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Re: “Burlington Council Excited — Yet Anxious — About Mall Project

It is absolute ridiculous hypocrisy that Tom Torti, head of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is trying to convince Burlingtonians that their payoff in this is increased tax revenue from property and business owners (see: Burlington Free Press) and yet the rest of the time organizations like LCRCC and business owners are filling our ears with the constant whining about Burlington, and Vermont in general, being an unfriendly tax-heavy location where business can't flourish.

Just utter garbage.

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Posted by BTVresident on 04/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “CEDO Director Peter Owens to Step Down Next Month

Peter Ownes is exactly the kind of person CEDO has been beneficial to during the last 5 dreadful years of the Weinberger Administration - investors who have no real roots in Burlington (like Miro himself) but who see the city as their plot of dirt to sew and reap whatever financial dividends they can for themselves.

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Posted by BTVresident on 04/15/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

What a terrible fluff piece. Obviously Seven Days feels beholden to Gene the Bean in some weird way to have to write this awkwardly revealing bit of bio-trash on a man of such "great" stature. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the disclaimer buried 3/4 of the way through stating there's a professional relationship between it and the very department this, at best, compromised man oversees. It may just have to do with the well-known fact in this small town that this equally small man needs to get his oversized ego rubbed from time to time.

Bean here sets out in life to better himself by getting into the "real estate gold mine" that is the slummy game of being a Burlington landlord. He goes on to meet our current moonlighting-mayor and Developer-in-Chief who, with reservations, decides the despite not being "really sure how it was going to work" hands him the $112,000.00/year job. Now, despite apparently losing revenue from certain areas of the airport (see: parking garage) and needing to trim contracts because they're costing the airport too much (see: police), Bean's chops led him to see a wise investment for the airport being a new executive office suite complete with treadmill desks and ping-pong tables. Of course, being so busy with the most high-pressing aspects of his job - bullying low-level employees trying to do their own helluva-lot-less-than-twelve-thousand-dollar-a-year -jobs (see: timing TSA with a stopwatch) - you could probably excuse him for not realizing he is the Airport's biggest waste of money.

29 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by BTVresident on 01/29/2016 at 10:27 PM

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