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Re: “Walters: Environmentalists Object to Scott Climate Panel Choice

Kudos to David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Erickson for pointing out the need for objectivity in leading the Technical Advisory Group!

Its hard to imagine that Annette Smith, who has lived on an off-the-grid, solar-powered farm for decades, could ever be an impartial voice on the subject of renewable energy.

Hopefully Deputy Secretary Walke will reach back out to impartial experts on objectivity such as David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Erickson. We owe it to ourselves to find the type of objective leadership that Blitterdorfian Sustainable Science & Policy experts can endorse!

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Posted by flipflopfly on 08/13/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

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Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

Many consider living in the New North End, and expecting to drive quickly and unimpeded to Williston, to be a fundamental human right.

While arguably this could be construed as more of a community mental health issue than a safe streets quandary, it is clear that the establishment of a high-speed, limited-access road, exclusively for cars and trucks, could potentially quell much of the grumbling and angst exhibited by car-partisans.

Imagine climbing in your vehicle of choice in the New North End, and being whisked quickly away towards Walmart and Home Depot and other fine Willistonesque destinations, free from self-entitled cyclists and lolly-gagging foot-traffic!

Oh wait. Such a road already exists. Some call it "The Northern Connector. Or more crudely, The Beltway.

On second thought, never mind.

32 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 07/07/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

Mercy sakes, Councilor Hartnett!

The 53 percent vs. 40 percent city-wide response in favor of sensible, safe, and painless changes to North Avenue traffic management and bicycle safety is a greater margin than the 54-46 percent PAC-funded vote in favor of City Center spot zoning last November.

Last fall, Burlington citizens bore witness to your titillating sinecure as Campaign Chair of Mayor Weinbergers PAC Partnership for Burlingtons Future, when Miros PAC-funneled slush funds was targeted to support spot zone downtown according to the diktats and whims of an out-of-state developer. As figurehead Chair, Im sure you were afforded ample opportunity to rub shoulders with the Mayor, and to ensure that mailings about the proposed North Ave. lane changes were properly addressed and mailed.

Moving forward, I encourage you to get back on the pony, get your hands dirty, and help make Burlington a safer city for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, rather than go AWOL and wash your hands of it, while waffling on about mis-addressed postcards and such when things dont go your way.

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Posted by flipflopfly on 07/06/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Names Two to Green Mountain Care Board

Well Larry Miller was a beer guy and Al Gobeille was a food guy. So it makes perfect sense that Governor Scott would think outside the box and appoint Mullin, a New York strip-mall movie-plex guy, to oversee health care reform in Vermont.

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Posted by flipflopfly on 05/25/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “As Scott Threatens Veto, Vermont Budget Faces Uncertain Future

In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.

Socrates

Putting political differences aside, I think we can all agree that 148 to 1 in support of the budget can hardly be considered a tri-partisian mandate. So stay strong, Guvnuh. Take the pole position! No more go-along-get-along- good- buddy- short-track King!

But be forewarned, when they wave that light blue flag with the yellow diagonal stripe in June, youve just been lapped by the Ashe-mobile!

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Posted by flipflopfly on 05/18/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

The Safe Injection Site Commission is searching for a safe drug shooting gallery location in Chittenden County. Senator Mazza needs a new tenant for recently-vacated commercial property in Colchester, which has served this purpose, more than adequately, for many years. Anyone else thinking win-win?

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by flipflopfly on 03/24/2017 at 1:22 PM

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