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Re: “North Avenue Bike Lane Survey Leads to Controversy

The math on the three-minute commute extension is easily exploited by those who favor the bike lanes.

Three minutes is designed to sound incidental.

But three minutes for a 30-minute commute is far less than three minutes for a five-minute commute, and the newspaper should have done the analysis that I am doing here.

Otherwise, three minutes has no context whatsoever.

Here's the point: If your commute goes from Williston to the north end of Burlington, three minutes during that commute may sound incidental.

But if those three minutes occur during what would otherwise be the last 60 seconds of your commute - where the traffic backs up along the bike lanes - you can see how disproportionately longer that portion of the commute become. It effectively more than QUADRUPLES your commuting time.

So city officials will use that extra commuting time as evidence that the bike lanes don't tie up traffic all that much.

But as you can see, that's a ruse.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/07/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

As taxpayers, we should expect police to protect us from real harm - not Facebook posts.

If the police chief thinks blogging helps keep us safe, let him blog.

Chief del Pozo craves publicity. As long as one of his officers appears on my doorstep if I need a cop, let him crave.

Police work is measured by crime, so del Pozo can do all the talking he wants as long as he's reducing crime.

Judging from what has occurred so far on his watch, my speculation is that crime in increasing. Time will tell.

Del Pozo genuflects whenever he's rumored to have mistreated an easy target for abuse - racial or otherwise, evidence the article's reference to his leaving a concert to challenge a rumor about police mistreating an "elderly black man."

The chief seems extra sensitive if a critic accuses him of mistreating a member of the minority community or of prematurely firing a gun at a dangerous suspect, whether or not the police behaved professionally as required. His paycheck depends on a liberal mayor and council who are more interested in mollycoddling supposed "victims" than in fighting crime that truly has real victims.

Chief del Pozo has hired additional training-coordinator and crime-analysis people, among others, arguing he needs more behind-the-scenes personnel to support the mission. He ought to use his money for hiring cops.

We pay cops to enforce the law, not serve as social workers finding housing for Church Street's loungers. As long as those in blue stick to the real mission they have our support.

What we all want is to be safe - for a cop to come running when we are in crisis.

Even alleged victims of police mistreatment do one thing when they are afraid - they call a cop.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/05/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Blodgett Oven to Leave Its Prime Lakefront Property in Burlington

The headline could be:

"Burlington mayor loses 170-year-old business."

Tweet "@mirobtv loses another one."

Email him: mayor@burlingtonvt.gov

Ask him how he let Blodgett get away from Vermont's largest city after 170 years.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/04/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Wrongful Eviction Lawsuit Against City of Burlington Clears Hurdle

Tweet @MiroBTV to thank him (not) for running such a regressive city.

Miro (the alleged mayor) is the clown who exploits the less fortunate for his own political aims. He puts on a good show for those who don't realize what really he is all about.

Besides your Tweeting his account (which he will eventually block you out of if you dare criticize him but do it anyway before he's on to you) send an email to: mayor@burlingtonvt.gov.

Register your protest. Tell your friends.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/02/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car


Show of hands - who wants police restraint in the face of growing crime?


When our wonderful police are fighting crime and thugs, we the law-abiding taxpayers want no restraint.

Who is holding Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo to this new soft-on-crime standard?

The mayor?

Council president?

If either one or both of their families were being threatened, would they preach restraint? Of course they wouldn't. Not on your life. They'd want the cops to come fully ready to sacrifice their lives.

They preach restraint because they think their liberal political base likes it. Oh, the base loves it because talk is cheap and it's so sexy to sound progressively against what they like to call police excess - until, of course, some thug is assaulting or robbing them or their relatives.

The police chief knows this.

If some lunatic is out of control, we want our great cops to do whatever necessary to neutralize the threat, for our good, our children's good, for every law-abiding citizen's good.

The law-abiding, taxpaying public is 100 percent behind our police - if they are tough on crime.

We don't want restraint when we are confronted by dregs.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/28/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

If Jane Sanders diverted college funds to her daughter's school, then her potential criminality related to any false claims made to support a college-development loan could pale.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/29/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (4/19/17)

Clean up Church Street? Take a bite out of crime?

Hats off to ex-deputy state prosecutor Ben Luna for being idealistic enough to think that Burlington's power elite would have such a concern.

Murders? Where? Stabbings? Keep on moving, nothing to see here.

The truth is, Mayor Mirror (sic) Whineburger (sic) has a bigger priority - coming up with a design for a new city flag.

Can't make it up.

Meanwhile, clear thinkers such as Luna recommend a police station at the corner of Church and Cherry.

Not a bad idea, but in reality just a way to spend more money on a meaningless project. Unless cops are given the OK to, sorry, arrest thugs, all the police substations will make little difference.

Great idea in theory, but as Luna has figured out, Whineberger and his safe-space fellow city councilors are more concerned with finding the Church/Bank street vagrants a place to harass the public, lest they - the so-called city officials - come off as anti-welfare.

The mayor is so enamored of my ideas he has blocked me from his Twitter account. A little sensitive to the truth, mayor?


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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

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