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Charlie Messing 
Member since Feb 21, 2014

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Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/13/19)

It's knowyourassumptions! Welcome to the fray.

"Two obvious allies on the city hall park ballot issue sniping with each other in public view because of reading comprehension issues and snarkery. Keep up the good work."

"In public view" is good - like we should do it in an alley? What are you thinking? "Reading comprehension issues"? You're the one to talk - I've seen your comments. "Snarkery" is actually good, so thanks for that - keep up the good work yourself! Nice of you to contribute. I'll leave it there.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 02/14/2019 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/13/19)

Well Ted,
I appreciate your attempt at clarification, with a side order of humiliation, but I cannot take seriously a response which ends in LOL with a sideways symbol of a happy face. Thank you.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 02/14/2019 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/13/19)

Hi Ted.
Everyone else (the Council, the impatient Planners, etc.) were the ones who complained the wording was not neutral. We agree with you that the wording was fine. By "apologize for" or "justify", you mean we need not defend our views? That we should not point out the injustice? Perhaps you are saying we are Right? If so, why not say so? I can't see your point.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 02/13/2019 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

Well, "grownassman", I too am grown. (I must say though that I admire your ability to generate a second 270-word comment only two minutes later!) I do refute your arguments, as do many others. It's easy to seem like the majority opinion Here In The Comment Section but out in the real world. we have a city that would NOT have five thousand more happy citizens if the darn activists would just get out of the way. This city is FULL of those darn activists. If you want Expedient Progress and Lots of Building Projects, you may be looking in the wrong city, or the wrong State. And no matter HOW MANY dislikes this comment gets, it will Never get 3300 dislikes. See you Monday at City Hall.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 02/08/2019 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Shannon Raises Most Cash of All Burlington Council Candidates

Creepyoldman, whoever you are - what is "a socialist hole"? What is "see off stuff"? What did Burlington used to be? A democratic hole? A republican hole? I live here, and it IS really nice - despite a few Developers who don't feel it has enough Anything. MBGA.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 02/06/2019 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

To concernedVter:
Sorry, I didn't say 3300 is a majority of the citizens of Burlington. You are right, it is 8%! That is more than enough (5%) to get an item on the ballot. The BALLOT Item was to vote, so that we could SEE who is the majority - people who want the design to remain as it is, or people who wish to modify the design and still repair the Park. What I said was that 3300 was NOT a Vocal Minority, it was quite a bunch of people - enough to put the item on the ballot. [It was not put on the ballot because the Council had a problem with the wording, or just didn't want to be un-supportive of the planners who have spent years on the project. The Council was split, 50-50, on whether to put it on the ballot (which by law doesn't proceed - a majority of Council members must approve).] What I was saying is that the folks who are on this thread (dozens) protesting against KPTG and the ballot item are actually the minority compared to the 3300 who signed the petitions. There you go.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 01/30/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

This is a response to " imagrownassmanbtv ":
In your comment, you said, "the vocal minority simply can't respect city-wide or city council votes of the majority of Burlingtonians or their elected representatives. They cry foul and mistake not getting their way with a rigged process. "
However, 3300 people are NOT a vocal minority. The several dozen people on this thread who are cheering each other on in their dislike of Keep The Park Green are the minority. You are an anonymous person who only Thinks they are the majority. The vote would show who exactly IS the minority. You can have dozens of "likes" or "dislikes" on this page, and still - you will not get 3300 of them. Let the majority speak. The majority of residents in Burlington would like to save more trees. Sorry.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 01/30/2019 at 10:10 AM

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