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Re: “At UVM Event, Second Amendment Advocates Decry Gun-Control Measures

Hi Sons of Liberty,

Are you suggesting we put more funding towards schools, keep classroom numbers low so that teachers can build relationships with their students to prevent bullying? Raise the minimum wage so that children dont go hungry? Offer universal medical care so that children and families can stay healthy, physically and mentally? If so, I agree, and maybe next year consider not voting for Governor Scott, who believes our schools are already over-funded.

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Posted by cwinklem on 03/09/2018 at 8:01 PM

Re: “In Range: The Week That Changed Vermont's Gun Politics

Sobering does not begin to describe this affidavit. Hunger, poverty, mental illness, easy access to weapons, hopelessness, loneliness and anger conspired to create a narrowly avoided tragedy," Johnson wrote. "Hug the people especially the kids around you. Then let's work like hell to erode all the conditions that contribute to these far-too-frequent shootings.

Thats great that the Speaker recognized this and is working on keeping all children safe in schools! And Im having trouble seeing what our elected officials will be doing to help combat the seeds of this problem, which the speaker described as children and young adults facing extreme poverty, hunger, and homelessness, leading to hopelessness, loneliness and anger.

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Posted by cwinklem on 03/01/2018 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Weinberger Rakes in Campaign Cash, Holds Fundraising Lead

Who Funds Mayor Weinberger's Campaigns?…

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Posted by cwinklem on 02/26/2018 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Weinberger Leads Fundraising Pack in Burlington Mayoral Contest

Who Funds Mayor Weinbergers Campaigns?…

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Posted by cwinklem on 02/06/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “ReSOURCE to Relocate, Soda Plant to Offer New Incubator Workspaces

"I'm very, very committed to the vitality of the South End corridor, and affordable rent is one of the ways we can open the door to risk takers," Conant said.

Not affordable to the folks in Burlington who, due to stagnant wages, have relied on this downtown thrift goods retail store for years.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/18/2018 at 8:40 PM

Re: “After Police Shootings, Vermont Cops Are Slow to Provide Statements

Please ask Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo to support civilian oversight of our police department, which they have consistently spoken against. Now more than ever do we need an independent body to ensure that state and city actors use limited and appropriate force, and are held responsible when abuses like this happen.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/10/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

Hi Councilor Mason,

At the end of the day what I see is a consistent thread of a mayor and city council who just do not understand what its like to be working poor, and whose policies time and time again end up focusing on helping those who have considerable means over our neighbors who are most vulnerable and marginalized. The voices of advocates, like the ACLU, seem to fall on deaf ears.

I was hoping you could offer some clear examples to show how I am wrong, how I have misread the past 6 years, show some clear examples of the council and mayor putting people over profits, because Im having some serious trouble seeing it.

When I think Burlington is for sale, what I mean is that businesses and landlords and developers in Burlington have priority and focus over more vulnerable populations, that for example like the private marina, or the mayor and city council supporting a mall project with an initial poor door entrance, tourists and developers have a better chance of being heard in city hall over community advocates (like myself) and more importantly the marginalized groups and the working poor we devote our lives to supporting.

It has been demoralizing to put so much trust in local elected leaders and feel like instead of listening, they'd rather argue. Thank you for your time.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/08/2018 at 4:52 PM

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