Ted Cohen | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Ted Cohen 
Member since Mar 13, 2014


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Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/13/19)

To Charlie Messing,

The posting to which you refer is very specific in addressing each of your queries.

Read it again. Carefully. Slowly. Word for word. Sentence by sentence.

Therein you will find the direct references to each of your concerns.

It couldn't be more clear aka non-neutral LOL ;-)

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/14/2019 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/13/19)

The proponents of the save-the-City-Hall-Park trees campaign have absolutely no need to apologize for or justify the proposed wording of their so-far failed effort to get the city council to put their initiative on the ballot.

In fact, ballot initiatives, whether sponsored by the citizenry or by city hall, are not "neutral" by design.

So any councilor who has complained that the proposed ballot question failed the "neutrality" test is simply using a fraudulent and convenient excuse to stop the 3,300 people who have been trying to keep the city from cutting down the trees in the park.

A letter writer above, Matthew Ennis, felt he needed to defend the citizens' ballot initiative.

Neither Ennis nor anyone who is part of a campaign to save trees need to defend their "neutrality." Nor should they.

They are passionate about their cause, which is not born of neutrality. They should defend their beliefs, not waste their time responding to specious arguments about a "lack of neutrality."

Ballots call for choices - about issues and candidates. When voters select between two or more candidates for a council seat, for instance, they are not playing a game of which contender is more "neutral." They are, in fact, making a choice.

The "neutrality" argument is a total ruse - whether or not you want to save more trees in favor of less concrete.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/13/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

The council president claims to defend blue-collar wallets - while spending taxpayers' money like a champ.

That same guy pretends that if a liberal (aka 'Progressive Party candidate") wins a council seat that it'll be a "huge" loss for taxpayers.

That is his way of pretending that a liberal councilor, so-called, is more likely to spend taxpayer money than a "conservative."

Poppycock.

Pure, unadulterated baloney.

The council chief claims to be a Republican. But he's among the biggest spenders on the council of taxpayer money.

Truth be known, it doesn't matter one whit who emerges victorious in the upcoming council contests.

Property taxes will continue to skyrocket in Bernie Sanders' socialist adopted hometown, the crime rate will repeat its annual increase in that town, and the downtown in Vermont's largest city will lovingly embrace more sidewalk slovens.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/13/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “University of Vermont Names 'Sole Finalist' for President Job

"My great concern is over shared governance at this university. The faculty is being omitted from this process," John Forbes, a UVM theater professor, told WCAX-TV, reflecting faculty outrage over its not being allowed to help vet applications for the president's job.

Shared governance?

WTF is he talking about?

UVM pays big bucks for the school's president to make executive decisions in concert with the board of trustees.

Theater professors are paid to, uh, teach theater.

UVM's administration has finally realized it needs to show who's running the damn place.

When students, so-called, took over the admin's offices - and blocked major intersections - last year demanding more "diversity," the administration caved like a deck of cards, showing absolutely no leadership.

Now the administration is showing it can actually assert its management prerogatives.

Good for President Sullivan.

If he had shown this kind of leadership when the self-entitled renegades began usurping his authority, he'd still have a job.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/12/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Jafar Vows to Remain in Burlington Council Race Despite Sexist Tweets

If Jafar will lower spending (Vermont is the sixth-highest-taxed state) and get rid of the weird, disgusting trash (concrete 'planters,' plastic cones, etc.) the DPW has placed at every intersection, he can tweet whatever he wants to.

Vermont's largest city has:

* Skyrocketing property taxes.

* Burgeoning crime.

* A downtown that has been invaded by sidewalk slovens.

Time for a council candidate who can tweet the following:

"If I don't improve this city by lowering spending and firing the clown who placed all the weird, useless barriers on every street corner that have become a metaphor for city trash, then don't re-elect me."

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/12/2019 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

While the city's disengaged park dwellers argue over a concrete $5 million taxpayer-financed "splash" fountain, the council is laughing all the way to its next re-election inaugural gala.

As long as councilors can get people lost in a nonsensical debate over concrete vs. trees, they are winning.

And meanwhile, they keep spending.

Property taxes are once again headed off the charts - while the uninitiated tree huggers scrap over a once-gorgeous city park that's been ruined by homeless-by-choice squatters whose tarps and blankets have ruined the root system of the trees and grass.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 01/29/2019 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Refuses to Put Park Question on March Ballot

Someone needs to tell the numb council president - when you are inundated with a line of public speakers, call two names and splain that the person on deck MUST take the second chair as the leadoff speaker begins.

It would have saved an hour or more of the painful silence that was eclipsed in searing only by the grating voices begging councilors to spend even more tax money than the $5 million now budgeted for putting in a concrete "splash" fountain.

The council chief has absolutely no clue.

He can also save a lot of time next time by deleting his introductory speech to each speaker, you know, the way he likes to curry favor with each one in anticipation of his next election.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 01/29/2019 at 6:08 AM

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