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Re: “Will of the People? Advisory Questions Offer High Hopes but Get Few Results

It is disingenuous for Councilor Shannon to complain about the wording of the ballot item when, for example, many of us who voted to support a TIF-funded marina on the waterfront would never have supported a private marina. On top of this, ballot items and school budgets are often incredibly confusing in their wording.

I am all for making every ballot and city document easier to read and understand (if any city councilors want to take this issue I would be happy to help). It is hard to trust politicians at their word when they only complain about wordings and confusing language (and conflict of interests too!) when it goes against their personal and party politics.

Maybe if we had public attorneys or ombudsmen,
or an independent oversight committee to represent citizens in these matters, we would run into these conflicts less.

Posted by cwinklem on 01/23/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

@know your assumptions
@concernedvter

Know your facts. Pick up a City Annual Report. Look at the debt that has ballooned under the current administration. Kiss, to a fault perhaps, refused to pile debt on taxpayers. I can't post a photo here, or I would show you the facts. You will have to check it yourself.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/22/2019 at 9:05 AM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Cheap shot, Clavelle. Saying yes to a better plan, a different plan than the mayor's plan, is positive, affirmative, and part of a healthy democracy. Just because mayor and aligned city councilors like Jane Knodell have the bully pulpit does not make them right, nor their plan better. The best plan sugars off after open and transparent review of the options. That's how residents prevailed over Jane and a mayor when a massive commercial senior housing project was proposed for Staniford Road, far from the designated growth centers on North Avenue.

If Jane had her way, the Thayer housing complex next to the shopping center on North Ave would have been built a mile down Staniford Road in a wetland -- no bus service, and too far from shopping center for seniors to walk. It would have been a dismal senior warehouse in a swamp.

http://appletreepetition.blogspot.com

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/22/2019 at 9:00 AM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

@know your assumptions
@concernedvter

You are so wrong! Pick up a City Report. Look at the debt for the past 20 years. It has ballooned under Weinberger administration. To a fault, Kiss refused to load debt on the city's residents. You must get your facts straight.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/22/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

This to "Knowyourassumptions" - I don't think you know your assumptions. Ms. Alsop has not been nasty, from my viewpoint. And, from my viewpoint, you often have. I think you will have greater credibility if you drop the pseudonym. But that's just my assumption.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 01/18/2019 at 2:36 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

@Mark and @leaterhune, it is astounding how you can view what the Mayor has done to reduce the debt created by years of Prog spending and the theft of $17 million Leopold and Kiss committed.
The airport is now profitable instead of being a slush fund, the pension still is not funded 100% but is in better shape, The city's bond rating has been improved and it is important because the better the rating the lower the interest rate to borrow money.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/18/2019 at 1:29 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

@ Terhune

Another uninformed comment. Mayor Weinberger is the first mayor in years to actually reduce the citys debt after decades of Prog profligacy.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/17/2019 at 9:07 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Change is good.

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Posted by lassy2 on 01/16/2019 at 9:29 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Seven Days emphasizing that Freeman was a young child when Knodell entered office is a cheap shot and of course very condescending. And mentioning she was a Connecticut native, when Knodell is from out of state, plays up this foolish outsider, not Vermonter stereotype. As far as I'm concerned, if Knodell runs, it would be to assure that a Miro supporting democrat like Carter would get in, instead of Freeman who is following the dictates of the Old North End, which is under extreme gentrification, as young people, new Americans, and working class Vermonters try to survive in this hotbed of capitalist exploitation. Do we want Burlington to turn into an upscale playground or can it survive as a truly diverse and afforable community, beholden to it's residents, first. We are not disposable commodities.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 01/16/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Young people are inheriting the debt the mayor and this council have loaded onto their future in this city. I admire the younger candidates for stepping up.

Meanwhile, what a cheap shot for Clavelle, saying: "Is there room in the Progressive Party for folks who want to govern to get things done rather than oppose things?" This is from an ex-mayor who was resoundingly defeated when dropped his Prog label and ran for governor as a Democrat.

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Posted by leaterhune on 01/16/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

The arrogance of these long time politicians astounds me. Just because you've held your seat for 20 years doesn't mean your entitled to keep it! The city needs fresh voices and ideas but I find the voters continue to elect the status quo despite the clamor for change. These politicians should realize by stepping down after 10 years(?) or so is a needed, healthy change for everyone. Are their egos so big they think the city can't be run without them? Apparently so. We have the same issue in Ward 5 with Joan Shannon. The younger generation is smart, energetic and has some interesting (different) ideas. Step aside Jane....you had a good run...time to let others take over.

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Posted by RB on 01/16/2019 at 12:55 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

Give Knodell credit - she has been among the biggest spenders of taxpayer money in the history of Vermont's largest city

Her successor may even eclipse her affinity for grabbing other people's wallets.

But the Progressive candidate has one thing Knodell doesn't - passion for reaching out to voters.

You can't win elective office forever by having your campaign slogan continually be "Because I Can."

Knodell's calling her opponent "sister," meanwhile, is demeaning, condescending and infantile. She should try to go out as an adult, not a bitter caricature.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 01/16/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

In the end Jane sounded more like a Hillary Democrat ( which is almost as bad as being a Republican) and had a tin ear when it came to Miro's reckless drive to over-develop and over-populate the city. Rents in Burlington have been high forever and yet the so called Progressives over the last two decades have fled from the idea of rent control.

If Knodell runs as an Independent it will prove how out of touch she is with her constituents. It is past time for the Old Guard of the Proggies to move on, whether on City Council or at CEDO or any other city position. Neo-liberalism is a destructive failure in spite of our current Mayor's grandiose inclinations and the shot-callers at the Chamber of Commerce.

"Old and in the way
is what I heard them say.
They used to heed the words he said
but that was yesterday.
Gold has turned to gray
and youth will fade away.
They'll never care about you
'cause you're old and in the way."

Thank you for your efforts and time, Jane, but please don't run again, walk away with your head up.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/16/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

The collapse of his pro-capitalist voting bloc on council (Wright, Knodell and Hartnett) has the mayor's machine scurrying for candidates. Now we have the fauxroots "run, Jane, run" effort. The fact that she cast a racist vote to maintain the white supremacist Marketplace mural should have been enough to disqualify her. No racists on city council. #noapARTheid....#noknodell

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Posted by Albert Petrarca 1 on 01/16/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Seven Issues to Watch in the Vermont Legislature

Yes the VT Constitution references Slavery but look at the history..in 1777 the first Vermont Constitution which the 1793 state constitution was based on put language in abolishing slavery. Those of us that have roots back to those forward thinking people are proud that they were the first to see how bad slavery was and made sure it would never be practiced in the state. Why does this language need to be expunged? because it is uncomfortable- why not use it as a teaching point and show how VT has always tried to do the right thing and treat all people as equals. Why do we have to hide the truth, teach the truth, use it to enlighten people, don't just push it back out of sight so you never have to talk about it. That philosophy never solved any problem or moved anything forward. Perhaps Nicholson's movie line is an apt comment "You can't handle the truth"

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/11/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

Correction to comment to Alsop: Ive never observed Mr. Defranciss online comments on this forum to be nasty, but I have seen such regularly from you. Thanks

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/10/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

Why can't we get a profile on Jafar?? South End residents would be better served getting some info on someone who seems genuinely interested in bettering the community. Paco is a joke - and I'm pretty sure he used to volunteer for lefty organizations until some personal conflict turned him against lefty policies that actually help people. Seems like Paco's political compass is intimately tied to the willingness of political groups/orgs to put up with him.

I won't be shocked when voters in the South End tell paco, "good riddance."

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 01/10/2019 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

With all due respect @KnowYourAssumptions you hide be an anonymous pseudonym. You have no right to call anyone "Nasty"--including those from the left, right or center.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 01/10/2019 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Seven Issues to Watch in the Vermont Legislature

No, the most significant issue not mentioned here is the endless transgressions of the monarchy against the people of Vermont, the trespass on our rights and the callus disregard of their oaths of office.

Baruth specifically better learn to keep his nose out of other people's houses. I'll keep my things in my home, where I want & how I want and I don't give a dam what you think of it.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 01/10/2019 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

@ Alsop

You are just as nasty as Mr. DeFrancis is, from the other side. Try some self awareness.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/09/2019 at 8:28 PM

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