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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.

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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? ;-)

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Posted by Dave S on 11/28/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “After Tie Vote, Burlington Telecom Bidders Will Attempt Compromise

With a 12-member council, shouldn't the Mayor be given the opportunity to break the tie vote?

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Posted by Dave S on 11/08/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Five Burlington City Councilors to Visit Ting Headquarters in Toronto

I don't quite get where all the fervor over keeping BT local comes from. Perhaps ideology plays a role here? My Comcast bill is $132.16, including all taxes and fees. For the same bundle of services from BT, which I just inquired about last week, the total came to $169.39. That's $446.76 per year more than Comcast.

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Posted by Dave S on 10/27/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “In High Gear: Burlington Moves Forward With Bike Projects

Everyone looking for free parking will simply move over to South Cove. South Covers will complain, LOUDLY. Advisory lanes will disappear (or suddenly appear in south cove). I agree Flynn Ave is a challenging spot for bikers, walkers and motorists, but this solution seems like a clear loser.

I say this as a South End resident who bikes, walks, and drives to Oakledge on a regular basis.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Dave S on 05/16/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

We often see studies of why the cost of living is so high in Vermont, but we never hear about why wages are so low, especially with such low unemployment. I would love to see Molly Walsh, Doug Hoffer, or Art Wolfe answer that question.

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Posted by Dave S on 02/13/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Parent: Burlington School Board Member’s Facebook Page 'Spews Forth Hatred'

Are the Facebook posts offensive? Absolutely. Is this guy an idiot? Quite possibly. But is this level of snooping newsworthy? Seems to me David Kirk should be judged on the basis of his actual record on the school board (whatever that is) and not on public shaming based on personal posts to social media. I share Brian M's concern about the thought police taking over public discourse. Do a little digging into the Burlington schools parent's group on FB for some of the more absurd examples.

Regarding Daniel L's comments on "reasonable folks" on the school board. Some are just that - people trying to do well for our city and our kids. But probably a majority is there to push a personal agenda - whether it's cutting taxes or increased spending for pet projects and personal causes. I personally look with suspicion at anyone one on the school board who doesn't have any "skin in the game," i.e., kids in the school system. What is it that motivates them to take on such a time consuming and miserable job?

Part of the problem is that most school board elections are uncontested. This provides an easy opening for nut jobs like Mr. Kirk to get on the school board. Until school board elections are contested, and a moderate slate of candidates emerges, we are likely to see continued turmoil in Burlington public schools.

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Posted by Dave S on 10/19/2016 at 1:22 PM

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