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New World Manifesto

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October 21, 2012   Comments Off

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

Overheard on Church Street

I found this on the Twitter. I’m pretty sure I know who does it, but it appears to be presented as an anonymous work so I’m not going to guess publicly. I think it’s great art. Snapshots of reality on Church Street in the form of overheard quotes. Click the graphic to overhear…

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October 16, 2011   1 Comment

A City’s Priorities

Aqueducts and roads are the essential elements of a city.  There is no city without clean water and sanitation.  There is no city unless goods and people can circulate.  Therefore the top priorities are our water mains, water treatment facilities and our roads.  The people who live along our aqueducts and roads desire the protection of safety and law.  Therefore fire and police services are the next most important priority.  With our basic needs met, and our safety ensured we turn to the higher mind.  An excellent education for our children, and an excellent public library for all are the city’s next most important priorities.  Open and natural spaces are important for health and well being, so parks are the next priority.

The City of Burlington does a lot of other things of course.  It provides electricity and telecommunications, buries the dead, runs an airport, promotes the arts and lots more- but if you asked me my top proirities for the city, the answer is:  1)Water 2) Roads 3)Fire 4)Police 5) Schools 6)Libraries 7)Parks.

May 7, 2011   9 Comments