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Re: “Amuse at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

Underwhelming food
The food was fine but it wasn't worth the drive or the price. I was expecting something more unique, more like a Kitchen Table or Hen of the Wood dining experience. As it was, the whole place is a little too pretentious for me, and as Le Cirque in NY is one of my favorite restaurants, that is really saying something. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 4

Posted by Penelope on 10/01/2013 at 5:06 PM

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Re: “Vermont Senate Votes 21-9 for Marijuana Legalization

It's nice to know that we have smart and empathetic legislators in the senate, now voters will really have to do our work to get rid of the backwards and fear-mongering people in the Vermont house. Legalizing marijuana has been overwhelmingly beneficial in all the places that lead Vermont on this issue. And that list is growing every year.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/22/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “South Burlington Schools to Be Closed Friday After Repeated Threats

I wish people had this much fervor about our children's K-12 education curriculum, nutrition, and improving access to higher education. Somehow I think these impact the health and prospects of our society more than school nicknames. But maybe not. In this era of ideology over facts maybe it's just as well we all spend our energy going crazy and arguing about nicknames instead of thinking about how to improve our education system, environment, and health care.

86 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/20/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Senators Plan Renewed Push for Marijuana Legalization

It would be a pretty sad indictment of Vermont, considered a socially just and progressive state, if we become one of the last democratic states to legalize marijuana. I'm incredibly disappointed in Speaker Johnson and whoever else is holding up this overdue legislation. Alcohol is more dangerous, cigarettes are more dangerous, opiates are more dangerous, prescription drugs are more dangerous. Legalizing will not change the amount of use, rather it will control quality and where the revenue is directed. Everyone who would use legalized marijuana is using it now.

We should be encouraging marijuana use over opiates, we should be taxing marijuana use for the good of our community. We look back at prohibitionists as ignorant and short-sighted, it would be sad to look back at Vermont's once-proud legislature this way as we fall further behind. How can anyone possibly justify legalizing alcohol and tobacco and not legalizing a safer drug, marijuana? Marijuana will continue to be legalized, as was same-sex marriage, and civil rights, because it is the right thing to do. Vermont legislators: Please do not continue needlessly delaying while Vermont taxpayers and residents are being harmed by losing tens of millions of dollars each year.

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/20/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Upholds Vermont's End-of-Life Law

America is under constant siege from religious zealots who have nothing to do with Islam. Radical Muslims don't scare me, after all they only want to kill me. I'm terrified of radical Christians who seek to force me to follow their religious doctrine, take away my freedom and self-determination, and destroy my way of life.

It would never occur to me to impose my beliefs on anyone else and I'm astonished at the sanctimonious right-wing Christians in this country who lack equanimity and compassion for other points of view. I am thankful our laws were written to defy those who seek to impose their beliefs on the rest of us who do not measure up to their moral barometer.

19 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/08/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

Everyone who wants to use marijuana can use it now, it's very easy to obtain anywhere. The only difference legalization would make is directing funds towards our community instead of the black market.

As more states and countries around the world legalize, Vermont falls backwards. Nobody is saying marijuana is safe: Alcohol and tobacco aren't safe; motorcycles aren't safe; skiing isn't safe. A police state is VERY safe, but most Americans would agree they would not want to trade our guaranteed freedom for guaranteed safety.

I am so proud to live in a progressive state like Vermont that has historically led the nation in sensible, just, and humane laws. It is long past due to legalize marijuana, this drug has been falsely maligned since Nixon decided he would demonize a relatively harmless drug for his own agenda. Criminalize alcohol and tobacco, then we can talk about all the 'doom and dire consequences' that will follow the legalization of weed.

21 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/06/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Vermont Legalization in Limbo After House Democrats Pull Pot Bill

For the love of all that is holy, how is this a difficult issue? Legalizing marijuana is the right thing to do and this is patently obvious as it becomes legalized in more places throughout the country and world. Marijuana has been falsely maligned for decades, republican's own reports attempting to demonize it have shown that it is significantly more harmless than most legal drugs including alcohol and tobacco. These are reports from the 1950s and 1960s that were buried in order to avoid the truth: Marijuana is one of the most beneficial drugs with the fewest negative impacts. Significantly less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol.

Vermont legislature, Governor Scott, please join the long list of hardworking civil servants who have worked so hard to keep Vermont at the forefront of being on the right side of history. Please do not allow Vermont to be turned into the Florida or Texas of idiotic, regressive and hateful policies. Legalize weed or for heaven's sake, please get out of the way of progress!

30 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 03/29/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Edward Snowden Takes Center Stage at Middlebury College

Edward Snowden is a hero for exposing governmental illegal activities and spying on Americans and it says a lot about the current state of our society that many believe he is not.

17 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 03/17/2017 at 3:50 PM

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