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Published July 12, 2011 at 4:38 a.m.


Due to a production error, a portion of Lauren Ober’s story “Pride Plays Debut at the Chandler” was missing in last week’s issue. It included a mention of The Times by Mark S. Watson, a finalist in the Great Gay Play Contest, which was performed earlier this week; and Nancy Beverly’s screenplay Shelby’s Vacation, which is the final piece in the Chandler Center for the Arts’ Summer Pride festival this weekend. For a full schedule and more info, see chandler-arts.org, a locally based national consulting cooperative.

Right Note, Wrong Info

Thank you, Seven Days, for your coverage of classical music in Vermont, “Striking the Right Note” [June 29]. One correction, however: The Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe is not “Mexico based.” The festival was born in Vermont, is a Vermont nonprofit and our performing venue is the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center — also in Vermont. All in the good old U.S. of A.

Jo Sabel Courtney


Courtney is director of the Music Festival of the Americas.

Red Flag?

[Re: Poli Psy: “Star-Spangled Ban,” July 6]: I agree with Judith Levine that First Amendment rights ought to trump the American flag (which, in this post-Texas v. Johnson America, they do). I also agree that Vermont’s archaic flag-desecration statute should be repealed. Her skepticism of Vermont’s First Amendment track record and the tone of her plea for the statute’s repeal, however, are over the top.

She herself notes that the legislature affirmed First Amendment rights in 1995 in place of a flag-burning resolution. The two failed or watered-down attempts by conservative lawmakers to institutionalize patriotic displays hardly show that Vermont is somehow behind on First Amendment rights, nor do they justify her patronizing tone toward Vermont Law School professor Peter Teachout for thinking otherwise. On a technical note, Jesse Helms represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, not North Dakota.

Matt McKeon


Best Buzz

Thank you for the taste test [“Some Like It Iced,” July 6]! You have saved me a lot of unpleasant coffee experiences. Some iced coffee is undrinkable. I’m excited to try the place on Maple Street (Maglianero). I already knew that Starbucks iced coffee is good (and iced espresso even better), but I prefer to support the local shops when they do a good job. What I really want you to know about is the “affogato” at Bluebird Coffee Stop. It’s made with creemee instead of gelato. It’s the most delicious thing that I have ever eaten. Send Alice Levitt!

Laurie O’Hanlon


Dream Therapy Works

The depth of the work that Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster are doing cannot be encapsulated in a one-page article [“Dream Weavers,” June 29]. I have been a client of Marc’s for just shy of three years, having spent the better part of 20 years in various forms of therapy. Working with Marc has completely changed my life, in that I am now living closer to my truth than ever before and am less afraid than ever of what others may think of me when I speak and act on my truth.

As a result, my relationships with friends and family have deepened exponentially. True, I feel more pain than ever before (it was always there, I just didn’t let myself feel it), but I also feel more joy and more sense of connection than I can ever remember feeling. Having battled extreme levels of physical, mental and emotional fatigue for years, I am now met almost daily with friends, acquaintances and even strangers asking me where I get my energy and commenting on how radiant I am compared to the “old me.” All this I attribute to my work with Marc.

Following is a poignant excerpt from Marc’s book Dreaming Metaphysical: “The soul wants to be free, to manifest in the world. Feeling good is not the answer… The answer is to be liberated from the suffering of the old self. The suffering must be plunged to its depth, to its core, which is how the soul is liberated.”

Lori Lustberg


Population Matters

Congratulations to Tim Newcomb for speaking the truth about the connection between sustainability and population growth in his cartoon [June 29]. None of our major environmental problems, including global warming, will be able to be solved without stabilizing our population size at a sustainable level. It is interesting that a political cartoonist gets it, but, like the figure in the cartoon, most of our environmental leaders and organizations say, “Sorry, we don’t talk about that.” Are they really concerned about truly solving our environmental problems, or are they more concerned about raising as much money as possible?

George Plumb


Not Exactly a Roundabout

Thanks for the great article about the positive things happening in Winooski [“Onion City in Bloom,” June 15]. Our organization moved to West Canal Street two years ago, and we enjoy being part of the growing and diverse community. As the region’s transportation and land-use organization, we wanted to clarify one aspect of the article. The author referred numerous times to the “roundabout” in the downtown, but from a transportation perspective, this infrastructure is not a roundabout, since it incorporates features (e.g., midblock crosswalk to the central island with a traffic signal) not found in a roundabout. We’ve been referring to it as a “circulator” — not an official, technical term but a way for us to keep the distinction between it and roundabouts, which also differ from what you may know as traffic rotaries and circles. There are a few roundabouts in the Montpelier-Barre area, and a roundabout is currently in design to replace the existing pseudo-rotary on Shelburne Road in Burlington. For more information on roundabouts, visit ccmpo.org/roundabouts.

Jason Charest


Charest is a transportation planning engineer with the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which recently merged with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

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