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Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

Next generation decided not to buy going places learning center. It is for sale.

Posted by Tom Feerick on 12/21/2018 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

Huh, regulations have a cost?
Foreseeable consequences are not unintended.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by doom on 12/21/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

keep child care ,let's grow kids-we need child care! emergency!

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Danielle Lopes on 12/21/2018 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

Per Terri Hallenbeck's earlier reporting in 2017, Lets Grow Kids is mostly an out-of-state funded organization that is seeking to use Vermont as a laboratory to push universal pre-K. It seems well-intentioned but as this article and others have indicated (in both Seven Days, Burlington Free Press and reporting from local TV stations), it has had disastrous result. Lets Grow Kids supported Act 166 and the regulations implemented under Shumlin administration that have led to the closing of literally hundreds of daycares, putting people out of jobs and leaving parents holding the bag. Peggy Feerick, quoted in this article, is spot-on.

April McCullum's article in the Burlington Free Press, Feb. 20, 2017, said it all: "VT Child Cares Closing Faster Since New Regulations." Well-meaning groups like Let's Grow Kids and Democrats like Sarah Buxton and Peter Shumlin have directly led to the loss of child care slots for hundreds and hundreds of children. It is past time for the state legislature to repeal Act 166 and for Governor Scott's administration to now withdraw the Shumlin-era child care regulations.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/21/2018 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

Per Seven Days reporting earlier this year, 176 childcares closed in Vermont in 9 month period ending in March, 2017. One factor overlooked in closing of the 176 childcares is impact of Peter Shumlin & his signature on Sarah Buxton's unfunded universal pre-k legislation. Act 166. It had temporary federal grant that will now expire this year and put that funding requirement on all Vermont taxpayers. Related rulings from Shumlin administration imposed over 100 pages of new regulations. Unbelievable minutiae such as daily cleaning of refrigerators; and big impact stuff like new employee education requirements (that both hurt immigrant refugee run childcares; & also essentially ruled that 55 year old women who had raised 5 of their own children successfully but who did not go to college were no longer "qualified").

Speaking as parent of former preschooler who lived through this, I can tell you the 55 year old woman is just as qualified as 26 year old who just finished child development graduate degree but no real world experience. Both are valuable.

After Act 166, costs went up (to comply with unfunded mandates); childcare workers generally not making more $; and many places closed because of the new burdens (putting those workers on street and leaving parents to hold the bag). "Subsidy" to parents was eaten up by childcares having to increase costs to comply.

Whether intended or not, Montpelier has done real harm here. It is not the state's responsibility to raise our children. Let's repeal Act 166 & let hundreds of childcares open back up to help families & children across the state.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/20/2018 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Daycare Pinch in Franklin County Adds to Statewide Crisis

McLaughlin said staff shortages plague many daycare centers, though she noted that the decline in childcare slots started long before the 2-year-old rule was implemented.

Reeva Murphy, head of DCFs Child Development Division, said something similar:

This reduction in family child care trend is national and particularly exacerbated in rural areas, she said.

Where is Lets Grow Kids or other early education leaders on this issue? Most early educators and directors have been saying this for years and have been ignored - even Mayor Weinberger and the head of his Early Childhood Initiative, Brian Lowe, have been told about this problem numerous times over the past several years and seem unable or unwilling to grasp how serious this problem is.

Stop passing the buck. Murphy, McLaughlin, Weinberger, Lets Grow Kids are all claiming to be on the front lines. If theyre not listening to workers and directors maybe its time we need some new leaders.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by cwinklem on 12/20/2018 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Vermont General Store Owners Innovate to Stay Relevant

I am so thankful for the Jacksonville store. It would be a very long and often difficult drive to get anything if it were not there. The meats and cheeses are high quality. It is really important to keep this store and others like it going. Do what you need to do because your town needs you and we thankful that you exist.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by ColdLake on 12/11/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Marketplace Futures: How Burlington Aims to Reorganize 'Downtown'

Re: The Oracle: Redmond's salary

The salaries for the Marketplace Department appear quite modest. It's certainly not the cash cow for politically-connected individuals that BED is. The latest publicly available information shows that Redmond had a base salary of $80,145 in FY17. The second-highest paid employee made a mere $65k. All other staffers were below $50k. That was two years ago; assuming 3.5% COL raises Redmon would be making ~$86k now. I would not say he is overcompensated; unlike Darren Springer, Mike Kanarick and many other Weinberger appointees at BED. Funny that all of Miro's buddies end up in $140k+ positions at BED rather than jobs at BCA or Code Enforcement.…

Granted, these are City employees, so they're entitled to pensions and generally have much better healthcare plans for them and their families than they'd get in the private sector. Likewise, a $86k salary in the public sector is more in line with a $100k-$105k comp package from the private sector.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 12/03/2018 at 12:26 PM

Re: “A Single Family Remakes the Image of South Woodstock

I am a have-not, living in a poor, rural area named Northville in the s pi southern Adirondack of NYS. I have a graduate degree and have been a developing artist for over 40 years. I have nothing to my name and the only thing on my resume is raising my two kids while continuing my work. I would love to exist in this bucolic haven and walk through wooded areas while conversing with fellow creative souls but also, this area cannot support any arts and my dreams of a collective arena for creative people has been scrapped. I applaud this family and their sincere dedication to breathe life into a dying area. If only my pure energy could achieve this lofty goal. What a beautiful story. Maybe I'll get to visit there and show my work someday.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carl Sedon on 11/30/2018 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Marketplace Futures: How Burlington Aims to Reorganize 'Downtown'

What a murky proposition, as it stands at present. Spidey sense is tingling in all the bad places.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ted calcagni on 11/29/2018 at 11:10 PM

Re: “One Year After Building Second Store, City Market Exceeds Goals

Perhaps cwinklem is correct and some employees are dramatically underpaid . My suggestion is get rid of a good quarter of the staff and pay the remainder much more. Every time I visit I see so many useless , lazy disinterested workers . There are also many helpful hard workers . Is part of the diversity goal to hire so many useless people ? Perhaps Tashiro should focus on competency when hiring instead of social engineering .

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 11/28/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “One Year After Building Second Store, City Market Exceeds Goals

Is this where we gripe about City Market? I love the space the new store offers and it feels much less smarmy than the downtown location. I could do without the commentary that comes with rally for change. I support a good amount of charities with both money and time. I can't support them all so I often decline to round up. I'd prefer if this didn't generate odd responses like Thanks anyway, Maybe next time, That's OK, or any of the other various remarks that have an unintended judgey tone. Conversely, I don't need high praise those times I do consent to having my bill rounded up.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 11/28/2018 at 10:07 AM

Re: “One Year After Building Second Store, City Market Exceeds Goals

I feel very grateful for both city markets - but as the article highlights the main goal was to relieve parking congestion - so Just after it opens 3 businesses in the back open up, taking all the parking spaces - i am mainly a biker to CM but when i do drive, i feel the parking is now worse, not better than 2 years ago.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ArtBell on 11/28/2018 at 9:30 AM

Re: “One Year After Building Second Store, City Market Exceeds Goals

I am incredibly grateful for City Market, a remarkable asset to Burlington that contributes to a high quality of life in our city. It is the antithesis of South Burlingtons widely despised Healthy Living, a beacon of corporate greed and entitlement. Thanks to all City Market cheerful employees and its ethos of civic-minded community enhancement.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Julie Green on 11/28/2018 at 8:08 AM

Re: “A Single Family Remakes the Image of South Woodstock

The haves have once again created a special place where the only have-nots who get to play are long time friends and buddies. I doubt they would welcome unknown have-nots to come join in their revelries. It's a shame since many poor artists and writers would love to find shelter in such a place for a few weeks or months of quiet work without the worry of finding housing and heat. If they were truly the haven they say they are trying to create, they might find they could learn some interesting things from have-nots.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/27/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “One Year After Building Second Store, City Market Exceeds Goals

Mack said she measures the co-op's success in a number of ways. These include financial strength and sustainability, impact on the community, expanding access to wholesome foods, supporting local food producers, and growing membership.

Just so folks know:

1) Starting wage is $11.20/h in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Work for a few years and you may make it up to a whopping $13/h. How much money from Rally for Change ends up going to the workers when they have to access these services?
2) Coop members have no ability to bring up issues for
votes or organize to change policy.
3) The CEO maintains all power regarding operations.
4) It took workers and their union years and a petition, a refusal to be heard by the CEO and the board, before city market fired a manager who regularly harassed employees. Is that being pro-union?
5) City Market management has refused to write up a boycott policy so that they dont have to deal with problems when local biz owners abuse workers and tenants, like Samosaman or Boves.

Weird how none of those issues seems to matter regarding impact on the community or sustainability?

19 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 11/27/2018 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Marketplace Futures: How Burlington Aims to Reorganize 'Downtown'

Oh, Mr. Grape, your comments are so negative!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 11/26/2018 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Marketplace Futures: How Burlington Aims to Reorganize 'Downtown'

So what is Miro doing about the homeless people except nothing. He has promised in his last 2 speeches when running for mayor that he would help them out but has done absolutely nothing!! He's all talk and nothing gets done about the problem. I would to see him live on the streets. He would never make it.....

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 11/26/2018 at 7:07 PM

Re: “A Single Family Remakes the Image of South Woodstock

It is nice to know that they have invested in their home town and where they have been coming for 35 years or so. They have remodeled, purchased, provided economic stability for others, and saved a small town from becoming a memory of the past. No one likes change but we all know that change is what drives things. Staying the same and having businesses become shuttered is not an option for Singh. I cant wait to go to both places now!

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Larry Kelley on 11/24/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “A Single Family Remakes the Image of South Woodstock

NORTHOLDENDER, it wouldn't happen to be Don the con would it? Lol

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 11/23/2018 at 10:51 AM

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