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Re: “Knodell to Relinquish Burlington City Council Presidency

7d never asked Wright why he wants to be council chief.

And he never specified any compelling reason why the average taxpayer should give a hoot who runs the meetings.

This is all about incidental process - Wright's specialty.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/12/2018 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Burlington's No. 2 Cop Is South Burlington's No. 1 Choice for Chief

Good for Dorn.

He could have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars in a "national search" that would have mollified those who actually think that approach improves the crop of candidates.

Dorn is one of the few municipal managers who realizes national applicant scourings are good for Broadway -
but practically useless and a waste of money.

Burke is a class act to boot.

20 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/09/2018 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Opponents of Burlington City Hall Park Redesign Speak for the Trees

The worst enemy of the trees and grass in that park is not climate change - it's the lazy, homeless-by-choice thugs and addicts who spread their tarps and tents on the ground.

That kills the grass and erodes the soil around the trees, exposing the roots, killing everything around.

The tree huggers ought to switch their focus and go after the real problem: the bums in the park who come to Burlington, the socialist capital of the northeast - to collect welfare.

If the park activists, so-called, really are trying to protect the trees then they need to start removing the things killing them - the dregs.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/08/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Weinberger Secures Third Term As Burlington Mayor

"In one of the most closely contested races of the day, Roof beat out UVM student Carter Neubieser, a Progressive, in the Ward 8 contest. Roof earned 488 votes to 375 for Neubieser."

The Roof/Neubieser race actually was the LEAST-contested contest, despite your attempts to make it sound as though Roof won a squeaker.

Roof won with 87 percent of the vote.

That's what we call "sailing to victory," to quote your description of the mayor's having won with 48 percent of the vote in the city's top race.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/07/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Weinberger Secures Third Term As Burlington Mayor

To report that Roof won his race over his opponent by 113 votes is cute editorializing - and more to the point it fails to show just how solid his victory was.

He won the race by a more-than 13 percent margin.

Anytime you win by that large a percentage is a good day.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/07/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/28/18)

In his letter to Seven Days (above), Culcleasure falsely claims his campaign never plays the race card, even as he insidiously accuses others of doing so.

"The only time I have spoken directly about race in this campaign was in response to questions about the mural," he wrote.

Today's piece in VtDigger (bit.ly/2FcXL97) shows he is, as we say, full of it.

Examples from today's Digger piece alone:

1. "Racial tensions, however, remain a problem, Culcleasure said, particularly inside the citys police department."

2. " 'As a young man of color, to be approached for drugs in Burlington is a common experience,' Culcleasure wrote in a 'Statement on Transformation and Redemption' that he released after the stories began to hit websites and newsstands."

3. "He also made a few observations of the press corps covering his campaign: They are young and white. ' Maybe the press could benefit from diversity training.' "

4. Culcleasure supporter Andy Simon is quoted saying, " Students are really paying attention, and certainly people of color at the university, but not just them.

So for Culcleasure not only to claim he never talks about race, but to claim others do, is just plain poppycock. Race is truly the backdrop of his campaign but he plays Columbo (please tell me you get the reference...) when anyone calls him on it.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ted Cohen on 03/01/2018 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Race to the Finish: Burlington Mayoral Candidates Make Final Pitches

"Culcleasure did not respond to requests for comment."

He has a certain arrogant bitterness about him.

If he disses Seven Days, refusing to answer its questions, voters need to ask whether he will also ignore tough questions they may have of their mayor.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/28/2018 at 11:43 AM

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