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Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

We had a 3 way race for mayor and the worst candidate won.

Now Jane just can't seem to walk away or graciously bow out and maybe mentor a new council member. It looks like spite and ego have conspired to push Jane into the race. Which means Real Estate Huckster Miro and the Chamber of Commerce get the person they want, the pliable, malleable Ms. Knodell.

Please reconsider, Jane. Don't be like the pro athlete that stays too long and embarrasses themselves after their skills have eroded and whose time has passed and ruins their legacy.

It is past time for some fresh faces/ideas on City Council, ones that won't be water carriers for the Mayor and actually represent their districts. Maybe it is time for term limits to be on the ballot.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/18/2019 at 2:07 PM

Re: “What’s Left? Young Burlington Progs Forge Ahead Without Jane Knodell

In the end Jane sounded more like a Hillary Democrat ( which is almost as bad as being a Republican) and had a tin ear when it came to Miro's reckless drive to over-develop and over-populate the city. Rents in Burlington have been high forever and yet the so called Progressives over the last two decades have fled from the idea of rent control.

If Knodell runs as an Independent it will prove how out of touch she is with her constituents. It is past time for the Old Guard of the Proggies to move on, whether on City Council or at CEDO or any other city position. Neo-liberalism is a destructive failure in spite of our current Mayor's grandiose inclinations and the shot-callers at the Chamber of Commerce.

"Old and in the way
is what I heard them say.
They used to heed the words he said
but that was yesterday.
Gold has turned to gray
and youth will fade away.
They'll never care about you
'cause you're old and in the way."

Thank you for your efforts and time, Jane, but please don't run again, walk away with your head up.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/16/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Administration Explores Radical School System Reorg

Gov. Scott shows his GOP fangs at last . . . this "reform" is a ruse to break then privatize the school system in Vermont so it can be looted and starved by the private sector, plus break the teacher's unions as a bonus to the Chamber of Commerce.

Yes, the schools system needs to be tightened up but, like Trump, Scott is trying to run the table to further a more depraved Right Wing agenda. Now we will see how much fight the Democrats/Proggies have in them.

Gee . . I wonder when Betsy DeVos is going to drop in for a visit, flying her Skull and Crossbones flag of "free markets".

10 likes, 39 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/11/2019 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Longtime Councilor Knodell Loses Progressive Nomination

I'd like to thank Jane for her time in city affairs . . .BUT it is time to move on. Jane seems to have been doing little on City Council except either napping or rolling over for everything our Real Estate Huckster Mayor demanded. The Old North End needs voices on the Council , other than Max Tracy, who actually will fight for their constituents instead of this Get-along-go-along circus that we've had for a while now.

The Mayor is ramming through what he wants: the obsolete plan for the Southern Connector, turning City Hall Park into a heliport, the 14 Story Big Lie/Tumor/ City Place, gentrifying the ONE, making Burlington even more of a boutique playground than it already is. I also believe he still wants to tear down Memorial Aud to build some grandiose pyramid to his ego.

Neo-liberal policies and the rigged "free market" systems are failing for 95% of the population. The idiocy of flogging unlimited growth on a finite planet is insanity and depravity. Unfortunately Jane became a handmaiden of these things. The graceful thing to do is to step aside, Jane.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/07/2019 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Walters: Burlington Free Press Editor Kilian to Leave Paper

Thanks to media deregulation and corporate consolidation the Freeps is nothing but a useless Corporate rag. It is just a small symptom of a much larger problem. The remaining local media isn't much better.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 01/04/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Police: Burlington Man Stole Packages With Kid in Tow

What this guy did is disgusting and awful . . but it isn't a whole lot different from what Skip Vallee or Don Sinex has been doing for years. The only real difference is that this guy can't afford a fancy rich lawyer.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 12/21/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Vallee Accuses Sanders of Seeking Legal Retribution 'To Make a Point'

Suck it up, Skippy. You have been gouging Chittenden residents for years. You are what "free market capitalism" truly is: a fraudulent abuse of power and nothing less than legalized cannibalism.

Perhaps the bloated Grifter in Chief can get you a job in his criminal syndicate administration , maybe the Dept. of Energy since you seem to know as much as Rick Perry ( which is virtually nothing) about it except how to extract wealth from those at the bottom and transfer it to yourself .

54 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 12/14/2018 at 9:36 AM

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