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critikboy 
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Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

Another hit piece by Walters... yawn!

14 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 07/11/2018 at 10:23 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

One question that wasn't asked in this rosy scenario piece... Now that space has been made available due to the new construction all over... When do the colleges increase their enrollment?... the cycle of increasing rents will continue... this naive 18th century belief in the invisible hand of the market is a bit outdated and illusory... basically the mayor and his developer buds have made more space for wealth to move into... that's it... same old same old from Mayor Builder Boy... and even if I were a supporter of all things gentrification and revenue, I'd be a little puzzled as to why he gave such a sweetheart deal to Champlain College who don't really pay their fair share of taxes and have them plunk a dorm and a bunch of students right in the center of downtown rather than build some nice high end condos and get more tax revenue? The coffee shops and restaurants on the bottom floor would still make the rooms and meals taxes and you wouldn't have to deal with the problems of a dorm in the middle of downtown... you could have gotten some income taxes and property taxes as well. Not a great deal and doesn't really solve any problems. I'm sure the owners of those pricey Stratos condos are thrilled to have new neighbors...

11 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 04/18/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Vermonters Increasingly Turn to Crowdfunding for Health Care Help

Perhaps I don't know enough about the Canadian system, but is there a reason Canadians would need GoFundMe campaigns for their healthcare expenses? It is mentioned but not explained.
Also the marketing aspect of it all is gross.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 04/04/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “What I Learned From 'Meet the Frugalwoods'

Are you frickin' kidding me?!?! How clueless do these rich people have to be? Fine. You're rich. Bully for you. You have a large Vermont property financed with the collateral of an income producing property in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the nation; that more than pays for your current slice of Vermont heaven. How much was the renovation of your idyllic little kingdom? You are supported by an income that would the envy of 95% of people in the nation. You are sitting on god knows how much in financial assets. I'll bet their net worth is above seven figures. Maybe even 8 figures.

So you delude yourself into thinking this is all financed by co-opting what poor people are forced to do to just survive and then try and sell it as a lifestyle choice to other rich people?!?!?!?! What a snake oil saleswoman she is. It seems to work. Book deal. Ad revenue from her blog. And they get even wealthier. Must be nice. Anybody else find this a little disgusting?

52 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by critikboy on 04/04/2018 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Development Opponents Go Back to Court Over Burlington Mall

The DRB, more than half of its members are commercial lawyers and architects, can "administratively" do what they see fit and allow Sinex to break any previous arbitrated agreements? Nice... the city's deal is like the one Lando made with Vader... it keeps getting better all the time...

27 likes, 55 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 04/01/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Burlington Mall Opponents, Developer in Dispute Over Changes

Once again... opponents of Sinex's design and the less than honorable way he makes deals are painted as anti-development... not really the case... my problem has never been with the idea of developing that particular area... it's the scale and priorities that this particular project and its leader champions... the way Sinex has dealt with the city has been less than admirable in my opinion... constant baits and switches and general high pressure fear tactics to rush the city into making poor decisions... it's only going to continue as he moves the end zones to suit his needs... It's like sheep who invited a wolf into the corral to look after them... and now they clearly see wolf like tactics, they are so surprised and are scrambling to do everything they can not to be eaten... too late!!! And for all the Chamber of Commerce types who are extolling the plan's virtues as if reading some PR pamphlet?... I hope you're right... because you have to deal with a wolf from now on... I hope there are at least some benefits and not everyone gets eaten...

11 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 03/21/2018 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Weinberger Raised Record $125K During Burlington Mayoral Race

Bold new vision?... more like the old story of money buying elections... and he still couldn't get more votes than his opponents combined... how much is that per vote by the way?

11 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 03/21/2018 at 6:49 PM

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