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Nothing socialist about Bernie F-35 Fighter Jet Sanders. The media love to ignore Bernie's support of the destruction of working-class home values in Winooski, South Burlington and Williston in order to benefit Lockheed-Martin. Bernie talks a great talk but walks the military-industrial walk when it matters.
"Milne continued his non-concession tour this week in a bizarre 15-minute interview with radio host Mark Johnson Tuesday morning on WDEV. Displaying his trademark sarcasm, bitterness and pomposity, Milne attacked, in quick succession, Secretary of State Jim Condos, the press, Shumlin and Johnson himself."
Well I guess we know where Paul Heintz stands. As for pomposity, not sure anyone beats "Nothing Burger" Shumlin.
Former Sierra Club member and former donor to CLF and VPIRG here. Joe Larkin's massive solar industrial plant that is featured on the cover of today's issue is the perfect example of how Shumlin and Vermont's legislature got it wrong. South Burlington taxpayers spent tens of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours updating their Comprehensive Plan and complying with Governor Kunin's Act 200. This land, part of Dr. Marceau's former property, is zoned for natural resources protection and for a wildlife corridor. It connects all the way down to Shelburne Pond. At the most, it was meant to be a park. Instead, thanks to total exemptions from all local zoning and Act 250, it is now carpet-bombed with solar panels. The focus on global warming to the exclusion of all else has destroyed the environmental movement. Nothing environmental about dynamiting mountain tops for giant wind towers either. You can't blame savvy businessman Joe Larkin and his father for taking advantage of the giant loophole in the law to gain profit. You certainly can blame Shumlin, his false "Public" Service Board and the Democratic super-majority in the legislature. They abandoned a 40 year bipartisan commitment to protecting the ridge lines in order to reward campaign donors and have done the same here for solar manufacturers. I'll never vote Democrat in Vermont again.
I was not in a fraternity and went to a college that did not have Greek life. That said, the points made by Christopher Sikora should be seriously considered by the Vermont Legislature as they pursue what I believe is a wrong-headed move to remove tax exempt status for fraternities and sororities.
I understand this story is a bit of an extreme example and the woman is not nearly as sympathetic a character as Mr. Buchwald. That said, zoning exists for a reason & unfortunately Mr. Buchwald is violating the zoning. If cities like South Burlington and Burlington didn't roll over and play dead half the time by giving every developer or applicant whatever "variance" they want (thus rendering zoning law pointless), it might be different. Yet another example is the waiver of parking requirements at Mayor Weinberger's Packard Lofts (referenced by another reader in letters to editor this week) that has negatively impacted quality of life and property values in that neighborhood. It's unfortunately a slippery slope. Maybe Buchwald could keep his house for residential purposes, consistent with the zoning, and rent space in a commercial zoned part of the city for his music shop.
Bernie talks a big game about inequality but walks the military-industrial complex walk when it matters. Senator F-35 Fighter Jet is no different from every other politician in Washington. The media sure love pretending he is "progressive" to try to add drama to their horse-race. Wish there were some real progressives like Paul Wellstone still around.
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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