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Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

The selfish unfairness of those whom clicked on dislike for those statements advocating for fairness is disheartening.

Posted by BDE on 09/20/2018 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

Well, if fair is fair, non-citizen permanent residents should receive tax relief in lieu of the ability to vote for representation in the very municipalities they contribute taxes towards.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nate Walpole on 09/20/2018 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

Bob Farrell: Anyone is who going to be held financially responsible for the vote ought to have voice.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by BDE on 09/19/2018 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

All though I'm not a resident of VT. I'll throw my two cents in. For those that think it's fair for non-citizens to vote in an election, local or not, Ask the families of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, protecting the right to vote, if non-citizens should be allowed to vote.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bob Farrell on 09/19/2018 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

Mr. Cross what did you do to obtain citizenship, and alphafsix what specifically did you do to deserve to vote. It is unfair and absurd to keep any homeowner from voting on property taxes being raised.

Shame on anyone whom would keep them from it.

5 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by BDE on 09/19/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Vermont's Most Diverse City Rejects Noncitizen Voting for Now

Excellent news. Voting is a privilege of citizenship.

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by alpha1six on 09/19/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Independents Turn Up the Heat in Addison County Senate Race

Interesting. Chris Bray is suddenly now "pro-environment" and in favor of clean water? Because during the Shumlin years, Mr. Bray was a fervent advocate and supporter of policies that provided for fast-tracked status for industrial energy developers, regardless of zoning, regardless of open space protections, regardless of even whether such development took place directly in headwaters, for example, of places like Shelburne Pond.

South Burlington spent tens of thousands of tax dollars to comply with Act 250 and Act 200. Developed a Comprehensive Plan, in compliance with Governor Kunin's Act 200. Hired wildlife corridor experts; hydrologists; etc. Enacted zoning in the Southeast Quadrant to protect Shelburne Pond headwaters. Literally "Natural Resources Protection" zoning. And thanks to Chris Bray, Tony Klein, Claire Ayer and the Shumlin administration, all of that was ignored. The South Burlington Planning Commission directly appealed to the state and was ignored. Thanks to the legislation supported by Chris Bray, they were basically told to go fly a kite. And this happened in community after community across the state.

A 40 year bipartisan commitment to protect the ridge lines, gone. Vermont's path-breaking leadership on land use planning and support for open space, flushed down the toilet. Because campaign donors to the Vermont Democratic Party like industrial energy developers Blittersdorf and Duane Peterson wanted a bigger return for their money. This is the Chris Bray I remember.

He should be commended for the sudden about-face to now perhaps support clean water efforts with respect to Lake Champlain. Would like to see Mr. Bray also come around to supporting zoning; open space protections; Act 250; Act 200; ridgeline protections; and headwaters protections.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/13/2018 at 1:49 AM

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