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Re: “Independents Turn Up the Heat in Addison County Senate Race

Interesting. Chris Bray is suddenly now "pro-environment" and in favor of clean water? Because during the Shumlin years, Mr. Bray was a fervent advocate and supporter of policies that provided for fast-tracked status for industrial energy developers, regardless of zoning, regardless of open space protections, regardless of even whether such development took place directly in headwaters, for example, of places like Shelburne Pond.

South Burlington spent tens of thousands of tax dollars to comply with Act 250 and Act 200. Developed a Comprehensive Plan, in compliance with Governor Kunin's Act 200. Hired wildlife corridor experts; hydrologists; etc. Enacted zoning in the Southeast Quadrant to protect Shelburne Pond headwaters. Literally "Natural Resources Protection" zoning. And thanks to Chris Bray, Tony Klein, Claire Ayer and the Shumlin administration, all of that was ignored. The South Burlington Planning Commission directly appealed to the state and was ignored. Thanks to the legislation supported by Chris Bray, they were basically told to go fly a kite. And this happened in community after community across the state.

A 40 year bipartisan commitment to protect the ridge lines, gone. Vermont's path-breaking leadership on land use planning and support for open space, flushed down the toilet. Because campaign donors to the Vermont Democratic Party like industrial energy developers Blittersdorf and Duane Peterson wanted a bigger return for their money. This is the Chris Bray I remember.

He should be commended for the sudden about-face to now perhaps support clean water efforts with respect to Lake Champlain. Would like to see Mr. Bray also come around to supporting zoning; open space protections; Act 250; Act 200; ridgeline protections; and headwaters protections.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/13/2018 at 1:49 AM

Re: “GOP Officials Attack Sen. Ingram Over Drunk Driving Arrest

This kind of stuff, the personal attacks, or the focus on Christine Hallquist's identity (in Walters column) are irrelevant. It is the policies that matter.

And the reality is, whether it was Peter Shumlin and Shap Smith; or Christine Hallquist and Becca Balint, the current iteration of the Vermont Democratic Party has repeatedly put the military Keynesianism of Lockheed's budget-busting F-35 fighter jet ahead of the health and home values of Vermont's most vulnerable residents. There were 3 other candidates in the gubernatorial primary opposed to the F-35 fighter jet but a plurality of Vermont Democrats chose Hallquist, the pro-F-35 "Chamber of Commerce" Democrat. So the conclusion of anyone watching is that Vermont Democrats are in favor of Bernie and Leahy's "not suitable for residential use zone" that threatens thousands of Vermonters, including immigrant refugees, the working poor, the elderly, veterans and long-time Vermont residents. The Vermont Democrats are in favor of the F-35's flight path directly over public K-12 schools, places of worship and child care facilities smack dab in the core of Vermont's most densely populated area.

Sue Mintner was deafeningly silent on this issue (and thus made her F-35 support crystal clear). When Democrats serve up intervention-first, regime change hawks like Hillary Clinton; or F-35 fighter jet enthusiasts such as Hallquist, don't be surprised when voters shrug their shoulders and turn away from the party.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 09/13/2018 at 1:20 AM

Re: “To Restart Construction, Burlington Amends CityPlace Agreement

Paco DeFrancis, providing yet more parking waivers would have compounded the continuing disaster of the city's seemingly record pace of removing public parking spots, at public expense. Under Weinberger and Chapin Spencer, I have never seen so many parking spots removed in such a short time (in over 18 years of living in Burlington). The current mayoral administration has essentially declared war on anyone with a car, whether college students; tourists; parents and families alike.

College students and Edmunds parents used to be able to park on the West side of North Willard Street and they have removed all parking there to put in yet another bike lane. They have removed parking spots in the Old North End in order to put in other bike lanes. While not parking related, they have worsened access to the New North End by reconfiguring the belt-line exit and entry ramps, in contrast to what voters in the New North End wanted.

What parking spots remain downtown have mostly been converted to so-called "smart" meters that require people to use a credit card or to pay for the latest and greatest cell phone with parking app, something that based on anecdotal comments from my (admittedly older) parents and relatives discourages tourists and older folk from coming to Burlington for shopping, restaurants, etc.

Attorney John Franco and the group he represented did yeoman's work on behalf of the public to force Sinex and the city to simply come closer to complying with existing parking and zoning requirements. Instead of receiving the endless waivers and special give-aways for already rich real estate developers that this mayor's administration seems so fond of.

Former Public Works Director Steve Goodkind has been right all along. Burlington needs more parking; not less.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/29/2018 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Leahy: It Appears Trump Has Broken the Law

The Mueller investigation would have more credibility if it were a true bipartisan investigation; and were equally prosecuting members of the Hillary Clinton campaign for what are now acknowledged as their equally blatant campaign finance violations (i.e., the direct payments from Hillary Clinton Campaign to Perkins Coie law firm for Fusion GPS/Steele dossier that they were required to report as campaign expenditures and conveniently did not).

And where is the prosecution of Tony Podesta for engaging in widely acknowledged similar crimes as Paul Manafort? His brother, John Podesta, was Hillary's campaign manager, and Tony Podesta raised money for Hillary (and was playing both sides, advising for Jeb Bush). Why no charges vs. Tony Podesta & equally prioritizing his prosecution? Since Mueller chose not to do anything with Podesta but refer it to different office, hopefully US Attorney's Office in NY will get on this.

Strange, Leahy talking about using money illegally in a campaign and no mention of concern about Hillary's campaign? No mention of Podesta? The Mueller investigation is good to be rooting out illegality but they should be doing so in bipartisan manner. Plenty of people deep in the swamp on both sides.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/23/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Christine Hallquist, First Transgender Nominee for Governor, to Face Phil Scott

More of the same, the F-35 fighter jet Democrats continuing to do their thing. When asked by the Burlington Free Press, Hallquist pledged to support the F-35 basing and everything that entails, including the destruction of health and home values for the most vulnerable Vermonters. Regardless of negative impact on Winooski and South Burlington's working poor, the elderly, immigrant refugees, etc. This is the "justice" Hallquist believes in and, to use Hallquist's words, the "economic programs" Hallquist supports, "especially [for] people on the lower end of the economic spectrum." Military Keynesianism uber alles. The Democrats again lining up behind a candidate who is OK with people being forced out of their homes for pennies on the dollar (including from Bill Niquette's award-winning, energy efficient and affordable Kirby Cottage homes). A gubernatorial candidate whose F35 stance is to "support the Congressional delegation" and their newly expanded "not suitable for residential use" zone. To support the shady backroom deal & strange pressure exerted to change the Air Force's own rating system and objective basing criterion, as exposed by Bryan Bender, Boston Globe's national security correspondent.

Whatever Hallquist and the Democrats have to say about "justice," it is only a distraction from their complete fusion with the military-industrialists. Voted for Obama twice based on the 2008 campaign rhetoric, and he sadly ended his two terms with the shameful distinction of longest wartime president in US history, having continued the neo-con wars in Afghanistan and Iraq his entire 8 years (and doubled and tripled down on the intervention-first, regime change nonsense in Syria and Libya).

Thank you to the other 3 primary candidates, who, combined, earned more votes than Hallquist, and showed real courage and integrity in standing on principle and breaking with the Lockheed-Martin Establishment Democrats/"Progressives," i.e., Leahy, Bernie, Shumlin, Shap Smith, et al.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/15/2018 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Big Vote on Main Street Project Looms in Winooski

Is this really a good financial investment, given Patrick Leahy and the Democratic Party's insistence on basing the F-35 fighter jet at Burlington International Airport has put virtually the entire city of Winooski in the new "not suitable for residential use" zone? How many properties may need to be bought out by the Federal Aviation Authority? How many tenants other than the most heavy, industrial uses will want to line up for space that they know is already deemed "not suitable for residential use"?

Not sure what the trouble is behind Redstone obtaining financing but I would expect lending banks are being forced to look very closely at the reality of the F-35 fighter jet and its negative impact on Winooski.

The Vermont Democratic Party's military Keynesianism giveth; and it also taketh away.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 05/02/2018 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Barton Man Busted After Blasting Smoke Detector With a Shotgun

The old style smoke alarms, that had a tiny radioactive isotope, were reliable, lasted a long time and rarely created false alarms (in fact, I don't believe my parents ever had a false alarm in over 30 years, including our growing up years). The new style smoke alarms are photo-electric and a disaster. False alarms, beeping (usually at 3 AM, just after you got the baby back to sleep & put your head on the pillow). Doesn't seem to matter if you replace the battery or not. You need to replace them almost once a year, maybe once every two years if you're lucky.

Whatever regulation mandated elimination of the old style smoke alarms seems a perfect example of regulatory overreach. Probably lobbyists for the new-style smoke alarm manufacturers wrote the regulation - knew it would provide huge profits for their client who could continually crank out cheap photo-electrics that consumers are forced to constantly replace. The photo-electrics also do not seem to like humid air or marine climates.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 05/01/2018 at 10:17 PM

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