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Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

$100,000 for that cartoon of Burlington notables? Now $20-30,000 to add some diversity? Don't throw good money after bad. Paint over it, it's ugly.

40 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 10/09/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Walters: Pot Commission to Discuss Path to Legalization

Roadside test? There are so many chemical substances -- legal and illegal, naturally occurring and ingested/imbibed/inhaled -- that can impair driving, maybe it is time to judge the behavior without attributing it to a substance. There are no accidents. If the driver loses control of the vehicle, s/he is culpable. Too much caffeine? Anger adrenaline? Sleep deprived? Distracted? All are risky, and no roadside test for it.

22 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire: Accusations Fly in Burlington Telecom Negotiations

Conflict of interest: Terry Dorman, who is heavily influencing the BT sale decision, and profitting from the sale, is closely connected to one of the bidders (the one advised to withdraw). The mayor, on advice of legal council, discussed the conflict with Dorman, and the bid in question was withdrawn. Very responsible on the mayor and Dorman's part. Why wasn't the connection between Dorman and the bidder disclosed sooner? Some councilors, who apparently knew about it, are red-faced. Embarrassed? Oh no, they are mad. The mayor validated conflicting interests! If one conflict of interest is acknowledged, other deals will be questioned, past present and future, and public acceptance of council's refusal to recognize conflicting interests may be over. https://relationshipscience.com/connection…

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Fourth Bidder for Burlington Telecom Says He's Out for Good

Why all the secrecy? This article does very little to inform about the conflict of interest. Since council and the mayor routinely turn a blind eye to blatant conflicting interests with clear financial gain (for example, squirty fountain design of City Hall Park), this conflict must be a huge legal liability. Press, do your job!

14 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/29/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Dems Depleted: Vermont Democrats Facing Financial Woes

Well done, John Walters.

Dems in VT, and nationally, are focused on serving an establishment that is perceived as ruled by the wealthy elite. The immense popularity of Bernie in VT, and nationally, would have guided a party ruled by Democratic principles, serving the interests of the people.

As for the Free Press' Pomerleau tribute -- tacky tacky tacky. We all saw right through it The police chief's donation of $500 out of the dept budget -- we'll remember that when the chief says we can't put a speed reader on North Ave, or a camera at the intersection of 127. It's a blatant example of a City dept using taxpayer dollars frivolously.

If Pomerleau is the civic santa the Free Press presents, then he was not flattered or impressed. Every ad purchased by a City dept or a non-profit took money away from services to city residents. Better to invite him over for lunch and shower him with heartfelt affection and praise.

19 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/28/2017 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Same for telecom? "The demand for local is strong; the demand for having a community-owned, member-owned [grocery store] is strong," he said.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/22/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Burlington Fined $44,000 for Public Works Safety Violations

At the entrance to Shore Rd, DPW installed a middle turning lane that conflicts with street parking. Vehicles entering Shore Rd from North Ave are headed straight into parked cars. We have to cross over into the turning lane to avoid parked vehicles. Frequently over-sized parked vehicles there block sight line, making it even more dangerous.

Now, DPW has added a big orange sign to the travel lane, making the situation even worse.

This dangerous situation has been addressed by residents, and dismissed by DPW. If there is an accident and/or injury at this location, the City will be held liable.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/19/2017 at 10:47 PM

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