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RB 
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Re: “Counselor Julia Rogers Helps Students Navigate Their Gap Year

Thank you 7 Days for the piece on Julia. Very timely for families considering post-high school life.

We went to her event in South Burlington HS a few years ago and found it very interesting about providing another path after high school. We used her services but eventually decided not to do the Gap Year program and concluded it was money well-spent. Considering how expensive college is these days and the debt burden these kids come out with, it's a viable alternative to having to spend another year in college after switching majors. If a Gap Year can help kids explore their interests before going to college, that's great! And not all of her programs are super expensive, some work exchanges provide housing and meals for no cost.

And please stop with the snowflake derogatory comments as these kids don't deserve it. Most of the kids I've been around are bright, talented and diverse. They are our future and they do know how the world works.

Rock on Julia!

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Posted by RB on 09/20/2018 at 11:42 AM

Re: “To Restart Construction, Burlington Amends CityPlace Agreement

What is going on here? We were initially led to believe Sinex had his financing in place thru a (Boston?) private equity firm and now no construction loan? And Pizzagalli Construction (a reputable local firm) sounds like they are pulling out? And why is Richard Deane abstaining on such an important vote?

Keep digging 7 Days...

50 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by RB on 08/28/2018 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Consider High School Bond Proposal

The proposed new BHS looks great and is sorely needed. Agree the city also has other pressing projects with capital needs. But the City Council (and Mayor's) financial concerns ring a bit hollow to me. After all, they gave away $20MM in TIF funds to Sinex and continue to allow major projects owned by non-profits (Champlain dorms) to be built in the city which pay reduced or no property taxes.

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RB on 08/23/2018 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Michael Major Resigns After Losing Chittenden County Sheriff Primary

I didn't know much about the Sheriff's department or this race until reading about it in the local papers. McLaughlin seemed to be OK but is another example of someone staying in a position for far too long (30+ years?) and doesn't know when to step aside for new leadership for the good of the department. Good luck to Michael Major and thank you for running.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RB on 08/23/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Wow. Senior management and the Board of Directors is either tone deaf or doesn't care what the community thinks of these raises vs. the nurses position. This has the potential to get ugly.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by RB on 08/20/2018 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Votes to Re-Redesign City Hall Park

There's another side to this too and that's money. My understanding is the Pomerleau's gift towards park renovation ($500K?) was tied to the water splash area. Mr. Pomerleau wanted it, so in order to gain his gift the design included the splash area. I don't see why people are so quick to criticize people who want to save some shade trees and are willing to accept one person's influential gift.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by RB on 04/23/2018 at 11:00 AM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

Gloria makes some very good points. Burlington's big issue is over 30+% of its grand list is non profit properties so the remaining 70% of property owner's taxes subsidize UVM Medical Center, UVM, Champlain College to pay for city budget and education. My issue with this new project is the taxes will be mostly frozen at the acquired property value and not go up over time because it is owned by Champlain College unlike a typical for profit entity owning the building. Champlain College and UVM aren't building these properties out of the goodness of their hearts to help Burlington's housing crunch, they're building them so they can increase enrollments. As long as the City continues to allow them to classify their properties as non-exempt the tax burden will continue to fall disproportionately on the citizens of Burlington.

18 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by RB on 04/20/2018 at 3:09 PM

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