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Russell Beste 
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Re: “Holcombe Hires Out-of-State Campaign Team

It would be nice if folks stopped trying to buy their way into office and instead campaigned on the merits of their ideas....

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Russell Beste on 07/20/2019 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Developer: CityPlace Burlington Project Will Be Redesigned

...4) build additional parking garages downtown, and substantially improve access to downtown from Main Street, Winooski, and Shelburne road, 5) overhaul and incentivize our city workforce with specific annual milestones with annual bonus tied to work performance goals, 6) actively work to establish downtown for profit businesses to ensure jobs for Burlingtonians (ideally with a 1-3 mid-size corporate entities (eg. a Morgan Stanley, a large insurance carrier, etc.)). Establish all of this with a specific driven three year plan, 7) modify the current city hall park plan to have more trees with less cement, and solve the downtown homeless problem with jobs , disallowing vagrancy in our city parks, and with providing space a few blocks removed for those who struggle with working and life, 8) have a massive city wide party fall of 2022 to celebrate our success and good fortune to be living in one of the most beautiful and most successful places in the world.

11 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Russell Beste on 07/20/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Developer: CityPlace Burlington Project Will Be Redesigned

What a mess. What we need is real leadership with folks who have the energy and know-how to get things done. Please renegotiate the contract and expand the plan as follows: 1) keep the mixed use plan and connectivity to the waterfront but scale down the size to 5 stories, 2) upscale the residential aspects of the current city hole to bring in more out of town dollars...

11 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Russell Beste on 07/20/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Developer: CityPlace Burlington Project Will Be Redesigned

What a mess. What we need is real leadership with folks who have the energy and know-how to get things done. Please renegotiate the contract and expand the plan as follows: 1) keep the mixed use plan and connectivity to the waterfront but scale down the size to 5 stories, 2) upscale the residential aspects of the current city hole to bring in more out of town dollars, 3) tear down the dilapidated rusty Moran plant for good (save small portions for posterity and the arts sake), and bring in a large hotel conference center with large $$ in it's place in exchange for the hotelier a) funding connectivity to the city hole (benefits both city and hotel), and b)improving outdoor park experience and connectivity along the waterfront to the north of the property in an environmentally sound manner, critical to this is having very strong clear connectivity and rapid access between Church Street and the waterfront,

8 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Russell Beste on 07/20/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders' Long Trail to 2020

Bernie has the name recognition to become the President of our great country, to lead all of us to peace, prosperity, and happiness...but unfortunately he is blowing it big time. Here are a few things he needs to do: 1) be a positive leader, not a negative divider, and unite and lead all Americans; 2) Stop the manufactured made-for-TV outrage, Americans are sick and tired of you and Donald screaming and yelling...try leading and persuading for a change; 3) in addition to fighting for the little guy and fighting corruption, endorse and support and persuade America's great companies (Amazon, Google, GS, Exxon, Ford...) to be partners with your proposed programs; 4) Push for bringing good immigrants to the U.S., consistent with our history, but in a responsible and lawful and well managed way in which we DON'T LOOSE our great American Culture; 5) Change our economy and tax structure to be consistent with the fact that the communications and Biopharmaceutical industry are rapidly changing our world, and as such needs to be actively lead and managed to help all Americans to become successful in our new economy; 6) Focus on reducing collegiate costs by rolling out strong online collegiate and skill-based training, and concomitant with that create new niche jobs for American workers, 7) same with health care, reduce costs substantially by creating many new niche specialized jobs eg. lower costs by creating many new jobs in health care with highly specialized niche expertise, along with reduced regulations, improved focus on FDA quality objectives, lower liability expenses, and of course an Amazonized distribution system... C'mon Bernie, this is your chance to make history, tame your ideas and make them palitable and financially viable...and for crying out loud, let folks with medical insurance keep what they have!

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Posted by Russell Beste on 07/14/2019 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Burlington Expected to Update Public on CityPlace Next Week

Strong leadership requires active never-say-die commitment to get the project completed on time, contracts with specific and clear incentives and penalties, and the brains to tell the difference. Apparently we have none of the above. Couple this crap hole in the middle of our gorgeous city, along with the planned pave over of our once beautiful city hall park, and the massive tree removal on North ave a year ago to provide subsidized housing, makes it clear Burlington has lost it's way. Come on BTV leaders, get back on your game. You are smart, Burlington is a GREAT CITY, and we are better than this. Get the job done. Make our city great again.

40 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Russell Beste on 07/13/2019 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Gov. Scott Asks Attorney General to Review Dismissals of Insanity Cases

Folks seem to be forgetting that criminal penalties are meant to be severe in order to deter future would be crooks. By not imposing severe penalties commensurate with the crime, regardless of mental capacity, diminishes deterrence, thereby ensuring harm to future innocents. For this reason, criminal penalties should not be reduced by reason of insanity.

21 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Russell Beste on 06/09/2019 at 11:22 PM

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