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Re: “Four Quarters Brewing Turns Parking Lot Into Beer Garden

Great beer. Written up in national magazines as one of the tastiest brews in the country, as a matter of fact.
We've enjoyed watching their success.

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 06/23/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Rep. Nader Hashim Resigns From Vermont State Police

If the officer's intelligence, diligence, and diversity of life experience don't "serve the interest" of the department, that 's mighty unfortunate. Not just for him, but for us.

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 05/09/2019 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

Uhh, 'scuse me Mr. Goodkind. "The Southern Connector"? Unless my memory and a bunch of documents I've kept over the years while I've been a party to the road's various starts and stops fail me, you were the head of Public Works for decades while the Southern Connector was being integrated into the city's development plans. I never heard you damn the project to the public then. Now you're dumping responsibility for it, (with it's hefty price tag) in the Mayor's lap? The Mayor inherited that project, and Moran, and a neglected Memorial Auditorium from the previous administrations. You can throw City Hall Park into the category, too. Maybe we ought to be giving the guy some credit for picking up the slack, instead of blaming him for other people's failed commitments.

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 01/29/2019 at 5:16 PM

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

It would have been great if the "Keep The Park Green" folks could have asked for the ballot item in 2011, when the public input began, or in 2013 when the project was approved. Or last year, when they were disappointed with the process. Time has been on their side and this "democratic" endeavor smacks of manipulation since, unless I miss my guess, 'Keep The Park Green" used to be, "Keep City Hall Park Historic", until somebody realized saving trees was sexier than saving history.

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 01/24/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Burlington Schools Superintendent Weighs In on Race Controversy

Seven Days- I'm surprised Michelle C's comments haven't been addressed by the moderator.

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 04/10/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Burlington Schools Superintendent Weighs In on Race Controversy

Dr. Obeng had, when hired, over two decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator in a couple of cities far larger than Burlington.
If he happened to be white, hed still have a resume that was quite impressive. Which is why he got the job.…

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Posted by Thea Lewis on 04/07/2018 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Burlington Schools Superintendent Weighs In on Race Controversy

Don't lay this at the feet of Dr. Obeng. As Superintendent he had a responsibility to ask for an investigation into an allegation of racism whether it was directed at him, or someone else.
The missteps here were by the "old" board- or, at least, those members so willful or misinformed as to believe they were justified in calling a barely warned, eleventh hour emergency session (on the night of term expiration) to hear the findings.
They were a lame duck board at that point, and there was no emergency.
The Secretary of State's rules are clear:
"An emergency meeting may be held in the event of a true emergency, i.e. when necessary to respond to an unforeseen occurrence or condition requiring immediate attention, without public announcement as long as some public notice is given as soon as possible before the meeting."

An issue of school security, a fire or a UFO landing in the middle of the high school football field-
These would merit an emergency meeting with no warning.
Not the release of a report, and an outgoing board's burning desire to know.

28 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Thea Lewis on 04/06/2018 at 6:15 PM

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