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Susan Joy 
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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

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

Yes, Burlington teachers work six months, seven hours each day, according to their contract. Instead of being grateful for how generously taxpayers have funded their salaries and benefits to greatly exceed the average resident's full-time salary and benefits, they continually ask for more. It is never enough.

Vermont pays more to educate our students than any other state. At what point do we stand up for taxpayers? Yes, teachers do important and vital work. Is their work more difficult or important than accountants, plumbers, or daycare workers? I think not. Continually declaring that teachers deserve special status and pay for their part-time jobs is specious at best.

Burlington teachers are very well compensated for their important and difficult work, I think it's time to fight for Vermont's average taxpayer struggling to raise their children and pay their mortgage. These are the people who need our help, teachers have been doing very well for themselves for a long time now.

56 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 09/08/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “As Scott Threatens Veto, Vermont Budget Faces Uncertain Future

Finally Vermont taxpayers and local school boards have a champion willing to face down the powerful VT NEA and teacher lobby. Governor Scott is risking his job, losing the NEA's endorsement is a huge blow to any politician. No argument the union puts forth equals the terrible reality that Vermont pays more to educate our students than any other state.

Half the VT House, brave democrats and republicans, support this plan. Local school boards and taxpayers support this plan. We need to show our support! Teachers have excellent pay and benefits in Vermont, but they keep asking for more every year.

When will it stop? Never...unless you call your legislators and Governor Scott and let them know voters would like the VT NEA to negotiate with an equal partner and relieve local school boards of this never-ending battle. Every school superintendent in Vermont is outmatched in time, money, and resources by the VT NEA. Governor Scott is willing to help, we need to help him help us!

37 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 05/18/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Lisman Buys Ads Promoting Scott's Health Insurance Proposal

Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman is a pox upon the great state of Vermont. He showed his true colors during his shameful attempts to destroy the reputation of our governor, a good man with whom you may disagree politically but who is a devoted and conscientious public servant.

Lisman has been living high on the hog after leaving his bankrupt firm, along with the rest of the Wall Street crowd who almost brought down the world's financial system. But that was in 2008, Lisman is hoping we all have short memories. Unfortunately for people like him, losing your home to the rapacious greed and fraud of Wall Street bankers is the kind of thing that people remember for a really long time.

28 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 05/04/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Despite Mediation, No Deal on Contract for Burlington Teachers

Will we ever see a day when the straw man argument falls by the wayside? Mr. Obeng's hiring or ethical failings have nothing to do with the fact that teachers are now paid much more than the majority of taxpayers who fund their salaries. Asking for a 5% raise shows they are tone deaf to the struggles of the community trying to keep up with their always increasing demands. Certainly the South Burlington teachers are completely out of control as they barrel towards six-figure salaries and benefits beyond compare.

Teachers deserve good salaries. Thankfully Burlington teachers have been enjoying high salaries for many years, admittedly not at the ridiculous levels imposed upon South Burlington taxpayers. Because they are well paid, our teachers don't need large raises every year. In fact, they don't need any raise at all and the School Board is being generous offering 2%. The teacher's union is worse than the mafia, but they're not going to be able to start breaking legs as we fail to keep up with their demands for ever-spiraling payments.

42 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Susan Joy on 08/18/2016 at 1:20 PM

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