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Re: “Moran Redux? Officials Present New Plan for Burlington Landmark

I never understood the nostalgic attraction that the Moran building seems to hold for so many people. This plan gets rid of a rust belt industrial edifice better suited as a setting for a post apocalyptic movie while retaining its "place." Everyone wins.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 12/11/2018 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

Thanks for the series. I know how much we romanticize small towns, but I wonder about the reality. Would you ever consider going deeper on this topic? I would like to know numbers. Look at data points correlated to location (towns). The per capita data points I'm thinking of might include such things as:
* per capita education outcomes - how many go on to college? how many drop out of school? how many earn degrees or career certifications in four years?
* per capita health outcomes - rates of obesity, alcoholism, drug use, heart disease, cancers, etc.
* per capita fiscal outcomes - per capita taxes paid, per capita public expenditures received
* per capita economic data - per capita income, per capita living expenses
* per capita social outcomes - per capita divorce, per capita single parent households, per capita suicides, per capita incidences of domestic violence
* demographic data - age, diversity, incomes, education levels, etc.
* per capita carbon footprint data - miles driven or gallons of gas consumed, heat source (wood, oil, gas), acres used for lawns,

Perhaps the data could be sorted by population quintiles.

You get the picture. I think looking at such data might get us to ask some very interesting questions.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 12/07/2018 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Can Four Upper Valley Towns Plan a Future Together?

My take-away from reading this article and hearing the voices from these towns is that small-mindedness must be a comforting thing.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 12/05/2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Conservative Provocateur James O'Keefe to Speak in Middlebury

My guess is that O'Keefe is looking for a publicity event so the best response is to totally ignore him. Don't go near the place.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 11/29/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

It sounds like O'Meara Sanders may have exaggerated the number and/or the amount of pledges promised to Burlington College in order to get a loan so that the college could purchase the church property. Buying the church property was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform Burlington College into a "real college." I suppose the presumption was that once the college acquired the "campus", it would attract more donors and blossom. That strategy apparently didn't work. If there was no deception involved, then I applaud her for taking that risk and going for it. It was the right thing to do even it if it didn't work out.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 05/01/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Feeling Spurned, House Republicans Threaten to Boycott

When the Republican members heard the chime to reconvene, couldn't they have asked for more time? What were they doing? What a petty bunch, sheeesh. And, the Gershin amendment looks really, really awful. Shameful.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 04/17/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Work Begins to Reconstruct the Vermont Bubble

Very clever, enjoyed it. At first I thought it was going to be about the Winooski Bubble that was proposed by futurist Buckminister Fuller. Back in 1979 the town was almost covered in a giant dome to reduce oil consumption and save on heating costs. Maybe today's "bubble" is preventing too much hot air from seeping in.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 01/23/2017 at 12:22 PM

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