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Bikepath Meeting

(Via Joe Reinert at Mayor Kiss’s office…)

March 8, 2012


Updated Bike Path Feasibility Findings to be Presented

Burlington, VT. The Burlington Bike Path Task Force, appointed by the City Council, will hold a public forum to provide feedback on the recently completed Burlington Bike Path Improvement Feasibility Study:

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Contois Auditorium in City Hall
Burlington, Vermont

The Task Force will present the most recent findings from the rehabilitation study which includes cost and funding opportunities to save the 7.5-mile bike path.
Community input from the public forum will be incorporated into the Task Force’s final recommendation, to be presented to the City Council later this spring.
A fact sheet detailing the restoration plan will be available at the public forum.  To read the feasibility study and preview the fact sheet, please visit:

For more information, contact Task Force Chair John Bossange (802-578-7468) or Parks & Recreation Director Mari Steinbach (802-864-0123).

March 12, 2012   Comments Off

That Paper Blast!

Before North Avenue News had a name, it was just called “That Paper!”  I’ve created composite scans of the first two pages from the June 20, 1981 edition to include Howard Dean’s story about the bike path (I think the bike path started his career in politics) and Thom Fleury’s story about the new CP Smith Principal.  I wonder if Thom had any thought that he himself would be the new CP Smith principal 29 years later.  Ah you gotta love the irony of fate!  Enjoy!

November 4, 2010   11 Comments

Dean and Sanders Fail on IRV

Failure from the two top Burlington pols this week on the IRV question.

First from Dean speaking to reporters on Church Street along side a representative from the League of Women Voters. He said that the ‘Hinda Miller’ election did not use IRV, and that it had only been used once- in the most recent election. Before and after that embarrassing gaff, on which he was immediately corrected, he did a good job of spitting out the textbook arguments for IRV. But that flub kinda killed the whole press conference for him, it seemed to me. Kinda killed his credibility on this issue. I mean, did he not vote in the 2006 mayoral election? Maybe not.

Then yesterday I received a flyer in the mail with Bernard Sanders’s picture on it. Here look:

I mean that’s just embarrassing, right? Are we supposed to forget that Bernie’s 1981 “10 Vote” victory over Gordon Paquette put Sanders in the mayor’s office with just 43% in a race with a spoiler? I’m sorry but the “fifty percent matters” folks using Bernie’s image like this is just, well- It just makes me embarrassed for everybody.

And by the way- it is simply not intellectually honest to equate a traditional majority with a the kind of majority manufactured through the instant runoff system. They are not the same and I’m sure Jason Lorber, Mark Larson, Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean all realize that.

February 26, 2010   11 Comments

Dean and Sanders Uging Reconciliation

Senate Health Care Bill a Monstrosity- Must Be Killed
Time to get what we can in Reconciliation

Burlington Pols Dean from Ward 5, Sanders from Ward 4 in News Today


Expanded Health Care Coverage? Rumors Are Greatly Exaggerated, Unless Paying Fines Is Now ‘Health Care’ from Huffington Post today

Sanders would support reconciliation to break Republican filibuster on health bill from The Hill November 10.

Today’s Events…

Dean urges defeat of emerging health care bill -AP

Tom Coburn Demands 12-Hour Reading Of Single-Payer Amendment On Senate Floor -Huffington Post

*****Kill the Bill*******

You have to be kidding me. What we might be getting for a health care bill is a mandate to buy crappy private insurance and fines if we don’t?

The subsidies offered for those who can’t afford insurance would presumably have to be accepted and will come with all kinds of stings attached and hoops to jump through when someone does accept them.

This sucks. This will bankrupt and enslave everybody by turning us all into criminals and it will not produce better health outcomes. It’s offensive to both my libertarian and my liberal sensibilities.

Bernie alone can kill this bill. Go for it Bernie. Kill the bill. I say it’s ok.


12.17.09 Updated. Here’s Howard Dean’s Op-ed in Today’s Washington Post

Health-care bill wouldn’t bring real reform

December 17, 2009   2 Comments

Dean for HHS (For America)

Obama totally shafted Burlington Pol Howard Dean. If you want to join the movement to help right that wrong… then here’s your website:

February 9, 2009   Comments Off

The Ides of January

Beware the Ides of January. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Here’s a brief, haphazard concatenation of news and information…

*Breaking News: The Ward 3 Progressives caucused last night and selected Marissa Caldwell to run against David Cain for the seat being vacated by Tim Ashe.

*I ran into ward 7 Democratic city council candidate Eli Lesser-Goldsmith after my radio show on Saturday and did a brief impromptu interview. I hope to have that written up soon, but as a sneak preview I’ll share that Eli says if he’s elected he intends to live-blog directly from city council meetings.

*Speaking of my radio show- it’s on at a new time: Saturdays 11am-12pm on 105.9fm Burlington or streaming live at

*Speaking of the Radiator, here’s me and Robert Ready talking about it with Melinda Moulton at channel 17.

*Gaza remains under attack by Israel, with almost a thousand people killed so far.

*Burlington Pol Howard Dean helped win back both houses of Congress and the White House for the Democrats and was then unceremoniously kicked to the curb and shafted. There’s gratitude for you.

*Obama gets sworn in a week from today. I’m taking an hour off work and going down to Nectars to watch with Philip Baruth.

*I’ll turn 36 on Sunday. My Mother would have been turning 72.

January 13, 2009   Comments Off

Chittenden 3-4 Aftermath Bitter

Drama-Queen City

Blurt’s November 7 2008 blog round up links to stories by Max Bookman on Zuckerman, Pearson, and Ram.

Most of the comments are in the Ram piece. The ones from David Zuckerman and Ed Adrian are interesting…

From Dave:

“…But I have to wonder…had Chris and I been Democrats would Kesha have run against us in a primary? Would people like Ed and Maurice worked so hard to defeat us? Do party labels matter that much? If they do, is that not a sad statement about our democracy?

From Ed:

“…Dave has also worked very hard at reaching out to the community and I applauded him for his efforts publicly on the FPF on October 30, 2008 where I stated the following:

“I have known Dave Zuckerman for over a decade when we shared a regular card game with a group of other folks. I am a founding member of his CSA, he came to our wedding and I consider him a friend. He has worked hard and I wish him the best of luck. Remember that each and every one of you in the Chittenden 3-4 legislative district can vote for two people for the Vermont House. I would encourage all of you to join me in voting for Kesha.” *** I should note that as of November 5, 2008 I became, not due to my own choice, a former member of Dave’s CSA….”

I hate when people assume we know what acronyms stand for. Ed mentions “FPF.” That’s Front Porch Forum, a neighborhood email update. He also mentions “Dave’s CSA.” CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Some kind of hippy-zippy food buying group thing.

But anyway. Is Ed Adrian trying to imply that Zuckerman kicked him out of a food co-op because he helped Kesha Ram defeat Chris Pearson? Whoa Nelly. Ed Adrian is running for mayor, by the way.

The last comment in that string is a zinger:

From “Who Stabbed Whom?”:

“”the stab in the back the Dems gave to the Progressive party”

Howabout the stab in the back that the Progs gave to the Democratic Party when Dave Z ran against Democrat Sandy Baird back in the mid-1990s. That was a waste of “civic energy.”

Howabout the stab in the back that the Progs gave to the Democratic Party when Pollina ran as the third candidate in the Governor’s race in 2000 and came close to putting Howard Dean under the magic 50%?

Howabout the stab in the back that the Progs gave to the Democratic Party when Pollina ran as the third candidate in the Lt. Gov.’s race in 2002 and handed that office to Brian Dubie?

Howabout the stab in the back that the Progs gave to the Democratic Party when Dave Z began a run for Congress against Peter Welch in 2006? Had Bernie not told Dave to get out, we’d all be saluting Congressman Rainville.

Yeah, stab in the back alright.”

OUCH! Zing! Game set match. Checkmate. Burn! Et Cetera.

November 9, 2008   Comments Off

Dean Runs Circles around Russert

Dean Runs Circles around Russert.

I just watched Howard Dean on Meet the Press. The headline is he wants the superdelegates to vote by June. He did a good job. Russert couldn’t bait him into a debate about hypotheticals. “Dean did well,” I told Poopsie “He’s smarter than Tim Russert.”

“Isn’t everybody smarter than Tim Russert?” She asked.

“Sadly, no.” I replied.

April 27, 2008   Comments Off

Geraldine Ferraro

Click the Caveman to see what white people like. (Thanks Jim)

Geraldine Ferraro said

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

And Clinton is not denouncing and rejecting. That’s a shame.

My mother took me to the Geraldine Ferraro rally at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium in 1984. (I’ve also seen Jerry Brown and Al Gore there.) The day after George H.W. Bush debated her, he said “Yeah, we tried to kick a little ass last night.” Two years later Ferraro’s son John A. Zaccaro Jr., then 24 was busted for selling cocaine. He was punished for that two years later by having to live on College Street here in Burlington for six months.

Ferraro and her running mate lost 49 states in 1984. They were running on the “one-state strategy.” Burlington pol Howard Dean is considered to be a visionary because of his “50 State Strategy.” I don’t see what the hype is about. There are fifty states, thus a “fifty-state strategy.”

How clever.

March 12, 2008   Comments Off

Obama vs. McCain IV: Obama vs. McCain

Looks like it’s the beginning of the end for Hillary. Obama is now leading in delegates and the calender and map are not in her favor. Without superdelegates and/or delegates from Michigan and Florida, it’s virtually impossible for her to win. Obama can’t win outright either, but he’ll be ahead of Clinton. It’s pretty much over. The MD, VA, and DC primaries Tuesday were mortal wounds to the Clinton campaign. She could conceivably drop out March 5.

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February 13, 2008   Comments Off