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Published December 1, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.

Justice Is Blind

This is ridiculous [“Charged With Felony for Growing Pot, Mother Can’t Tell Jury It Was ‘Medical,’” November 17]! I can’t believe the court system would intentionally blind themselves to any reason a criminal would commit a crime. After all, isn’t that what the justice system is designed for? Truth, honor and justice for all? Where is the truth here?

It sickens me to the bone seeing our court system self-destruct like this. That poor, poor mother. And worse, the poor, poor boy. Now he’s without his medicine and he has extra undue stress because of the situation his mother is put in.

Tyler Boemig


Dear St. Mike’s

Kudos to student social-justice activists at St. Michael’s College and their work in urging Secretary Clinton to do more in ending the mass rapes in Congo [“From Colchester to Congo: St. Mike’s Launches a National Dear Hillary Campaign,” October 20]. All Americans should read more about this issue in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky, and get the horrific story behind the rapes and how they are ruining young women’s chances of reproductive health, especially in Congo and other third-world countries. Some courageous women in these countries are confronting men in the villages and in the process slowly changing their culture…

Ruth Iyengar


Addition Error

Hmmm … Shay [Totten]’s math must be the darned new math [“Fair Game,” November 24]. If I take the 52 seats Republicans might have with the recounts and subtract them from the 150 in the House, the Dems and their allies are left with a 47-seat advantage, not a 27-seat one. Unless there are 20-odd independents that are obviously closet Republicans! The difference is important, as Shay’s number of 27 makes it sound like the Republicans could possibly have a voice.

Chip Mitiguy


Totten clarifies: The 27-seat difference wasn’t between 48 and 102, but between the GOP’s plausible caucus size and 76, which is the tipping point to become a majority in a 150-seat chamber. Actually, given the outcome of the recent recounts, the House GOP would need to gain 28 seats to have a technical majority of 76 seats. They will have 48 going into the next session.

Biking to NYC

Perhaps Burlington should stop wasting time and money trying to figure out how to fix the traffic system [“How We Roll,” November 10], and just go out and buy this month’s Esquire magazine. In it they profile Janette Sadik-Khan, who has completely redesigned New York City. If they read the article, there would be no more issue with biking or bus routes in BTV.

Stavros Mitchelides


Honor Your Wait Staff

[“The Waiting Game,” November 17], about how to get good service at a restaurant, is spot on. We are lucky to have many truly professional and dedicated restaurant owners and workers in our area. Other than my family and friends, the people who feed me are as valued as almost anyone I know. They feed you, give you drinks and, more often than not, try to make you happy. What could be better than that?

How you are treated in a restaurant, in my opinion, is often “instant karma.” You get what you give … it comes down to mutual respect and understanding of each other’s positions, needs and wants.

Treat everyone with respect, and it almost always works. As in all good relationships, loyalty, understanding and mutual respect are usually rewarded.

Bryan Cressy


Tip With That?

[Re: “The Waiting Game,” November 17]: Actually, the customer is always right, because without the customer you wouldn’t have a job. Fortunately for the foodies in this town, looking for a good meal usually is an easy task, with the abundance of selection and local food. On the other hand, getting good service requires a bit of patience. I don’t know any people who say that waiting tables is their dream job and plan on making a career out of it, so to explain the complexities and hardships as done in this article is beyond my understanding.

The one thing that I can relate to is being underpaid; gratuity in most restaurants should automatically be included, due to the thousands of Canadians who come to Burlington every year and don’t tip. I’ll usually give the standard 20 percent tip, even when the service is bad; I just won’t be in a hurry to return for another meal.

Shaun Boyce

South Burlington

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