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Susan Joy 
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Re: “After Florida Shooting, Vermont Governor Says No New Gun Laws

If you value gun rights more than you value the rights of American children to grow up in safety and peace, you are part of the problem. If you think it's okay to require children to regularly prepare for mass shootings, you are part of the problem. If you believe we ought to be arming every civilian with military assault rifles, you are part of the problem.

All of the GOP politicians' useless thoughts and prayers after each mass shooting is shameful, disgusting, and insulting. Every other civilized country manages to have sane gun laws including Canada, right next door. They have plenty of guns, but they screen out crazies and racists so shootings are extremely rare. The NRA bought the republican party and terrorizes our politicians. We need to take our government back and give back to our children the safety and peace they deserve.

43 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 02/16/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “At First Forum, Burlington Mayoral Candidates Dish on Process, Potholes and Pot

I don't understand the anger towards Miro, he and his staff have done a great job putting Burlington back on solid financial footing. I don't agree with everything he does but I would hardly expect any elected official to do everything I liked. I trust him to make hard decisions on behalf of the greater good.

The Burlington Telecom debacle fell firmly on the heads of several appalling City Councilors who voted in a petty and vindictive manner, doing their best to hamstring the mayor's efforts to resolve the creditor lawsuits and rescue the service from dissolution. Thank goodness BT still operates as an alternative to Comcast.

A vote for Driscoll is a vote to take us backwards to the Kiss era of incompetence and financial mismanagement. Burlington just achieved a respectable credit rating again, I hope voters don't take our hard-won solid financial status for granted ever again.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 02/06/2018 at 10:55 AM

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

Ting was clearly the best alternative to full local ownership. Aside from being the high bidder and granting the city a large minority stake, they're highly regarded in every community they service and were enthusiastic about supporting Burlington's technology community.

Any business manager would be fired for malfeasance for manipulating and then choosing a lower offer from a less qualified bidder. That Knodell and Hartnett refused to vote for Ting because it was the choice of democrats, to spite the mayor and our council representatives, is a crime against every Burlington taxpayer. Please don't forget and don't vote for these miscreants. Anyone who puts petty grievances or political payback above the good of the city doesn't deserve to serve.

55 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 12/06/2017 at 7:48 AM

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

Seven Days is a local treasure for sure. I don't know that Karen Paul's recusal is as worthy of investigation as the painfully corrupt process that resulted in a painfully corrupted bid and vote in the middle of the night. Knodell and Hartnett seem to be the true culprits. No Burlington resident I know or read or heard wanted BT to be purchased by a unknown investor who in a few years intends to flip it for a big profit. It was always KBTL or Ting.

Please vote these awful councilors out. Whether it was corruption, incompetence, or political shenanigans, these are not the kind of people we want representing Burlington. Kudos to Joan Shannon, I have disagreed with her decisions in the past, but was incredibly proud to have a person with her integrity and courage fighting for a just voting process against malevolent forces. I was especially taken with her grace and fortitude in dealing with the rude and crude Hartnett. Why is this type of behavior tolerated in any public official?

This process was corrupted the moment they decided upon the voting methodology. Someone was sandbagging Ting and KBTL in order to allow Schurz to win despite having almost zero public support and a low bid. Allowing them to increase their bid at the last moment is the worst type of political malfeasance. I will never be a customer of BT. Ting would have been the best of both worlds, allowing Burlington to retain minority ownership with a world class internet. Now, we will continue to be pawns in the sad saga of Burlington's confederacy of dunces.

33 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 12/01/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

I'm a south end constituent who strongly supports Joan Shannon and is very grateful to her for standing up for fiscal responsibility. Ting is by far the best choice, they're a great cable company and I'd love to subscribe right now. It's not easy to stand up for what's right, it would've been easier to knuckle under to Jane Knodell's ridiculous hypothetical theorizing.

There are many of us who support Ting because we want to protect BT as a valuable asset for Burlington. A vote for KBTL is a vote to kill BT and deny many taxpayers access to their service. The six councilors who voted for KBTL need to be replaced by better and more thoughtful people with simple common sense. Especially Knodell and Bushor. Otherwise we taxpayers will pay the price for their foolish disregard for responsible governance.

45 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 11/09/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

I don't care about local ownership nearly as much as I care that as a Burlington taxpayer I cannot use Burlington Tekecom because they don't provide service to my neighborhood.

I support Ting because I believe they will be able to extend service to all of Burlington. I'll be really upset if the council chooses to continue excluding taxpayers like me from this wonderfully valuable resource. Keeping it local is meaningless if I'm forced to choose between Comcast or Fairpoint.

63 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 10/17/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Two GOP Legislators Renew Push to Ban Teachers' Strikes

I'm sorry to admit I'm switching allegiances as I support struggling taxpayers and their families over teachers. If republicans are brave enough to stand up against these thuggish tactics of the teacher's union, then I will be voting republican for our state legislature.

The calculating way the teachers waited until school began to strike is a blazing neon sign the union could care less about students and parents. Burlington teachers lost my support when they put their demands for ever higher salaries and benefits above our kids. Along with their 16 weeks of vacation and 5 weeks of sick time, teachers are demanding fewer work responsibilities to go along with their raises.

When the Burlington school board agreed to the union's monetary demands, the union added more demands for less work. Because they know this strike has the board and parents over the barrel. Voters are negligent if we allow this situation to continue across Vermont. We need to join the majority of states in passing laws to prevent teachers from striking during the school year and continuing to harm parents and children and our communities.

52 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 09/19/2017 at 8:01 AM

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