Paco DeFrancis | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Paco DeFrancis 
Member since May 4, 2016

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Updated on January 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM


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Re: “A Predictable Outcome: Scott and Hallquist Win Their Primaries

"Gun-rights advocate Keith Stern"

Can the press be any less informed? Keith Stern admittedly doesn't even own a gun. He was a Tea Party challenger with a focus on cuts to state spending and de-regulating labor laws.

If there was a "gun-rights advocate" in the gubernatorial race that would clearly be John Rogers.

Keith Stern went at length to cultivate support from GOVT and other constituencies but its a falsehood to label him as a 2A advocate (before labeling him as a Tea Party libertarian-leaning Republican). He started campaigning for this race (solely on fiscal issues and labor regulations that increase costs and insurance premiums for employers) the day after Phil walloped Bruce Lisman in the last primary.

I can't believe these so-called pundits are paid to write this garbage. The remarks Walters makes play right into the left-wing's strategy of attempting to divide and create infighting within the right-of-center voting block.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 08/15/2018 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Chittenden Sheriff Faces Challenge From His Own Deputy

If I was a Democrat I'd certainly be supporting Michael Major for Sheriff. The entitlement McLaughlin feels he has for an elected position (and remember, his father was Sheriff too) is scary. It's more reminiscent of South American dictatorships than of Vermont democracy.

This office has been rendered largely irrelevant under McLaughlin's leadership while it could be an impactful asset for the community. Look at the amazing work Sheriff Marcoux is doing in Lamoilled County. A department under ambitious and energetic leadership can do a lot to make our County safer, connect with at-risk youth, and do more to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence through partnerships with STEPS. I have strong faith Major will deliver in these areas.

I am dissapointed that Seven Days didn't point out Major's endorsement from the Burlington Police Officer's union.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 08/10/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Judge: Burlington Can Withhold Councilor's Email From Seven Days

THANK YOU Seven Days for your courageous suit and taking this important issue to court. As a Burlingtonian I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by Judge Mello's ruling.

This is a sad day for transparency and ethical governance; qualities this councilor badly lacks. We must do better as a City and we must hold elected officials up to a higher ethical standard.

$30+ Million transactions of City assets are the PUBLIC'S transactions and the public deserves to know all details, circumstances and conflicts of interest of participating decision-makers. Otherwise, how am I assured she was acting with fiduciary responsibility? Because she said so? Karen Paul ought to quit playing with taxpayers' assets as if they're her own personal retirement portfolio.

29 likes, 70 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 07/24/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Burlington Gas Leak Forces Residents to Evacuate Apartment

@NorthOldEnder - Oh Yes, proof of the Mayor's "War on Poor People" because the pipe break occurred at a subsidized housing project! How dare the City put subsidized housing projects where gas pipes could break!

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 06/15/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “What's New This Summer at 16 Burlington Waterfront Spots?

I'm very pleased to hear that DPW will finally be charging for parking at the skatepark lot.

Free parking--like free lunch--is never a good idea for Cities to provide. If a fee is not charged the resource will also be wasted and abused, particularly from non-taxpaying out-of-towners (I've even seen many NY and QC license plates at that lot).Taxpayers already paid for our award-winning bike path that out-of-towners use for free; allowing them to park for free too is just mind-boggling. Thank you Chapin Spencer for leadership on this important issue.

Parking (ie, short-term personal property storage) is a consumer good and Cities should charge the market-price for that good, not give away for free, which creates a taxpayer-funded glut of supply. Subsidized (and worse- free) parking badly discourages bicycling and public transport.

11 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 06/07/2018 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Lunderville to Leave Burlington Electric, Serve as CEDO Director

Wow, what terrific news! As a Burlingtonian I am humbled that a man of Lunderville's caliber and experience will be serving this post. Lunderville has down amazing work for Vermonters in the Douglas and Scott administrations and in this position could put Burlington on a path for GROWTH!

Kudos to Mayor Weinberger for putting the well being of residents and taxpayers ahead of partisan politics. I hope Senator Ashe and Speaker Johnson see what REAL leadership looks like and stop their attempts at shutting down our state government.

18 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 05/24/2018 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Digs In on School Funding Plan

The bloat is our 8.6 student/teacher ratios and 5.15 student/educator (including para, excluding special ed) ratios. The bloat is not in salaries or benefits. It is in headcount. Our schools are fat on staff.

School boards have no incentive to downsize and reduce their headcounts (due to a variety of factors such as how both homestead and non-res property taxes are calculated and income sensitivity provisions).

What we have is a tragedy of the commons. School boards will never act in a responsible manner the same way individual countries will not be able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions without multilateral agreements like the Paris Accord. We can not expect districts to act on their own and reduce the pressure they are imposing on the Education Fund. The only solution is for the to state enact strict financial controls on the education fund and clawback $58m from those "voter approved" budgets. Sure, the voters approved them, but the state can not afford them and it would be fiscally irresponsible to give the school boards they money they have asked for.

19 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 05/11/2018 at 12:25 PM

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