Ted Cohen | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Ted Cohen 
Member since Mar 13, 2014

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Re: “‘Such an Inspiration’: Hallquist Candidacy Resonates Beyond Vermont

The columnist expresses feigned alarm over what he argues is the choice of the state's largest paper - the Burlington Free Press - to make news-coverage choices "driven by popularity, not importance?"


But uninformed.

Or, maybe, ignorant.

What does the columnist think drives coverage of topics in SevenDays?

Popularity does.

News operations for time immemorial have made coverage choices based on - news flash - what the editors think the readers will, uh, read.

But the columnist claims to be aghast that the venerated daily newspaper in Vermont's largest city would decide its coverage based on that which the customers want.

Readers are customers, hate to break it to to, Mr. Columnist.

If you publish material that the customers find boring or uninteresting - no aspersions on the instant content LOL - they will disappear.

And when THEY disappear, guess what else does - advertising revenue.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/23/2018 at 9:27 AM

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

The board chair refused to vote for unreported reasons, yet issues a press release favoring the project?

1.) Why did she refuse to vote?

2.) If her refusal stems from an alleged "conflict," then how does issuing a press release favoring the project on which she "abstained" free her from her conflict?

Very confusing story.

But maybe that's how the board chair prefers it to be - confusing.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/23/2018 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Walters: Congressional Candidate Drops Out on Live Radio

The so-called "withdrawal" of a candidate after ballots have been printed merely underscores the sophomoric, unprepared, lack-of-commitment candidacy of whomever is the dropout.

In this case as in all of these late-in-the-game quitters, the person dropping out of the competition days before the final lap partly highlights why the electoral process has become so cynical.

If the dropout were or ever had been serious about seeking a congressional seat, he would be working himself 24/7 to persuade taxpayers that he would serve their interests.

But the reality is, this kind of political stunt shows that the dropout considered his own candidacy a virtual joke - even while he was simultaneously trying to hoodwink us the voters that he was serious.

The state's lone congressman, of course, is financially entrenched in, and connected to, the political power structure that we as constituents have allowed and created of our own deficiencies.

Neither of his alleged opponents would carry themselves any differently were they to be elected as his successor.

If you have any doubt about that, just look at their arguments for unseating the incumbent. They have pressed the time-honored, hackneyed argument about the congressman accepting "corporate money."

Sad to say, but no one cares where he gets his money. As long as he does his job burning through trillions of dollars of tax revenue he gets from us to finance government "projects," we're happy.

More depressing than their making tired, old arguments about campaign financing, however, are the so-called challengers' failures to show any passion for serving taxpayers - any good, solid reasons for why they are running, if that is what they are doing.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/11/2018 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Burlington Police Chief to Return to Work After Bike Accident

Speculation when the accident occurred was that one of the wheel's quick releases was loose and that a wheel broke free as the chief careened out of control down a hill before crashing and almost dying.

The chief prides himself on finding excuses for teachable moments - and this is a great opportunity for his doing so, vs. just talking pure nonsense about whether he can ski this winter or not once healed from his severe injuries.

The top law-enforcement officer in Vermont's largest city can use the interviews he is now giving to tell bikers he missed a chance to do a "pre-trip," and that others should and can learn from his oversight.

Us bikers rarely if ever inspect our bikes before we head out for a spin. Checking to make sure the tires have air is not a pre-trip.

If the police chief had done a real pre-trip, he could have avoided an accident that from all accounts nearly cost him his life.

He can and should convey that message the next time he gives one of these otherwise-throwaway, puff-piece interviews.

Then he will have accomplished a public service, vs. spewing a mouthful of self-aggrandizing sputum that includes cracking lame, alleged jokes about how he may not ski or chase down thugs as well as he used to.

And the reporters doing these interviews will have also accomplished something worthwhile - beyond filling space with a bunch of forgettable quotes about skiing this winter and chasing runaway suspects.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/07/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Three State's Attorneys Face Scrutiny Ahead of Tough Primaries

Sad commentary when cops run away from claims that they are tough on thugs.

Consider the Bennington County prosecutor, Marthage, who is quoted as having "dismissed the suggestion that she's been overly punitive or resistant to criminal justice reforms."

When a prosecutor is afraid to claim victory while throwing losers in jail, the populace is in big trouble.

Vermont is one of the few remaining bastions of U.S. socialism where cops aka prosecutors have to apologize for being tough on criminals.

If you want to get elected in Vermont, what you need to do is patronize the welfare class because that is where the votes are these days.

Making plea deals with the accused, as Marthage's opponent claims he wants to do, is a fool's errand. Marthage ought to raise her arms in victory and say, "I'm going to keep you safe. Katy, bar the door."

Liberals claim to want to be soft on thugs - until they are awoken in the middle of the night by some welfare-class drug addict in withdrawl who needs a fix and will do anything to get it, including murder.

Yup, elect prosecutors who insist they will be soft on crime. That's just what we want.

When you hear the phrase "criminal-justice reform," make no mistake. It means going soft on loser, drug-addicted, jobless thugs, allowing them to continue to threaten your and your family's safety.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/02/2018 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Burlington Considers Upgrading Its High School — for $70 Million

"Superintendent Obeng did not return calls for comment, nor did board chair Wool."

No wonder.

$70 million for wheelchair ramps. Now that's a bargain.

No need for these renovations.

(Obeng won't pay for them anyway since he lives out of town.)

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 08/01/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Judge: Burlington Can Withhold Councilor's Email From Seven Days

A city councilor quits a job estimated to be paying her somewhere between $75,000 and $125,000 so she can avoid a "conflict" and vote on the sale of a municipal TV franchise.

If this isn't scandalous, then the word has a new meaning.

The only person with more questions about this than those of us who pay the taxes is the councilor's husband, who is wondering whether his wife's alleged martyrdom - which cost their household some serious money - is worth the good government she actually thinks she is promoting.

22 likes, 73 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/24/2018 at 4:45 PM

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