Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Vermont downtowns are thriving, Moulton says

All over Vermont, downtowns are thriving, Pat Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told downtown boosters Monday evening.
http://rutlandherald.com/article/20140701/NEWS02/707019901

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  1. Darn it, now I have to wipe off my monitor after I spit my coffee all over it reading this.

    Thriving? Ok maybe the guns for drugs trade that is taking place in Vermont downtowns. Where is that picture of an ostrich with its head in teh sand when you need it?

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    1. perfect comment, Jean!!!

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  2. Who would have thought that there would be a trendy downtown popular with gang member and heroin addicts in Springfield, Vermont?

    Is this event some sort of joke?

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  3. 100 million bucks of public monies for 600 jobs? What is this government agent bragging about? This is disgustingly bad.There were 87 public improvement projects, representing $13 million in investment, and 196 rehabilitation projects and 90 housing units? Oh my! How about encouraging non-government subsidized(by taxpayer dollars) real growth?

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  4. In other news, Pat Moulton announces trade negotiations with a delegation of Hobbits visiting from Middle Earth.

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  5. Blind Reality7/1/14, 1:27 PM

    If I was invited to speak on this subject the first thing I would do is drive through downtown Springfield. Once I could park in one of the many available spaces (that we need parking enforcement for, why who knows) I would rethink my talking points, call the person in charge telling them I'm ill and will not make it. Then I'd get out of town at a high rate of speed. And to think that this person formerly headed the organization of current status of "Downtown Springfield". There are no shops downtown, only restaurants and service business. The one business that maybe you would visit (helps the poor) is overpriced based on what people "may" pay for it on Ebay. I think Steven King is sitting up on a hill somewhere overlooking downtown Springfield while working on his next novel. Of course this would be pretty hard to make up.

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  6. Too bad for Moulton that her “homecoming” to Springfield was anything but a victory lap! Her nepotistic advance into the executive directorship of the SRDC brought no appreciable successes to Springfield and it was therefore a relief to see her vacate the town with an “oversize load” sign on her rear bumper. But alas, this dimwitted government official was so hard up for public recognition that she had to return to Springfield in vain hope of finding some. This rhetoric speaking, status seeking leech continues to feast off of any host government stupid enough to employ her – the State of Vermont now being the victim. This latest drivel spewing from her pie hole is further evidence that the woman is an empty suit with no seeming economic aptitude but plenty of fantasy. Cling-ons like this seek out positions in or around government because they are incapable of functioning productively or effectively in the private sector. They use their government positions to pontificate about accomplishments for which they actually had nothing to do with. Their delusions are merely the vehicle by which they achieve self-gratification and false grandeur. Springfielders should find it galling that such an unaccomplished twit chose to preach to them about a subject that she failed so miserably at while holding a position of responsibility in the town; so much so that she chose instead to run away from it. There’s no finer hypocrisy than that!

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    1. Come on now, tell us how you really feel.

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  7. Ha Ha Ha that's a funny one! Good joke! Yup Springfield is thriving on gangs, drugs and violence is what it is. Good ol Springfield moving ahead!

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  8. Reality check, reality check.

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  9. The eastern side of vt is struggling to compete with NH and the low prices and no tax. Look at how many people go to Claremont for groceries. If we could have MB prices here that would be a start on keeping money here in VT. We need a grocery store here to compete with shaws and taxes we can afford here on our main street's. Then the local business can have competitive prices.

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    1. It's the same with Maine and Massachusetts too. There are no stores right along the border that are not on New Hampshire's side. It makes no sense to build one. The stores without the sales tax are the ones that get the business. No sales tax was a brilliant move on New Hampshire's part.

      I wonder more and more why I choose to live in Vermont. I work hard, don't take any assistance, don't qualify for the rebates. Yet my property tax is as high as Keene, NH's without all of the services or conveniences, and I get to pay a sales and income tax here to boot. It brings to mind that bumper sticker, "Work harder, millions on welfare depend on you."

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    2. "Work harder, millions on welfare [AND thousands of "civil servants"] depend on you." The latter have become a US version of the old Soviet nomenklatura, having their say over you mere members of the proletariat and oppressing you via higher taxes, incessant legislation and regulation, and other actions leading to the ongoing destruction of Vermont's middle class - a demographic that is increasingly faced with the reality that the only hope for their own economic salvation lies elsewhere than Vermont.

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  10. obviously, all she has ever been good at/for is justifying her own useless salary!!!!!!!

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  11. if everyone lived to please everyone else this world would be so boring..complain complain complain...that's all too many people are doing these days...Live your lives people...life is too short...you never know if you will have tomorrow

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    1. You miss the point Pollyanna-Bethany. Whatever tomorrows people in Springfield do have, they would like to live under far better circumstances than the town now finds itself in. In your adolescent Pollyanish way, all you hear are "complaints', but for those with a sincere desire to improve the town and pull it back from the edge of oblivion, we hear justified criticism of an underperforming municipal government that has been a key contributor to the town's failings.

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  12. Having first hand experience attempting to work Pat Moulton during her tenure at SRDC one attribute comes to mind, useless.

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