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Maggie Standley 
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Re: “South Burlington Student's Post on 'White Fragility' Goes Viral

Impt to talk about! What other names for the presentation would you suggest @SteveO? genuinely curious

Would like to see some other ideas to not "shut out" those that are "fragile."

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 06/03/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

hmmmm....interesting. I understand why anonymity is allowed, and I agree it's impt to protect one from discrimination and harassment. But, recently some of those using anonymous user names were doing the harassing, sometimes subtly and other times, not so much. 7 Days, do you feel the recent comments that raised this issue at all, met the below standards from your policy?

"Be respectful. We encourage debate, but it must be respectful, civil and calm. Address the argument, not the person. Dont resort to name-calling, bickering or personal attacks. Dont be mean-spirited."

What keeping a conversation "respectful" means is the question. Disagreement and dialog is healthy when it pertains to the issues. When it gets into the likes of "Us" magazine standards, not so much. Perhaps there is a middle ground. That if one chooses to remain anonymous, their comments must meet a greater level of civility. Some recently were so low it was disturbing, and unfortunately, revealing...

To each their own- anonymously or not! Thks for covering this. I would love to have some other stories covered, such as: Composition and process for selecting volunteer Board and Committee members in Burlington. Is an Ethics Committee needed for Burlington's local government when few checks and balances currently exist? Who makes up the DRB, Development Review Board, and what do they do?

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Hard Lesson: A UVM Econ Prof Fights to Keep His Job

Seriously?! This would be such a loss. John Summa, a teacher's "teacher" concerned with inspiring students to think and question and grow.

Student engagement is of the utmost importance for genuine learning. Academic freedom seems to be threatened here and since he encourages engagement from all students, it does not compute that Solnick states Summa makes provocative statements that are not questioned. He gives students ample time and room to question and discuss. Is it not the role of educators to introduce challenging material?

Something's not right when "the Faculty Standards Committee voted 5-0 to support his contract renewal."

Had he been given warnings? Do professors need to submit materials/text lists?

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Two Burlington Council Members Pay a Colleague for Campaign Work

It's common sense you are not gonna kick a gift horse in z mouth. City Councilors lobby other Councilors all the time to get support/votes for their issues.

I hope Roof wasn't paid to lobby for the downtown zoning change... We sorely need an ethics committee. Processes we have in place are being violated. The Planning Commission process was so usurped of it's role and power during the downtown zoning change push, that it was painful to watch, if you were really paying attention and saw through the glitz and smoke.

I'd like to see 7 Days do a story on the cozy relations present on the Boards and Commissions of the city. The way these highly coveted volunteer positions are chosen and appointed needs to be reworked, to avoid the kind of corruption that is going on. Especially on the DRB, which has legal power and consists of some individuals very close with the Mayor in both past city and private legal dealings. It's ridiculous that all take an oath to tell the truth at the beginning of hearings, including P&Z staff.

How about a check of voting records?. At a recent debate at the UU Church, Joan Shannon stated, in the South End, she helped retain working class jobs when the city and her, were trying to push through another top down zoning change that would have transformed the 4 % of land that is the Enterprise District into a mixed use zoning paradise for developers and all but wipe out the Enterprise Zone? I'd love to hear how you protected working class jobs? Lets get real and allow the processes in place to work!

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 03/05/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@NRBH @dm_vt et all, Re anonymity, your choice here and 7 Days permits it. I would urge all to keep their rhetoric, comments, concerns to a tone you would use if you were to reveal your identity.

If one of the above commentators believes in "truthfulness", again, i invite you to come forward. If you don't want to do so on a public on-line forum, please do contact me to discuss. It's time to build bridges, not walls. It's time to try and understand, not flame fear. If you have questions regarding Candidate Genese Grill, running for Central District seat in the Old North End, contact her directly or attend a public forum. There are meet and greets happening around the city. Thurs at Nunyuns 5-6 pm and a Tea Party coming up i think later today at Dobra Tea. You can check out Genese Grill for City Council on FB: https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodpower…

At this very moment there is a NPR program on w/ Jane Lindholm re important issue of bullying, harassment and as adults, we gotta do better to role model it to our youth:
http://digital.vpr.net/post/battling-bully…

Pls see VT Digger's policy for on-line commenting and I encourage 7Days to please review their guidelines and policy:

"COMMENT POLICY of VT Digger:
VTDigger.org requires that all commenters identify themselves by their authentic first and last names. Initials, pseudonyms or screen names are not permissible.
No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Be succinct and to the point.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage a civil discourse among readers who are willing to stand behind their identities and their comments. VTDigger has created a safe zone for readers who wish to engage in a thoughtful discussion on a range of subjects. We hope you join the conversation."

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/15/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

and @NBRH and @knowyourassumptions:

Here's a great film: The African Doctor http://worldcinemaamsterdam.nl/en/portfoli…

about exclusion, fear, diversity, resilience and perseverance. It make sense that those that may be different from you engender discomfort, which can lead to people lashing out. Let's stop that and we all know that 2 wrong's don't make a right! Unless you're President you know who....

btw, @know yourassumptions, what issues are important to you in this City Council race of the CENTRAL DISTRICT? and real names appreciated :) if you are comfortable with that-

Maggie Standley
Ward 3

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/10/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Tall Mall Looms Over Central District Council Race

@NBRHD News - regarding your apology,

Given that your anonymity creates an "imbalance of power," which is, not so ironically, greatly in question, in this contested CENTRAL DISTRICT City Council Election for Wards 2 & 3 in Burlington's Old North End, would you mind sharing who you are so we can continue this discussion on more even footing? .

I would appreciate being able to have a productive discussion regarding the issues:
- The lack of diversity and ward representation on the volunteer Boards & Commissions
- The zoning policies in place to ensure equity and smart development/growth that is sustainable
- "What is affordable housing" anyway? How many units do we need, to meet the demand?

What issues are important to you?

I hear you are scared and have issues of concern, and I would encourage you to gain the clarity you would like in a more open manner to improve solution generation and a stronger community. Isn't this what this is about? To make our community the best it can be? To disagree respectfully and to at least have the intelligence and integrity to agree on the facts...

We live in times where "The bully" is winning, where Trump's money and scare tactics have worked to make him President~ let's not stoop to that level in Burlington. Who is the unstable one there?

Many thanks,
Maggie Standley
Ward 3 Resident
Educator, Artist, Small Biz Owner, Spread Your Wings Nonprofit Founder, Myrtle St Avant Garden Co-Founder,
Burlington Community Arts Award Recipient 2016
Truth Fairy ;)

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 02/10/2017 at 5:23 PM

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