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B. Alan 
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Re: “Low Profile: Meet the Folks Out to Block the 14-Story Mall Towers

Is anyone surprised that one of the people fighting this already has her 8th floor penthouse?

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Posted by B. Alan on 06/30/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Economics 101: Burlington Schools Need $65 Million in Fixes

There won't be any renovations of Burlington High School, if it means the teachers have to give up a raise, just watch.

Where is all the money going? Clearly not to infrastructure.

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Posted by B. Alan on 06/30/2016 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Thousands to Descend on Green Mountains for Rainbow Family Gathering

Please, please, Rainbow Family, have a supply of Narcan on hand and people trained in administering it. I know you say drugs are not welcome, but you are coming to an area that is currently in the midst of a serious opiate epidemic and I fear your gathering may entice addicts with a free-for-all weekend.

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Posted by B. Alan on 06/15/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Burlington Superintendent Collins is Lone Finalist for Rutland Northeast Superintendent Post

If she gets a new job right away, Burlington shouldn't have to pay her the severance right? Surely someone was smart enough to put that in her separation agreement...

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Posted by B. Alan on 05/20/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “As Coffers Wane, Burlington School Board Members Face State Ultimatum

@raincntry - easy, vote "No." Make them deal with the default budget and give them a year to figure things out the right way.

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Posted by B. Alan on 05/20/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “As Coffers Wane, Burlington School Board Members Face State Ultimatum

Maybe they could find a way to not increase salaries and benefits by $1 million over the current year actuals in the new budget? That would be a start.

Per the BFP:
"The new proposal has higher numbers in the following categories:
• Salaries: $36.9 million actual spending this year; $37 million rejected budget; $37.4 million new budget.
• Benefits: $13 million actual spending; $12.1 million rejected budget; $13.5 million new budget."
(http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2014/05/12/burlington-school-budget/9012839/)

There is absolutely no reason those numbers should be going up in spite of the claims that they are cutting 29.5 full time positions. Of course, they way school districts work, the newest and lowest paid employees get fired first, because of "seniority."

If the most senior teachers and admins in Burlington really want to keep their jobs, "for the good of the children,' then let's see some of them voluntarily forego their union negotiated raises and step-increases for one year.

How many of them actually live in Burlington and pay Burlington property taxes anyway?

I'm sorry, but my vote is "No" on any budget until I see some real sacrifice. Not by the children, but by the people that claim everything they do is for them.

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Posted by B. Alan on 05/16/2014 at 3:34 PM

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