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Home buyers should be told about F-35 impact

burlingtonfreepress.com — The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors is doing nothing less than looking out for the interests of home buyers and seller by requiring member agents to disclose a property could be subjected to increased by noise from the deployment of the F-35 fighter starting in 2020.

VSP has no final say on public records

burlingtonfreepress.com — The Vermont State Police did the only sensible thing in deciding to resume releasing the results of roadside breath tests of people suspected of impaired driving. State police made a misstep when the agency abandoned last year the longtime practice of releasing the blood alcohol level of people stopped and tested under the suspicion of driving under the influence.

Peeking over the fence at the Barge Canal

msogavt.wordpress.com — Just a broken fence bordering the dirt packing lot by the Barge Canal off Pine Street in Burlington. There's a design studio, I think, in the building, as well as an old record/bookshop, a killer Montreal-style bagel place and the antique market. In a separate building is a place that does windows, stained glass and...

Capturing sunset in black and white

msogavt.wordpress.com — I work on the seventh floor of an office building with sweeping views of Lake Champlain. Burlington is a city with few tall buildings, which gives our offices a rare perspective in the city. There's a wonder in watching the seasons change on the lake and on the Adirondacks, and the sunset can reliably be...

What are you looking at?

msogavt.wordpress.com — At Emmy's Hair Salon, the only company I had while waiting for my wife and mother to have their hair and nails done.

DCF report needs emphasis on transparency

burlingtonfreepress.com — The Agency of Human Services report on the Department for Children and Families disappoints by failing to make the explicit connection between transparency and public accountability within the child welfare system. Vermonters would be better served by evidence that the agency is actively searching for ways to bring oversight into a system so closed to outside scrutiny that problems escape public notice until tragedy strikes.

Burlington schools must get grip on budget

burlingtonfreepress.com — The Burlington schools delivered a rare piece of welcome financial news to taxpayers on Tuesday - the district likely ended fiscal 2014 with a budget surplus of $2.15 million instead of the anticipated deficit of $2.5 million.

Burlington mayor commits to open meetings

burlingtonfreepress.com — Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger makes an important statement with his executive order on compliance with the state open meeting law for city employees. The executive order simply states city employees must obey the amended state Open Meeting Law that took effect on July 1.

Deliver on promise of Vermont Health Connect

burlingtonfreepress.com — Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to temporarily take down the Vermont Health Connect website is a necessary public statement recognizing the serious problems Vermonters face in trying to buy their health insurance on the online exchange. The problems with the exchange have only hurt the cause of health care reform - an effort to extend coverage to all and bend the curve on rising costs.

End the privatization of public records

burlingtonfreepress.com — Vermonters have a right to be outraged over a long-standing practice by the Public Service Board that creates additional hurdles for anyone seeking transcripts of board proceedings, a public record. The board is seeking a remedy to reduce the barriers to access, but relief is unlikely before next year.
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Oct 20, 2014

GlobalFoundries CEO: "We have no plans for layoffs or shutting the fabs down in any way." bfpne.ws/1wfdJCt via @bfp_news #BtvIBM #vt

Oct 20, 2014

The raw text - Press Release: GlobalFoundries To Acquire IBM's Microelectronics Business bfpne.ws/1wflqZn via @bfp_news #vt #btvIBM

Oct 20, 2014

GlobalFoundries to acquire IBM chip business, impact on #Vt plant unclesr bfpne.ws/1wfdJCt #BtvIBM

Oct 20, 2014

RT @DanDambrosioVT: GlobalFoundries has announced it acquired IBM's semiconductor biz, including "property" #ibm #btvibm

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