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Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

"For one Kelley didn't talk with two Prog. candidates for City Council in March 2017. I'm one."

Kelley did solicit comment from arguably the most vocally anti-Weinberger candidate for a city council seat in March, and printed her lengthy, hate-filled rant in response.

He also spoke with a sitting Prog city councilor who is very critical of Weinberger.

He had no obligation, need, or reason, to also speak with you, just because you, like Grill, ran for a city council seat and lost.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/28/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

A five page unpaid ad for Miro's re-election? Proof of his popularity by saying all but one person the author interviewed supported Miro? How about, "Who didn't you talk with?" For one Kelley didn't talk with two Prog. candidates for City Council in March 2017. I'm one. Endorsed by CLC and the Progs, I ran on a platform that provided substantive criticism of each of the mayor's current development projects. Success is measured in the substantive debate that brought wider citizen participation and understanding of these projects. None were discussed at any length in Kelley's very long article, and others were missed entirely. Omitted was the mayor's resolute support for the demolition of 200 homes around BTV with scores more pending when the F-35 widens the <65dB envelop making hoses "unfit for human habitation." How's that for promoting broad spectrum housing opportunity? Nor did Kelley mention the $800,000 and sweatheart lease terms the mayor supported for developer friends constructing a private marina on city waterfront land, along with 25 parking slots and 169 boat slips, a development that could have earned Parks & Rec. money had they been allowed to extend their marina. And how about the C2 section of the expressway that will preclude adequate development of our manufacturing district with the jobs and taxes that will thus be lost. It is only lack of media attention to the wrong headedness of Weinberger's vision of Burlington that makes him a "contender":in 2018

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Posted by Charles S on 04/28/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

I see. I guess according to Lade and Philo, for a profile on Mayor Weinberger it wasn't enough for 7D to interview various people across the political and ideological spectrum: Democrats, Republicans, and Progressives. It wasn't enough to print the lengthy quotations of two people who hate him. It wasn't enough to interview a developer, a Prog city councilor, a former Progressive mayor, and a non-motorized transportation advocate, among others. No, I guess Lade and Philo think that any piece that isn't purely negative about Weinberger is a "puff piece." I guess Lade and Philo think the ONLY people who should have been interviewed for this story are members of the Crackpots For a Livable City.

Yeah, that seems fair and reasonable.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/27/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

I hope each person that runs against him gets a nice long puff piece extolling their virtues from "Vermont's independent voice" as well.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/26/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Genese Grill's apocalyptic criticism of the Mayor is completely laughable. The product of a bizarre, perhaps disturbed mind. Whatever credibility she had should be erased in anyone's mind.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/26/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Max Tracy for Mayor? He'd be great. Hate to admit it but I voted for Miro the first time around and have found out what a slick politician he is. Time for him to move on.

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Posted by RB on 04/26/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

I trust that Miro thinks that he knows what is best for Burlington going forward. I also trust that he does not feel that public input is really all that necessary to achieving his vision of "what's best." My trust in these beliefs stems from the way Miro handled the BTC affair -- treating opponents like nuisances to his apparent pet project, therefore not encouraging a thoughtful conversation by all sides, for all concerns. Add this to his formation of a PAC to promote the project, sounding off with the message that anyone against the BTC redevelopment is against Burlington's success. I was truly disgusted and disturbed by his petty politics, and I will remember this feeling come election time -- and will hopefully not be the only one who does.

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 04/26/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Nice fellate the mayor piece.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 04/26/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

I'm grateful Susan C. Anderson is calmer and more articulate than I am because I literally couldn't have said it better myself At my age all I have is inchoate rage for the vile selfishness of republiKKKlans. We progressives will make sure humans - which excludes republiKKKlans - continues to evolve, grow, change, adapt and flourish, in utter contradistinction to retrogressive, racist, Koch-brothers-fellating republiKKKlans.

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Posted by ksmith610 on 04/26/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Shlaes "Forgotten Man"'s economic revisionism has been widely discredited by non-ideological economists. The fact that she has been quoted as stating she's an admirer of the Mercers also says all you need to know.

Cal was undoubtedly a great man in many respects but also modest and self -effacing, and does not need Shlaes kind of self-serving efforts at public relations. Her subversive attempt to alter the Foundation's raison d'etre from an historical to an ideological organization via an all-too-transparent masquerade that purportedly strives merely to revitalize a faded and mis-understood but once prominent Vermonter is greatly resented by this 8th Generation Vermonter. The fact that the focus is on her role in increased "fund raising" speaks volumes.

As to the "success" of the "Roaring Twenties", those alive during following decade might beg to differ.

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Posted by Susan C. Anderson on 04/26/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

People like the Mercers are evil as in they wish to mold government in THEIR image against the interests of voters.

It's time to overturn Citizens United and restore this country as one run by the will of the voters, not hoity-toity conservatives with bottomless pockets.

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Posted by Brad Barratt on 04/26/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Convict-Turned-Lawmaker Pushes Criminal Justice Reform in Vermont

Janssen's story should remind us of the number of Christian organizations that do good work, advocating and helping those who general society has turned their back on. It is always interesting to me, too, how our stereotypes of southern, conservative states can make headway in issues such as prisoner reintegration where northern liberal ones sputter. We can all learn from each other, I think.

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Posted by Tom Darling on 04/23/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Hmmmm...what could Rebekah Mercer's interest in The Coolidge Foundation be? I would urge folks to do an online search of her and her interactions with the Trump administration. There are numerous articles published March, 2017, in national publications. Why would the Foundation need so much money and high paid staff?

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Posted by Keep Winooski Real on 04/21/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Mr. Heintz contends that Ms. Shlaes alone wants to take Coolidge away from Vermont. Based on Mr. Heintzs article, however, I reviewed the Strategic Planning Process that was conducted in 2009, before Ms. Shlaes was on the Foundation's horizon.

In 2009, the Coolidge board determined that: "We will use our unique location at Plymouth Notch, organizational strengths and passion, to establish funding, strong partnerships, and national recognition for Calvin Coolidge." We also determined to "reinforce national fund raising." We envisioned a Foundation that would ensure that "the nation will be inspired to use Calvin Coolidge as a key to solving relevant national and international issues."

The current activities of the Foundation under Ms. Shlaes and executive director Matt Denhart appear to be following the 2009 Plan closely. The Foundation has drawn national funding without compromising itself.The Foundation has established strong partnerships with esteemed institutions, two being with the Dartmouth Debate Institutes and the White House Historical Association, which co-hosts finalists for the Coolidge scholarship over the summer.

The Foundation has drawn more than a thousand young people to the Notch, high school debaters since Ms. Shlaes and director Matt Denhart came on board. The Coolidge scholarship program, undercovered in Mr. Heintz's article, has drawn 2400 or more solid applicants this year, all of whom write essays about Coolidge. The success of Ms. Shlaes is really amazing to me.
Gov. Douglas comments have the most credibility in the articlethe foundation has matured quite a lot in recent years and I dont see any ideological imprint on anything we do as an organization. The author did not, it seems, choose to interview many others with knowledge of the situation. Vermont did not get a true picture of the merits of the Coolidge Foundation.

Robert Kirby
Coolidge Foundation
President
( 2009- 2011)

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Posted by Robert P. Kirby on 04/21/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Sounds like the typical, standard modus operandi for the joyless, angry, women-hating, greedy, selfish old men...in other words, republiKKKlans.

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Posted by ksmith610 on 04/21/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

I am a historian and have been a member of the Coolidge Foundation since 1972.

For decades, the Foundations focus was on Cal, the Vermonter, sitting contentedly in a rocker on the piazza of the family Homestead, making wise, brief observations or telling little jokes from time to time.

Since Ms. Shlaes arrival, the group has expanded its focus to take in Calvin Coolidges full life experiences. This rightly including discussing and illuminating his conservative politics and his most successful Presidency, during which he presided over the most vital and exciting decade of the XXth Centurythe Roaring Twenties.

As historian, I certainly welcome this changed. Indeed, I congratulate Ms. Shlaes and her associates for making it possible and for making the Coolidge Foundation a truly national body of Coolidge enthusiasts, one doing much good work, especially for our nations young.

Saying that todays Coolidge Presidential Foundation is some kind of right winged organization is simply nonsensethat is, to anyone who knows the true facts. Saying so, moreover, does a great disservice the fine individuals involved. They deserve our plaudits!

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Posted by Jerry Wallace on 04/20/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Convict-Turned-Lawmaker Pushes Criminal Justice Reform in Vermont

What could possibly motivate a Republican who is shitty on pretty much every issue to support a progressive cause like criminal-justice reform? Only being a white-collar criminal himself who defrauded investors. Not to say that this cause is bad, it is something that folks should support wholeheartedly - just don't be dazzled by Willhoit and think he's some sort of compassionate conservative.

Janssen Wilhoit and Adam Greshin are really competing with each other to see who can be most outwardly self-serving in their legislative priorities.

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Posted by Adam Salem on 04/20/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “After Decades of Feuding, Is It Time to Disband the Tiny Town of Victory?

There are other towns in Vermont that have the same problem. It has been part of the Vermont culture forever. Remember the eugenics project, the witch burning, etc.....

Read the recent Bennington Banner Editorial "Fear and Loathing in Bennington".

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Posted by dissent@sover.net on 04/20/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

It epitomizes corporate greed. Prefect "conservative" values.

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Posted by Mick on 04/20/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

Given Calvin Coolidge was, for his time, a popular and mainstream conservative Republican, is what's happening here really that big a deal? Conservative Republicans taking over the foundation of a conservative Republican president? Granted Coolidge would probably be in the Rand Paul wing of the party today rather than the neo-con, war hawk G.W. Bush wing, so a little ironic that alumni of the G.W. Bush foundation now involved. But this is not exactly a conservative takeover of a foundation for FDR. It seems the "takeover" is as much about the out-of-stater vs. locals conflict?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/20/2017 at 1:46 AM

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