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Re: “Amuse at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

Underwhelming food
The food was fine but it wasn't worth the drive or the price. I was expecting something more unique, more like a Kitchen Table or Hen of the Wood dining experience. As it was, the whole place is a little too pretentious for me, and as Le Cirque in NY is one of my favorite restaurants, that is really saying something. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 4

Posted by Penelope on 10/01/2013 at 5:06 PM

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Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Do people understand that Burlington no longer owns BT? And voting for Ting would give Burlington back partial ownership? Burlington will get nothing if Bluewater decides to reject the city's choice, and they will reject KBTL.

The owners and creditors of BT will not approve a ridiculous vote that awards BT to the low bidder likeliest to bankrupt the telecom within five years. Thanks are due to Mayor Weinberger and the councilors who support Ting. Their bid allows Burlington to regain partial ownership, and BT will grow exponentially because Ting has the money to expand the network, making the city's minority stake that much more valuable.

Knodell's argument is that the percentages aren't good enough, the terms aren't good enough. Well, thanks to the shortsightedness of some councilors the city is about to have zero ownership in BT with zero choice of buyer. I can't believe we came so close to a fairy tale resolution only to have it snatched away by a handful of foolhardy councilors lacking business management expertise.

33 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 11/09/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Researcher and Activist Bob Melamede Considers Marijuana a Miracle Drug

As a longtime weed user and strong advocate of marijuana legalization, I appreciate the advocacy but not the man. I'm lucky to live in a wonderful neighborhood with kind and accomplished people, but unfortunately the self-dubbed "Dr. Bob" is not one of them. I empathize with all his ex-wives and any woman who has had to deal with him because this woman has found him to be a menace. His aggressive behavior has gotten to the point where I've considered calling the police.

I'm afraid of him and go out of my way to avoid him, which is difficult as he seems to always be lurking around. I'm confused about the accolades for this man who I know as a contemptible bully. I feel sorry for his dog, I feel sorry for anyone who has to put up with him. Most of all, I'm sorry that a weed advocate I'd wish to admire is such a colossal jerk.

25 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 11/08/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “After Tie Vote, Burlington Telecom Bidders Will Attempt Compromise

These six councilors are going to send taxpayers down the river once again. Wasn't Bushor part of voting that created this whole financial debacle? The six willfully ignorant councilors who voted for KBTL don't care that KBTL doesn't have the money to succeed or repay BT creditors. Even without bringing millions of dollars of lawsuits down on the head of taxpayers. So BT will fail, Burlington will end up with nothing and taxpayers will be left holding the bag.

Shame on these six shortsighted councilors. Ting would have provided excellent service and a welcome alternative to Comcast. Now the actual owner of BT, Bluewater, will sell BT for the highest price and who could blame them? and it wouldn't be a shock if the highest price comes from Comcast. I hope the people in the wards with these councilors who did this to us will vote them out in the next election. Jane Knodell particularly is a menace with her economic theorizing that has nothing to do with good business sense or providing high speed fiber that's accessible to every taxpayer in Burlington.

61 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 11/07/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Citibank Threatens to Sue Burlington If Council Picks KBTL

I'd like to join Citibank and sue as well if KBTL wins! It's not local if I'm a Burlington taxpayer who cannot access BT and won't be able to access BT within the next 20 years if KBTL wins. Keeping it local is meaningless if Burlington residents continue to be denied access to BT. KBTL clearly states they do not have and will not have the money in the foreseeable future to extend service to all residents.

Please, please, please vote for TING. They have the resources to expand service to all Burlington residents and beyond, so all LOCAL residents can enjoy having high speed fiber. That is keeping it local, not awarding BT to the low bidder who will service only those residents who happen to live on 'lucky' streets.

68 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 10/30/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Burlington Teachers on Strike After Negotiations Fail

So, Burlington has 400 teachers for 3600 students. Each teacher has fewer than 10 students? Classes this small have been proven to have a negative effect on student learning. Average class size is 23-24 students. Why do we have so many teachers on our payroll?

This situation may offer some insight into why a high percentage of Burlington students are doing so poorly on basic proficiencies. The student population shrinks, yet teachers aren't fired. Why? And the band plays on as we all continue to be smothered by the single-minded greed of BEA and Fran Brock, the chief enforcer of punishment to Burlington students and taxpayers when we don't meet her demands.

30 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 09/14/2017 at 5:08 PM

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

"Burlington teachers are contracted to work 7.75 hours/day, 187 days/year (approximately 9+months) - school ends in mid-June and resumes in late August - teachers put in about a week on either end of the student school term - so teachers are in the classroom during 10 of the months of the year."

This is false, the contract is publicly available and I urge people to inform themselves. Beyond their three month summers off and 7 hr workdays, teachers get entire weeks off throughout the year, spring vacation and winter vacation et al. I notice you didn't mention the 5 weeks of sick days. This all adds up to an amount of work days that is not considered full time in any other industry.

And those of us who work 8 or 9 hrs each day also show up for work early and leave late. And continuing education is a requirement for many professions. Excusing their unreasonable demands with weak arguments like this only proves our point. $70,000 is enough, taxpayers with masters degrees who work 12 months/year with five sick days deserve to have relief from teacher's excessive benefit and salary demands. VT NEA's team of highly paid negotiators ought to be requesting a rollback in pay, if they had any concern for our community. They do not.

50 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 09/08/2017 at 10:01 PM

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

As a Burlington taxpayer I support and applaud our school board for taking a brave stance and standing up against the greed and underhanded tactics of the teacher's union. it is astounding that $70,000 salaries for working part time (six months/year, FIVE months if they take their month of sick days!) is not enough, then they can quit.

These teachers have zero empathy or understanding for the struggles of their community to meet their endless demands, most of us working 12 months/year with few or no sick days, at salaries that are significantly lower. Unions have bankrupted entire cities and huge multinational corporations desperately trying to meet their endless demands. I am pleading with the school board to please hold firm for the sake of taxpayers who cannot breathe under the weight of supporting these incredibly ungrateful teachers.

65 likes, 35 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 09/08/2017 at 6:53 AM

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