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Re: “Loretta's Fine Italian Cuisine

2nd thoughts
If Bob Conlon finds no fault I'm prepared to question my own judgement, but my experience was distinctly otherwise. Uninteresting, overpriced food with occasional flourishes of less-than-mediocrity; it was borderline insulting, as if the challenge was seeing just how little quality could be delivered for nearly $200 without causing a scene. The wait staff was superb (and, yes, the napkins are nice); only the utterly mundane food keeps Loretta's from being a reasonable restaurant. Food: 1 Ambiance: 2 Service: 5

Posted by prion on 03/17/2013 at 12:48 AM

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Re: “Walters: Scott Slams Vermont Ethics Panel

The existing readiness contract is irrelevant. As I understand it, everyone who bid was awarded, because it only declares an ability and intention to perform as needed. Also, conflict of interest exists whether contracts are in place or not, as long as future contracts are possible. If the Governor doesn't want to, or can't, divest himself, the company can be disqualified from bidding. Neither is fair and it might be time to acknowledge that in a tiny state with citizen officials, some overlap of private and public obligations is inevitable. That's not ideal, but neither is precluding all but the idle rich from public office.

Investigating the existing contract is unnecessary, but I'd be curious to know about the collateral for Scott's $2.5M loan. If the company's recent acquisition of even more debt sinks it, he might end up owning the whole shebang outright, debt and all.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by prion on 10/08/2018 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Up in Smoke: What Turner and Zuckerman's Pot Plan Says About the Lt. Gov. Candidates

"After consulting fellow Democrats, Johnson told Turner the proposal didn't have enough support." Democrats constitute > 55% of the House and care < nothing about a Turner endorsement, yet "Zuckerman said Turner single-handedly killed any chances of success by dropping his sponsorship."

Meanwhile, "Turner said he backed out because Johnson told him the proposal was a bad idea. He said he showed her respect by dropping the issue." Oh, look, a pig just flew by my window. There's another!

Clash of the prevaricating midgets.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by prion on 09/28/2018 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Exits Primary in the Red, Scott Kickstarts Fundraising

"many of Republican Governor Scotts wealthy donors are also Democratic Mayor Weinberger's donors"
Some people support whoever is most likely to be able to turn gratitude into favors, or at least invitations to swank affairs, which means winners, which usually means incumbents.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by prion on 08/17/2018 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Burlington Fishing Pier to Close During Marina Construction

"Im so disappointed."
Think you're disappointed now? Wait until next summer when the pier reopens and you discover it's become merely a boundary of a massive parking lot for rich people's boats. For an idea, go look at the Perkins' Pier marina. Now double that and "snug" it between the Fishing Pier and CG breakwater, mindful that the Fishing Pier is considerably smaller than Perkins'.

While you're at Perkins', look south at what now is scattered moorings and open water. Imagine a marina perhaps 10X the size of the current Perkins' marina, holding many more, much larger boats, stretching south past the treatment plant and west halfway to the breakwater, far beyond the terminus of Perkins' Pier. It's in the works.

Enjoy the harbor while you can still see some of it.

24 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by prion on 05/25/2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Vermont Railway Extends Track Along the Burlington Bike Path

" wonder if this will mean we can continue the new track to Essex Jct"
No. Track between Burlington and Essex Junction is intact and used regularly. (McNeil fuel is primarily supplied via rail.) That track occupies the only North Avenue underpass. Aside from that, a spur extension bearing NW isn't likely to facilitate travel due E.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by prion on 05/18/2018 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Development Opponents Go Back to Court Over Burlington Mall

"want things to be like they were 100 years ago"

Well, 50 years ago. The low profile of Church Street is a relatively modern phenomenon. 100 years ago, the 5&10 store (Kresge/Jupiter as far as my memory extends but it was probably something else earlier) was only 3 stories tall, though they were high-ceiling stories so it was a fairly tall building, considerably taller than the mall entrance there now. Woolworth's was also a substantial building 100 years ago, much taller than the current OGE building. Across Cherry stood the New Sherwood Hotel, 7 stories tall, looming above the Masonic and Richardson buildings at the top of the block, nearly as tall as the church spire beyond. Church Street featured several 4 & 5 story buildings back then, all shoved right up to the sidewalk, not to mention train tracks down the middle and parking on both curbs. Most of those tall buildings predated elevators. J.C. Penny and Sears occupied the ground floor of the Sherwood Hotel simultaneously, and it was only well after Sears departed, the hotel burned, that J.C. Penney installed what I believe was Vermont's first escalator in the dramatically reduced replacement building. (I hasten to add that all this is from 2nd hand memory, and invite correction from scholars or centenarians.)

It can't compare to the effects of urban renewal to the west, but a contribution to the housing crunch in Burlington was 20th century enthusiasm for razing tall wood-framed buildings downtown, replacing them with low metal buildings, eliminating residential space above.

36 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by prion on 04/02/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Scott Administration Calls For a 925-Bed Prison Campus

"Why close the one in St Albans? It is hard enough for the visitors to make it there let alone Franklin county!"
Where do you think St. Albans is?

"Where and why in St. Albans ?"
Where and why would you guess? Take a wild guess. It's not difficult.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by prion on 01/16/2018 at 4:06 PM

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