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Re: “Winooski VFW Will Tank Before Giving Up Its Landmark Sherman

Correction in a comment I posted in a letter I sent to Craig the report posted by should read Posted by Robert LaBelle, not Pool Shark!

Posted by Robert LaBelle on 06/26/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Winooski VFW Will Tank Before Giving Up Its Landmark Sherman

In a letter I sent to Craig 06/ 11/ 2018 who is nearly a lifetime friend I suggested that the sale of the tank would provide funds for repairs and upgrades for the future of the club. In a return letter from Craig he explained the sale of the tank was no longer an option. He also explained they were working on a few alternative options to keep the doors open which he was not at liberty to discuss at the present time. And being an outsider at the present time I can fully respect him not discussing their options. He also stated one way or another the doors will be open, and knowing Craig I believe he will be fully committed to whatever options that are available to do so! Upon receiving the return letter I agree with Craig to explore other options to keep the doors open and the tank! I love that tank too! I`m a past close to 40 year resident, i played on and around it when i was a kid, i make a point to see it whenever I pass through Winooski. I fully support Craig 100% in whatever actions he and the officers need to take to keep the doors open. (Planning on applying soon Craig) Posted by Robert LaBelle on 06/26/2018 at 9:22 AM

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Posted by PoolShark on 06/26/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “What's New This Summer at 16 Burlington Waterfront Spots?

Enjoy all that sewage that keeps getting dumped into the lake . . . Burlington DPW is in for a hard time as Miro and his Money Buddies insists on stuffing more people into town which will put an even greater strain on the water/sewer system and the lake.

But Neo-liberals don't care about such things, they only feign interest . It is money first, last, and always, that makes their loins grow moist. That, and their own reflection in the mirror .

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 06/07/2018 at 9:41 PM

Re: “What's New This Summer at 16 Burlington Waterfront Spots?

I agree with your comment but hope you recognize the value of tourists to Vermont and specifically to Burlington . Out of staters put money into every Vermonters pockets with their purchases of good and services . They are the economic engine of this state and without them picture a leftie West Virginia .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/07/2018 at 6:48 PM

Re: “What's New This Summer at 16 Burlington Waterfront Spots?

I'm very pleased to hear that DPW will finally be charging for parking at the skatepark lot.

Free parking--like free lunch--is never a good idea for Cities to provide. If a fee is not charged the resource will also be wasted and abused, particularly from non-taxpaying out-of-towners (I've even seen many NY and QC license plates at that lot).Taxpayers already paid for our award-winning bike path that out-of-towners use for free; allowing them to park for free too is just mind-boggling. Thank you Chapin Spencer for leadership on this important issue.

Parking (ie, short-term personal property storage) is a consumer good and Cities should charge the market-price for that good, not give away for free, which creates a taxpayer-funded glut of supply. Subsidized (and worse- free) parking badly discourages bicycling and public transport.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 06/07/2018 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Update: Money and Mask Ban Keep Burlington 'Furry'-Free

If the issue with masks was as stated, that it would be "political expression", can't they just ban politically based attire so that my fellow New England fursuiters can wear their suits? I find it rude, especially because these are people who don't ask for money (sometimes suiters will do this for charity, but I'm not sure about this group) and just want to suit and make others happy and have fun. It's already expensive enough for conventions as well as said fursuits.

Posted by ASCI on 04/06/2018 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Ready or Not: Is Gentrification Inevitable in Burlington's Old North End?

Ready or not? Those who came from money,silver spooned, are flying the rainbow broomstick in and sweeping the trash out. Like all great dictatorships the gentrifiers have come for sweet revenge and a strong swift euthinazation of the cro mags. The beasts have been removed and the poverty is gone like a mundane magic trick. Forget the Trump pinnyattaz which couldn't be hit thru the retro coke bottle glasses, there's an oasis of undesirables to slaughter in the old north end. So keep the paint bright, buy up many more run down shit holes, and Jack the rent up. The Duke of York is back ,Ethan Allen rolls over, the bullies need a target, and "your working class" is gone. Plenty of room in section 8 housing in Monkton. Vermont is a rich man's playground. 45% above the national average wages compared to housing costs. Not 4.5%, 45%. So keep on shutting on the less fortunate,it's definitely in style after the election,and wow is it ever so humanely hip. Enjoy the art,roll the mats out,now stretch your heads to your arses,take a deep breath,inhale, now go purge some more veterans you uppity ducks!

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Posted by Its Me on 01/25/2018 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Ready or Not: Is Gentrification Inevitable in Burlington's Old North End?

Did the author talk directly to anyone who has been adversely affected by gentrification? Perhaps an author who doesn't fit the profile of those who are helping to gentrify the ONE would have been a better choice to write this one...

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Posted by critikboy on 01/20/2018 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

@cwinklem, a Wikipedia search reveals that Ting has been a Telecom operator since 2012, starting off as a Virtual Network Operator (in essence, they offer their own cell services but piggy back off of an established network - currently Sprint & T-Mobile). They do not have to maintain physical lines, per a traditional Telecom company, but much of the same lessons learned there would apply to a more t.

Ting entered the traditional teleco space in late 2014, operating a fiber network similar to BT's. If you wanted to only qualify this line of business as a "telecom business," that would be more like 3 years. I'd argue it's 5, per their cell service, but it could be interpreted either way.

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Posted by relativevelocity on 11/02/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

deepinvt : No conspiracy: read the article... Karen Paul : "Rather than fly, Paul drove from Burlington and said she'd pay all her own expenses."

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Posted by Dave Gibson on 11/02/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

@1recordhit that is correct for their cellular service, not for their Fiber networks in cities such as Charlottesville. Burlington Telecom is, of course, the latter.

In regards to fiber rates, turns out this is easy to check. Ting offers a starter 5mbps package for $19/month. Burlington Telecom's identical service is $40. Ting's gigabit is $89/month, slightly more than BT's at $85. This doesn't factor in things like modems, installation, taxes, etc for either service.

Your comment, unfortunately, does not seems to be based in fact.

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Posted by relativevelocity on 11/02/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

KBTL Ting Hail Mary?
God is in the details, but, in essence:
Ting backs KBTL.
KBTL succeeds, Ting goes back to Toronto, says, Youre welcome.
KBTL fails, BT reverts to Ting.

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Posted by gomi on 11/02/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

Avoid Tucows at all cost. Ting? Ting Internet?

Tucows doesn't actually OWN the lines for Ting. They are just leasing the lines. Look up "Ting MVNO" in Google and you'll see that they don't OWN the networks. They are basically piggybacking off the large carriers.

Ting Internet is another problem. Take a look at some of their rates for their established locations. Lower tier Internet is at an astronomical cost. This reminds me of what AOL was charging for dial-up. There is absolutely no reason why a "service provider" is allowed to charge these rates with a competitive landscape.

Then there is the fact that a foreign provider is controlling your data. Do you really want another country having access to what you do in the US?

Tell your city council to VOTE NO!

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Posted by 1recordhit on 11/02/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

Nate Awrich, thank you for correcting/educating me!

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 11/02/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

Why is KBTL getting a loan from Maine fiber and not a bank? The loan is guaranteed to give Maine fiber a 4 million dollar return no matter when the loan is paid off.

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Posted by btuser on 11/02/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

Scott Pavek - Tucows does not host Stormfront and never has. If you had watched the hearing, you would have heard Noss explain that Tucows is a domain registrar, and all it does is register the URL. It doesn't have the right to deny registration.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 11/02/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

I have TING cell service. I save about half of what I paid with sprint for 5 phones. You call TING customer service and a LIVE person ALWAYS answers the phone. Michael Schirmer, South Hero Vermont.

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Posted by Michael Schirmer on 11/02/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

So Karen Paul took trip to Toronto on BT dime...and then declared conflict of interest?
Something stinks.

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Posted by deepinvt on 11/01/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

Karen Paul went to Toronto on BT's dime...and then declared a conflict of interest? Something stinks.

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Posted by deepinvt on 11/01/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

@cwinklem,
So Ting has been in the telecom business for two years. Interesting.

That is like a lifetime compared to KBTL!

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Posted by BradD on 11/01/2017 at 1:01 PM

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