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Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

The sharing of facts about a candidate for public office is not "harassment" or "bullying." When a person runs for public office, they open themselves up for scrutiny. That person has LEFT the private sphere and entered public life. We, the citizens, have a right to share information and observations about candidates! If Ms. Grill were not running for public office, I'm really sure no one would be dissecting her qualifications. But we have a right to do that before voting!

Ms. Grill was posting here anonymously herself, bashing the mayor and current administration in the same negative, harsh, accusatory tone that you are saying is unacceptable (please see other articles for reference) I guess you could say she set the tone herself, and people responded accordingly?
The hypocrisy there is pretty astounding.

I've also seen plenty of harsh comments and negative smears about candidate Knodell, but no one takes issue with that?

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/15/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@ML: I DID attend the forum with an open mind, hoping to see these candidates in person (I haven't met either one,but have been following the race.) I was surprised by the actual physical behavior of one candidate (Ms. Grill) and also by how different this was from how her campaign makes her sound. I was really turned off by the eye rolling, leering, constant sighing, and smirking whenever her opponent was speaking.

That's not a personal attack, just a valid observation about how a potential city representative was acting! Is it ok now for adults to publicly belittle each other this way? If I'd brought my kids, I would have explained that a person who is confident and secure in her message wouldn't have to use those tactics, and it's not ok even for grown-ups to disrespect each other like that when they don't agree.

RE my "profile name:" I don't know about others, but I have been told that internet privacy is wise. I don't really want to give out my name on the World Wide Web. It has nothing to do with the issue of local elections. I suspect others are following the same guidelines. I ( and others who keep being shamed for posting with "profile names") have the right to keep my name off the internet. I'm not running for public office. Ok, no more to say..will cast my vote soon and probably won't make the mistake of stating opinions online again...I just agreed with other comments here and wanted to share observations on this highly contested local race. I agree that the national race has brought more attention to local politics and frustration carries over for sure, but it feels like we can have some say in what happens locally. Thanks.

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/13/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

I attended the debate between these two candidates with an open mind.

After the first half hour or so, I nearly left because I was having a hard time even focusing on what was being said, due to the constant eye rolling, leering, and other distracting faces that Ms. Grill made every time her opponent had the floor. I felt like I couldn't even watch anymore. Not only was it unbelievably rude behavior, but I felt like I'd see a better, more respectful candidate at a seventh grade class election. Ms. Grill also forgot what she wanted to say mid-sentence several times and, other times, spoke so fast within her allotted minutes that it was hard to even follow.

Maintaining good relationships and working well with others is a crucial part of the job as city councilor. Ms. Grill demonstrated a total lack of basic manners and grace on that front, which does not bode well for her ability to work with others in city and state government if elected. Councilor Knodell was calm, self-possessed, respectful, and well-spoken. She also made her points quickly and concisely, and swiftly corrected Ms. Grill several times on some sweeping generalizations and incorrect ("alternative?) facts when challenged.

Someone made a comment on the 7 Days fb page about Grill, saying that she's "the tea party candidate of the left" which is how I landed on this article. That is so accurate- from what I saw at the debate, her behavior (especially the rude eye-rolling and smirks) reminded of Trump during his debates more than anything else. We now have a federal government full of appointees who completely lack the credentials to do their jobs. Please keep our city government staffed with well-respected, qualified representatives here at home!

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Posted by dm_VT on 02/12/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

Excuse me, "VT Policy Analyst," but if you are referring to my comment, I am not a "troll" or a "political operative," just a citizen of Burlington who is really put off by the hypocrisy I'm seeing, where it's ok to accuse your opponents of "lying" etc.(see below) but any criticism of you is cause for concern. On top of that, I just thought the whole idea of a candidate involving him/herself in the comments on their own articles is not cool, especially when people don't know it's him/her. People should be given space to think for themselves on these issues. If that offends anyone or makes my comments unwelcome, then I apologize.

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Posted by dm_VT on 01/17/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

I see she's at it again, posting accusatory and divisive comments on her own articles! Please, Genese, give it a rest and try not to act so desperate! Also, please give people a chance to think for themselves instead of relentlessly inserting your voice into every single discussion remotely involving you! Thanks. Sincerely, Potential Constituent.

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Posted by dm_VT on 01/17/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “‘Reactionary Fringe’ Pushes Back Against Mayor’s ‘Trash Talk’

I see that Genese Grill is criticizing the mayor directly now, after someone caught her posting anti-Weinberg comments under a pseudonym on the first article....nice try, but this "opposition for the sake of opposition" still seems pointless. Let's work for realistic, tangible, fair and achievable Progressive goals. That is my idea of a Liveable City.

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Posted by dm_VT on 01/17/2017 at 2:40 PM

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