Matt Kelly | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Matt Kelly 
Member since Feb 4, 2015

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Re: “What Happens in Montgomery: Town Asks Troopers to Cruise Elsewhere

And the State wonders why people are leaving VT? Sadly this isn't just an issue with the State Police in Berkshire. I've been ticketed by VSP going 26 mph in a 25 mph zone and for not using my directional at 2am when no one else was visible on the roads. It's this mentality that forced me to move away from small town Vermont. Until legislators stop being cowed by the Police union/lobby, this drain of talent from Vermont won't stop.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 03/11/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Hartnett Withdraws From Burlington City Council Race

Dave let me be the first here to say thank you for the many years and countless hours of service to our city. Godspeed as you attend to your family commitments.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 01/18/2019 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Vandal Defaces Controversial Burlington Parade Mural

I am reminded of the Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibit In the late 80's when some of his photography was to be hung in an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery and all the brouhaha that resulted with the question about government funds or public funds being used to fund 'art' some found objectionable, maybe even pornographic. A museum director who held an exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work was even tried for obscenity but eventually found not guilty. This began a national conversation about whether tax dollars should be used to fund art and who decides what is art, what is obscene or offensive and if art is free speech, is it a violation of the Fifth Amendment to revoke funding, or in the case of this mural, order its removal? Now, 30 years later, the conversation hits Vermont where some find a mural objectionable here in our own city. And instead of using it as a teaching moment about art, it's nature to influence and make a public statement, to inflame, or about funding for art, an artists worth or lifetime of work, or our own reactions to something we find distasteful, it's the same reaction as those conservative voices who objected to Mapplethorpe's work and forced the exhibits cancellation. I suggest Burlington City Arts purchase the mural and install it in a permanent installation where this question can be pondered over for generations more to answer, as it is clear Burlingtonians are just as confused about one of the purposes of art and the ramifications of the Fifth Amendment.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 11/04/2018 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

And I will add, that Vermont ranks HIGHER in GDP PER CAPITA than Florida and Arizona, both with their great weather, no state income tax and pro sports teams, in addition to Michigan with its automotive industry and sports teams. Go Vermont!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

But that's EXACTLY what it means, GDP PER CAPITA relates exclusively to population!!!!!!… Clearly, its an accurate representation no matter your assumption that it doesn't. Vermont, 49th in population, has a GDP Per Capita that ranks HIGHER than ONE THIRD of the States, ALL with higher populations.

Facts matter. Assumptions don't!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

Yes to putting low unemployment as an indicator of a strong economy. You were the one who said it wasn't an accurate indicator even though economists have been using that figure historically for decades. So I sought to assuage your limited comprehension to add another indicator that obviously, you still don't comprehend. And the stats speak for themselves: Vermont, with the second lowest population, does better in GDP than 17 other States with larger populations, and that GDP figure continues to climb, indicating a very strong economy. Its an easy extrapolation for thinking people to make: Vermont's economy is better than 1/3 of the country.

Facts matter.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?


There you go again, assuming. And we know how that all turns out. The first three letters spell it out clearly. Am greatly past 3rd grade thanks. And how do you know there's zero unemployment on the moon. Have you been there? Didn't think so....

But to your point about accurate reflection of the state of the economy, GDP might be a better indicator. To which, Vermont ranks last for GDP at $24.5Billion, but when put in terms of per capita, Vermont fares better than 17 other States,… and this number has been consistently growing.

Not bad when you consider only Wyoming has less population than Vermont.

Facts matter.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 2:05 PM

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