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Re: “Burlington Renames Street to Honor Late Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen

When I talked to Matt several years ago for a podcast, one of the things he mentioned to me was how Seven Days wouldnt hire him full time, even after over a decade of working for them, because they didnt want to pay for his health insurance.

I hope that changed before he was diagnosed with cancer.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/26/2019 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Appoints Three Black Men to Police Commission

@BradD I was referring to the councilors, but sure. The commission chair has done an exceptionally poor job communicating with residents who bring complaints, also owns a $2 million dollar house. The vice-chair is a powerful lawyer and BBA vice-chair, who has done a much better job communicating, yet neither are able to show anything close to the transparency needed to bring trust back to this commission, as they both signed off on all the brutality and shenanigans going on under this chief.

Standing next to him during a press conference where they agreed with letting one officer off scott-free and the other with a 2-week suspension threw any credibility the two of them may have had out the window.

I hope the new folks on the commission publicly push for more oversight power, so this isn't just a tokenizing act.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/25/2019 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Appoints Three Black Men to Police Commission

As long as Michelle Asch is chair and the commission has zero authority to do much of anything, this is all window dressing.

The commission could be 100% non-white and it wont matter if oversight rests in the hands of a very high majority white and wealthy council + mayor.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/25/2019 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Burlington City Councilor Hired to Lead BTV Ignite

Adam Roofs business partner at Kinzey Co is Colin Hilliard who works for the BBA. They worked together on the crooked Downtown Improvement District too, a clear conflict of interest.

What do we expect when there are no consequences for councilors who clearly use their position for personal gain and then continue to use their position to help their pro-business employer at the expense of the vast majority of residents?

Councilor Roof needs to step down since he is clearly unable to avoid constant conflicts. Public office is a privilege not a right.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/12/2019 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Burlington Mayor's Attempt to Diversify Leadership Falls Short

Is it because *most qualified* under this council and administration seems to be code for *elitist Ivy League education and coming from a wealthy background*?

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/12/2019 at 1:57 PM

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

To be clear: police officers and police chiefs should never be questioned because their jobs are tough and civilians will never understand them. State attorneys, prosecutors, medical examiners should be questioned whenever their decisions hurt us politically.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/06/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Forms Police Oversight Committee; Other Accountability Efforts Fail

Amazing to see all those folks who wouldnt take a public stance on the Howard Center union have no problem defending the police union. I guess it goes to show who theyre willing to defend at all costs.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/04/2019 at 5:51 AM

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