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Ben Zelvis 
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Re: “How Should Burlington Police Its Cops? In the Street, Activists Say

I think this perfectly legal process could be a productive way to ensure police are following procedures and ethics.
If we had adequate training for police this would be unnecessary.

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 05/23/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Burlington Farmers Market Prepares to Move to Pine Street

@PacoDefrancis I believe there is inherent value in the Farmer's Market as an economic outlet for local producers and a resource for local products to consumers that make up for the lack of direct monetary payment to the city. Isn't the point of public parks to provide such a venue, not to make profit?

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 04/22/2019 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Lawmakers Want Reforms, Not New Prisons, to Bring Out-of-State Inmates Home

No mention of folks in prison for Possesion or other small time drug charges?

Posted by Ben Zelvis on 03/21/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Bible Study on Aisle Three: Church's 'Pushy' Tactics Spook Vermont Shoppers

I've heard of multiple exchanges with folks from this church that border on harassment! Glad to see some reporting on it!

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 03/01/2019 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Will of the People? Advisory Questions Offer High Hopes but Get Few Results

I'd like to hone in on one aspect of the plan that is truly absurd, which I imagine may have bipartisan agreement:

A barista kiosk in a park which is surrounded by roughly 10 coffee shops in a mile radius, and is within 100 yards of ANOTHER coffee kiosk! Here I present evidence from our friends at GOOGLE:…

Not only is this redundant, but possibly an economic challenge to Cafe owners in the surrounding area!
(If I owned Leunig's Petit Bistro or Cosmic Grind or Muddy Waters or Uncommon Grounds or Onyx Tonics or Tight Squeeze or August First or New Moon Cafe I'd be a bit perturbed.)

And how bout that $4Million price tag, eh?
And the lovely gray plastic planters, hmmm?

It seems to me that in this project, as in other development projects spearheaded by our Grand MayoEmperor Miro, feign "public process", but do not actualize it.

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 01/24/2019 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Longtime Councilor Knodell Loses Progressive Nomination

I'm noticing a trend of under-representing the strengths of young and passionate politicians in your articles.
Of course I realize that this article's primary focus is on Knodell, as she is the current City Councilor and this is a significant shift in Progressive Party endorsement.

Here is a quote from Aidan Quigley at VT Digger:
"Freeman, a community organizer and home care provider, touted her work campaigning for paid family leave and climate change measures. She also worked on Democrat Bob Hoopers successful campaign to unseat Wright. She said the goal of her campaign is to improve the lives of everyday Burlingtonians."

And your description: "Freeman described herself as a renter who works multiple jobs and would bring the "values of an organizer" to the council."

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 01/08/2019 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Moran Redux? Officials Present New Plan for Burlington Landmark

Not bad if executed well. However I'm still confused about how these new projects are costing so much money. And it seems like we can't see the budget until it's too late to refuse or negotiate. Also, how much are we spending on these tacky computer models?!?

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Posted by Ben Zelvis on 12/13/2018 at 2:25 AM

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