Burlington and the Threat of Mass Deportations

Mass deportation based on perceptions of threat to national security, without the necessity of proof, were a common feature of the past century. It can happen again. In the 1930s when the economy was in turmoil, as many as 2 million people of Mexican origin were deported in boxcars from…

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VT Digger Article: “Democracy, Burlington-Style”

Here’s an article I wrote for the VT Digger news website: Democracy, Burlington-Style On Oct. 28, council President Joan Shannon opened the public comment portion of Burlington City Council’s deliberation on the Air Force’s proposal to base the F-35A fighter bomber at the otherwise civilian Burlington International Airport which the…

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Champlain Parkway Project Update

On February 1, 2017, DPW Director Chapin Spencer provided Council with a progress report on the plans for the Champlain Parkway. (Download Here) What’s missing is a financial discussion of two scenarios: The first is the City’s plan for the immediate development of the parkway plus the City-borne cost of…

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Charles Simpson on Burlington Telecom

Burlington Telecom is presently a municipally-owned utility serving Our city. But due to financial mismanagement on the part of the past City administration and a bias toward selling public assets to private investors by the present mayor, BT is “on the auction block”. It must be sold. The question is,…

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Refugees and Their Supporters

Hundred Burlington residents have demanded an end to restrictions on immigrants based on religion while others have opened their hearts to welcome refugees. We weren’t fooled when the Trump administration used country-of-origin as a proxy for religious belief and suspended immigration. However you disguise it, religious discrimination violates our constitutional…

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Champlain Parkway Redesign Guidelines: Let’s Do it Right

The following Champlain Parkway Redesign Guidelines emerged from two public meetings at Arts Riot and a number of community discussions in the South End. These are meant to shape a safe and complete streets concept. Ultimately the final Parkway design must include public discussion and use of current day solutions.…

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05401PLUS Magazine

Charles Simpson writes for 05401PLUS, a monthly print magazine advocating on behalf of the new ecological, aesthetic and socio-political consciousness in the Champlain bio-region.  Each issue features a rotating series of essays, reportage, satires, poems, letters and art.  Focusing on the local scene, 05401PLUS welcomes any subject matter that has bearing…

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