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Re: “WTF: Why Can't We Redeem the Deposits Listed on All Beverage Containers?

I looked into this a few years ago, and complained to whichever official was supposed to be in charge, because I couldn't return Lagunitas bottles.
Turns out, TOMRA, a global Norwegian corporation which runs the reverse vending machines like they have at some supermarkets (you feed bottles into them, and if accepted get a ticket for a refund) did not have a deal with Lagunitas to handle the returns.
I looked up the law, and saw there was no notwithstanding clause or whatever, pointed it out to this bottle bill commissioner, but heard nothing further.
It's one thing that cider is not in the bottle bill for Vermont, but how do they get away with not accepting beer bottles, after they have collected the nickel? That's not fair.

Posted by Binky's Beam on 07/12/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Is Public Nudity Legal in Vermont But Public Disrobing Isn't?

The contradiction, between the legality of being nude in public and the illegality of undressing in public, CLEARLY, makes no sense. I am all for ordinary public nudity - there is nothing offensive about the human body, but if I want to hang out naked for an hour or two, in a park, picnicking and sunbathing, I might rather get undressed there, than at home. I might be stopping at my mother's house, the bank, or getting gas on the way, and have no desire to be naked in those places, in fact, I may be less welcome to be naked there! The problem must be the way the law is written, piecemeal. The law clearly seeks to restrict lewd conduct, so why not just say so? It should be perfectly legal to be naked, almost anywhere in public, as long as one behaves in a non-sexual manner. That is the key. Someone should work on that. Vermont is a wonderful place, and the amount of personal freedom Vermonters have is a big part of that. Let's make nudity perfectly legal, without any silly caveats. Let's also make it clear that lewd and lascivious conduct in public will NOT be tolerated. It's not rocket science.

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Posted by yankee2 yankee on 07/03/2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: “WTF: Can Vermont's Justices of the Peace Serve as Judges?

that said, I am *totally* ready for the zombie apocalypse

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Posted by Jay Furr on 06/19/2019 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Why Were There 13 Animal Kidneys at the Intervale?

I'm confused. How did Pollack get a photo of them on a log unless she took them post-vomit to a fallen tree somewhere? Gross!

And to not reach out to the african communities who garden and fish there is lazy reporting. It could likely be a ritual of some sort


And does this remind anyone of that old ghost story, "Johnny, I want my liver back?"
In the updated version, our intrepid journalist is visited by the ghosts of 13 former staffers of Mayor Sanders. "Sally, we want our kidneys back!"

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Posted by Tom A. on 05/27/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Why Were There 13 Animal Kidneys at the Intervale?

Their are some farmers up on Pine Island who have goat's!

Posted by Pamela Senesac on 05/26/2019 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Why Were There 13 Animal Kidneys at the Intervale?

The real question here is why was your dog off leash at the Intervale? There are explicit signs saying that is not allowed.

What is the point of the piece anyways? Take some personal responsibility for you and your dog's actions. The cops and general public have way more important things to do than hear about your inability to control your dog.

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Posted by Donald Phagen on 05/24/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Is Public Nudity Legal in Vermont But Public Disrobing Isn't?

It's comments like the one above, about public sex, that makes it difficult for naturalists and nudists to be able to enjoy communing with nature, in the nude. I wasn't born with clothes and I wholeheartedly support public nudity. However, I don't feel that children should be exposed to every, (pun intended), tom, dick and hairy having sex wherever they choose. I believe there are places specifically for exhibitionists to go to. Just saying.

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Posted by Tasha Owen on 05/21/2019 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Why Is Japan's Most Popular Curry Called Vermont Curry?

Extremely pleased to know the context for this bizarrely named item, I've wondered for a long time. Thanks Dan!

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Posted by Adam Conway on 05/09/2019 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Why Is Japan's Most Popular Curry Called Vermont Curry?

Been buying this stuff for the better part of a decade and always wondered why they called it Vermont curry!

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Posted by Taylor K. Long on 05/09/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

So.......where's the picture the reader took? Did I miss it?

Posted by Declan McCabe on 04/06/2019 at 7:32 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are There More Owl Spottings in Vermont This Year Than Normal?

"What in the hell does a misogynist restaurant chain have to do with wildlife in Vermont? Talk about a non-sequitur."

The writer was trying to be clever but outsmarted himself instead. What else would you expect from a column titled WTF.

Posted by Kevin Corrigan on 04/01/2019 at 8:47 PM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

To Justin Borland: No, you can NOT shoot at drones off your porch! Depending on where you live, discharging a firearm may be prohibited by local law. Even if that's not the case, firing at any aircraft, manned or unmanned, is a violation of federal law punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. If someone is flying close enough to your residence to bother you, you might have a look around to see if you can spot the pilot. If it's a legitimate hobbyist, they most likely didn't intend to disturb anyone and will move to a different flying spot if informed that they are. If it's someone actually trying to spy on you, your best course of action would be to gather as much evidence as you can, take pictures of the craft, pilot, license plate of their vehicle etc., and call local law enforcement.

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Posted by LedChickenFPV on 03/28/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Are There More Owl Spottings in Vermont This Year Than Normal?

My thought exactly Christopher Hill.

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Posted by Melody Reed on 03/27/2019 at 3:37 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are There More Owl Spottings in Vermont This Year Than Normal?

What in the hell does a misogynist restaurant chain have to do with wildlife in Vermont? Talk about a non-sequitur.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 03/27/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “WTF: Do Vermont Schools Call More Snow Days Than in the Past?

Snow that falls at temperatures near freezing (32 degrees F) is sometimes super slippery. Snow that falls at temperatures well below freezing tends not to be very slippery as long as the speeds are moderate. This is confusing for many people who don't realize the role of temperature. 3 inches of snow at 31 degrees can be treacherous and impossible to drive a bus in, while 9 inches of snow at 20 degrees can be no big deal.

Snow that falls at temperatures near freezing is sometimes extremely slippery, sometimes not.

The Keene school district in NH has made some mistakes making decisions about snow near freezing, sometimes not canceling then having to cancel after some kids have arrived at school.

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Posted by Heidi Henkel on 03/20/2019 at 5:09 AM

Re: “WTF: Do Vermont Schools Call More Snow Days Than in the Past?

I can understand schools closing. They are on the hook for busing students to and from school and students are required to go so busing on a treacherous day is forcing them to take a risk. It does create a scramble for childcare but that day does come back in make up days tacked on at the end of the school year.

What baffles me is when a daycare closes and then keeps the day's tuition it already collected. A daycare is a business and if it decides to close the day is truly lost even though money has been collected for it.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 03/19/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “WTF: Vermont's Maple Penis Sign? Chocolate Vaginas?

Physiology lesson: the chocolate logo resembles a vulva, the home of the important clitoris, and lovely flower-like entrance to the vagina, the revered and elastic tube that leads to the uterus. Trust me, it matters. You're welcome.

Posted by High Expectations on 02/16/2019 at 7:53 AM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

Haha..It's like the Loch Ness Monster, everyone sees them, but no one has proof. https://dailyuv.com/profile/2438/974257

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Posted by Have you seen this on 02/15/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Some People Called for Jury Duty While Others Never Are?

I'm 51 and have never served as a juror.

I registered to vote when I turned 18. I was off at college in Georgia and received a jury summons for service back in my home county in Virginia. I wrote and said "off at college, kthxbye" and that was that.

And I've never received a peep since.

It'd be kind of a headache if I *did* get called because my work involves very frequent travel scheduled far in advance, but at the same time, it'd be an interesting experience.

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Posted by Jay Furr on 02/15/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Some People Called for Jury Duty While Others Never Are?

Kevin Duniho, serving on a jury is your responsibility as a citizen and an honor. I don't know if your comment was a poor joke but if it wasn't, I am sad that you would call jury duty an "inconvenience." If you are politically engaged, you should understand your civil duties and take them seriously, you should not publicly disparage them.

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Posted by lucyloo2 on 02/14/2019 at 2:00 PM

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