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Re: “UVM Student Announces Burlington City Council Run

Cynics are questioning why a naive youngster - and one from out of state to boot - should have a right to participatory democracy in Vermont's largest city.

Judging from the high taxes, as well as growing crime, and increasing problems with homeless-by-choice thugs terrorizing good, law-abiding local taxpayers in Burlington, why not let a kid from Connecticut see whether he can help straighten out the Queen City?

And oh, did we forget the city council's incompetent handling so-called of Burlington Telecom, the locally owned cable franchise that is trying to find a way to repay taxpayers the $17 million they lost due to the city's mismanagement?

The incumbent says in the piece that he "always believed that competitive elections are healthy for democracy."

That's what those being challenged think they have to say to sound politically correct. Wouldn't it be refreshing if the incumbent said, "Who the hell does this kid think he is anyway?"

After all, we know that's what the incumbent is thinking.

In this age, in this welfare capital of the eastern seaboard where cops have been forced to become social workers, political honestly has yielded to comfort words designed to kowtow to the liberal left, the crowd now coded as "progressives" who arguably have given Burlington taxpayers the government they deserve.

Those same alleged progressives profess to adore the rules of democratic engagement - until their jobs are threatened by some of the alleged practitioners.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/17/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Tucows, KBTL Can't Agree on Burlington Telecom Ownership Plan

But for the mayor's sophomoric decision two months ago to secretly force a bidder to withdraw, city taxpayers wouldn't be in this 11th-hour mess.

If the mayor had opened the bidding from the start, rather than keep it all from the public, no one would have even seriously questioned the so-called fourth bidder's alleged conflict.

The mayor seems to operate very secretly in general and what makes his behavior even more strange is his blocking critics from his Twitter account, for one.

He has a lot of splaining to do.

But unfortunately the council will simply go prostrate because its members have no real political individuality, whether they claim they are independent or not. They will roll over and play dead - and this includes the likes of the lone Republican councilor who fakes independence pretty well.

Tweet the mayor: @MiroBTV. Tell him to stop being so secretive. Tell him he's wasted enough precious time and money already.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/11/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

So, let me get this straight...

The mayor - who secretly contacted one of the bidders and persuaded them to quit - suddenly has found religion?

Apparently, since hizzoner is now scolding councilors individually for contacting bidders.

Time for a new mayor - someone who can lead this city.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/09/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale

As of 1451 hours today, Karen Paul Saba's Linked-In page shows she is still employed by the CPA firm she allegedly resigned from!

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/06/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale

If council conflict rules allow nondisclosure of the interest, then council President Knodell should avail her constituents of its existence.

Knodell says the policy requires no additional transparency. If so, it's a policy in name only.

Councilor Karen Paul Saba needs to disclose her conflict, second, explain why she quit her job, and third, why suddenly now she has no conflict after having been voting for years on issues governing the city's cable-TV franchise.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/04/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale

Lest anyone think Councilor Karen Saba will become destitute after quitting her job, rest easy.

Did I say Karen Saba?

For sure, she is married to big money, as in Mark Saba, who has his entrepreneurial fingers in several businesses.

In fact, she uses the surname Paul only for political purposes, apparently. For instance, she lists her name as Karen Paul Saba on the couple's annual $21,762.56 property-tax bill. (Their house at 171 Crescent Road is assessed att $839,800.)

So shed no tears for Karen Saba. She will get along financially just fine, thank you, even for lack of a day job, so to speak.

The bigger question, perhaps, remains on the table: Why did Karen Saba renounce her voting interest in the local cable-TV brouhaha?

The answer?

She knows, if and when she decides to share it with the many taxpayers and voters in this city.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/03/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale

Councilor Paul's supposed "resignation" may in fact be just temporary.

No notice?

Very strange.

Does she have another means of income?

If she had a job conflict, why was she so coy during her recusal? Why didn't she simply say so from the start?

Councilor Dave Hartnett is right - she should have disclosed this alleged conflict a long time ago.

If she "just became aware of it," as she claims, how did she so learn? Who brought it to her attention, and when?

So many questions, so few answers.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 11/03/2017 at 9:05 AM

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