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Susan Joy 
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Re: “Workers Remove Crane From Site of Long-Stalled CityPlace Project

It's time to ask what is going on that huge holes are eliminating valuable tax revenue in prime city real estate of Vermont's scarce urban areas. Is this a nefarious plot by those who seek to destroy our way of life? Sure it was easy to laugh and scoff at Newport's giant hole. Until Burlington's world-famous Church Street marketplace fell victim to the giant hole cabal. What city will be next...Montpelier? Rutland? STOWE??

How transparent this scheme of a villainous entity seeking to reduce tax revenue and tourist dollars by decreasing the average height of Vermont's elevation via deep unfillable pits. No city is safe! It's time to stop complaining, stop blaming, and start investigating. A good place to begin would be with those defrauded, disgruntled EB-5 investors. They have plenty of motive! And I heard Skip Vallee may have just invested in a backhoe company. Tick, tock people. TICK TOCK.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 07/17/2019 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Remembering Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen

What a remarkable tribute, thank you for helping us understand the magnitude of this loss and appreciate his value and beautifully irreplaceable presence in our community.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 01/10/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Request to Halt F-35s Goes Forward Without Weinberger's Support

You know, it would be nice if people could disagree with some semblance of human kindness and respect for the personhood of others.

I support our mayor even though I vehemently disagree with some of his decisions, including this one. That doesn't mean Miro is a moron or worthless or anywhere near the treasonous level of Trump and his blundering band of Kochroaches. He is a decent and thoughtful man who has done a great deal of good for the city of Burlington. And I think he'd be the first to admit he's made decisions he regrets along the way.

There is no elected official who is perfect and shredding their character doesn't reflect well on those doing the shredding.

21 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 04/11/2018 at 3:46 PM

Re: “After Florida Shooting, Vermont Governor Says No New Gun Laws

If you value gun rights more than you value the rights of American children to grow up in safety and peace, you are part of the problem. If you think it's okay to require children to regularly prepare for mass shootings, you are part of the problem. If you believe we ought to be arming every civilian with military assault rifles, you are part of the problem.

All of the GOP politicians' useless thoughts and prayers after each mass shooting is shameful, disgusting, and insulting. Every other civilized country manages to have sane gun laws including Canada, right next door. They have plenty of guns, but they screen out crazies and racists so shootings are extremely rare. The NRA bought the republican party and terrorizes our politicians. We need to take our government back and give back to our children the safety and peace they deserve.

43 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 02/16/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “At First Forum, Burlington Mayoral Candidates Dish on Process, Potholes and Pot

I don't understand the anger towards Miro, he and his staff have done a great job putting Burlington back on solid financial footing. I don't agree with everything he does but I would hardly expect any elected official to do everything I liked. I trust him to make hard decisions on behalf of the greater good.

The Burlington Telecom debacle fell firmly on the heads of several appalling City Councilors who voted in a petty and vindictive manner, doing their best to hamstring the mayor's efforts to resolve the creditor lawsuits and rescue the service from dissolution. Thank goodness BT still operates as an alternative to Comcast.

A vote for Driscoll is a vote to take us backwards to the Kiss era of incompetence and financial mismanagement. Burlington just achieved a respectable credit rating again, I hope voters don't take our hard-won solid financial status for granted ever again.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 02/06/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “How the Burlington Telecom 'Debacle' Divided a City Council

Ting was clearly the best alternative to full local ownership. Aside from being the high bidder and granting the city a large minority stake, they're highly regarded in every community they service and were enthusiastic about supporting Burlington's technology community.

Any business manager would be fired for malfeasance for manipulating and then choosing a lower offer from a less qualified bidder. That Knodell and Hartnett refused to vote for Ting because it was the choice of democrats, to spite the mayor and our council representatives, is a crime against every Burlington taxpayer. Please don't forget and don't vote for these miscreants. Anyone who puts petty grievances or political payback above the good of the city doesn't deserve to serve.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 12/06/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Seven Days Sues City to Get Burlington Telecom Documents

Seven Days is a local treasure for sure. I don't know that Karen Paul's recusal is as worthy of investigation as the painfully corrupt process that resulted in a painfully corrupted bid and vote in the middle of the night. Knodell and Hartnett seem to be the true culprits. No Burlington resident I know or read or heard wanted BT to be purchased by a unknown investor who in a few years intends to flip it for a big profit. It was always KBTL or Ting.

Please vote these awful councilors out. Whether it was corruption, incompetence, or political shenanigans, these are not the kind of people we want representing Burlington. Kudos to Joan Shannon, I have disagreed with her decisions in the past, but was incredibly proud to have a person with her integrity and courage fighting for a just voting process against malevolent forces. I was especially taken with her grace and fortitude in dealing with the rude and crude Hartnett. Why is this type of behavior tolerated in any public official?

This process was corrupted the moment they decided upon the voting methodology. Someone was sandbagging Ting and KBTL in order to allow Schurz to win despite having almost zero public support and a low bid. Allowing them to increase their bid at the last moment is the worst type of political malfeasance. I will never be a customer of BT. Ting would have been the best of both worlds, allowing Burlington to retain minority ownership with a world class internet. Now, we will continue to be pawns in the sad saga of Burlington's confederacy of dunces.

34 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 12/01/2017 at 10:03 AM

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