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Re: “ABC Café & Pub

The blues jams, first Wednesday of each month, are really amazing. Who would have known there are so many talented blues musicians in Vermont!

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/03/2016 at 5:32 PM

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Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Thanks, Kevin, for the comparison, reminding us that we face many of the same issues now, even though the long arc of history has bent in a slightly positive direction. The horrible policies of the 1968 Democratic establishment, with a candidate complicit in a war based on lies that would ultimately kill over 3 million people, shut progressives out and almost wrecked the party. (FWIW, I voted for Dick Gregory.) Establishment Democrats screamed at us because the alternative would be Nixon. They were right about how terrible Nixon would be, but at some point one can't vote for evil even if it is the lesser of evils. I don't think it's nearly as bad this year. If Bernie and others can keep up the constant pressure, Hillary may even keep a few progressive promises. But I absolutely understand the anger of many of Bernie's supporters, and believe their reluctance to support Hillary will help to keep up the needed pressure on her and the party.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 07/28/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Aside from any pro-or-con arguments about the pipeline, I'm shocked that the Hinesburg select board would even think it's okay to make a secret deal on an issue that is obviously extremely controversial. Whatever happened to representative government? I trust this was a momentary lapse of judgment by the hard-working volunteers who serve us--and that there haven't been many other hugely important decisions hidden from the people of Hinesburg!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 03/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Did Sanders Really Lose the Democratic Debate?

I'm glad to see I was not the only one who thought Bernie won. He did seem at times to be more distracted than usual, but that's not surprising. I think he accomplished two things helpful to his campaign. (1) His kindness to Hillary on the email issue certainly ingratiated voters who have been leaning toward her but have not yet decided. (2) Although I personally wish he had a stronger record on gun control, the fact is that he is closer to mainstream America--including mainstream Democrats--on that issue. This will really help him, in, say, the South Carolina primary.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 10/15/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “ABC Café & Pub

We stopped there the other day for the first time since its old days as Bananas, and we were favorably impressed. Bucking the trend of almost all eateries in Chittenden County, ABC has kept its prices affordable, and the food and drinks are good. I got a great sandwich and a terrific Martini for a total of just over $10. The service was prompt and friendly, and we found ourselves chatting with other customers--it's that kind of place.

I'm getting tired of all the new restaurants with $10 burgers, $12 drinks, "small plates" with two beans and a smear of risotto for $5.98, and waitstaff who act like they are doing us a big favor by allowing us to spend our money. Chittenden County used to have quite a few restaurants with real food at affordable prices with a friendly atmosphere--that has become so rare that ABC now really stands out. I'm told there is live music--Blues Jams (!)--some nights, and look forward to checking that out

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/24/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Winooski Bistro's Bacon Sign Ignites Internet Storm

People sure like to set up paper tigers. As a reminder, here is what happened. An overly sensitive woman said she was offended by a jokey little sign. She didn't threaten anybody, and she was not speaking on behalf of a Muslim organization--just stating an opinion, her constitutional right whether or not others agree. The restaurant owner politely withdrew his little joke of a sign, volunteering to do so, which is also his constitutional right. He didn't stop serving bacon--and in fact he has proudly stated that he continues to serve really good bacon. My first reaction to the story was to wonder "Why is this news?" I guess the firestorm of anti-Muslim response, some threatening violence, answers the question. How sad.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/26/2014 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Winooski Bistro's Bacon Sign Ignites Internet Storm

My God. The amazing thing here is the outright thuggish attitudes of some who call themselves conservatives. What happened here? A little lighthearted joke in a sign on public property. One person found it offensive and complained. Was that person overly sensitive? Yes, of course she was, but a lot of us get overly sensitive at times and on certain subjects It would have been appropriate to suggest that she lighten up a little, but Sneakers, not wanting to offend anybody, took its sign down, so the anti-Muslim crowd went ballistic, with threats of terrorism. What is wrong with these people?

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/25/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Jim Jeffords, Vermont Icon With an Independent Streak, Dies at 80

Jim was always an independent thinker--who had to push against resistance from his party establishment from the beginning . I had the honor of serving on his staff for his first twelve years in Congress, and still think of him as a mentor. Ideology, he would say, can provide a general framework for beliefs, but you have to look at every situation individually. When a house is on fire, you save as many of the children as you can. When an unexpected opportunity arises to make the world a better place, you welcome it. Doing the right thing is always more important than being re-elected, but the ideal is to do the right thing *and* get re-elected. He was a lousy public speaker and uncomfortable campaigning, but a dedicated and brilliant public servant who accomplished far more good for the world than he will ever get credit for.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/18/2014 at 3:20 PM

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