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Re: “Stuck in Vermont: Monica Kaigle Remembers a Lifetime Spent in Burlington

Wonderful, quality piece of Burlington....that is why Seven Days is the best!

Posted by GeishaGirl on 02/07/2020 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Why Bernie Should Run, Pt. 2

Why Bernie should run? A resounding NO! First off, his age. We need someone younger in the WH once we get rid of the scary Yahoo that is there. Second, I LOVED Bernie when he was Mayor of Burlington. He was thoughtful, humble, for the people and made wonderful changes and progress with that community. I think being too long in politics and exposed to that atmosphere has changed him. He likes what he says and to hear his own voice with its rhetoric but has some difficulty backing it up. Just ask him about the F-35's, and why he approved it along with his cronies, Leahy, Welch and Miro. It affects over 8,500 families, residential neighborhoods with a caustic and dangerous low flying military plane. Opposition from these residents were ignored and Sanders wouldn't even sit down and talk with them. And now, all the journalistic research about the sexual misconduct, alcoholism and gender bias from the VTANG top officials, and they are the ones flying and making decisions on a still untested plane that fly over Winooski, Burlington, Williston, South Burlington, etc. AND still Sanders supports them which for me, does not make him very trustworthy. Three, although his wife and partner Jane was "acquitted" of any wrong doing in her leadership abilities in the downfall of Burlington College, there are still too many unanswered questions that are conveniently "hidden"....a true political characteristic and not First Lady material. Didn't vote for him for these reasons, nor will I support him....

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 11/28/2018 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Campaign Has $7.6 Million in Cash

No matter how much Sanders, Welch or Leahy rake in for their campaigns, or spout their rehearsed speeches, PLEASE don't forget that they were the ones who did not do their homework and ignored the initial environment and military reports when they approved and welcomed the dangerous, highly toxic to our environment and health, heavily armed F-35's to our residential neighborhoods. They turned our beloved Burlington into a future military base, which will only eat up more of our neighborhoods and beautiful state to make room for more military planes and dangerous fly overs as time goes on. They refused to listen to the cries of over 8,000+ people with families that live in the negatively affected areas vs saving 1,000 VTANG jobs, where there were positive alternative routes to satisfy all. The Burlington people even voted their disapproval on their city ballots only to be shim shamed by their fellow cronie, Weinberger, with developer Pomerleau quietly lurking behind. Shame on them! These "representatives" for the people of Vermont will NEVER get my vote again.

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 07/17/2018 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Weigh In on Safe Injection Sites

More preventative education and positive mentoring in our schools and communities, more treatment facilities and counselling, stricter laws for the dealers and their suppliers, stricter medical guidelines and follow-ups for doctors who prescribe these long-term opiates, etc. is a resounding YES. But ultimately, the person has to express a desire that they WANT to quit, as in any addictive behavior, and follow a treatment plan, attend support meetings, meet with their counselors, etc. with an end result to be clean and sober. Even thinking of proposing a "safe injection" site is not a way to help the opiate problem but only perpetuates a co-dependent environment. What is next with this ridiculous idea? Hold the needle? We can do better than that.....

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 07/17/2018 at 6:57 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center, Nurses to Return to the Bargaining Table

A relative of mine is going through chemo. During her "treatment" which has always been a scheduled procedure, she has had to wait hours for the doctor to finally approve, which was suppose to have already been done. This has happened to her several times and causes unnecessary stress to an already weak and sick patient. The only ones that came in to check on her or even give her information, were the nurses, who tried to push things along and have always been friendly, kind, caring and UNDER STAFFED. It is a travesty what the CEO's of UVM Center make and the expensive charges that a patient has to pay. Is that money only lining the pockets of some? Why not take some of that $$$ and outrageous pay hikes, give to the nurses and staff and try to improve the hospital and its surroundings for patients. Here's a suggestion: Install an automatic walkway, like the airports have, to get to the old hospital rooms which are far away from the renovated part of the hospital. That long, confusing walk is ridiculous and many people cannot do it, and have to wait a LONG time for "unfriendly" wheelchair service! P.S. The last few times I was there, the rooms were dirty, cramped and smelly and patients were waiting for blood work (the bloody gauze never hits the trash and remains on the floor) sheets needed to be changed and body fluid bags to be emptied. Horrible! No wonder my relative is switching to another hospital and doctors for her care....

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Posted by GeishaGirl on 07/07/2018 at 6:54 AM

Re: “An Architect's Stowe Home Combines Energy Efficiency and Personal Flair

I want to live there!

Posted by GeishaGirl on 06/01/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Despite Opponents' Efforts, F-35s Still Scheduled for Burlington

Sad day when the voices of over 8,000 people with families and who are taxpayers, are not heard. Sad day when Mayor W. refused to listen to the voting ballot. Sad day when neighborhoods will be forced to cringe in fear when the billions of dollars F-35's scream and fly dangerously low over our neighborhood. Sad day when the F-35's crash because BTV is the training ground for this ultra military machine that is still plagued with technical difficulties AND it will happen. For me, this is not the sound of freedom, but bullying by a military that did not adhere to the environmental and safety requirements when Burlington was "chosen". This is not the sound of freedom when our "reps" Leahy, Welch, Sanders and Weinburger called in favors and "snuck" this plane into a small airport and residential area. Sad day that only the VTANG was considered AND not the thousands of people in the Winooski, Burlington, So. Burlington and Williston neighborhoods that will be deeply affected. It will be a sad day when they arrive, and the noise is so deafening, and our environment and neighborhoods are threatened and the base will host other military planes (as they do with the F-16's) and the late night trainings will increase, and all the promises the VTANG officials made for noise and safety control and limited hours of flight, are ignored and more neighborhoods will be torn down. Sad day when our beautiful state of Vermont is known as a military base....Sad day indeed....

18 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 05/26/2018 at 12:39 AM

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