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Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

It will be great to have this site open for a breakfast crowd!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/17/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Scott Administration Opposes Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill

I guess the question for me about the issue is "what are we so afraid of, that we have to keep illegal, a plant?"

This State is full of qualified and educated doctors to safely prescribe it - in fact they already do.
This State is full of qualified legislators to enact safeguards-they do it every day in the Statehouse.
This State is full of qualified safety enforcement personnel to ensure our public byways remain safe-they do it everyday.
This State is full of passionate educators dedicated to informing the public of reckless use-they do this everyday.
This State is full of qualified, educated health care professionals to help you overcome any abuse or injury resulting in misuse-they do it everyday.

Let's face it - marijuana legalization in Vermont is a jobs bill.

To say these wonderful residents of this State CAN'T do this when it comes to marijuana is such a slap in the face to all the years of schooling, work experience and compassion they bring to their positions everyday. A travesty. And it really shows that Gov. Scott doesn't trust them to do this. Guess he's really not serious about creating jobs and keeping people in State.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/10/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

I've lived in LA, SF, NYC, HI and of course, VT. What is surprising is how much it costs in rent and home prices here, comparable to those areas, and yet there is no SoCal sun, ocean, Silicon Valley tech center or finance/arts epicenter to command that basic cost. And not much job base to afford it. In 1990 you could rent an apt in the metro for $550 and earn $30,000. Today that apt is $900 but the job base salary is hardly above $30,000.

If the State wants people to stay, give them a compelling reason. Legalize marijuana. It has the potential to put the States at the forefront of emerging trends, just like the craft beer craze. Entrepreneurship would boom along with tax revenues and penalty revenue.

Burlington shouldn't sell Burlington Telecom, but instead wire the whole city with hotspots using fire hydrants and street lights and give free internet service. It will unleash small business and grow the economy in ways we can't yet imagine and again, make a compelling reason to live here.

If we are truly in competition for residents, what do we offer or can we offer that no other State/municipality can?

25 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/08/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Smoking Ban: Burlington Clamps Down on Lighting Up in Parks

More talk from comrade citizen. Is like summer in here with all the hot air. Yet still no action....I sense a definite pattern here.

I said I will debate you. Now, go put your name on a ballot. We're waiting....

Come out, come out, whoever you are...

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/07/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Smoking Ban: Burlington Clamps Down on Lighting Up in Parks

Hahahahah oh that is so rich comrade Citizen and so Trumpian - bragging so much about being born in a State, but then condemning that very land as stolen from Native Americans. So very Trumpian. I'm sure that will get votes of both your supporters, provided there's no election fraud.

Happy to debate you when you actually do run for elected office, which in your case, comrade Citizen, will more than likely be never, but be sure again to let us all know when that fictional date will be in your land of alternate facts comrade Citizen.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/07/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Smoking Ban: Burlington Clamps Down on Lighting Up in Parks

Hahahahah, there you go again Citizen, trying to act superior for your ancestors having never left the state and seeing the world and yet in the same paragraph denigrating those that actually fought and founded this great State. Be sure to share that sentiment when you supposedly run for office.

And be sure to let us all know when you do get up that courage to run for office - that is to form a position substantiated by empirical data and not opinion, that you are willing to stand and defend without getting defensive and all superior-like and put to the voters. We're all eager for that day Citizen, but none of us are holding our breath.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/07/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Smoking Ban: Burlington Clamps Down on Lighting Up in Parks

Promises, promises Citizen. More empty promises from the Complainer-in-Chief. And if we were so gullible as to take you for your word, how would we know? You have to use your real name when filling Citizen. And we certainly know you aren't running for Burlington City Council, because that filing deadline has passed. Not sure if you have to run for Dogcatcher though.

And who doesn't know whom? Direct descendant here of Thomas Nelson Jr, who signed the Declaration of Independence, direct descendant of the original settler of Westminister West, VT, direct descendant of Ethan Allen and of VT's 1st State's Attorney for Chittenden County, Samuel Hitchcock, who just also happened to be a delegate to the convention in Bennington to ratify the Constitution in 1791. He drafted the charter to the University of Vermont and was a trustee of UVM until his death. He was Vt Attorney General, and was one of the Presidential electors at large for VT in the 2nd presidential election in 1793, casting a vote for George Washington and John Adams. He was appointed by Adams to be the District Court Judge of the United States for the District of Vermont, and judge of the Circuit Court of second circuit of the United States.

I myself have lived here since I was 4.


13 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/07/2017 at 12:02 PM

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