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Re: “Shelburne's Village Wine and Coffee to Expand

Wonderful!

Posted by Marna Ehrech on 10/18/2017 at 8:05 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.

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

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

A course sanders has millions, when he dropped (paid off) out of the race, guess you don't have to pay back the donations you got... Why is he campaigning in other states? He lives in Vt or does he not know this...He sure isn't acting like a senator of Vt, he cares more about his greedy self than the Vermonters...Other states don't vote for him, oh wait, he's getting money from them...having all those houses it cost a lot for upkeep....Think there should be a limit on what politicians can spend..maybe sanders is getting tired of being worth millions, he wants to be a billionaire...

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 10/18/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “'Dracula'

Superb - Scary and Funny at the same time. Ms. Sullivan, Renfeld and Drac were all terrific.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Debra Richer on 10/18/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

I'm proud to say that I've made donations to all three, but most especially to the finest political figure that these United States has to offer, our very own Bernie Sanders. Anyone who says Bernie doesn't walk the walk is either not paying attention or has his head up his own agenda. If one finds it hard to fathom why anyone supports him, one simply doesn't understand Vermont or the four out of five Vermonters who do (which is to say, one is like the 1 out of 5 dentists who doesn't support teeth brushing.) We've all witnessed that Bernie always says what he means, means what he says, and acts on it. Bernie's caterwauling opponent are just embarrassed that he destroys every Republican they muster to run against him. This is because Bernie represents actual people and not merely the GOP's corporate overlords. And, by the by, the United States DOES have term limits; they're called elections.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by John Gallagher on 10/18/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “New Deal: Burlington-Based Localvore Aims to Be the Anti-Yelp

Really? I long ago gave up on localvoretoday.com as being non-functional. Thinking the site had been fixed, I just checked: records from 2 years ago are still visible, and nice headshots of the staff, but otherwise the site is almost totally devoid of content. The latest Blog entry is > a year old. Localvore.co is populated, though strange to navigate, with some links broken and some linking back to localvoretoday.com. That's likely to improve with age. It's just an aggregation of ads, though. Aside from another panel of headshots and more laudable statements of intent, it's merely a platform for approved businesses to announce themselves. Problematic as public reviews can be, without them all we have is smiley faces generated by the businesses themselves.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by prion on 10/18/2017 at 4:34 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.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/18/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

James Haslam,

I find your letter to the editor pretty appalling, for many reasons. But let's make it easy and break it down with your mission statement, taken from the Rights and Democracy website:

"Our mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government."

You are taking money to influence our government.
You are hiding the source of this money.
The fact that you are legally allowed to do this does not cut it (especially, to quote your mission statement, when you are to be guided by "the values of our communities"): our communities want transparency, especially by those who seek to influence government and our policies.

You wrote: "It would be great if the media would focus on truly substantive issues facing our world and state."
Do you genuinely not believe that who holds political power through financial means is not a substantive issue facing America today?

Or is this just hubris?


You titled your letter: "Blame the Media." This sounds like a Trumpian attack: if you do not like the information being reported, counter it with facts, don't call it fake news.

You owe Vermonters an apology for your arrogance.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by angryatwhitemen on 10/18/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Never given a donation to any one of this Vermont triumvirate and never will. Bernie is the most offensive of the three, the epitome of the professional politician who talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Bernie missed all but one Senate vote during the 2016 presidential election campaign. It is hard for me to fathom why anyone supports him. One of the few political dreams I have is the U.S. enacts term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. Now that would make American great again!

7 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 10/18/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Beginner English Language Class

Beginner Level English Language Class will be on vacation October 18 & 25, 2017.

Posted by Annie D'Alton on 10/18/2017 at 3:44 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/

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Liz Curry on 10/18/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Electric Vehicles Are All the Buzz in Vermont

While I agree electric vehicles are the future and look forward to more of them on the road. An issue that needs to be discussed is their contribution to road maintenance. Currently gas powered vehicles contribute to road infrastructure via gas tax, but EVs don't contribute anything (obviously). The Legislature needs to come up with a way for EV's to help pay for our roads...perhaps a mileage tax?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RB on 10/18/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Dirty Water: The 'Lake Champlain Cleanup' That Isn't

Enjoy the Data Folks ..... It seems the EXPOSURE of Sunlight gets the Government back to work :) See ..... Glens Falls, Lake George, Ticonderoga and the PINHOLE GANG of the Glens Falls Banks and the MILLS .... https://www.bing.com/search?q=Poisoning+La…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 10/18/2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Electric Vehicles Are All the Buzz in Vermont

"Weinberger, who owns a Leaf, pointed out that a low-income Burlington resident could pay as little as $11,300 for the car, presuming that buyer qualifies for the full $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit."

How many low income folks in Burlington can afford payments on $11,000? I'm curious to know the reality of who has bough brand new EVs. Wouldn't the money be better spent on expanding or subsidizing the bus system for low income residents?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by cwinklem on 10/18/2017 at 1:28 PM

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

Tiki,
"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. Don't take my word for it, look it up. Also in the history files is two criminal investigations that found no wrongdoing and a defeated civil suit from disgruntled citizens."

The transfer of funds may have been legal but not being able to repay was illegal.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by BradD on 10/18/2017 at 7:55 AM

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

RE: Big Sadie - "The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla in the parlor is the City's $17,000,000 liability which resulted from the improper (and illegal) transfer of General Fund money to BT."

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. Don't take my word for it, look it up. Also in the history files is two criminal investigations that found no wrongdoing and a defeated civil suit from disgruntled citizens.

3 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/18/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

Vince illuzi said "You look at the system the participants did what they were supposed to. I don't know what an alternative response would look like."

An alternative response that could possibly have saved Molly's life would have been to move her to a safe house in an undisclosed location, where her abuser would not know how to locate her. It is mind boggling that the court had her stay in the Maidstone house, with nothing but a retraining order to keep him away. I have a friend in southern VT who is going through a similar situation, separated from a physically and emotionally abusive husband, and with a 4 year old. In her case, she was able to move with her child to a safe house for about 2 months when things were the most volatile and unstable, until she could then find housing away from her abuser. I know every situation is different though, and with all due respect to the state agencies involved, but we need more funding and staffing for safe houses and associated services statewide.

With deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy Benoit and her family, as we all mourn this horrible tragedy.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Walters: Legislative Panel Delays Wind Rules — Again

It's disappointing that Seven Days does not shed light on the personal connections and financial ties among VT's big wind proponents. On a national scale, Vermonters seem interested in transparency when it comes to knowing where our food comes from and who is funding certain political causes or candidates. Why aren't we looking at wind power the same way?

Posted by Laura P. on 10/17/2017 at 10:22 PM

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

2 cents... Continuing with conspiracy language like he "sent his lawyers to Citi to solicit a threat of litigation", only further hurts those trying to make believable points in support of your own cause.

18 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 10/17/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

Absolutely sickening. This man is a rapist and deserved the life sentence he was facing. The best we can hope for is that he and others like him spend eternity in hell. And the judge that would pass a sentence like this for crimes like this needs to be removed from the bench and disbarred.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by citizen on 10/17/2017 at 8:41 PM

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