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Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/14/18)

Nick McDougal,

It sound like you missed out on on some basic consent education! Don't feel bad, though, apparently, you aren't alone - just ask Aziz Ansari.

Consent: is an "emphatic yes". Thus: "no," "maybe," "maybe later," "I guess," or even silently pulling all are not consent.

Now let's go back to your first question: "Does a woman who accepts a man's invitation to his private room to drink alcohol bear any responsibility for outcomes?"

Under this scenario that you proposed, the man has offered a drink at his place to the woman, to these things she has said yes (she has consented). She has not consented to anything else. If the man gives her the drink, they have a drink together and that is that everything is hunky dory because she consented to all these things.

Here is where things seem to get mixed up in your argument: Because she accepted the drink does not mean she accepted anything else. So, if the man offered her a drink and she consented and then he brought her a taco and insisted she eat it that would be unreasonable because she did not consent to eating tacos with this man.

Which is why your argument that she consented to the drink and consented to spending time with him and thus consented to something else falls apart. The woman only consented to the first two things. She is not "responsible" your words for anything he wants to happen from that point onwards. If she does not consent to have sex, she does not owe him sex just because she consented to his previous offer to drink with him.

If he misunderstands and thinks she does owe him or that his desires are more important than her consent, that is rape.

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Posted by applestoapples on 02/14/2018 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/7/18)

Whatever the future should be concerning the campaign of Infinite, I'm just glad to have such a complex and interesting name which to me is the perfect answer to having to hear so much about the Donald. I suspect we're not done with him by a long shot no matter what happens with this particular campaign. I think he's got the kind of staying power that made Bernie a senator. That's my guess.

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Posted by Tom Howard on 02/11/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/7/18)

Thank you, Seven Days, for pursuing the truth in this matter and not letting the Junior Senator from Vermont get away with such adherent tactics.

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Posted by civicsmatter on 02/07/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/7/18)

Diane Kemble,

I whole heartedly agree that "Is it helping? Is it kind? Is it necessary?" is a great question to ask ourselves in daily interactions, I think you are: 1) not reading carefully and 2) missing the roles of government and the free press.

1) The Headlines:

The headlines are factually correct: "$20 Million Mistake: Scott Made False Claim in Budget Speech" The word "mistake is the third word in. For a teacher, you should be encouraging active reading: someone can make a mistake and a false claim at the same time - in fact, people regularly do. The headline clearly states both.

2) Bernie's Failure to Interview:

Your comment about how you would not want to be in Bernie's position in Washington or how he might not want to talk about how members of his family have financially benefited from his political dealings completely fails to take into account that he is an elected official and you (presumably) are not. Bernie ran and was elected to represent the people of Vermont, which is a privilege that he must respect and be held accountable to. When he chose to run (many years ago) he did so with the full understanding that he was giving up some privacy rights (not all) for the privilege of becoming an elected official and serving his state.

The press has an obligation to pursue the truth, not the convenient truth, but the full truth and make it publicly available. This sometimes means pushing back when it becomes uncomfortable.
The notion that Seven Days is a "rag" for asking difficult questions of elected officials and not letting them side step the answers is ludicrous.

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Posted by civicsmatter on 02/07/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (7/20/16)

Del Pozo is a punk leftist who is bad for Vermont and bad for law enforcement in general, his philosophies are mostly regurgitations of his dipshit supporter in N.Y., Diblasio. Let's get rid of him before he does too much damage.

Posted by John Fitzgerald on 01/25/2018 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (1/24/18)

Thank you Laura Frangipane for speaking up! I read the Ask Athena column as well and was horrified by the lack of trans awareness represented by Seven Days.

Seven Days holds itself out to be aware of community standards and changing norms so I expect it to support the trans community, not endanger or belittle it.

But, just in case anyone needs it, here is a trans guide for media:

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Posted by Who Elected You on 01/24/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (12/13/17)

Recently heard over the radio that the city council is thinking of providing bathrooms for the homeless. America is the only country that calls all restrooms bathrooms. Is the plan to provide bathrooms or restrooms for the homeless and others needing to find a place to urinate?


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Posted by Offie Wortham on 12/17/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (11/15/17)

"time and efforts would be better suited to unmasking Carina Driscoll, stepdaughter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as she makes a possible run for mayor of Burlington. As she seeks the spotlight and power of that position, questions need to be answered about the sweetheart deal she had with her mother, Jane O'Meara Sanders, when the latter was president of Burlington College. If that isn't juicy enough, try looking into the money she has received from the Sanders campaigns."


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Posted by lululime on 11/18/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/25/17)

I agree with Charles Winkleman, it is time for Miro to go! He hasn't kept his campaign promise of trying to help the homeless, instead he is more concerned with how to get more money in his pockets. If he was really concerned about the homeless people in Burlington, he would have forgotten about the new towncenter and with the money wasted he could have had a bigger shelter built!

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Posted by Gi Grape on 10/25/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

Hi Seven Days. Thanks for bringing the Rights and Democracy issue into the sunlight. As a citizen who cares about transparency in politics this is very important to me.

I really did not like Mr. Haslam's response and found it both defensive and threatening. I will continue to support other Vermont organizations that do good work like the VT ACLU. My dollars will not go to Rights and Democracy after Mr. Haslam's attack on Seven Days.

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Posted by MazieGrace on 10/19/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

"Our mission is to bring people together . . ."

And your hyperaggressive, accusatory attack on Seven Days is directly contrary to your own mission statement.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/19/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

James Haslam,

I find your letter to the editor pretty appalling, for many reasons. But let's make it easy and break it down with your mission statement, taken from the Rights and Democracy website:

"Our mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government."

You are taking money to influence our government.
You are hiding the source of this money.
The fact that you are legally allowed to do this does not cut it (especially, to quote your mission statement, when you are to be guided by "the values of our communities"): our communities want transparency, especially by those who seek to influence government and our policies.

You wrote: "It would be great if the media would focus on truly substantive issues facing our world and state."
Do you genuinely not believe that who holds political power through financial means is not a substantive issue facing America today?

Or is this just hubris?

You titled your letter: "Blame the Media." This sounds like a Trumpian attack: if you do not like the information being reported, counter it with facts, don't call it fake news.

You owe Vermonters an apology for your arrogance.

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Posted by angryatwhitemen on 10/18/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/30/17)

Get stuffed, Ivan. You're not my real dad.

Posted by I give up on 09/04/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/30/17)

This is a meta comment and suggestion to those who choose to strongly criticize others on these pages. Your non- constructive hurtful language says way more about you than those who you are attacking. Please consider being civil, it helps everyone.
Thank you
Ivan Goldstein

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Posted by ivantotakeuhigher on 09/02/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/9/17)

Mr Duquette's letter would be laughable if it werent so absurd. I am not shedding any tears for Mosher. What Duquette leaves out is that Mosher had his bulls loose on Rt 4 multiple times before this crash. He was warned, he chose to do nothing. He was even warned that evening he had someone come to his house and wake him up and tell him about his bull on Rt. 4 what did he do? He want back to bed! Explain that behavior. Duquette is actually blaming the victim? Hes going over the speed limit on Rt. 4 a major road so hes partially to blame?! Its so ugly and really despicable that he places the blame on this poor man who did nothing wrong besides hit a huge animal that the owner had repeatedly let get out of his fencing. The real tragedy besides this accident is that Mosher didnt do some jail time. I can only hope he (and not his insurance company) got hit for everything hes worth. He is a menace letting his animals roam loose and doing nothing.

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Posted by tapplinx on 08/17/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (8/9/17)

Nah, You are sleepy. Stay that way.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 08/09/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (4/26/17)

Massachusetts Medical Society's decision to treat addicts with supervised use of drugs at clinics

Hallelujah!! Finally!! This decision will hopefully allow for intractable addicts to get their fix and maybe allow them to reflect rather than planning their next hustle of family, friends and others. During this time it may be possible to wean some off their drug of choice. Europe has been doing this with some success for sometime now. The bottom line is no more criminal activity. And medical intervention for an illness, rather than jail time for a crime.

John Earl BS/RRT, retired Dir. Cardio/Pulmonary Service
52 Arctic Cat Rd
Bethel, VT 05032
802 356-1876

Posted by kilingtonskier Watterson on 05/02/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (4/19/17)

Clean up Church Street? Take a bite out of crime?

Hats off to ex-deputy state prosecutor Ben Luna for being idealistic enough to think that Burlington's power elite would have such a concern.

Murders? Where? Stabbings? Keep on moving, nothing to see here.

The truth is, Mayor Mirror (sic) Whineburger (sic) has a bigger priority - coming up with a design for a new city flag.

Can't make it up.

Meanwhile, clear thinkers such as Luna recommend a police station at the corner of Church and Cherry.

Not a bad idea, but in reality just a way to spend more money on a meaningless project. Unless cops are given the OK to, sorry, arrest thugs, all the police substations will make little difference.

Great idea in theory, but as Luna has figured out, Whineberger and his safe-space fellow city councilors are more concerned with finding the Church/Bank street vagrants a place to harass the public, lest they - the so-called city officials - come off as anti-welfare.

The mayor is so enamored of my ideas he has blocked me from his Twitter account. A little sensitive to the truth, mayor?


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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (4/5/17)

I remember dating an ultra Progressive woman who would castigate me if I used the word girl when referring to a woman and how having to worry about language subtleties was completely exhausting. If there's no malicious intent it's just nit picking. I'm 47 and you can call me a boy all you want, I'm young at heart!

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Posted by cresken on 04/06/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (2/1/17)

Martha has it right. The nice guy Republicans who manage statewide electoral success in Vermont can be as extreme as the not so nice Republicans we see elsewhere, given the chance.

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Posted by Michael Long on 02/03/2017 at 9:02 PM

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