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Re: “In East Middlebury, Brown Novelty Company Winds Down

Great story. Well written and reported. Thank you.

Posted by Ethan Rogati on 07/15/2019 at 3:49 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

He is getting great Publicity thanks to the little stale restaurants downtown that have been there years and offering the same old shit, same reason I cannot have a cheesecake factory here because they cry, yet the rich stay rich in this state pushing youth out, pushing out new businesses, diversity and capitalism. He is right and I support his endeavors as an African man! and would any one trying to make a living around this over priced state. Also, did anyone ever ask him his story? some people here are born with a silver spoon in there mouth the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. and those little old restaurant owners are not open at 1 and 2 a.m. so this is not hurting there sales. this is still America !he has every right to be there and seems he is doing well so haters gonna Hate. Keep it rocking man! I support Africans coming here and anyone coming here women , minorities who really are trying to make it! because I myself have a college degree a corporate job from home, ( knowing the niche is so small here to even get a chance at a high paying job). and I struggle , so more power to those trying to build a life here and in this country.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by jocelyn emilo on 07/10/2019 at 5:52 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

Let me see what I remember... Kountry Kart Deli, Ali Ka-babs, Skinny Pancake and who else? started as an alternative to restaurant fare. Even non-food business have started this way... think VT Teddy Bear. Next thing the restaurants will want to control is what? Selling ice cream from an old gas station? I wonder what Ben & Jerry would say. The city best think this one trough very carefully. It is not an issue of being fair or unfair. It is an issue of catering to those who complain about what they perceive as a loss and capitulating to the more powerful, influential voices rather than being objective.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mrg on 07/10/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

It's the Uber and the Airbnb mentality. If it's good for one part of the economy it's got to be good for all the parts of the economy. You can't protect one group of people from competition while letting Uber and Airbnb put people out of business in other parts of the economy.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Linton on 07/09/2019 at 4:56 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

"This is America," Yannecy said. "This is capitalism."

Nothing more needs to be said. Restaurateurs are bitter because they didn't think of it first.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Nopenopenope on 07/09/2019 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Correct Change? Green Mountain Transit Rolls Out New Routes, Apps

All the upgrades and route adjustments in the world wont help if the bus still cant hit the stops consistently on time. I would certainly use the bus more if I knew that arriving to my stop 10 minutes ahead didnt mean Id also still be waiting nearly 15 minutes after the expected arrival. I live on a bus route and still see long gaps between expected buses, only to have two of the same route busses pass in the same direction 5 minutes apart.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by TK421 on 07/09/2019 at 3:30 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

I feel the same way about charter schools that many commentators here feel about food trucks - that competition is a good thing. Many of the commentators are also against excessive regulations that serve to stifle competition - Trump would agree!

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Mickey Nowak on 07/08/2019 at 10:21 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

The Trials and Travails of an over-stuffed, obese culture . . . boo hoo.

10 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 07/07/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

While I can see why someone owning a restaurant would be fearful of competition, it is unacceptable that our city is preventing the opportunities for people to showcase thier food and work for themselves by owning thier own business. If taxes are an issue, then have the city charge a tax, but letting this issue be decided by restaurant owners, many of whom own more than one location and are unwilling to grow and evolve with the demand of a newer marketplace, is unfair and not reflective of the actual desires of the residents of this city. This is an unacceptable response by our local government, and while food trucks as a topic is light, is this not classism if we are denying people a chance to start an affordable business?

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Posted by Furneaux on 07/06/2019 at 9:38 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

I will keep in mind the restaurant owners mentioned in this article the next time I am considering where to eat out. I would rather not support local businesses seeking to bar the possibility of competition through regulation. On a related note -- I have no sympathy for the same restaurant owners. It is their choice to operate a brick-and-mortar business in this climate (weather-wise and economic) and experience the benefits and drawbacks thereof. If they want to keep customers, they can determine what they can do step up their game (specials, extended hours, better food quality).

24 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 07/06/2019 at 8:39 AM
Posted by doom on 07/04/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

another knee jerk decision- DOWNTOWN- YOU WANT MORE BUSINESS? get parking. period.
P A R K I N G . Tell the city council to stop with the street construction, get the hge swimming pool filled with whatever they promised ( how many times has that changed?) and let downtown breath.

30 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 07/04/2019 at 7:42 AM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

@Burlington Political Observer I really like Kens pizza.

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Posted by Nora V. Aronds on 07/04/2019 at 7:18 AM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

Typical VT Business Method. Get a business and don't want any competition. Best way to make sure that doesn't happen is to try and regulate any chance others might have of making it. Not everyone can afford a damn restaurant, so they go for a food truck. Not everyone can afford a food truck so they look for a cart. Hell even a damn cart is hard to get because of all the regulation in this state and each city having super strict rules on where you can setup and how they get their piece of the pie.

Regulation just strangles the American Dream.

51 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Gene Gagne on 07/03/2019 at 3:17 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

Restaurateurs otta chill - and quit whining.

Their clientele is totally different from the food trucks.

42 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/03/2019 at 12:04 PM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

In this article the city says there is lack of parking spaces and in the street seats article it says there are hundreds of parking spaces... I think someone needs to make up there mind! From experience, there is a lack of parking. Also the idea of the vending carts by the waterfront is not a very good idea. A lot of the people that buy late night food are drunk and I can't picture them walking way down there!

39 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 07/03/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “No Truckin' Way! Downtown Burlington Restaurateurs Say No to More Food Trucks

Ken's Pizza is the absolute worst pizza in New England...I think the owners should look inward when trying to figure out why their business is suffering.

76 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 07/03/2019 at 10:52 AM

Re: “The Unreal Genius of Entrepreneur and Inventor Matt Benedetto

I know this is bah-humbug, but with all the brains and talent this guy has, why is it wasted on puns and gags? Made of plastic... I know it's art, blah blah, but the world is at such a critical stage right now in terms of human rights and climate. Couldn't his brain and effort be put to better use than this plastic, meaningless garbage? And why are you reporting on this instead of something that matters? Mindless fluff click-bait doesn't have a responsible place in journalism right now.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Nopenopenope on 06/25/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Correct Change? Green Mountain Transit Rolls Out New Routes, Apps

Mr. Concerned,
Nice link! Yes, buses are subsidized - but having less cars saves in the long run (air, gas, etc.) and of course we all pay taxes - gigrape, myself, you - everyone who pays taxes. Fewer cars are now a desirable thing, yes?

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Charlie Messing on 06/21/2019 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Correct Change? Green Mountain Transit Rolls Out New Routes, Apps

Perhaps Gigrape should look at the VTrans report on the balance sheets for bus service in VT:
https://vtrans.vermont.gov/sites/aot/files…

Bus routes are being subsidized already but I guess that is ok when it is everybody else's money?

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by ConcernedVter on 06/21/2019 at 10:53 AM

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