Charles Winkleman | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Charles Winkleman 
Member since Feb 25, 2016

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Re: “Down to the Wire: Accusations Fly in Burlington Telecom Negotiations

It's time for Miro to go.

I volunteered on his initial campaign and was seduced by the promise of a 'Fresh Start' in Burlington and a commitment to transparent, democratic, community-oriented government.

Instead, we've gotten a lack of transparency and a lack of community involvement with BT (and frankly most of the projects under Miro's tutelage), an unwillingness to bring transparency and civilian oversight to our police department, and big city money in our small political town ($10,000 for a city council race, and $120,000 for a mayoral race is out of the reach of the vast majority of Burlington residents).

Not long ago, the mayor called others and myself, a preschool teacher in the Old North End, reactionary for opposing what we saw as significant flaws in the mall project proposal (including a separate entrance for low income residents!).

Let me ask you - what is more reactionary than a cloistered group of wealthy men and business interests (BBA and LCCC) working together to ensure that the city fits their interests first, benefits them first, as opposed to working families and children in poverty? (They both just happen to support the mayor's Telecom choices.) Knowing this, is it a coincidence the mayor won't support a higher minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, a strengthening of the livable wage ordinance?

It turns out 'Fresh Start' meant 'The Same Old Story'.

It's time for Miro to go.

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Posted by Charles Winkleman on 09/27/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

It needs to be pointed out that there was at least one person who had a negative encounter with the chief when the chief direct messaged this person in response to a public tweet. But that story is not included here because that person was intimidated enough to ask for anonymity and Seven Days chose to exclude them if they weren't willing to disclose their identity publicly. That's the chilling effect that this kind of communication creates.

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Posted by Charles Winkleman on 07/08/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Wrongful Eviction Lawsuit Against City of Burlington Clears Hurdle

This situation shines a spotlight on the need for stronger tenant protections in Burlington. Mr Montagno was evicted for 'no cause', even though he called only roughly 25% of the 178 calls made from the complex. I'm just glad the ACLU and Jay Diaz are able to help so many vulnerable residents and neighbors who could not afford adequate representation otherwise.

More details about the case can be found below.…

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Posted by Charles Winkleman on 06/02/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

I just wanted to share my full comment, which can be found below. Thank you.…

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Posted by Charles Winkleman on 01/18/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Burlington Political Parties Weigh In on North Avenue Debate

I slightly misspoke - the idea is to make the city MORE walkable, bikeable, and liveable, with smart designs put in place to promote a vibrant cityscape. Liveable in the sense you can have all your needs met within city limits, hopefully even just on foot or bike. Especially since most regular cyclists would say Burlington's biking infrastructure is lacking, and city officials have made it clear that many sidewalks are crumbling...

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Posted by Charles Winkleman on 02/25/2016 at 1:24 PM

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