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Nato, a/k/a Nate Orshan. #BTV, #VT. Marketing, media, copywriting, design. Evolutionary science, psychology. Music writing/performance, Beatles-inspired pop.

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Re: “Weinberger Secures Third Term As Burlington Mayor

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Miro was the only candidate for whom someone wrote a song. It didn't get enough listens for me to say that it brought a lotta people to the polls, but it does show that there's more grassroots passion for Miro than his detractors would like to believe.…

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Posted by NateOrshan on 03/07/2018 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Undercover Video Targets Transgender Vermonters

It takes a special degree of cowardice and entitlement to bully transgender people as Steven Crowder did (with "his wife and two associates") by secretly filming people at the Pride Center of Vermont, then turning it into a misleading and transphobic video for the purpose of riling up his audience. Shame on Crowder and his allies.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 12/20/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Congressman Welch Votes Against Attempt to Impeach Trump

I agree with Rich ard. However painful it is to set impeachment aside in the short term, it's what we need to do temporarily to let the Mueller investigation play out. Let's have more thoughtfulness and less perfunctory outrage in our responses.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 12/07/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “How the Burlington Telecom 'Debacle' Divided a City Council

Piggybacking off of Susan Joy's comment: Unfortunately, the "good of the city" is in the eye of the beholder.

Most KBTL supporters (and I started out as one) would probably say that the city is best served by completely local ownership of BT.

Most Ting supporters (and I ended up as one) would probably say the the city is best served by competent, financially stable ownership of BT.

And most Schurz supporters would probably say--WAIT, THERE WEREN'T ANY UNTIL THAT COUNCIL MEETING!


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Posted by NateOrshan on 12/06/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

"The Council agreed last Monday to open the process back up to ALL 4 bidders if KBTL and Ting could not come to an agreement by Friday. Jane was simply preparing for the very probable outcome that Ting and KBTL would not come to an agreement, and alerted the public and council immediately after ZRF said they would be willing to return."

Check that timeline, Josh. Per the article:

"...Councilor Joan Shannon (D-South District) criticized Knodell for phone calls to ZRF Partners over the past weeks..."

Did you catch that? Past weeks. Not since Monday. Weeks.

"And, i'm sorry, but I don't trust the opinion of someone who is clearly trying to deflect the push back from a clearly unpopular decision by blaming the people who have worked to open up this process."

Where exactly did I blame the people who have worked to open up this process (i.e., Jane)? I started out expressing a sort of sympathy for the apparent ambivalence on the part of some KBTL-suppporting Councilors (because I feel it personally), then I demonstrated some patent misinformation in your own, prior post. (I'll cop to being snarky with critikboy.)

But solid reasoning doesn't hinge on whether or not you trust someone. It stands on its own.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 11/09/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

"This is simply Joan Shannon peddling a conspiracy theory..."

No, Josh, that was simply Joan responding to the fact that the City Council president was conducting secret phone calls to a would-be eliminated bidder for BT.

" deflect from the fact that she has consistently voted against the interests of Burlington and against the will of her constituents by supporting a Canadian company over local community ownership of BT..." DO know the will of all of Joan's South District constituents? A lot of people would be interested in paying you for your expertise.

"We should be thankful that Jane has worked to successfully open up the process around the sale so we could have some level of public input before a decision was made."

That's unfortunatly contradicted by the information shared by Joan (see article above), who says that Jane has been in direct communications with ex-bidder ZRF Partners. My understanding is that this was not done with any knowledge of the City Council, i.e., it was done secretly. Whatever else Jane has done to open up the process around the sale, this behind-the-scenes scheming is its antithesis.

And I'm a Jane Knodell fan. I've delivered campaign literature for her around the ONE in freezing December weather. And I'd do it again, I think, but this working-in-secrecy stuff is a head-scratcher.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 11/09/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

"The comments from some of the other supporters of the mayor's preference... your comments I take with a large amount of salt..."

kk, courageous anonymous critik.

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Posted by NateOrshan on 11/09/2017 at 11:53 AM

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