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Published October 2, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.

Drone Home

“Jim Fox made light of the double dose of bad news,” [Paul Heintz wrote in last week’s Fair Game, to set up a quote from a memo Fox circulated to Valley News staff]: “I have invoked my emergency powers to authorize a drone strike on the operational leaders of Seven Days in Vermont, believed to be sheltering in the trial areas surrounding Burlington.”

Since my program at CVOEO shares a building occupied by the Seven Days operational leaders, we have now stationed anti-drone missiles on the rooftop.

Ted Wimpey


Editor’s note: There was a misspelling in Fox’s quote in the print version of Seven Days. The word “trial” should have been “tribal.” We regret the error, which was not intended to throw off the Valley News’ drone pilots.

Just a Picture

I can understand the RN’s position on the image of the “half-dressed” nurse that illustrated your health care exchange cover story [Feedback, “Demeaning Cover Image,” September 25], but if you think back to all of the photos used in the ’50s and ’60s depicting female nurses, how was that photo any different? Honestly, society has always sexualized woman, and unfortunately, that’s just the way it is. Why complain about something so obviously pointless and in the real scope of things, so small? Everyone knows the importance of medical personnel, and no one is disputing that. Why not “rave” about something that we as a community can really do something about: the escalation of crime in Vermont and the lack of proper police procedure. It’s only a picture, and crimes affect us all in ways a black-and-white cartoon-type [illustration] can’t and really won’t. I’m not saying she shouldn’t feel badly about it, but watch the news. What do you see?

Margo Johnson


Nurses Rule

Many thanks to Kathleen Carrigan Keleher for a quick response to the offensive cover illustration on the September 18 issue [Feedback, “Demeaning Cover Image,” September 25]. The non-response of the editors to a legitimate objection is, in some ways, even more disappointing than the cover was. ?

As a fan of comic art, I appreciate the style and quality of the cover, but as a nurse, I can’t help but wonder why otherwise intelligent and progressive folks would choose to perpetuate a sexist and demeaning “iconic” image. To brush off Keleher’s letter by saying that the image was used “to illustrate a very complicated subject” is just another pat on the head (which, apparently, still wears a cap in the Halloween-costume imagination of the two men who created the cover). ?

As one of the 8000 female and male nurses in Vermont who provide most of the health care we all receive, and who will be integral parts of the implementation of any far-reaching health care reform, I’d ask that influential journalistic outlets such as Seven Days try to think about the ripple effects of such choices in the future.

Katherine Plummer, RN

St. Johnsbury

Owl Club Idea

[Re “St. Albans Preservationists Fight to Save the City’s Historic Owl Club,” September 18]: As a board member of Preservation Burlington, I’d like to suggest a motto for my St. Albans cohorts: Give a hoot: Preserve the Owl Club.

Tom Simon


No Imitation Required

Corin did a great job keeping an open mind in her taste test of Revolution Kitchen [Taste Test, September 11]. I just wanted to express my confusion over her friend saying that “the measure of a good vegetarian place is how well they can imitate meat.” I do not know any vegetarian who would agree with that statement. In fact, the best vegetarian and vegan meals are those that do not try to imitate meat. Pick up any best-selling vegan cookbook and you will find creative recipes without a focus on “protein.” Trying to make seitan taste like beef is as silly and pointless as trying to make chicken taste like beef.

Alysia Catalfamo


Good Art?

I found it interesting that your article searched to see why the students at the time were so critical of the piece [“Prodigal Art,” September 11]. Some thought it was tied to the Soviet flag, since it was the Cold War. I never heard that as part of the discussions. I would rather think of it as part of a reaction of 1980s kids to 1970s conceptual art. There was a feeling that art got so conceptual and divorced from aesthetics that you could argue anything — a wet napkin, Tom Wolfe, Painted Word — was great art. At the base of it all, nobody truly thought of the piece as anything of aesthetic value, and everyone was projecting their own backgrounds onto the arguments about “what is good art.” At that point in time, it seemed there were no usable criteria for determining what was good art, and that was the valid artistic dispute for the last years of the Cold War.

Keith Lubell

New York

Lubell was a Middlebury College student in 1984.

Vermont Update

Judith Levine’s recent take on tourism [Poli Psy: “Welcome to Our State! Now Go Home,” September 11] seems to be asking “What is the ‘real’ Vermont we want to market to tourists, and are we watering it down so they feel comfortable?” At the Mt. Philo Inn in Charlotte, we’ve asked ourselves this same question. While undergoing a recent three-year renovation, we struggled with deciding on which aspects of the historic structure should be preserved and which to update. After much consideration, our solution was to preserve the past and integrate the present. We believe buildings should be authentic to their original style. Wherever possible, we used local materials such as yellow birch and Danby marble, hired local craftspeople, featured Vermont artwork, and emphasized the clean, simple design that makes Vermont timeless. A robust Wi-Fi system and accessibility are essential modern additions. ?

David Garbose


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