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Re: “South Burlington Motel Residents Worry About Its Planned Demolition

Is Mr Vallee aware that the proposed station lies within the imperiled Potash Brook watershed? As a concerned environmentalist who has successfully stalled the opening of Costco's gas station in Colchester for the past decade because of environmental concerns,, I know water quality is a top concern of his. Oh, and traffic too. The new gas station might require a widening of I-189 to accommodate the additional traffic it will generate. I hope this project gets the full scrutiny from community members and regulatory agencies that it so rightly deserves.

31 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 06/20/2018 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Some Councilors Cry Foul As Obeng Gets Residency Exemption

The residency requirement is outdated and should be dropped for all non-elected Burlington officials. By limiting applicants to Burlington residents, the pool of qualified applicants shrinks to near zero for these leadership positions. When the applicant pool is tiny, then the city ends up with less qualified employees, which benefits neither the city nor its residents. It's time to drop the rule.

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Posted by Dave S on 05/16/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Muslim Teen Poets Invited to Elks Club — Which Called the Cops

It seems to me there are three things going on here, and all you need to do is read the headline to capture all of them. The first is that these girls were invited to speak at the Elks Club. Invited. So that suggests that the Elks Club saw this as an opportunity to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone in our community. Thank you for trying, Elks Club.

The second thing is that some sexagenarian called the cops. Would he have done the same thing to a group of blonde white girls (or boys)? Maybe. We'll never know. I imagine it was a combination of both racisism and agism. Something we are all guilty of to some degree, whether we admit it or not.

The third thing is that maybe the girls were being disruptive while a meeting was going on inside. Is it OK for kids of any race/gender/age to carry on as they like, no matter what the circumstances? Is it possible the girls could have behaved better? What would you expect of your own children? I am only referring to behavior before Mr Decelles called the cops, not after. Then the rules change.

In the end I just wish we could all just see things as they are: complicated. There is a lot of gray area between black and white.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 05/10/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Cambrian Falling: Trees Felled at Burlington Development Site

This is not news. It is just more food for Burlington's fringe elements to decry all development and an opportunity for everyone else to feel smug and satisfied at the lunacy of the aforementioned fringe. Seven Days, you are better than this. There are enough wedges between us already.

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 04/11/2018 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Opponents Threaten to Derail Burlington Project

This is the same small group of ideologues that has opposed the mall redevelopment, the City Hall park redesign, the totally misleading F-35 ballot question, and pretty much any and all development in Burlington. Somehow, this group of retirees and "artists," who all appear to live off funds not derived from the local economy, has a monopoly on the truth on all matters related to Burlington. Enough is enough! Find another hobby. Go for a walk in the woods. Get a head start on this year's garden. Help the homeless. March on Washington. But please, stop pretending to speak for the people of Burlington. Because you don't.

51 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 04/05/2018 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Carina Driscoll, Bernie Sanders' Stepdaughter, Announces Run for Burlington Mayor

As a starting point, I guess I'd like to know what Burlington's "community values" are and how the current administration has strayed from them. Second, I understand how some people can be disappointed with outcomes like Moran, BT, and the mall redevelopment. But in every instance, "public participation" was NOT the problem. BT was ranked last in viability by independent evaluators, but they still made it to the final round of three precisely because of public pressure. The Moran plant has had 20+ years and multiple public processes to find a workable solution for that property, but every effort has failed because no viable contender could be found. The mall redevelopment only got a green light after the voters (including Driscoll) went to the polls in support of it. I'm curious to see how Driscoll's magic wand could have changed any of these outcomes.

70 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 12/05/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Council Selects Schurz, ZRF to Buy Burlington Telecom

1. It will be interesting to see what happens to BTs subscriber base following this vote. 1-800-Comcast should be very busy this month.
2. Burlington politics is severely broken. Ideologues on left and right are ruining this city, both in city council and on the school board. Centrists/pragmatists like Shannon, Paul, and Weinburger, (yes, Weinberger) need our support now more than ever.
3. Im very interested to learn what Jane Knodells reasoning is. Last week, the $30M Ting proposal was too low. This week, the $25M Shurtz proposal was priced right. Jane, please explain graphically, using supply and demand curves.
4. Recognizing our collective mistake, maybe we can vote again next Monday? ;-)

54 likes, 35 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 11/28/2017 at 9:20 AM

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