RB | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Men Accused of Shooting 200 Cars in Burlington Over Two-Year Span

I know I'll probably get trashed on this forum but William is a decent young man. Yes, he's done something stupid and I'm sure regrets it and has caused people a lot of money. I do know his background, since he's was a young kid, and it hasn't been easy for him but he's always been a hard worker. I hope he can put this behind him and find his way.

5 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by RB on 02/16/2018 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Sanders Organization 'Our Revolution' Endorses Driscoll for Burlington Mayor

Carina Driscoll for Mayor!!!!

11 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by RB on 01/22/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

My issue with Mayor Weinberger is I don't trust him. He's already starting to pivot off of his development message to "inclusion, affordability, etc." none of which has marked his years in office, why should I trust him now? He has clearly embraced large scale development which isn't (curiously?) in his current message, again to the trust issue. He DID bring up private development of Memorial Auditorium which should be taken at face value given his track record. He seems to pivot whenever it suits him, make disparaging remarks against competitors and then say he's for inclusion. I voted for the guy initially but no longer support him because I don't trust him.

Yes, BT is water under the bridge but to claim gross mismanagement and negligence is a cheap shot. The financial condition of BT was clearly articulated in the City's financial statements (look back at 2008, etc.). The City Councilors (Shannon, Knodell, Bushor, Wright, etc.) should have been able to pick up on BT's financial woes and bring it up for discussion. If they didn't understand BT's condition at the time, then the City Council should also be criticized with the gross mismanagement and negligence brush too and not lay it all on the Kiss Administration.

Time for a change in City Hall.

25 likes, 35 dislikes
Posted by RB on 01/08/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Seven Days Sues City to Get Burlington Telecom Documents

Thank you Seven Days for looking into this issue as I too would like to know more about Karen Paul's recusal. It's unseemly that a councilor can recuse themselves and then a week later suddenly the conflict no longer exists! Chip Mason did the same thing on the Burlington Mall vote. If someone has a conflict, they should recuse themselves from the entire issue which would be the most appropriate course of action.

26 likes, 40 dislikes
Posted by RB on 12/01/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Another point that has been brought out is Councilor Paul's rescusal and subsequent quitting of her job so she could vote without conflict (a questionable tactic for another topic of discussion). If she had not voted for Ting, KBTL would have been the choice! Perhaps the Mayor knew this outcome could happen and was behind her strategy in order to move along his preference...which wouldn't surprise me about our Mayor

18 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by RB on 11/09/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Electric Vehicles Are All the Buzz in Vermont

While I agree electric vehicles are the future and look forward to more of them on the road. An issue that needs to be discussed is their contribution to road maintenance. Currently gas powered vehicles contribute to road infrastructure via gas tax, but EVs don't contribute anything (obviously). The Legislature needs to come up with a way for EV's to help pay for our roads...perhaps a mileage tax?

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RB on 10/18/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Max Tracy, Burlington's Most Outspoken Prog, Pulls No Punches

Keep up the good work Max!

Max for Mayor!

41 likes, 69 dislikes
Posted by RB on 10/11/2017 at 10:14 AM

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