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Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

I have an idea - why not use a section of the 220 acre Burlington Country Club, which constitutes nearly 10% of all buildable land in Burlington, currently reserved for Vermonts wealthiest 10%, many of whom dont even live in Burlington, as the site for the Farmers Market.…

Then, eminent domain the land (only valued at $6 million!) and build low-income housing since we seem to have a particularly bad low-income housing problem in this city, to the point where Mayor Weinberger told me on the record he would rather some poor person pay full market-rate rent to live in a slum than have even one Slumlord lose their rental license.

If Farrell can fit 700 units of housing on only 12 acres of land, imagine how much housing could be build even on just 100 or 50 acres!

Imagine a city where everyone had a home and the wealthy could not segregate themselves from their workers and the poor by using zoning laws and 300 acre elite country clubs to protect themselves from the masses!

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Posted by cwinklem on 10/31/2018 at 12:52 PM

Re: “About Turner: Republicans Bet Big on Lieutenant Governor Race

Its been really disappointing to see that no major Vermont news outlet have shown interest in covering the Boves Boycott (, where female tenants have shared stories of the Boves turning a blind eye to drug dealers (Almighty Peaks Painting) and sexual solicitation by a building soup, so reading this about VPR doesnt surprise me.

I have even offered to connect journalists with multiple low income renters, single mothers willing to risk eviction and homelessness to share how they have been preyed upon by the Bove Brothers. And yet, so far, crickets.

Kudos to Luskin and The Commons for showing bravery. Seven Days, youve got the chance to not only criticize other outlets but lead by example.

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Posted by cwinklem on 10/24/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Bove's Launches Monthly Pop-Up Dinners in Milton

Just a reminder that the Boves are predatory landlords. Even if our elected officials are friendly with them and take their campaign contributions, we shouldnt tolerate their business practices that prey on vulnerable and low income Vermonters. You can read a bunch of stories from real Vermonters at

We hope youll join us in boycotting this event and all Bove products until they fix up their predatory business behavior.

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Posted by cwinklem on 09/25/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Authorities Say Investigating St. Joseph's Orphanage Abuse Won't Be Easy

I think its easy to apologize for past administrations. What failures of justice is the Mayor addressing so that future administrations wont apologize for him?

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Posted by cwinklem on 09/10/2018 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Blocks Construction of Preschools

After the preschool expansion grant, most preschools, early ed centers, and after-school programs in the city, of various quality, struggled worse to find and retain qualified staff. Making maybe $15/h in a city where rent is often $1,000 a month per person, on top of student loans, makes Burlington a tough place to afford to live, and early educators are choosing to live elsewhere (or quit the field entirely), making an already tough staffing issue much worse and putting our communitys most vulnerable children at risk.

I hope the school board considers how expansion in one part of the field affects all the others within the early ed community and works with the whole community to find solutions that meet everyones needs. It would be great for Lets Grow Kids/Permanent Fund and the Mayors office to step in and recognize this as the growing crisis it is becoming instead of hyper-focusing on expansion at seemingly any cost.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/13/2018 at 6:48 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

Ill even settle for just some transparency around hospital pricing.

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/07/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

When will the state of Vermont just take over UVMMC so we can have universal health coverage that wont bankrupt us?

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Posted by cwinklem on 06/07/2018 at 6:39 PM

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