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Mark Lade 
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Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

In a city with a severe housing shortage -- indeed, a housing crisis--more high end condos and student housing isn't going to put a dent in it. Sure, there will be some "affordable housing" too so I guess we should be thankful.

Jobs benefit the city, of course, but what jobs are being created? Sure, we'll need skilled labor to attend the parking garage, clean the building for the high end condo owners, and man the registers at all of the new retail space but those jobs won't realistically allow anyone to actually earn enough money to live in any of the hosing being created.

As far as the mural, it's a nice idea to have one. Maybe it is time to change the content of it and not because the former one was offensive. Weinberger can even have Sinex added to it if that's what Sinex wants.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 10/11/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

"You lost on the City Center issue. Just can't get over it, huh?"

I'm happy for development of the city center. I just would like to see something that benefits the city and not just Don Sinex.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 10/10/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

Weinberger is waiting for Don Sinex to tell him how to handle this.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 10/10/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “UVM Responds to Student Demands on Race, Diversity Issues

UVM is one of the most prestigious universities in New England?

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Posted by Mark Lade on 10/03/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers on Strike After Negotiations Fail

Factoring in the cost of living, Vermont is the third lowest state in the country for what they pay teachers.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 09/14/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Vote to Strike If Contract Battle Is Not Resolved

Yes. Philo really should outline his entire political strategy for bringing better paying jobs to Vermont within the 300 word limit he is given even though he is likely not a politician.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 09/11/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Burlington Teachers Vote to Strike If Contract Battle Is Not Resolved

Knowyourassumptions has missed the point but that shouldn't stop him from trying to make up what Philo is saying and then dispute it.

Philo has railed against the kind of development that the mall represents. I have always understood his point as being the mall development is not the kind of development Burlington needs. Burlington needs something that will advance the economy, not make one person richer. At least that's what I've always taken away from what he says. It's hard to write a political treatise in the comments section of the Seven Days as you are asking him to do.

As far as the teachers, the answer is not to limit their earning. The answer is to build an economy that can support good schools. I don't have the space, time, or inclination to deliver my treatise on how but it certainly doesn't focus on shut up and pay.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 09/11/2017 at 8:09 AM

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