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Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

three words - Lock him up.
let this drain on society dry up in prison
for a nice long time -
i bet that would make him pretty unhappy - and do his liver a favor
it boggles my mind that he can be arrested 117 times and have 31 convictions
and he then assaults someone and gets released ! again
mental illness, alcoholism - who cares
he should not be on the street
there should be some punishment or consequences for his actions
releasing him sends a message that there are zero consequences to actions

Posted by tapplinx on 08/23/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Needless to say, the final sentence should have said "I am not alone in thinking that much (if not all) of the growth attributed to the "incentives" would have occurred with[out] them."

Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Inequality Persists: The Quest for Women's Parity Continues

Hi @ReneBushey -- good catch! We've added in Ride's nationality.

Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 08/23/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

I don't think it's mental illness here sounds like he likes to drink which leads him into trouble I don't know him but I bet get him off the booze , and then because of all the drinking treat with drugs , and he can get help people do it all the time and I had family members with mental illness r
They didn't ever do any crime ever ,,, until the say he died at 75 and never hurt anyone

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Posted by Sue Wilber on 08/23/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

The Justice system in this state is a complete joke. Guess it's going to take someone getting killed before this nut job actually gets locked up.
But, this is what you get in the world of political correctness. Everyone has to be treated equal, even if they are incapable of living on the street.

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Posted by Jay Bissette Sr. on 08/23/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Mr. DeFrancis - I am grateful for all the good jobs at Dealer.com. The only question is whether the company would have grown here without the subsidies. Notwithstanding your obvious faith in the value of the program, I cannot audit it because it rests entirely on an assertion by management that "but for" the "incentives," the growth would not have occurred. Such assertions are too subjective for an audit and I can't audit faith. I am not alone in thinking that much (if not all) of the growth attributed to the "incentives" would have occurred with them.

Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

Mentally ill or just unruly; the guy can't go around slugging people.117 arrests, eight for felony crimes... and they release him? This guy should not be on the street.

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Posted by zebnorris on 08/23/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Auditor Hoffer,

That $6.3m was money well spent! We can debate its effect on Vermont-based employment using different data and modeling, but here in Vermont we spend a fraction of what Progs deem "corporate welfare" compared to states like Massachusetts and Texas. These states are eager to steal our jobs and--more importantly--members of Vermont's skilled labor force that are employed in those jobs. The lack of an urban center/tech hub like Boston or Austin already puts our state at an incredible disadvantage when attempting to lure skilled workers and firms. We all know the lengths Mass and other states will go to lure jobs and corporate headquarters (eg, recent GE move to Boston).

Sure, there are plenty of examples of wasteful VEGI grants. But http://Dealer.com's appropriation resulted in incremental employments gains of middle-class jobs paying $60-110k. As auditor, your office should be the ones flagging the wasteful incentives like the money awarded to Husky Injection for the creation of hourly manufacturing jobs that pay $13-$16/hour.

We all can agree our state doesn't need more low-wage jobs. We need higher income jobs that will result in both higher-skilled people moving into our state and the retention of more higher-skilled graduates from our colleges. Dealer.com growth mitigated what would've been more damage to our economy and stagnation of labor force. The $6.7m VEGI "incentives" should still be heralded as a banner public-private success, despite these recent layoffs!

Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 08/23/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

Someone should double-check with Del Pozo, then. He seems to think "lack of consequences" is the problem. I think the man who assaulted someone has plenty of consequences hes suffering from in his mind and people don't really seem to understand that. Mentally ill means illogical - not right in the head - and as a result it's not personal, it's a symptom of this man's illnesses.

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Posted by litebrite42 on 08/23/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

"I'm not sure people these days understand what mental illness looks like. It's very sad!"

Anyone spending time in downtown Burlington has a crystal clear conception of what mental illness looks like. Unfortunately.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 08/23/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

No, he can't get help if he wanted it - that's the problem. He's too mentally ill to be stable mentally enough to self-regulate. I'm not sure people these days understand what mental illness looks like. It's very sad! I feel very bad for him to have to be shuffled around. What should we do, strap mentally ill people like him to a chair and execute him?

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Posted by litebrite42 on 08/23/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

litebrite42- he could get the help if wanted it! I am sure he has State Ins, which pays for just about everything!

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Posted by Tracey Towne on 08/23/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Notorious Transient Accused of Assaulting Burlington Business Owner

This happens across the country. It's not criminal issues, it's mental illness for those who "slip through the cracks", aka there is no support network for those who are mentally ill and have no family to contact. Seems like the new chief is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to this issue.

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Posted by litebrite42 on 08/23/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?

Jay-Man - the medical school is part of the university, which is a wholly separate non-profit (that has its own high salaries). The medical center is distinct from the university, even though they share a name as a result of collaboration over teaching medical residents.

Posted by Nate Awrich on 08/23/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Inequality Persists: The Quest for Women's Parity Continues

quick correction - Sally Ride was not the first woman in space- that distinction goes to Valentina Tereshkova

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Posted by ReneBushey on 08/23/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?

Where does he live? If it is on the bus line we should organize a protest in front of his house. Does anyone know?

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Posted by Leopoldo Quintana on 08/23/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?

UVM's medical school does not rank that highly compared to the other institutions quoted in this article:

Duke #7, Vanderbilt #14, Dartmouth #35, UVM #54

https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schoo…

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Posted by Jay-Man on 08/23/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Million-Dollar Question: How Much Should Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn?

"She also noted that they preside over a large and complicated organization. The UVM Medical Center has about 7,500 employees and collects nearly $1.3 billion in annual revenue; many of its top executives also oversee five other hospitals affiliated with the medical center."

The bigger UVMMC gets, the more management salaries will rise to justify the "complicated organization."

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Posted by Jay-Man on 08/23/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

For the record, Dealer.com has been awarded $6.3 million in business "incentives" over the years, along with over $500,000 in training grants.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

WOW!! Jill Badolato Worked to build this company for over a decade and gets less than 2 months of severance.

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Posted by kdiffily on 08/22/2017 at 10:11 PM

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