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Re: “Keep BT Local Faces Uphill Battle in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

And yet, here's the catch: we have to take David Provost's word for it since we know nothing of the other bids that he referenced. Where does the money come from? What obligations do these anonymous "well-capitalized, established businesses" have to shareholders or investors to turn a fat profit from BT (= higher rates, lousy service)? Does the anonymous "investor with local connections" have the same kind of accountability to subscribers that a utility coop would? The Keep BT Local group has been transparent from the start yet they have respected the constraints of the non-disclosure agreements. Why won't BTAB and City Council let us know what is going on behind the curtain?

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Posted by Andrew Simon on 08/30/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Groups Spent $62,000 Supporting Burlington Ballot Items

Sasha Goldstein wrote: "Neither vote was particularly close. Nearly 60 percent of residents voted for the TIF bond, while 54 percent voted in favor of the new zoning overlay." But doesn't the fact of 46% of voters saying NO to the zoning change warrant at least a notice? After telling us that Miro & Sinex spent $62,000 promoting Item #3, one might expect 7Days to marvel at how close the vote really was. The Mayor worked pretty much full time for a "Yes" vote for two full months. I wouldn't call it or even imply that it was a landslide. Would you?

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Posted by Andrew Simon on 11/25/2016 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Burlington Voters Will Weigh $21.8 Million Mall-Related Question

TIF is essentially a bad bet that the next generation will have to pay off. The "industrial growth" economy that depends on unrelenting expansion of production and revenues is a dead end powered by fossil fuel and greed. So here's why I'm voting against the TIF in November: we need a downtown development that fits the real needs of the coming decades. Not one that encourages production and consumption of needless items imported from China, but one based on Earth-friendly principles and real, useful, locally-produced things. Yes that includes restaurants, grocery stores, child care centers, farmers markets, even gift and clothing shops. It is not the Sinex Towers project. Vote no and save the future for your kids and grandkids.

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Posted by Andrew Simon on 09/28/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Bus Fair? CCTA Drivers Get Ready to Strike

This is what strikes come down to: risky collective action against institutions that aren't listening or acting responsibly. As bus riders, we have to act in solidarity with the drivers' union so the whole system can get better. This is what happened in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The African-American community stood in solidarity against racism and they won. They organized carpools, they walked, they helped each other. We need to do the same next week if the CCTA management refuses to negotiate fairly with the drivers. Let's work together.

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Posted by Andrew Simon on 03/06/2014 at 7:21 AM

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