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Re: “In Suburban South Burlington, a Holdout Farmer Plans to Expand

Great article, great outcome. So exciting to see these groups working together and putting all the pieces together!

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Posted by debbouton on 11/13/2018 at 6:27 PM

Re: “After Buying Airport-Area Homes to Raze, Burlington Wants to Save Some

This whole situation is f*ing outrageous. What needs to GO are the F-35s! All the destruction of housing, and now the use of these homes RENT FREE for people who work at the airport?! They should at least be required to pay rent that goes into the Housing Trust Fund. I am outraged at the politicians who feel they have the right to disregard the voters of Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski -- and they get away with it. And then you wonder why people are so distrusting of politicians and don't bother to vote because they think (and in this case know) their vote doesn't count. (PS - To the best of my knowledge, these were never billed as "condos"; they were sold as single-family homes.)

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Posted by debbouton on 10/17/2018 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Magnolia Bistro Owner's Facebook Post Sparks Calls for Boycott

What Ashmoorevt said. This comment, "I generally leave a trail of goodness wherever I go," shows the owners supreme lack of self-awareness. My daughter worked there a very short while, quitting because of his constant verbal abuse and poor management. She was one of many. I quit going there years ago.

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Posted by debbouton on 06/19/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Seven Days Wins 10 First-Place Awards, Including General Excellence, in Regional Media Competition

Congratulations to Seven Days! Judges' comments are right-on, and all of these awards are so well-deserved!! I never cease to be impressed.

Posted by debbouton on 03/02/2018 at 2:44 PM

Re: “All Eyes on Eva [SIV522]

So very cool, Eva! Congratulations and thanks for this SIVT! I had to force myself to watch the surgery part but am glad I did. I have baby cataracts myself and can't wait till they grow up so I can get them removed and see without glasses too. : )

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Posted by debbouton on 03/02/2018 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Walters: Ex-Freeps Editor Finds a Friend on Fox News

Emily McManamy, you are spot on. John Walters, i disagree with your statement, "He lost his job because he worked for a cautious organization that knows it can't afford to alienate any of its remaining readers." (Besides, how do you know?) Read the code of ethics, read Gannett's social-media policy. I would expect (hope!) that had he tweeted favorably about the issue he also would have been let go. It's just not acceptable. He was a journalist and an editor, not an editorial columnist. He should have known better. The fact that he didn't tells me he never should have been in that position in the first place.

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Posted by debbouton on 01/12/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Anti-Social Media: Burlington Free Press Editor Tweets Himself Out of a Job

While I strongly disagree with Finley's opinions and political views, he certainly has a right to them. As a news journalist (i.e., not an opinion columnist), however, he has the responsibility to be 100% objective. By tweeting his opinions on these matters, he violated this cardinal principle. And clearly his tweets were in direct violation of Gannett's social-media policies, which can be read here: Without question these two factors are why he was fired -- not because his views are offensive and "politically incorrect."

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Posted by debbouton on 01/10/2018 at 10:41 AM

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