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Re: “State Sen. Debbie Ingram Arrested for DUI in Williston

DWI is a choice and endangers others. Leaders set the example. They are standard-bearers, so the bar is high (no pun intended). If she is unwilling to uphold the standards expected of a Senator and ordained minister, then she should relinquish the responsibilities entrusted to her. Judge her spiritually? No, only God can do so but in terms of the obligations she willingly accepted? Absolutely! A higher standard is expected of those who write the laws of a state and the covenants for a church. There is no balance sheet wherein good deeds from the past offset a complete abrogation of authority and the responsibility associated therewith. Reverence and respect for the office and the high standards associated therewith must be safeguarded or there will be none.

Posted by Blaine McAvoy on 10/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Barbara Alsop ...only 4 words for you "Well Bless Your Heart"!!!!!

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Vermont's First Target Store Is Coming to South Burlington

Target may actually save the mall, which would be good given that South Burlington has moved its library there. Like many, I haven't found any reason to go to the mall for years. This I might check out.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Vermont Panel Recommends No New Fees for Water Cleanup

Juxtapose this article with the one about the anger at the Lake Carmi meetings about the algae blooms there, and I think you can understand why people may be upset by this decision. Lake Carmi is a destination vacation spot, and it doesn't speak well of Vermont's care for its tourism business if it doesn't act now to stop the deterioration of Vermont waters. Yes, we need more mental health facilities and other issues raised by Tim Ashe and others. But tourism is Vermont's life's blood until the new Vermont slogan has people knocking at our door. And our waters are our summer attraction. We all know what bad snow years do to our economy. Will summers now be "bad" years too?

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Typical racist, right-wing rant from Donna. Big deal that she knows kids who survived abuse without problems. If we all reacted the same to the same conditions, what a sorry state we'd be in. I presume the ones treating him for his psychiatric problems are better judges of his actual problem that this tired armchair whiner.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 10:01 PM

Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

Miro Weinberger wants Burlington to become a "Sanctuary City" for immigrants. (because there's incentives to be had...) but for the citizens of Vermont, not so much.

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 10/20/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “ACLU Sues to Protect Homeless Encampments in Burlington

Thank God the ACLU cares. Miro and Del Pozo clearly don't.

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/20/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Walters: Judge Orders ‘Limited’ Sorrell Deposition

It's called "Cover one another ass" it's what politicians do for each other unless you're an honest politician...

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

I know kids who were abused but they didn't cry "anxiety, depression and mental health woes, they didn't get into fights threaten people. they were taught right from wrong. .. Leach knew what he was doing, he even made threats against himself to throw off suspicion from him, to throw off the authorities. 10 days wasn't long enough, maybe 2-4 mos might have had an impact on him. Who knows if it was a hoax or a treat... He did it and a slap on the wrist means nothing, after all. To him, 10 days was a joke, as he was found to have violated his conditions of pre-trial release so big deal right. He's not a young teen, he was what, almost 19 ?? Why was it said that he is an African American, is it suppose to be an excuse for him, a get out of jail card???

6 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/20/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “City of Burlington Breaks Up South End Encampment

Theres actually no evidence that broken windows works, and a lot of evidence that it likely did more harm to marginalized communities than good.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/…

http://www.denverpost.com/2006/03/06/profs…

http://www.businessinsider.com/criticism-f…

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 10/20/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student Pleads Guilty in Death Threat Case

Does the law not distinguish between a threat and a hoax? This young man evidently did not actually intend to harm anyone. Is his punishment for disrupting the function of the school?

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Bruce Cunningham on 10/20/2017 at 3:04 PM
Posted by zebnorris on 10/20/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “City of Burlington Breaks Up South End Encampment

The tough on crime and broken windows policing has a proven track record- Guliani used this approach to clean up NYC and I worked there prior and after his plans took effect and saw first hand how much better it was and how much safer it was

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by ConcernedVter on 10/20/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

Congratulations on finding one consumer criticism of Ting. What does that tell us? Absolutely nothing. Do you think we could not find one single consumer complaint against BT?

And by the way, your consumer is complaining about being charged $89 per month for 1000 mbps -- ten times the capacity she was getting from her old provider. $89 per month is not high, esp. for that level of speed.

Really, this is your argument for keeping BT local? This is the best you can do? Really?

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/19/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “City of Burlington Breaks Up South End Encampment

Any solutions as to what concrete steps the city can take to help these folks? Will our chief be advocating for these steps publicly in the same way he advocated to drastically change our bail system? It gets tiring to hear him talk about compassion when his actions consistently show him to have the tough on crime and broken windows policing mentality.

10 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 10/19/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Updated: Decision on Closing Encampment Hinges on Where to Store Stuff

But he accused the remaining campers of using the city's efforts to protect their property as a way to trespass on the land. Leaving their belongings, he said, "seems like a modus vivendi, a strategy to hamstring the city."

This may be a controversial opinion, but no one is personally trying to ruin the chiefs day just to make his job harder. These folks are just trying to survive - dont turn that survival instinct into some conspiratorial master plan (which isnt even true!) - it just makes you look petty and biased, Chief.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 10/19/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

From Yelp Review of Ting in Charlottesville, VA 2/19/2017
"I can't wait for my contract to be up so I can go back to Centurylink. Ting is faster, when it works but is triple the cost. My old plan with Centurylink was $29 a month for 100mbps, Ting is setting me back $89 a month for 1000 mbps. With things like Netflix we don't see any difference in speed, both work fine.

Customer Service is very friendly but rarely has an answer except the tech will be out tomorrow. If they could keep their service running it would be tolerable. But to pay triple price to see "Cannot Resolve Host" on my devices for weeks on end is frustrating.

Plus installation and the Ting Box set me back almost $400 in addition to the $89 monthly.

Hold onto your wallet!"

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Liz Curry on 10/19/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

Liz, I actually tried to contact KBTL on three occasions and the most recent was three days ago and have never received a response.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by batman on 10/18/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

"The City's transfer of funds to support BT was not only legal, it was explicitly allowed by the Public Service Board in BT's CPG."

I believe this is not true. The CPG says that the City cannot put taxpayer funds at risk (i.e., make loans to, or invest in, BT). That's what happened. That's why it was done in secret. Leopold admitted that he knew he wasn't supposed to do it.

The reason he got through the civil suit is NOT because the transfer didn't violate the CPG. It's because he was found not to have acted in a way that benefitted himself personally (which is true). Read Judge Toor's decision dismissing the suit. In fact, she made clear in her decision that transferring the funds was improper.

And by the way, investing in BT -- in violation of the existing CPG -- is exactly what KBTL is asking the City to do now. Which is one of the several reasons I believe that the KBTL bid couldn't possibly be approved by the PUC. For the City to accept a bid that can't win PUC approval (or at least has a good chance of not winning that approval), is absolute folly.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/18/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

All of the bidders have to build out the system to all of Burlington - that is the business plan for all three. The comments about KBTL are ignorant. The people putting the deal together include industry officials who have managed and operated electric cooperatives, argued hundreds of utility cases, and worked for Wall Street investment houses. None of the comments made above are based on knowledge and fact - merely assumptions, fear and individual political bent. With respect to Batman's question, yes there is someone who can answer your question if you post it here: https://www.keepbtlocal.com/contact/

3 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Liz Curry on 10/18/2017 at 3:09 PM

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