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Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project


One person's gossip is another person's discussion of possible explanations for the strange behavior of City Place's developer. To not press on with the construction when everything appears to be in place is strange behavior. Mr. Sinex is not about to tell a member of the Great Unwashed (like me) why the project has stalled, hence the speculation, or what you, BDE, would deem destructive gossip. You do realize this is a public project? A comment on a public project in a public forum is free speech, BDE. Get over yourself.

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Posted by Eric J on 10/11/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project

I'm in the Vermont construction business. Perhaps six weeks ago my commercial decorating company was contacted by PC, Inc's arch-rival, Whiting-Turner, to price the City Place project. I thought this was an exercise in futility and told the W-T estimators that in my opinion Don Sinex was using them to keep PC honest. Then I heard that PC lost 70 million bucks in their last fiscal year. It could be that they reviewed their deal with him and determined that it wasn't profitable enough.

Later, while talking to a PC estimator about a different job, I was told Don doesn't have the necessary funding. You can't do work on promises alone. How embarrassing, huh?

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Posted by Eric J on 10/11/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Coyne Releases Orphanage Victims From Confidentiality Agreements

A few years ago I found out that in Catholic doctrine the clergy are viewed as higher and closer to God than the laity. (Laity means common shlubs like you and me.) Not so long ago all masses were given in Latin, which was a deliberate way for the clergy to appear all-knowing, better than the average believer. What a crock, of course. These men--the nuns aren't much better if they are better--have lorded it over and tithed innocent believers for centuries. They have used the good faith of people to enrich themselves and abuse children. The whole rotten edifice of the Catholic church--including its tax exempt status--should come crashing to the ground. Sorry, but how many get out of jail free cards are we to give them? Enough is enough.

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Posted by Eric J on 09/29/2018 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Vermont Inmates Moving to CoreCivic Prison in Mississippi

Shoulda thought things through before victimizing people, huh, you boys in the striped pajamas? While basking in that Mississippi heat you might want to work on your impulse control...

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Posted by Eric J on 09/19/2018 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

A couple of young pilots were feeling their oats. I wish they'd snuck up and scared the snot out of me, too. Life is boring without surprises. Next time please fly over North Hero, boys, providing if you didn't get your wing commander so jacked he grounded you.

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Posted by Eric J on 09/05/2018 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Meet the ‘Frequent Fliers’ of Vermont’s Nonprofit Boards

Hey, bvt4all, you don't know that all these profiled board members are wealthy, nor do you know how much they have or have not done to alleviate Vermont's poverty, bigotry and suffering. I suspect they have done a lot more than a troll like you. Wealthy and white they may be, but they're not just sitting around on their butts playing bridge. I suspect each of them has done more good for society in one week than you will do in your whole life, you sniping Marxist. These people don't have to do charitable work; they volunteer; they give their time for probably meager compensation, if any. My hat's off to them.

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Posted by Eric J on 07/12/2018 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Professional Fundraisers Keep a Large Cut of the Cash They Bring In for Nonprofits

VPIRG, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, are terrible. A few years ago I was into their agenda, until I became suspicious of their helpers' persistence. Why would they keep coming back and back? Seemed so Non-non-profit. Sure enough, I cornered one of them and found out the large percentage of the received pledges they got to keep. Burns, VPIRG'S boss, endorsed this deceitful method of fundraising and should be fired because of it. It's shameful and dishonest.

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Posted by Eric J on 07/09/2018 at 8:42 PM

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