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Re: “Sterling College

I absolutely love Sterling College. Great food, wonderful people, and a mission focused on environmental stewardship.

Posted by Tim Patterson on 08/25/2016 at 3:33 PM

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Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

To amend my comment above - I just watched the tape of the exchange (thanks, Vermont PBS!) and saw that the moderator, Senator Kitchel, did seem to give Leahy and Welch the opportunity to respond to Ms. Nyoni's question about racial justice in Vermont. They just didn't take it. A shame.

15 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Tim Patterson on 03/26/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

I attended the rally in Hardwick, and although I clapped along with the speeches and am generally grateful to have such a terrific delegation standing up for Vermont values, I was struck by the response to a question posed by Ebony Nyoni, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Vermont.

Ebony asked a straight-forward question about racial justice in Vermont, pointing to several examples of persistent racial inequity, and urging the delegation to prioritize racial justice initiatives here in the state. Her questions drew applause from the audience, but she was then completely shut down by the folks on stage - first by a defensive and seemingly annoyed Senator Sanders, who briefly rehashed a bit of his national stump speech about mass incarceration without addressing the question as it pertained to Vermont, and then by the moderator, Jane Kitchel, who moved to another question without giving Leahy or Welch time to respond, as she did for every other question asked that day.

Ms. Nyoni left the room after asking her question and the event moved on. The nearly all-white audience soon started clapping again. When asked if she thought her question was answered Ms. Nyoni laughed and said "No." It was a deeply troubling moment in an otherwise inspiring event, and I hope 7 Days follows up vigorously on the question of why the representatives on stage, and especially Senator Sanders and Senator Kitchel, could respond so callously to a constituent's heartfelt and deeply serious concerns. A black woman having her voice ignored in a crowd of progressive and oblivious white people...sadly, that also seems to be 100 percent pure Only in Vermont.

24 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Tim Patterson on 03/26/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “West African Takeout Comes to Burlington

My wife and I had a wonderful visit to this new market yesterday. They were closed for the 4th, but the owner welcomed us nonetheless, and gave us samples of his incredibly delicious smoothies. This will be a regular stop for us when we're in Burlington!

Posted by Tim Patterson on 07/05/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Wonderful! I loved this interview and wish Billy good luck in his quest to eat a chipmunk someday.

Posted by Tim Patterson on 02/24/2016 at 8:28 PM

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