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Re: “Essex Junction Considers New Land-Use Code to Prevent Unscrupulous Massage Parlors

As I recall, the problem here wasn't finding the things, the problem was that certain law enforcement executives claimed that they didn't have time to investigate or prosecute this stuff.
You make this a zoning beef and you let certain police chiefs off of the hook, in the future they will shrug it off as a zoning violation. This will then set up town health officers to go investigate criminals and multi-state criminal syndicates. Bad idea.

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Posted by tim with a T on 02/11/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “On Trip to Vegas, Shumlin Met With Potential DGA Donors

"the gov said he "spoke with the home builders about jobs and the work we're doing in Vermont to try to boost housing."
He would know, he did almost succeed in boosting his neighbor's house.

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Posted by tim with a T on 02/07/2014 at 2:28 PM

The Newsweek article is a major indictment of Governor Shumlin and his team. It depicts them as both lying and inept. It would seem that they've thrown away twice as much money as was lost in the Burlington Telecom scandal- but unlike Burlington where at least they have a functioning company, the State has nothing to show for it.
Democrats in the legislature may see it as very hard to effectively address these failures without being seen as abandoning Team Shumlin. They need to put unrelenting pressure on the administration to fix this mess. Party needs to take a back seat.
Like a lot of people, I took him at his word, and now I'm angry that he lied to me and to all Vermonters. This was an important project and if he has blown it as Newsweek describes, he deserves to be kicked out of the State House on his ass.

Posted by tim with a T on 02/07/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Media Note: With Campaign Finance Database, VTDigger Puts the State to Shame

This is great. Pols are going to be grinding their teeth, they love transparency when it doesn't pertain to them.

Posted by tim with a T on 02/07/2014 at 6:51 AM

Re: “This Week's Issue: A Neighborly Noise Feud in Burlington, 'Border' Security and Maple Saplings

Vermont's drug crisis :
"Those deaths are sad, but in a state with 626,000 residents, they should not be driving major decisions about law enforcement, medical resources, and health policy. As the Vermont Department of Health reports, “mortality due to drugs in Vermont has not changed greatly over the past nine years….these data do not suggest that deaths from any one specific type of drug is increasing or decreasing over the span of multiple years.”
Read more: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Heroin Problem Does Not Constitute a Crisis ¦ TIME.com http://ideas.time.com/2014/02/...

Posted by tim with a T on 02/06/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “This Week's Issue: A Neighborly Noise Feud in Burlington, 'Border' Security and Maple Saplings

"In Burlington, one resident has kept up her fight against a neighbor's backyard guitar-building shop for a year and a half. The case could reach the Vermont Supreme Court. "
What do you folks in smaller towns, towns which lack zoning offices, do to torment each other?

Posted by tim with a T on 02/06/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Burlington Telecom Deal Could Be Big Win for Weinberger — And for Taxpayers?

'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

Posted by tim with a T on 02/04/2014 at 10:17 AM

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