base" to balance the budget, we've seen nothing but tax increases for 25 years regardless of the fact of massive tax base expansion. My conclusion: rampant over-development actually leads to tax increases due to increased demand for services; destruction of the roads; more kids in the schools, etc.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 02/26/2014 at 6:26 PM

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