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Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

I saw one in 2008 on Buck Hill Road in Shaftsbury Vt. 6:30 AM. It was crossways in the road for about 20 seconds.I was about 25 yards in front of me and stood there motionless so I was able to get a good look at the body and tail. Its tail was as long as its body and it sort of sloutched in the center.When it moved it slowly walked into the tall grass and was gone. I pulled over and went to the side of the road but never saw it again. An elderly lady that my wife knew and lived near the area told us that she had seen it many times over the years.Everyone I've told has looked at me with a raised eyebrow but I know without a doubt that the Catamount is indeed real and living in Vermont!!!

Posted by Keith Longtin on 04/17/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

Very interesting reading . I understand that hiding behind an alias is not ideal but the alternative might be worse . Would it be better to have a stilted conversations where only the boldest would comment or those who have spent the time to construct a fake identity . I don't think so even with the risk of shielding extreme commentators.
BTW this is my real name and photo .

Posted by Rich ard on 04/07/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

This is a great conversation to have; thanks for the article, Seven Days!

Maggie Standley, I am having this conversation with another user on a different article. Because the conversation began from a city council race, there is a good chance I am talking to my neighbor. Whoever this person is is remarkable polite but what they are doing is asking for "civil discourse" to not include my views or the views of others who agree with them. No one has been vulgar or resorted to name calling, etc. This is a great example of tine policing and how comments like: "can't we all just be civil," or "let's just discuss this calmly" are actually meant to silence those who are expressing oppression and do not have the energy to expel on tone.

That is not to say that online harassment and bully aren't incredibly important topics that need to be addressed. And I just want to thank the Moderators for reading all the nasty comments so that we don't have to. But there is a finer line between making sure that the message board doesn't contain harassing language and making sure that the victims of the harassment aren't being silenced because of tone policing. It's important to get this right, so thank you, Seven Days for thinking it through!

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Posted by AngryProg on 04/03/2017 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

hmmmm....interesting. I understand why anonymity is allowed, and I agree it's impt to protect one from discrimination and harassment. But, recently some of those using anonymous user names were doing the harassing, sometimes subtly and other times, not so much. 7 Days, do you feel the recent comments that raised this issue at all, met the below standards from your policy?

"Be respectful. We encourage debate, but it must be respectful, civil and calm. Address the argument, not the person. Dont resort to name-calling, bickering or personal attacks. Dont be mean-spirited."

What keeping a conversation "respectful" means is the question. Disagreement and dialog is healthy when it pertains to the issues. When it gets into the likes of "Us" magazine standards, not so much. Perhaps there is a middle ground. That if one chooses to remain anonymous, their comments must meet a greater level of civility. Some recently were so low it was disturbing, and unfortunately, revealing...

To each their own- anonymously or not! Thks for covering this. I would love to have some other stories covered, such as: Composition and process for selecting volunteer Board and Committee members in Burlington. Is an Ethics Committee needed for Burlington's local government when few checks and balances currently exist? Who makes up the DRB, Development Review Board, and what do they do?

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 4:00 PM

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