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Alexander Clay Lavin 
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Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

The enduring question should not be the dilemma of how to maintain the properly American social tolerance for blithely racist, fascist hate-mongering. They have plenty of room for their gut-churning poison (too much looks like).

The big-scope, enduring question we need to address is our crisis of vision. How, in a nation overwhelmed by surging fascism and intolerance, can we compel a large enough portion of these unseemly individuals to renounce their hatred once and for all... before the monster consumes this beautiful land we love?

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 08/16/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Rebels No More: SBHS Student Isaiah Hines on the End of the Rebels Nickname

He's a good kid and he did this for the right reasons. If we cannot recognize leadership capacity and strength of character from his actions then I shudder for our future. Salute from an SBHS alum.

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 02/03/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “About Time? New Overtime Rule Worries Vermont Employers

Nothing on how employers have colonized workers' entire lives in the digital age.

Nothing about how fair labor practices actually grow our middle class, produce wealth across generations, and lead to long-term economic sustainability.

Finally, no historically contextualized account of how this change in law attempts to restore a sensibility about robust labor rights that was actually the primary feature of the mature, mid-20th century industrial economy in the United States.

I'm not reading news here that is directed at residents of the United States who possess any notion of social justice, political economy, or historical perspective.

13 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 11/09/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

Gotta back Z on this one. He doesn't jump on every issue I want, but in this case we have the son of a physician who delivered a thoughtful and reasoned case for a nuanced approach to this topic on Sunday at an election debate. I am confident he will move forward with public health given utmost priority regarding vaccinations.

52 likes, 37 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 10/26/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends It to Voters

Thanks for a fine article Alicia Freese but I must advise that the building in the rendering with this piece is preposterously truncated. It appears no higher than three times the current west Cherry St. entrance, which would place it well under the 160 ft. proposal.

CLC has a video featuring the would-be project's true dimensions. View it here:

https://youtu.be/9fve0joyF1Y

The Coalition for a Livable City has gracefully endured many accusations from city gov't, business leaders and others stricken with high-rise fever.

We are accused of disinformation, and yet no one can identify any actual mendacity in our resistance. We are, truthfully, the only entity that has followed this byzantine and frankly furtive process by dedicating countless hours of our own time--for no reason other than we love this town more than kool-aid itself.

Join us. We are growing. We are here to stay. This is how we get points on the scoreboard. Don't sleep.

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 10/02/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends It to Voters

Thanks for a fine article Alicia Freese but I must advise that the rendering appearing with this piece is preposterously truncated. It appears no higher than three times the current west Cherry St. entrance, which would place it well under the 160 ft. proposal.

CLC has a video featuring the would-be project's true dimensions. View it here:

https://youtu.be/9fve0joyF1Y

The Coalition for a Livable City has gracefully endured many accusations from city gov't, business leaders and others stricken with high-rise fever. We are accused of disinformation, and yet no one can identify any mendacity in our resistance.

We are, truthfully, the only entity that has followed this byzantine and frankly furtive process by dedicating countless hours of our time--for no reason other than we love this town more than kool-aid itself.

Join us. We are growing. We are here to stay. This is how you get points on the scoreboard. Don't sleep.

7 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 10/02/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Artwork Mocks Burlington City Officials for ‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’

I made the video because I love my town. The cards I can't claim; they indicate actual talent. I respect the mayor and everybody on city council because I know they are doing what they feel is best even if it's totally illegal and imperils our people.

A tide of development will polish this city up, raise our population markedly, and correspondently escalate the cost of living from high to astronomical. This is setting up a "new normal" for housing and development that those elites who descend upon our city will be happy to pay. That's fine--except that we already have a bunch of people here who are holding on by a thread.

This is the face of gentrification. I've seen it in Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Raleigh/Durham with my own eyes. The leaders of the business community are compelled to favor wealth over poverty amongst the populace. After all, those people have money to spend. It's an objectionable attitude but it's what they call vibrancy. I bristle at the bottom-line monetarists because there are forms of wealth that you cannot deposit in a bank and once lost they never return. Just look at your beautiful city!

My city government is supposed to be more than cheerleaders for eager developers with deep pockets. They are supposed to fight for my interests. Most of city council, by indulging this mania, is off course. So now we step in to bring the discussion back the working people of Burlington in the tradition of those dedicated souls who spent decades checking the immense powers that threaten our way of life. Our city history compels us to stand up for it.

40 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 09/16/2016 at 5:39 PM

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