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Leopold: Ashe and Wright Knew

Here is the video of Jonathan Leopold telling Matty Tanner and “Mike Jones” that the Board of Finance was briefed in May of 2008 about Burlington Telecom’s inability to get financing and of its continued use of pooled city cash in violation of its certificate of public good.  May 2008 was about a year before the story broke and almost a year before the re-election of mayor Bob Kiss.  If Kurt Wright had wanted to, or had been smart enough to, he certainly could have used that information in the last election, and he probably would have won. You may recall that at the time the Board of Finance was made up of the following five people- Mayor Kiss, Chief Administrative officer Leopold and a city councilor from each party.  Democrat Andy Montroll, Republican Kurt Wright and Progressive Time Ashe.


Assuming Kurt Wright is the Republican nominee- he’s going to have to answer for this soon enough, but right now the Democratic party has a choice to make in about a week.  Are you telling me they’re going to be stupid enough to nominate Progressive Tim Ashe with that kind of baggage?  Jesus Christ!  I almost dare the Dems to do it because it would be so comically self-defeating.  First of all, he’s not even a Dem.  Duh.  Secondly he would lose!  Given the choice between Wright and Ashe, many moderate Dems and Indpendents like me would vote for Kurt.  People feel the city needs a change and a shake up.  Tim Ashe loudly proclaimed Kiss, Leopold and BT to be resounding success stories when he nominated Kiss for re-election.  He’s about as far from “change” and “shake-up” as it gets.

And Where’s Lloyd Benson when you need him?  This week the Vermont chapter president of the American Federation of Teachers called Ashe the best choice saying  “Tim Ashe is a young Bernie Sanders.”  That’s like saying The Phantom Menace is as good as the orignal Star Wars.  Ridiculous on its face.   Somebody’s got to say it…

“Senator, I served with Bernie Sanders. I knew Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Bernie Sanders.”

November 6, 2011   9 Comments

Smart Grid

What is a “smart grid?”  On Front Porch Forum Mary Sullivan posted a link to a page the Electric Department created to help explain:

https://www.burlingtonelectric.com/page.php?pid=154&name=Smart%20Grid

I went there, and found this answer under “frequently asked questions”:

“What is “Smart Grid”?
“Smart grid” is an upgraded electric system that uses fiber optic cable and digital technology to relay information back and forth between the customer and the utility, and between the utility and various components of the electric grid. When fully operational, smart grid will provide a more reliable electric system, with the ability to incorporate renewable energy sources and to offer customers tools to manage their electric use.”

I think this means it’s the technology that would allow me to put a windmill in my back yard and a solar panel on my roof and use my own power to offset what I buy from the city. Actually, I could probably do that now if I had a windmill or solar panel and knew how to run electric devices with them. So is it just that it measures electricity use more accurately?

Wait, what is a smart grid again?

March 26, 2011   1 Comment