Leonard Bast 
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Re: “Racial Incidents Mar Burlington High Homecoming Football Game

I've had dealings with several recent Rice graduates. It most definitely IS what they stand for.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 09/16/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Burlington School Superintendent Obeng Gets His Visa

There is nothing that a small group of corrupt elites cannot accomplish. Mark Porter's quote, "I don't care" is perfect: the new motto of American government. Accountability to no one. How can anyone look at this whole situation and not conclude that it stinks from beginning to end?

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 09/09/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Redstone to Buy Winooski Block; Strand Venue Gets Green Light

This is a disaster-in-the-making for Winooski. Traffic and parking are already major problems, with the intersection of Main Street, West Allen Street, and the traffic rotary being particularly problematic. Yet, this is precisely where "the Strand" is going to be located. Having one company (Redstone) control so much property in downtown Winooski might also bring problems of its own, and anyone who has ever dealt with Redstone can tell you why. (related thought: does the Winooski City government just bend over for every single developer that waves some money at it?). Finally, I understand now why Decarreau is resigning when she is and what she meant in her recent interview about dealing with developers. The handwriting was on the wall. The people who live in and around this soon-to-be disaster area need to rise up and demand absolute assurance that the quality of life of residents here will not be negatively impacted by the never-ending greed of our local politicos and their developer buddies.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/29/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Purloined Peonies and Disappearing Day Lilies: Plant Bandit Strikes in Burlington

It's one thing to pull up flowers, which could be done quickly, but how does some scumbag thief have the time to dig up whole shrubs and trees by the roots and not have anyone notice them while they're doing it?

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/21/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “South Burlington School Censors Book About Opiate Addiction

The controversy certainly won't hurt sales. I hope Kate Messner is donating all profits from the book to organizations working to stop opiate addiction in Vermont.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/13/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “South Burlington School Censors Book About Opiate Addiction

There may have been administrative confusion, and even a degree of ineptitude, but that is a far cry from "book censorship," as this piece claims. This article is journalism at its worst and comes very close to being a pure hatchet job. Seven Days should hold itself to a higher standard.

14 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/11/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Suspects in Killing of Transgender Man Arrested in San Diego

We need a program like the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, which was designed to keep young men employed and supervised who would otherwise be unemployed and a possible danger as they drifted around. The CCC was the most popular New Deal program, and it basically reforested much of the US, built thousands of parks, etc. Young men were housed and fed and supervised, and they worked for a small wage. They gained valuable skills to help in being employable after their time in the CCC. There's plenty that needs doing in this country, and if they're going to live in a camp, it might as well be a work camp that keeps them out of trouble and teaches them something and does some good for the community. If you're able-bodied enough to kill a man with your bare hands, you're able-bodied enough to wield a shovel. Obviously, a modern version would include women as well as men, and, it goes without saying in our times (at least around here), it would have to include some component of rehab and drug counseling.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/04/2016 at 6:35 AM

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