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Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

"but if a program like this can really make a difference, perhaps we shouldn't let isolated anecdotes scare us away from making an investment."

Who is us, comrade? You could always start some sort of non profit that would pay people's rents so they can travel for family vacations. I don't think that would be that successful, but the free market does do wonders.
It's not an anecdote, it's a logical outcome of something like this. Every action made has predictable outcomes. Some are great. Others are bad. Everything is a choice of options.

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Posted by doom on 01/17/2019 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

YOU SIGNED A CONTRACT.

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Posted by doom on 01/16/2019 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

I'm sorry you had a bad experience with a delusional person, but the research discussed in the article indicates the reality of the situation, which is one that involves a single unlucky break forcing a family away from "barely holding on" and to "really struggling to get back on their feet." Individuals can always do ridiculous things, but if a program like this can really make a difference, perhaps we shouldn't let isolated anecdotes scare us away from making an investment.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 01/16/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Housing Advocates Say State Back-Rent Payments Could Halve Eviction Rate

I once had tenant who had a good job- single mom, 2 kids, family in the community. One month she didnt pay the rent and did not reach out. When I caught up with her, she said that she had decided to take her young children to Disney World instead of paying the rent. She said it was more important to provide for her children in that way then for me to have her rent with which to pay the mortgage on her apartment house. She would not agree to a plan to pay the back rent and told me I could do without. I hired a lawyer and had her evicted and soon found a much more responsible tenant.

If the State were to use my tax dollars to bail out a family that chose to visit Disney instead of paying their rent, I wouldnt feel any obligation to voluntarily pay my taxes.

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Posted by Good Landlord on 01/16/2019 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

Higher responsibility = higher pay.

Income Inequality doesn't matter. I make minimum wage and am able to pay all of my bills and support my 4 year old son as a single father. It doesn't matter that some people make more than me.

To those of you complaining that you make so little money at YOUR job and deserve so much more, quit. Find another job that pays you what "you deserve". Nobody who has commented on this article even has a hint of an idea about how much it takes to run an organization like UVM or UVMC - or how much responsibility it requires.

Ask yourself this before you start typing or open your mouth:

When's the last time I was required to cut my vacation short because if I didn't then I wouldn't have a job to come back to and I would be responsible for all of my co-workers losing their jobs as a result of the closing of my Organization?

If someone I don't even know, who works for my company commits fraudulent activities (or otherwise violated the law), will I be personally held responsible and at risk for JAIL TIME? (Unless you are an Executive or Owner then the answer is NO).

The market pays you for your value. There are a handful of people in the country that are capable of running organizations like the ones mentioned in the article. And they bear ultimate responsibility for their organizations.

You all just want the benefits without the responsibilities. How sad. Typical Vermont Liberals.

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Posted by whysettle on 12/09/2018 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

I have a young family in Chelsea, and the town you wrote about in this article isn't my town. We moved to town just before the birth of my daughter who is now eight. The town welcomed us, and we found Chelsea to be a community where people with different values could come together and in the truest sense become neighbors. On a winter's evening we might go down to outdoor ice skating rink in town, and if it's getting dark turn on the lights. There are often pick up hockey games ensuing. On Wednesday night there is a weekly writer's group. We take our kids to the farmer's market, where they came run around on the green while we shop for local food. We just went to a opening at the new art gallery in town and the place was busy all night with probably close to a hundred people who came and went over the course of the evening, enjoying art and company. Our kids participated in the Harry Potter event that was dismissively referenced in your article - close to eighty people were involved between entertainers, volunteers, and participants. It was lovingly put together and a lot of fun.
We were sad we missed the yoga fundraiser in town last weekend put on by the local arts group Safeart because of holiday commitments, but we know we can catch many of the other events they put on for this community on a regular basis.

I suppose you could drive down and see my town the way the author of your article saw it. But I don't understand why you would want to. Sadly, in a newspaper purporting to address communities, you missed mine.
-Megan Campbell

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Posted by Megan Campbell on 12/08/2018 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

Yikes! Yes, I'd definitely recommend broadening the scope of your research here. Strangely, I don't see any quotes from current high school students and families. It goes without saying that the closing of Chelsea High School has been a hard pill to swallow (and it's okay to reiterate that) BUT where are the voices that speak to the variety of options now open to students? Where have they chosen to go and why? What is their experience at their new schools? I know firsthand that it's not all bad. For what it's worth, I grew up in a choice town and went to a nearby high school that my parents and grandparents attended. I will always have a deep connection to and nostalgia for the little town I grew up in, not the one where I went to high school.

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Posted by Heidi Hope Chapman on 12/08/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

I'm sure you were attempting to convey a frustration that you thought must accompany residents of this town because they live in a small community lacking the ammenities of some neighboring towns and cities, but I find that this article is missing the big sense of community that I see in Chelsea all the time. Just one example I can think of: the chili cook off hosted by the Friends of the Library this past summer drew over 100 people and contained a wonderful display of love for the community- a local man won a raffle and he donated all the money, which was over $100, back to the library! While this community is certainly upset about the loss of its high school, they were facing a choice that many towns in Vermont are facing due to an aging population and lack of students. And that picture of the kids-I'm sure it illustrated your point well of how sad the kids are that their high school student friends are gone but I can't believe that throughout the halls of Chelsea school you encountered wave after wave and classroom after classroom of sad children. In short, I think its unfair of you to lampoon Chelsea in this way when so many towns in Vermont are trying their hardest to solve this exact problem, and to me, Chelsea residents seem to do it with a pretty good sense of community, something this article does not show.

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Posted by Ashley Jamele on 12/07/2018 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

A sad turn of events in the beautiful Vermont town where I lived and established a practice.
Chelsea always seemed to have a dichotomy in it's demographics with
an established base of deeply-rooted "red plaid" families whose ancestors were the original settlers, and in stark contrast, a sizeable group of "organic", formerly urban folk, who came, not just to "get away from it all", but rather to be part of a thriving rural community. In many places, this would have been a recipe for endless strife and bickering. But in the beautiful village of Chelsea, nestled between the surrounding steep hill farms, it was magic. The two seemingly disparate populations forged relationships and shared their strengths, cooperatively managing the schools, roads, fire and rescue, and conducting the town's business. Chelsea became a town where you could purchase a draft horse harness or a mocha latte; a town where you could attend an antique tractor rodeo and a peace vigil, all in the same day. When you stopped in to "The Pines", a local tavern and eatery, you would see Chelsea folk on opposite ends of the political and socioeconomic spectrum discussing current events, town happenings, sporting events, family milestones or even politics. Even the most heated political discussions ended with a shared drink and a slap on the back. For me, the shared respect, values, and relationships forged across what might have been a deep chasm were the beauty and life blood of Chelsea. I suspect that same beauty and life is still there to be found as Chelsea reinvents itself.
Julie Krasne
former Chelsea resident

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Posted by Julie Krasne on 12/07/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

A few thoughts: The Chelsea Arts on the Green Market and Festival which was held in August of this year, was a well attended event with almost 40 artists and artisans sharing their work on the North Common. It also included a full day of music and a family tent which was full throughout the day. It was so successful that seed money was generated for 2019's event and the Chelsea Arts Collective determined that we needed a home base for sharing art within the community. The opening of North Common Arts hosted more than 200 people throughout the day, who were energized and excited about possibility within our community. It was not a single pot-luck, rather a series, which gained in steam and enthusiasm as well as attendance. This community is holding its head up and showing what is possible when people come together with a common vision. The article does not reflect the optimism that exists here and the energy injected by young families who are either carrying family farming traditions or creating their own. I am disappointed that your article does not reflect the forward thinking many of us have experienced in this past year.

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Posted by Carrie Caouette-De Lallo on 12/05/2018 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Whither Chelsea? A Confluence of Challenges Imperils the Orange County Seat

Didnt see much discussion of the reopening of the convenience store - including gas and diesel pumps - this year, the very successful arts festival, the community barn-quilt event, the resurgence of the farmers market, the activists working on establishing a grocery co-op, the many small businesses (like the dozen or so young farmer/entrepeneurs growing and marketing high-quality foods and value-added products, the green-industry startups.... you even missed the OTHER Homestay/B&B in town!). No discussion of the community potlucks all winter where residents of all ages gathered, ate, entertained one another, and discussed the ongoing revitaluzation of the town.

There has been much for Chelsea-ites to celebrate.

Chelsea has also been gifted with a lot of young families who have come here with energy and ideals, determined to bring the town back.

Badly researched article. Nicely written, though!

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Posted by Doc Gordon on 12/05/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Massachusetts Republican John Kingston Runs a Christian Retreat in Vermont

John Kingston, aka. Thurston Howell III, is just a fear monger as shown in his latest commercial. "Fear those that don't look like you", that's Kingston's page from the Trump playbook. Hard working Americans don't need some lawyer from Winchester. We need Warren - a fighter for the middle class. Hey John your wife looks a little different - she here legally ? How ya like it pal

Posted by William Murphy on 08/30/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Massachusetts Republican John Kingston Runs a Christian Retreat in Vermont

John Kingston - just another poser, a wolf in sheep's clothing. He was for the Republican neo liberal economic policies before he was against them or so he says. Middle class Americans don't need some shmuck from a white shoe Boston law firm.

Posted by William Murphy on 08/15/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

obscene

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 07/26/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

I was employed at the UVMMC College of Medicine as a Standardized Patient and Teaching Assistant for 15 years...and came to the job with 8 years prior experience.

I worked year-round, but was kept as part-time, temporary for all those years...which meant I never got a raise, nor any benefits. I taught med students, but got no medical coverage.

I loved working with the students, who were consistently appreciative. But the lack of appreciation, in other forms, from other sources, eventually wore me down. I realized my self-respect was dwindling. Last November, after 23 years as an SP, I quit.

So yes, I think Dr. Brumsteads $2.2 million dollars a year is way, way out of line.

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Posted by Vivian Jordan on 07/22/2018 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Vermont Cops Partner with Nonprofits to Fight Sex Crimes

A public records request about grant funding? Staff salaries? Maybe its reasonable to ask someone to put in what i imagine would be a fair number of hours to respond to one persons request to satisfy curiosity. But i think its a huge stretch to suggest that this might allow him to gather information about communications between law enforcement & prosecutors about a particular case that is already available through the prosecutors office. Prosecutors understand what communications are discoverable & take this obligation seriously. I think perhaps your article should mention that.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 07/19/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Nonprofit News: The Rise of Vermont Public Media

The importance of VT Digger shone through a few months back when Anne Galloway's reporting offered a very different lens on the Tim Ashe / Phil Scott budget standoff than Seven Days readers were getting.

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Posted by Observer9 on 07/13/2018 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Meet the ‘Frequent Fliers’ of Vermont’s Nonprofit Boards

Eric,

I believe it was Jesus who said the best way to help the poor is to make sure you yourself are wealthy first and stay wealthy even during terrible economic depressions, and occasionally throw some crumbs out when you feel bad.

Seems like my idea of Democracy, where poor and marginalized people are including in government and NGO decision making, is much more inclusive than your own Marxist defense, where a handful of elite get to control political and economic decisions and everyone else suffers their decisions. Sound familiar huh?

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Posted by btv4all on 07/13/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Some Vermont Nonprofits Loan Money to Employees and Board Members

This article illustrates why depending on government to regulate nonprofits is risky and unrealistic. There are simply inadequate resources for IRS and state regulators.

Another solution is improved self-regulation by nonprofit board members who reside in the community.

Nonprofit board members are responsible for governance and accountability. Nonprofit board members either allow, or prevent, such abuses. If board members want to prevent such abuses, they can achieve that through governance controls--the bylaws and provide for internal enforcement.

Boards that wish to prevent such abuses can pass a bylaw, as some nonprofits have done:

"All directors, officers, and trustees are prohibited from receiving loans, transfers of property, release of debt or lease obligations, or any similar form of financial benefit. Such prohibitions also apply to a spouse, sibling, parent or child, as well as any person residing with said employee."

This is one of many best practice bylaws that are described along with many others in my book "Advancing Nonprofit Stewardship through Self-Regulation: Translating Principles into Practice" (Kumarian Press). The book is based, in part, on a survey of "A" rated nonprofits who provided their bylaws that reveal their best practices and procedures that support good governance and ethical practice.

Another resource of mine is "Accountability and Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations" in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance, (Springer International Publishing, 2018), which addresses many additional ethical principles, namely Independent Sector's 33 Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice.

Solutions are not easy-- but failures can best be prevented with improved self-regulation--not more government regulation. Also, it is necessary to provide for enforcement of bylaws through reporting requirements and access for records to all board members. This requires empowering board members to self-regulate and provides great opportunity to improve the status-quo. Christopher Corbett, Albany NY

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Posted by Former Regulator on 07/13/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Meet the ‘Frequent Fliers’ of Vermont’s Nonprofit Boards

Hey, bvt4all, you don't know that all these profiled board members are wealthy, nor do you know how much they have or have not done to alleviate Vermont's poverty, bigotry and suffering. I suspect they have done a lot more than a troll like you. Wealthy and white they may be, but they're not just sitting around on their butts playing bridge. I suspect each of them has done more good for society in one week than you will do in your whole life, you sniping Marxist. These people don't have to do charitable work; they volunteer; they give their time for probably meager compensation, if any. My hat's off to them.

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Posted by Eric J on 07/12/2018 at 9:38 PM

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