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Michael Long 
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Re: “Burlington Schools Superintendent Weighs In on Race Controversy

The most important revelation here is that Superintendent Obeng "never filed a formal complaint."

Nevertheless, the Board responded as if he had and implied that the emergency meeting and the formal investigation they hired out were their legal and ethical responsibility. The questionable allegations made would have been better handled simply by talking about them.

The Board managed this issue in fiasco and loose cannon fashion. They were set off by an angry outburst from a departing chair using a hot button issue to sow discord, target a perceived opponent, and satisfy himself.

The report should be released so the public can see just what they paid for and whether any useful insights emerged.

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Posted by Michael Long on 04/07/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Senate Committee Seeks Answers on Clean Water Delays

It's outrageous and sad to see the governor and agency heads entrusted with protecting our water and other natural resources blatantly shirking their responsibility. They must have had a workshop with Pruitt.

Municipalities like Burlington take another tack toward neglect, patting themselves on the back for being green, but letting the runoff run off, as if it isn't there or doesn't matter.

Enforcing green space regulations would reduce runoff substantially.

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Posted by Michael Long on 04/04/2018 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Weinberger Could Veto Burlington City Council Resolution on F-35s

Whether Miro signs or vetoes this advisory resolution matters little. He's just another citizen weighing in on Question 6, but gets to vote twice, like the city councilors did.

What does matter is that the ballot question passed with a substantial majority and the council resolution passed by more than two thirds.

Our senators and congressman, representatives of we the people, are unswayed by the voice of the people when it is not saying what they want to hear. Like Miro, perhaps, they are ambivalent about democracy.

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Posted by Michael Long on 03/28/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Race to the Finish: Burlington Mayoral Candidates Make Final Pitches

"Last weekend, Weinberger celebrated his 48th birthday and with a team of supporters knocked on 2,000 doors across the city."

Wow! And on his birthday!

Oh, you mean the hired help knocked on most of those doors? And for only $1300?

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Posted by Michael Long on 02/28/2018 at 1:22 AM

Re: “F-35 Burlington Ballot Question Spurs Debate, Influx of Ad Spending

If you haven't made up your mind or are willing to change it, reading Front Porch Forum postings, one titled, "No Tricks, Just the Truth about the F-35," and the other, "Why I'm Voting No on VT Air National Guard (Item 6)" may be helpful. I think you will find one posting straightforward and well documented, while the other is light on actual facts and heavy on wishful thinking.

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Posted by Michael Long on 02/27/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Weinberger Rakes in Campaign Cash, Holds Fundraising Lead

Legally mandated filings show "large checks" for Weinberger while 90% of Driscoll's contributors gave less than $100. The money tells the story and the truth. The Weinberger campaign and program are premised on the mayor's office and Burlington itself being up for sale, but only to qualified buyers. The model is heavily weighted toward real estate development and privatizing public assets. It's light on attention to the full spectrum of the public interest.

Driscoll has the experience and the commitment to be a mayor for all of Burlington's people, even though she hasn't "raked in" quite such a barrel of cash.

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Posted by Michael Long on 02/25/2018 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Union Members Dispute Claim of 'Unanimous' Driscoll Endorsement

Some union members think that if their individual views differ from a position taken by the union a grave injustice and misrepresentation has been perpetrated. To call this presumptuous and self-righteous is a substantial understatement. Unions and other organizations who endorse political candidates typically have a process for doing so and one that is unlikely to involve polling the whole membership. The outcome will rarely please every member, but individual members do not speak for the union or organization as a whole. I expect some members of other organizations who have endorsed other candidates also have conflicting views and allegiances.

This story smacks of dirty politics, a poor understanding of the endorsement process, or both. The Weinberger campaign may have had no hand in this smear, but it does have a habit of accusing opponents of misinformation in the very act of spreading distortions and making false claims all its own.

16 likes, 39 dislikes
Posted by Michael Long on 02/17/2018 at 1:50 AM

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