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Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

Why Martin , if the snowflakes have their way , EVERYONE will eventually get their own commission because we are ALL aggrieved . And then we can a apply to be executive director of these boondoggles . I won't rest until this occurs . I'm sure it pays well .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/13/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

Correction VCW is not independent.

The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. It is funded by the tax payers of Vermont. No such similar Government Commission exists for Men, Boys, LGBT, Black, Brown etc..

Can you say Equal Rights?

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Posted by Martin on 12/13/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Becoming Americans: New Vermonters Recall Their Pathways to Citizenship

This is very life affirming, which is especially welcome during these challenging times. Best of luck to all of our new citizens.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/29/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

@Sebastien -- your comments are so right on! Thank you. Kids love playing dress up and having fun -- and no doubt that's all they saw or thought of (except for the stories being read to them) while there.

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Posted by DeeBee on 10/27/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

To the guy who who owns Madonna Auto Repair: Papa, don't preach! You need to get into the groove and see the ray of light. You're causing a commotion, when it would be easier to just open your heart. Be happy you can live to tell this story! Be careful, or everybody will dress you up and make you express yourself!

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Posted by Tom A. on 10/27/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

If you have a problem with Drag Queens reading stories to your kids the simple answer is this.. don't bring them there...

I live in Jeffersonville, and I'm glad to see this taking place! :)

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Posted by Craig Rigby on 10/26/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

I take my children to several story times a week. They are all heterosexual storytimes, as far as I can tell, although recently there was an Elsa storytime (this is a Disney princess, dressed in an elaborate princess costume, somehow different from a drag queen.)
I did take my kids to drag queen story hour and I was excited to do so. Emoji and Nikki were dressed almost exactly like Disney princesses and the kids there were captivated by them. Sexuality was not discussed. To my 2 year daughter it was just a couple of extremely beautiful characters reading her stories and making crafts and she couldn't have loved it more. She still has no idea of the LGBTQ agenda. She has no idea there are people frantically penning their oppositions to front porch forums in consideration of her well being.
She's just fine, thank you.
And what I found the most heartwarming about the DQSH I witnessed was the families there that I don't see my regular storyhour. Families that fall under the LGBTQ spectrum whose children might not fully understand their dynamics yet; Emoji and Nikki provided a mirror that is so rare and so necessary and valuable.
Personally I can't thank them enough. I can't wait for the next one.

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Posted by female hetero parent on 10/25/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

I implore all citizens to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour and witness the inclusivity and thoughtfulness surrounding this event. And I echo all points Sebastien made here. LN, a black heterosexual woman, conducts a story hour at the Varnum Memorial Library every Thursday at 10am. She'd love to see you there - unless you also have issues with women or people of color reading to children too. xo - Cheap Slut #2

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Posted by Justin Marsh on 10/25/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

@CITIZEN - I'm not sure why drag queens reading to children in a library has you thinking about sex and sexuality, but that's something you should reconcile with yourself. I can assure you that children seeing people dressed up reading to them doesn't make them start thinking about sex, just like going to Disney and seeing employees dressed up as characters doesn't make people think about sex. You're obviously reaching for something to be upset about regarding the LGBTQ community, and it's unfortunate that you've chosen an event that promotes reading, inclusiveness, and fun to get so worked up over. As for "when is heterosexual story day?" Basically every other time someone reads at the library. Heterosexuals still have quite the stronghold on most all aspects of society, so I don't know why you have such fear of losing that. As far as saying they look like "cheap sluts," I think you are again just being rotten for the sake of being rotten, and it's sad. Lastly, yes, I think mental health should be spoken about, although it's that of people who choose to attack communities doing good for their citizens that should truly be examined. Good day.

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Posted by Sébastien on 10/25/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

Why cant sexuality stay in the bedroom and more importantly why is the LBGQT community so hell bent on forcing their lifestyle down the throats of not only children that are to young to be thinking about sex but everyone else in America. Im fine with people making choices about sexuality but why does it have to be so public. If I as a parent want to talk to my kids about different sexualitys that is one thing but for a public library to open its doors for activities like this is outrageous. When is heterosexual story day please let me know so I can bring my kids to that. And maybe the LBGQT community should send representatives that dont look like cheap sluts. Instead of talking about sex it might be time the library sponsors a time to talk to children about mental heath it might be more effective in addressing inclusiveness.

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Posted by citizen on 10/25/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

DETAIL WORKS is far more than a job! Not all young people are fortunate to have had an appreciated experiential learning---IMHO, Detail Works sure seems like they have a good/successful handle on helping a number of them with polishing (!!!!) social & work related skills, getting on-track and/or catching up, and helping them help themselves find opportunities to move on up the ladder in a healthy, supportive & concerned environment. We all started somewhere---sincere congratulations to all who help make it work! ;-)

Posted by NY Jack on 09/26/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Tractors, Tools and Trinkets: Collectors Swarm the CRACK Show

An unfortunate acronym, perhaps.

Posted by The Oracle on 08/30/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “A UVM Migration Scholar Talks Refugee Resettlement

Understanding the complexities of resettlement, both structurally and personally, is an important part of the overall narrative. Regretfully, the national narrative is often built on fear and little appreciation of what resettlement means in communities--both challenges and opportunities. The work of professor Bose is critically important, along with the good work of so many refugee resettlement service providers, churches and teachers in Burlington and beyond. May Vermont remain a shining light in our embracing of who some call "other" and keep in mind that God hath made of one blood all peoples of the earth. Excellent article. BL, Lyndonville

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Posted by Bill Laramee on 08/24/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “In Vermont, a Somali Bantu Youth Finds His Voice

A community that used to live in southern Somalia was named Somali Bantu." Throughout their history, Somali Bantus faced discrimination from the people of Somalia, so did they cope with it? This article talks about the real history of Somali Bantus, their appearance, their lifestyle, and their lives among Somalis. Before the Civil War, they led very respectable and decent lives, but the Somali Civil War changed this. The civil war of the 1990s was used as a pretext to steal their land and property; during the war, many Bantus were beaten and murdered. They were treated like animals, and their rights were violated. The women were raped and even killed if they showed any resistance. The Bantus were scared of Somalis, and thats why they didnt stand up to them. The people of Somalia had taken everything from them. They migrated to Kenya, and many of the Bantu in refugee camps applied for asylum in the United States. They were officially classified as "persecuted," and then the United States opened its doors in 2003 to settle many of the Bantu.
see more at -

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Posted by thebest on 07/30/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Wasn't there an article on Spectrum doing detailing for police cars? There is a picture of an ambulance in the comic. From what I understand, working vehicles need to be in tip top shape, so there is a good client base! Do they do fire trucks too? I know fire trucks need a lot of cleaning and care. I bet the youths get to meet some great leaders and role models on the job! I also know that some teens come to fear police officers, or might be nervous of people in positions of power and authority. Getting a "thank you, you did a great job!" from a police officers builds trust and a positive relationship, and shows both parties that they can get along and contribute positively to a community they may not have always trusted.

Posted by Ms. E on 07/16/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Thanks for the comment, Buddy. The car detailing business was started precisely to do what you suggest - provide on-the-job training so that our teens can get (and keep) jobs. As you see in the first panel, we were finding that while we could get our youth jobs very easily, they needed more support in learning how to keep them. Alongside the ins and outs of the business itself, we use a proven curriculum that focuses on things like attendance, appearance, and attitude - all things youth need to get and keep a job, and the car detailing business gives them the space and coaching to practice all of these skills before moving on to jobs in the community.

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Posted by Sarah Woodard on 07/07/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “With Imam Leaving, Colchester Mosque at Crossroads

So Fort Ethan Allen is now owned by Muslins?
I would be very weary of giving away our history to any group that starts out all nice an peaceful then once gets big enough imposes their will .....its happening all over the world today an has been for 100s of years

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Posted by Scott Bashaw on 07/07/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Didn't several car detailing places in the area close recently? Seems to me this non profit could better spend their donations on job training for skills that will help those teens get actual jobs.

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Posted by buddy on 07/05/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “With Imam Leaving, Colchester Mosque at Crossroads

I am not Muslim, but I really enjoyed reading this and learning a bit about the community here in Vermont. Regardless the faith, it is a great loss when a talented teacher leaves to continue work elsewhere. I will pray that your Mosque continues to grow and thrive and that the next leader will be exactly what you need.

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Posted by Dress for Success Burlington on 06/22/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “South End Arts Community Loses an Unlikely Champion

I remember meeting Mick when I was photographing in the area for the Plan BTV South End planning project... he wondered what I was doing, and when he learned that I was not "inspecting" for issues or violations, invited me onto his property, told me stories, introduced me to his dogs, and described how he'd invited the graffiti artists to decorate the many trailers on the property to help dissuade them from spray painting on the buildings in the neighborhood. He gave me free rein to wander around and view the various relics scattered about, while cautioning me to stay off of the adjoining railroad property. RIP, Mick.

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Posted by pianopix on 06/15/2017 at 3:24 PM

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