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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.

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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.

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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...

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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???

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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…

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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?

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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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Posted by Liz Curry on 10/19/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Uber Has Sped to the Top of Burlington's Ride-for-Hire Heap

I'll have sympathy for the local cab companies when they can actually provide rides at peak times. The last two times I've called for a cab - once early in the morning to get a ride to the airport, and once in the middle of the day to get back to the dealer servicing my car - at least 3 cab companies told me they couldn't get me a cab for more than an hour. If we didn't have Uber and Lyft, we wouldn't have a taxi service - all we would have is a car-by-appointment service.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 10/19/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

Hi Seven Days. Thanks for bringing the Rights and Democracy issue into the sunlight. As a citizen who cares about transparency in politics this is very important to me.

I really did not like Mr. Haslam's response and found it both defensive and threatening. I will continue to support other Vermont organizations that do good work like the VT ACLU. My dollars will not go to Rights and Democracy after Mr. Haslam's attack on Seven Days.

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Posted by MazieGrace on 10/19/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

"Our mission is to bring people together . . ."

And your hyperaggressive, accusatory attack on Seven Days is directly contrary to your own mission statement.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/19/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Stolen Glory: Trolls Doctor Vermont Photog's Shot of Veteran

Sick, but unfortunately not shocking

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Posted by Tina R on 10/19/2017 at 12:37 PM

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

Prion - Sorry that you think our efforts are "merely a platform for approved businesses to announce themselves." We do in fact let every farm to table business and farm post to our newsfeed. We feel that people want to know about local food, drink and events - especially the more Localvore among us. And we do mention our intent because we do have intentions of making the platform very clear to understand and a tool you can use rather then yelp - if 2000 locals love a place rather then 684 reviews from tourists, you might see one being of more value. It is odd you wrote a negative sounding review since that is exactly what we are fighting against. These types of feedback are important but rather than posting them on a public forum, we feel feel a dialogue between us should be the way to go, and that is going to be a big part of what we are doing too - sorry you couldn't see it yet!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael Nedell on 10/19/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

Sticky hand Sanders has to go. #Timetovotethebaldguysout

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Posted by citizen on 10/19/2017 at 11:13 AM

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.

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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...

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

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