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Re: “Authorities Say Investigating St. Joseph's Orphanage Abuse Won't Be Easy

I think its easy to apologize for past administrations. What failures of justice is the Mayor addressing so that future administrations wont apologize for him?

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Posted by cwinklem on 09/10/2018 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Blocks Construction of Preschools

After the preschool expansion grant, most preschools, early ed centers, and after-school programs in the city, of various quality, struggled worse to find and retain qualified staff. Making maybe $15/h in a city where rent is often $1,000 a month per person, on top of student loans, makes Burlington a tough place to afford to live, and early educators are choosing to live elsewhere (or quit the field entirely), making an already tough staffing issue much worse and putting our communitys most vulnerable children at risk.

I hope the school board considers how expansion in one part of the field affects all the others within the early ed community and works with the whole community to find solutions that meet everyones needs. It would be great for Lets Grow Kids/Permanent Fund and the Mayors office to step in and recognize this as the growing crisis it is becoming instead of hyper-focusing on expansion at seemingly any cost.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/13/2018 at 6:48 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

Ill even settle for just some transparency around hospital pricing.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/07/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

When will the state of Vermont just take over UVMMC so we can have universal health coverage that wont bankrupt us?

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/07/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “What Gives? Local United Way Chapter Revamps Its Funding Process

I am really curious to know how the new organizations being funded are more innovative or streamlined than the ones who had funding reduced. As someone who has worked in the Burlington nonprofit world for 8+ years, its tough to see how these orgs, where many employees make $15-$17 an hour, are supposed to streamline their budgets, especially when several orgs in the article talked about how the funding will decimate important programming.

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/30/2018 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Despite Opponents' Efforts, F-35s Still Scheduled for Burlington

It seems like when a vote confirms Mayor Weinbegers agenda (see the mall TIF vote and zoning change) he claims popular support and a mandate, but when citizens vote against his wishes, he seems to just ignore the vote (see: $15 minimum wage, F-35).

Whats the point of voting on ballot items if our elected officials will pick and choose which ones theyll follow through on?

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/24/2018 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Both Burlington Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo have consistently opposed robust civilian oversight. When Wayne Brunete was killed by officers in the NNE and Seven Days reported that two witness directly contradicted the words of the officers involved, none of our elected or police officials took the step to demand or support more accountability and transparency. It should not fall to the ACLU to keep our officers honest.…

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Posted by cwinklem on 04/18/2018 at 11:59 AM

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