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Letters to the Editor (6/3/15) 

Believe in Bernie

Why does everyone say Bernie can't win [Off Message: "Sanders Endorsees Decline to Return the Favor," May 21]? If everyone votes for him who believes in him, he can win! Hillary, just like the rest of them, is owned by big money. She may talk about the issues facing Middle America, but that's all she will do — talk. I can't believe that there are some Vermonters who will not vote for Bernie. Must be the ones who are part of the 1 percent.

Vera Hamilton

North Bennington

Real Stories

[Re "Listeners Who Veer From Tired Stories Hit 'Rumble Strip Vermont,'" May 27]: Erica Heilman is a true inspired professional. She believes in the authenticity of storytelling. She captures voices we often do not hear. 

Bess O'Brien


Freeing Form

Glad to see this incredible show get the attention it deserves ["Listeners Who Veer From Tired Stories Hit 'Rumble Strip Vermont,'" May 27.] Erica Heilman's deep curiosity about what's going on around her — what people are thinking and doing and saying and why it might be fun to know — drives each and every story she reports. She's right: The podcast form is freeing in many ways, and she really makes the most of it.

Colin Dickerman

New York, N.Y.

Tax Dollars for Developer?

[Re Off Message: "Planning Session for Housing on Green Space Frustrates Some," May 20]: Wow! It's not enough that we regularly see city employees advocating on behalf of big developers at public meetings — the same employees who give small homeowners such a hard time. Now we have an administration that is actively engaging in partnerships with a developer who will be coming through the permitting process before municipal agencies — and municipal appointees to the regulatory process. But that doesn't seem enough leverage, so in addition to expensive staff time, the administration has spent an additional $23,000 of taxpayer money for a consultant to push the process on the developer's behalf!It would seem that the development lobby's investment in the mayor's reelection campaign is paying off, and Burlington's residents are footing the bill.

Louis Mannie Lionni


P.O.'ed in Plattsburgh

I spotted Bernie Sanders' comment on Plattsburgh, an observation from 1972 when he was running for governor of Vermont ["Bernie Beat: Sanders on the Campaign Trail — in 1972," May 20]. As he explained in his campaign diary, he stopped over here to participate in a taped debate on Channel 5/WPTZ-TV. After his visit, he made this astute remark: "Plattsburg (sic) has got to be the ugliest town in the world and going there, even for just one evening, makes one appreciate Vermont and Burlington all that much more..."

Gee, one would expect a progressive/socialist politician to have empathy for the downtrodden.

Luke T. Bush

Ugliest Town, N.Y.

Who's the Loser?

[Re "Scoreboard: Winners and Losers of the 2015 Legislative Session," May 20]: I object to the Vermont Workers' Center being categorized as "loser" in the 2015 legislative session. The demonstrators at Shumlin's inauguration were not there to try to win favor with the elected officials at the Statehouse; they were there for an in-your-face confrontation over the failure of the current administration and legislature to bring sane and affordable access to health care to the people of Vermont.

Act 48 was signed into effect in May 2011. The Shumlin administration and the legislature had four years to figure out how to finance this law and put it into action. Yet, with a Democratic majority in both houses and a Democratic governor, they failed to do so. Of course there was a protest! How could there not be? The protesters were there to disrupt a ceremony in which the power brokers had gathered to congratulate themselves for once again ascending to power — to do what? The people of Vermont are subjected to health care as a commodity rather than a public good, and we continue to pay extortion to highly profitable insurance corporations in the hope that they will grant us health care.

The Vermont Workers' Center protesters are Vermonters. They are not "persona non grata" as was characterized in your article. The Vermont Workers' Center was at the Statehouse in force on May Day — 500 strong. They did not look or act like losers. Maybe Seven Days should have covered it.

Millard Cox


Cox is a member of the Vermont Workers' Center.

Don't Google Greensboro

I am always thrilled to see statewide recognition of my tiny hometown of Greensboro. When I saw ["Jump In," May 20] with the subhead "Surveying the pleasures of seven Vermont lakes that aren't Champlain," I immediately scanned the piece in search of Caspian, and was delighted to find it there. But my excitement deflated rapidly as I read the listings of what to do, see and eat around Greensboro, as the out-of-date information provided is clearly Google's fault.

A couple of corrections: I'd never knock the Craftsbury General Store, but Willey's Store, one of Vermont's oldest general stores, is a great place in Greensboro to grab a bite to eat, along with anything else one could possibly want or need. It is a minute's walk from the beach — and an ice cream shop, Cassie's Corner, is between the two.

As for things to do, the blues jams are sadly things of the past, but the Summer Music From Greensboro concert series (to which the article did vaguely allude), the Craftsbury Chamber Players and the Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency (which is putting on four full-scale theatrical productions this summer) keep us busy.

The point I would like to stress, which I would have hoped local journalists would already understand, is that when it comes to finding out about small towns, the internet is likely to be unreliable. But call up any local, and they will gladly fill you in!

Mavis MacNeil


Don't Forget Doughnuts

Enjoyed ["Jump In," May 20], but the section on Lake Willoughby contained some misinformation. In relation to places to eat, Runaway Café has not been open for the past three or four years, and Red Sky Trading was not mentioned — even though it has been mentioned on the Seven Days blog on a few occasions. It has been in business for the past 12 years and has a variety of products: baked goods, homemade salsa and chips, jams and jellies, artisan cheese, artisan bread, local organic produce, folk art and collectables, Adirondack chairs, and, of course, doughnuts!

Doug Safford


Safford is the owner of Red Sky Trading.

What's the Point?

"The Bernie Sanders Drinking Game" [Off Message, May 26] — what's the point? Every candidate for office has phrases they tend to use time and time again. Is this article demeaning? Does it imply that Bernie says things over and over, so you needn't think about his message, and should just get drunk? You tell me.

Charlie Messing


Editor's note: Since you asked ... It's all in good fun, and we have proposed similar contests on at least two other occasions: in anticipation of a gubernatorial debate on October 29, 2014, and a mayoral one on February 16, 2012. Third time's a ... tradition?

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