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Re: “El Gato Cantina (Burlington)

No, thanks.
I find the claims that they make their beans from scratch to be difficult to believe. My refried beans were dry and pasty, so they were either from a can, or sat under warming lights way too long. Meat in my steak taco was overcooked. Drinks and service were good Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 4

Posted by written on 08/22/2011 at 6:29 PM

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Re: “Independent Ali Dieng to Run for Open Burlington City Council Seat

I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Ali, but his goals for the city seem pretty appropriate. More diversity at council meetings would be welcomed, from my standpoint.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by written on 04/20/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Transient Held After Man Fatally Stabbed on Church Street

First off, Burlington needs a No Panhandling law. Everywhere, not just on the Marketplace. Second, we need to stop the "not in my back yard" attitude toward services and the "derelicts" people are complaining about. Everybody was once somebody's baby. Let's be human about this. There's no magic bullet, but no progress will be made until people speak up and get involved in some solutions, rather than simply complaining in forums like this one. And yes, "derelict" as a noun, refers to a person.

24 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/30/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Anchor Eva McKend Breaks New Ground on WCAX

There are plenty of white, female, anchors and reporters in this market who could take a page from her book. Some of them dress like they're going on a picnic, or to a club, rather than working in any professional capacity.
The traditional news anchor "uniform" made her seem like a nerdy college student. Her look, stories and delivery have come a long way, and she now portrays a poised, smart, and talented woman. Bravo!

16 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/29/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I have to laugh when people refer to Bernie's "mansion" on the lake. I have neighbors in Burlington with pricier houses! He's lived a lot more modestly than most politicians. Why can't he have a home where he can relax with his wife, children and grandchildren? Look at the pictures before you judge too harshly. As "mansions" go, it's pretty cozy. More like a camp cabin on steroids. http://heavy.com/news/2016/08/bernie-sande…

4 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/24/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Not So Fast: Opposition to Appeal Burlington Town Center Permit

Charles Simpson warns, regarding BTC, there's "...little or no consideration of the east wall of Macy's.
As a result, Macy's may well close."
Before making 'Chicken Little' pronouncements about the retail sky falling, it might be nice to offer some evidence. Is Macy's corporate whispering in CLC's ear? Whatever the case, it might do well for the group to note Macy's has been closing stores all over the country, so it would be tough to lay the folding of their BTV tent at the feet of Sinex and Weinberger.

I'm amazed by they way CLC continuously misleads the public in both large and small ways. If you want people to pull your way, you do it with concrete (pun intended) visions, but theirs are consistently not practical for a city that needs to figure out how to get past its growing pains to become a serious economic draw as well as a cultural one.
As the last election indicated, they are a squeaky wheel going nowhere.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/17/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Not So Fast: Opposition to Appeal Burlington Town Center Permit

Having lived through the creation of the Church Street Marketplace, I recall the opposition to that project, a venture that ended up reinvigorating and saving the downtown. Looks like previous arguments didn't cut it, so now, there are new complaints. A laundry list that includes, "the set up of proposed parking lots"? Please.
The continued nit-picking by CLC, (a group that includes the city's previous Director of Public Works) and Franco sounds like the old guard partnering with a group of anti-change chain rattlers to stick it to business and the current administration at any cost, to the detriment of Burlington's future. If only we all had so much time on our hands.

34 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/15/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Knodell Wins Tight Race to Keep Burlington City Council Seat

From the article: "I don't want to be a city councilor," she later admitted. "I wanted to show people we could make a change. We did just not enough."
A poster here who supports Ms. Grill thinks a journalist should be "more like a friend" and ask, "What do you mean by that?", but I disagree. Anybody who interviews people for a living would find that statement self explanatory.
The candidate has a responsibility to be clear as well.
So, who got it wrong? The reporter or the celebratory campaigners?
We'll all be hanging on the edge of our seats waiting for the retraction. P.S. to Michael Long- this forum doesn't really exist for its civic value. For spleen venting, however, you've come to the right place.

36 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by written on 03/08/2017 at 9:30 PM

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