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Tiki Archambeau 
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Re: “Trivial Pursuits: The Strange Allure of Low-Numbered License Plates

I can see The Winooski headline now: Walters Works Tirelessly To Push Readership Into Single Digits

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 12/07/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Brian Pine to Run for Ward 3 Burlington City Council Seat

Ward 3 is lucky to have two motivated and highly capable candidates.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 11/30/2017 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Family Describes Troubled Life of DCF Shooter Herring

This is not a game of "my victim outscores your victim."

Victimhood often begets victims. What are we as a society doing to help break that cycle besides wagging fingers on a message board?

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 11/14/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Walters: Seven Days Hires Taylor Dobbs

Headline should read: "Seven Days inherits the Twitter police."

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/27/2017 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Five Burlington City Councilors to Visit Ting Headquarters in Toronto

It's worth noting that I respect Chip Mason very much. Unsure if most people out there know it, but he is easily the fittest (athlete-wise) City Councilor to serve. Truly inspirational!

On the BT issue, we simply disagree. The Ting field trip can be justified, but the optics show tone deafness.

It's not that either bid is without merit. The concerns about KBTL are valid. Just from where I sit, the decision seems to boil down to risk tolerance. Since my job requires reliable internet connectivity, I still have scars from the days when there was no choice in broadband except conglomerate internet. The lost productivity time was appalling. That went away with BT.

BT is a homegrown entity sought by over 2/3rds of Burlingtonians back when it came to a vote. I am willing to bet on KBTL serving my needs best. Nothing against Ting, but I don't know them. It would be great for my city government to stand up and fight for homegrown initiatives when push comes to shove.

Chip is a very smart person so a part of me holds hope that his inquiries at Ting reveal legal & regulatory challenges no different than those KBTL would face.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/26/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Five Burlington City Councilors to Visit Ting Headquarters in Toronto

Reminiscent of Mayor Weinberger's "fact-finding" mission - sponsored by GBIC on a private plane - to an air base in Florida to judge firsthand how loud F35s are. Viewed objectively, of course, with no outside influence. Shocking outcome: he supports F35s.

If concerns are over legal matters with KBTL's bid, unsure what a junket to Toronto will resolve.

Tee up 5 votes to Ting.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/25/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

RE: Big Sadie - "The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla in the parlor is the City's $17,000,000 liability which resulted from the improper (and illegal) transfer of General Fund money to BT."

The City's transfer of funds to support BT was not only legal, it was explicitly allowed by the Public Service Board in BT's CPG. Don't take my word for it, look it up. Also in the history files is two criminal investigations that found no wrongdoing and a defeated civil suit from disgruntled citizens.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 10/18/2017 at 1:41 AM

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