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Re: “Stuck in Vermont: Finding Balance with Emily Garrett of Laughing River Yoga

Nice to see Emily and her lovely thoughts after so many years. She was one of my first yoga instructors in Burlington, and she has always been a great presence.

Posted by Meganeplerwood on 01/18/2020 at 2:39 PM

Re: “On Tape: Burlington Police Chief Lied Repeatedly About Twitter Account in July Call

The buck needs to stop with the Mayor. As long as this is seen as a minor infraction, our discussion will not be taken seriously. I just wrote in the previous comment section about the urgent need for our administration to take it very seriously that a leader in the City, in this case our highest official in the police force, has not only used social media to intimidate a citizen but he has lied about it. I do not believe this can be looked at from the point of view of just mental health. There must be a higher level response. Our Mayor has sought to avoid having this issue raised in public at all. This is very troublesome. Yesterday, the Free Press waited diligently for him to respond to these issues. He chose not to appear to meet with our reporter and he sought to use medical leave policy as a reason not to deal with this issue in July. There must be a much more concerted response to the issue of the misuse of social media by a leading official in our government.

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Posted by Meganeplerwood on 12/14/2019 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief Admits He Used an Anonymous Twitter Account to Taunt a Critic

All of the evidence shows the great need for a better social media policy. We are seeing distorted news daily, and it appears our Chief thinks that he is different and can use social media as a form of free expression. This is what Mark Zuckerman said in hearing on Facebook in front of a wide global audience. Many disagree including the most recent Nobel Peace Laureate and many other men and women of peace. We are seeing the failure of public institutions and hate crimes become more rampant because of social media. Academic studies show that 80% of the problem is because of Facebook. Our Chief clearly needs to go beyond his current thinking that he can manipulate the public with social media as his right. Our Mayor needs to take up this question of false uses of social media as a serious issue. Weinberger just refused to speak to the Burlington Free Press yesterday on this matter after a reporter waited for well over 3 hours. Clearly we have a problem here. Without a paper of record in Burlington, our Mayor apparently feels he need not respond to the press, except via his own channels in his own timing. This needs to be looked at immediately. The time is now to rein in this administration.

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Posted by Meganeplerwood on 12/14/2019 at 3:16 PM

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