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Re: “Friends, Foes and Rivals: The Latest Burlington-SoBu Dustup Is Nothing New

Burlington officials did not send public notice to their own constituents who live around this neighborhood-destroying project. Believe me. Very few people who live adjacent to Burton were alerted and only became aware of the project because of a 7Days article a year after Burlington officials had already been working closely with Burton officials to line everything up.

This project was a surprise to almost everyone, except for people who work for Burton, including the city councilors, who were openly hugging Burton bigwigs on the courthouse steps before the zoning change vote. Follow the money.

How many projects are going to be rushed through the city council built on the back of a promise that the Champlain Parkway will alleviate traffic, pollution and noise concerns? City Market did so. Higher Ground/Burton is doing so, with no promise that it is ever going to be built. Why rush it? Why lie? What are they hiding?

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 07/09/2019 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Green Mountain Transit: Driver Broke Protocol, but Actions Weren't Race-Based

Rebecca Mack should publicly apologize. Every adult who defamed this man and judged before seeing the video should apologize. This type of behavior is common on many of the GMT after school buses. The bus taking students to the south end is so chaotic, disrespectful and out-of-control that my son stopped riding it home. He said that the way the children behave is so disrespectful that he didn't want to be around it. It was giving him bad anxiety. The drivers are virtually helpless to do anything about it for the exact reason that this situation illustrates.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 05/30/2019 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Burlington Councilors Take a Ride Along the Champlain Parkway

The neighborhood streets Home Ave, Flynn Ave and Pine St are used as de facto highways with huge 18-wheeler trucks bounding down them at all hours of the day and night. Home and Flynn are neighborhood streets never designed or built for their current overuse.

It is immoral and possibly criminal to continue to subject city residents to the assault of commuter and truck traffic on these streets that were never intended or built to be used this way. They are all bike and pedestrian routes to Champlain Elementary school and the dangerous situation of little kids scrambling back at intersections to avoid being run over by the huge tractor trailers trying to turn onto Pine off of Home and Flynn is a scandal.

I cannot believe the situation has been allowed to continue for this long and that there are actually people who think that the current situation is acceptable. This is the major route for bringing commuters and goods and services into the largest city in Vermont. The current "highway" used for this are cut throughs on small neighborhood streets!

Build a road adequate for this kind of use or outlaw commuting into the city and delivering goods and services by truck. The city, state and feds have admitted that these roads were never built to be used in this way.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 05/22/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Opponents Threaten to Derail Burlington Project

To the people who think that the Champlain Parkway will somehow bring loads of new traffic to Pine Street and the south end, that traffic is already here now on neighborhood streets not built to handle it. Home Ave, Flynn Ave, and Pine St are currently de facto highways and are loud and dangerous. Huge 18-wheelers and non-stop traffic barrage Home, Flynn and Pine and severely reduce quality-of-life for neighborhood residents.

The South End will be saved when the Champlain Parkway is built, Also, it is not being built with taxpayer money. It is being built with federal funds that we already have and will loose if it is not built. The current situation cannot continue and the city and state know it.

However, the misinformation and endless self-serving litigation from the opponents is epic.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 04/26/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Brian Pine to Run for Ward 3 Burlington City Council Seat

The rents are so absurdly high in Burlington partly because of the sky high property tax rates. Landlords have to pass that cost on to renters. So ultimately renters are paying for the crazy tax bill on the property they rent. And they don't get an adjusted tax bill because they pay based on their landlords income.

Some Burlington and Vermont politicians and their constituents operate under a delusion that there is a secure funding model for their progressive utopian fantasy. If Burlington were a person it would be diagnosed as neurotic.

Neurosis is the result of inner conflict. The idealized self-image as a strategy attempts to solve this inner conflict by creating a sort of psychic fantasy world where individual traits, abilities, and accomplishments are inflated well beyond the reality of the life situation.

The Burlington Telecom debacle is a perfect example of this. Everyone knew KBTL was a fantasy, yet the delusion was allowed to propagate. When the progressives were forced (ran out of time) to encounter data points from the environment that contradicted their idealized self-image, their whole "personality structure" imploded and we got a neurotic outcome. They are so desperate to confirm their idealized self-image that they are willing to let everything topple around them as they gaze into a mirror of self-delusion. BT is a microcosm of a larger Burlington and Vermont problem. I just hope that enough people realize it and are willing to stand up for pragmatic moderation.

I stand with John Dewey, one of the classical pragmatists who said, "Democracy and the one, ultimate, ethical ideal of humanity are synonymous. Complete democracy is obtained by ensuring that there exists a fully formed public opinion, accomplished by communication among citizens, experts, and politicians, with the latter being accountable for the policies they adopt."

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 12/01/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Tucows, KBTL Can't Agree on Burlington Telecom Ownership Plan

The financial future of the world is great in many parts of the US and the world where business-phobic ideologies are not allowed to hinder processes that should be handled by experienced professionals. Divergent models co-existing? Within one company? No. That is not how successful enterprises work. There is a reason BT employees want Ting. We just want reliable, fast internet service from a financially healthy company that can can act as a catalyst to stimulate growth in a sector that is anemic in Vermont. Technology! Why does everything have to be a dogma-driven exercise pushing half-baked ideas, no matter the cost? How much money must be pissed away? I am starting to believe that the true goal of groups like KBTL is to kill any potential job creating opportunity or tech-sector style development in order to thwart change and stagnate Burlington as an ex-hippee retirement community.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 11/11/2017 at 2:17 AM

Re: “How Drug Treatment Policies in Vermont Prisons Contribute to the Opiate Crisis

What is not mentioned in this article is the pain, fear and mayhem that these people inflict upon our community. Everyone profiled in this article is a multiple repeat offender with no intention of getting clean, though the article would make it seem as if an all-out addiction to METHADONE is sobriety.

Soft-spoken McGuinness, who sheepishly admitted to being a car thief... His drug problems started when he was 17, deejaying parties and doing ecstasy.

Jimmy Vezina, a 42-year-old lifelong resident of Burlington who said he was injecting cocaine by the time he was 13. Sitting on a bench in Burlington's City Hall Park, he paused in the middle of a sentence to point out a man smoking crack.

"That's why, after six months behind bars, Blatt returned to heroin instead of methadone. Several months later, he was back in prison for burglarizing student dorms at UVM.

Lavallee, 32, was jailed May 20 after evading police during a high-profile car chase that ended at the Burlington waterfront.

Blatt lost his spot in the sober house for a drug-dealing accusation that he denies.
"I am so nervous and upset," he wrote, using the prison email system. "I just don't get how they can do this to me."

How THEY can do this to YOU!!!

We as a society should do what we can to try to help people get clean to become contributing members of society, but the lack of self-responsibility is astounding.

Burlington, is it really normal to have junkies and crack fiends all over our parks and downtown? Is it normal to accept and enable these people to stay on these debilitating drugs that lead to desperation and crime? is it ok to normalize addiction as the Burlington way? Because if it is, we as a society are doomed.

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Posted by Reality B. Free on 11/04/2017 at 2:15 AM

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