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Re: “Walters: Final Debate Between Scott and Hallquist a Lively, Testy Affair

I watched part of the debate, including part regarding F-35 fighter jet. Governor Scott right about many issues but wrong here. Scott was invited to Washington, DC, in meeting with Secretary of Air Force, that he purposely did not publicize, because he knows full well that City of Burlington; City of Winooski; and City of South Burlington, have all voted strongly against F-35. Governor Scott was asked by Secretary of Air Force: does VT want the F-35 or not? Sec. of Air Force said it can go in another state. In debate last night, Scott now tells VT he told the Air Force, yes, we want it. When he knows full well this is wrong. All the communities facing such enormous negative impacts have voted against it.

On other hand, Democratic Party cannot be trusted on this issue at all. It was Patrick Leahy, Peter Shumlin, & Miro Weinberger who all orchestrated the F-35's basing to begin with. They have never wavered. Have all repeatedly refused to meet with negatively impacted constituents. 1,000's of people facing negative impacts to health and home values ignored, over and over again, by VT Democratic Party. Marginalized their own fellow party member, Winooski State Rep. George Cross.

Hallquist supported F35 during primary. Now, suddenly, she slightly changes tune. Says she has some questions. This is not good enough. Do Hallquist & all VT Democrats, Becca Balint; Mitzi Johnson; Leahy; Welch; Weinberger, finally commit to stopping F35 and securing different, more positive mission for VTANG, appropriate for VT's most densely populated area? They have not and do not.

Although I voted Democrat for 20+ years, so long as F-35 Fighter Jet Chamber of Commerce Democrats continue on path they are on, they will continue to lose my vote.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/03/2018 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

In March of this year, Burlington ballot passed telling Governor and legislature that no one under age 21 may purchase cigarettes. Personally, I do not endorse smoking cigarettes but it seems what Burlington and Sarah George are saying is 19 and 20 year olds cannot buy a pack of cigarettes but that they, and anyone else, 17 year olds, whoever, are perfectly free to shoot up with heroin in their "safe" injection site?

Has State's Attorney Sarah George considered the possibility that while her push to legalize opium dens may theoretically save 9 lives, 200 more people may theoretically consider trying heroin because of the official "safe" endorsement from City of Burlington, leading to an actual net loss of life as 10 or 20 of those new 200 overdose and die?

And where is Ms. George planning to put her "safe" and "supervised" opium dens? In her neighborhood in South Burlington?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

In March of this year, Burlington ballot passed telling Governor and legislature that no one under age 21 may purchase cigarettes. Personally, I do not endorse smoking cigarettes but it seems what Burlington City Council & Sarah George are saying is 19 and 20 year olds cannot buy a pack of cigarettes but that they, and anyone else, 17 year olds, whoever, are perfectly free to shoot up with heroin in their "safe" injection site?

Has State's Attorney Sarah George considered the possibility that while her push to fully legalize opium dens may theoretically save 9 lives, 200 more people may theoretically consider trying heroin because of the official "safe" endorsement from City of Burlington, leading to an actual net loss of life as 10 or 20 of those new 200 overdose and die?

And where will these "safe" and "supervised" sites go? In Sarah George's neighborhood in South Burlington?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Running Unopposed, State's Attorney Sarah George Campaigns for Reform

Flipflopfly, the criticisms of Sarah George have nothing to do with the Don Sinex "tall mall" fiasco. You are right to question the entire "tall mall" saga. Many people have opposed it for variety of good reasons. That said, there are plenty of people who think Sarah George is way out there who also were not in favor of the Sinex proposal (or at least way it went down). The two matters are just not connected.

Even Paco DeFrancis, cited in this article as Sarah George critic, had thoughtful criticism of Sinex deal. I.e., Sinex should have been able to proceed sooner, under actual zoning that would have limited height, and without all the extra conditions that imposed extra requirements that delayed the entire process & pushed Sinex & Mayor to take extraordinary measure of needing special ballot measure to overturn zoning on a one-off, spot-zoning basis just for this project (so Sinex could still make his profit and accommodate all requests, i.e., Knodell wanting whatever extra % "affordable housing," not necessarily understanding costs are then being passed on to and subsidized by all other market-rate units, etc.). Now it appears whole thing may fall apart.

Anyway, to my knowledge, Sarah George is not exactly commenting on Sinex and the tall mall one way or another. It is not her jurisdiction.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 11/01/2018 at 2:45 AM

Re: “After Buying Airport-Area Homes to Raze, Burlington Wants to Save Some

I would propose that Patrick Leahy; Bernie Sanders; Peter Shumlin; Miro Weinberger; Shap Smith; Christine Hallquist; Becca Balint; Mitzi Johnson; Leahy's real estate developer cousin Ernie Pomerleau (who has been coveting this land and its rezoning to higher-intensity "commercial" status); Gene Richards; and the rest of the F-35 fighter jet Democrats all sell their current homes and move into these homes on Lily Lane.

They are the politicians who are responsible for supporting Lockheed's budget-busting F-35 fighter jet and its basing in Vermont's most densely populated area, regardless of negative impact on health and home values of thousands of people in the F-35's new "not suitable for residential use" zone. Weinberger and Shumlin are the politicians who took the all-expenses paid trip to Florida on Pomerleau's private jet to watch the F-35 take off. And after wearing enormous noise-cancelling earmuffs and dressed up like George W. Bush during his infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech, Shumlin told the world "just how quiet it is."

So given how quiet it is, let these proponents of military Keynesianism uber alles put their bodies and families where their mouths are and personally move into the now vacant homes on Lily Lane. This would help show all of Vermont that the F-35 fighter jet Democrats actually believe what they say.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/29/2018 at 8:22 PM

Re: “One Man's Mission to Rate Vermont Restaurants by Noise Level

This is a great service. For any restaurant or bar in Winoosi; as well as parts of South Burlington, Williston and even Burlington itself (such as Pingala Vegan Cafe), it is also necessary to factor in the flight path for the already deafening F-16 fighter jets (and the even louder F-35 fighter jets scheduled to arrive next year). The fighter jets fly at all hours, including at night during dinner hours, and will shut down all conversation for at least several minutes. Frequently multiple jets take off at the same time, extending the noise and hearing damage. Obviously some good dining in Chittenden County but best bet to avoid the fighter jets is to go elsewhere in the state.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/17/2018 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

Good journalism. Question remains, however, whether Christine Hallquist and Democrats offer anything better or, in fact, might be even worse? Democratic Party candidate this year is not James Ehlers. It is Christine Hallquist. And she has indicated she supports same disastrous anti-environment policies that emanated from Shumlin administration. For example, under Shumlin and legislation supported by Democrats (Tony Klein, Shap Smith, Chris Bray, etc.), Democrats abandoned 40 year bipartisan commitment to protect ridge lines. They supported filling in streams and wetlands for access roads to mountaintops, and dynamiting of mountain tops so out-of-state, multinational co's could erect wind towers to kill bats and birds. They supported destruction of open space and total exemptions from natural resource protection zoning, including supporting industrial energy development in Act 250 classified wetlands, such as Shelburne Pond headwaters in South Burlington. When South Burlington's Planning Commission told Shumlin's Public Service Board they opposed this, they were ignored (as were countless other jurisdictions across Vermont).

Democrats abandoned support not only for Act 250 land use planning but for zoning that had been encouraged and supported by their own party, under Governor Kunin's Act 200. If campaign finance donors like David Blittersdorf and Duane Peterson wanted it, Democrats supported it.

Christine Hallquist unfortunately has shown no indication she would be different from Shumlin. There were other candidates in Democratic gubernatorial primary but plurality selected the heir to Shumlin, just another pro-F35 fighter jet Chamber of Commerce Democrat, seemingly happy to do the bidding of whatever developers want. Strange and topsy turvy time in Vermont when VT GOP is more pro-environment than Democrats but it's world we live in with current iteration of Vermont Democratic Party.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/17/2018 at 8:42 PM

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