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Paco DeFrancis 
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Re: “Update: Swanton Prison Locked Down After Two More Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19

All prisons in Vermont should've been in lockdown weeks ago. If there's widespread infection in the hospitals then it is likely the prisoners will be transferred to local hospital (at taxpayers' expense) for Covid treatment. And what does "out-of-cell recreation" mean? If us laypeople can do body weight excercises in our apartments (burpees, pushups, core, etc) then the inmates can do as much in their cells. We can't let our hospitals become overrun!

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 04/06/2020 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Vermont Has 12 Coronavirus Cases, With Signs of Community Spread

420 tests have been given but they only confirmed 12 cases!?!

This is why other states are restricting testing and not simply handing them out at UrgentCare to anyone who asks for one. Vermont will soon be out of tests and we'll be fighting this virus totally blind. Need better guidelines for allocating remaining tests NOW!!

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 03/16/2020 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Weinberger: 'People Should Expect That There Will Be Further Changes'

We are in the midst of a global pandemic causing a global humanitarian crisis not seen since WWII, and the Mayor is focused on setting up a taxpayer-funded bailout to "help local businesses whose customers are heeding medical advice and staying home."

On brand.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 03/16/2020 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Burlington Reverses Decision to Demolish Homes Near the Airport

THERE IS NOTHING "UNIQUE" ABOUT MUNICIPAL-OWNED AIRPORTS IN NEIGHBORING SUBURBS.

Why does the media keep painting such a narrative? Manchester, NH: City-owned airport located in Londonderry, NH. Portland, ME: City-owned airport located in both South Portland and Portland proper. DFW: Dallas-owned airport in Grapevine, TX.

There are plenty of examples of a metropolitan area's anchor city owning and operating the region's airport (by themselves) in a neighboring suburb. Sure, there are also examples of County-owned and regional or state-run airport authorities (such as Logan in Boston), but a municipal-owned airport in located in a neighboring suburb is far from the broken governance structure that the Media like to frame it as. I'm glad the Mayor has done his research and isn't buying into SB's BS.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 03/11/2020 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Vermont's GOP Closes Ranks Behind Pro-Trump Chair Deb Billado

As someone who was previously affiliated with the Vermont GOP and the City and County committees I am glad that a fair and honest story about Deb and her role as chair has finally been written. I'd like to thank Colin Flanders for his journalistic integrity. Previously, as Deb alluded to, the mainstream media (led by Paul Heintz and VTDigger) created their own fake narrative of a chaotic ideological battle pitting Deb and select County leaders on one-side vs Phil and moderate leaders like Rep. Scheuermann on the other side.

The reality was often poor disorganized communication between the Governor's office, the party and the public lead the media to erroneously paint a picture of chaotic clashes which they gleefully used for headline-grabbing click-bait.

I do remember when Deb announced she was running for state chair there was a large faction of the party that groaned and were hoping there'd be a challenger; not because of Deb's outspoken support for Trump but rather concern she lacked the acumen, organizational skills and fundraising ability to lead the more professional (and more important) organization. At the time it was rumored Phil had a challenger lined up. Then election day came, and....Phil didn't have anyone in mind, so newly-minted County chair Mike Donohue through his hat in the ring in somewhat of a last-ditch effort to get someone with a little bit more credibility but ultimately his candidacy was too little too late.

This is my own personal take on the situation and I'm sure there are things I'm missing or have misinterpreted, but I believe this context is important because I've seen so much fake news (including from 7D) reported on this supposed hostility between Deb and moderate office holders.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/26/2020 at 5:42 PM

Re: “To the Rescue? Burlington Wants Money for EMTs in Year of Big Tax Increases

These are medical services that should pay for themselves with the fees. I once had an accident (dislocated shoulder) when delivering produce in college. The Lebanon Fire Department billed $700 for two EMT's on a five minute, 0.7 mile transport to DHMC. The cost was absorbed by workers comp and commercial insurance as it should've been.

Why is the Mayor insisting taxpayers fund this cost? Why can't a service-fee structure cover the cost of these EMT's? Chief Locke is a savvy fire chief and I'd hope he would instead seek other revenue streams for his department.

Perhaps one of the reasons there are so many service calls is because there's no monetary disincentive for calls for non-serious medical events? This is about more efficient allocation of our resources.

24 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/19/2020 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Love & Marriage Issue — 2020

Why does it seem like every other week Seven Days has one of these "Special Issues"?

This paper only comes out once a week. Isn't there enough news around the state to write about without resorting to fill up this paper with "wedding weed etiquette" garbage that nobody cares about (nor will read)? I mean the legislature is in session...come on! Yet all Vermont media consumers are getting from their most-read newspaper is second-rate Bernie/national Dem primary reporting and valentine's day tips from happily married couples.

There is a lot of real news to cover. Huge cost overruns (surprise!) have come to light for the proposed Moran redevelopment--how has that changed key decision makers' opinions? What's the latest on CityPlace; is Burlington's economy and real estate market too soft for the developer to secure financing and pull the trigger? Chances for minimum wage veto override? Will Anthony Lamb be the first-ever UVM player drafted in the NBA? These are the issues and current events Vermonters care about.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/12/2020 at 11:13 AM

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