Vote March 4, 2014
My thoughts on the Ward Seven ballot:
City council- Bianka LeGrand (D) vs. Tom Treat (R). I know both of these candidates and I think either would do a fine job, but I’ll be voting for Tom. Tom’s been my neighbor and friend for a decade. I don’t always agree with him politically, but I know he shares my belief in civic fairness and fiduciary responsibility. And let’s face it, it is healthier for a governing body to contain within it some competing ideas. Tom will do a great job representing Ward Seven. If you live in Ward Seven, please vote for Tom Treat for city council.
School Commissioner- Linda Deliduka vs. David Kirk. I don’t know David Kirk, but I have known Linda just about my entire life. My mother taught with Linda and they worked together as members of the Burlington Education Association (BEA). It’s interesting that Linda’s on the other side of the table now. I’m grateful to Linda for stepping up and running for the seat I had to resign from in 2012. I have not watched a single school board meeting since I left the board, so I have no idea how Linda’s doing, but I support her for the sake of history.
1) School budget: Yes
2) Waterfront money: Yes
3) City tax: Yes
4) Buy the hydro plant: Yes
5) Ward boundaries: No. Too convoluted. All city councilors should represent roughly the same number people from the same kind of ward or district.
6) Confiscate “weapons?”: No. What’s a “weapon?” Anything can be used as one.
7) Ban firearms in bars? No. Unenforceable. Solution seeking problem.
8) Lock guns in safes? No. Unenforceable. Solution seeking problem. And what if you need to get to your gun fast?