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Re: “Obituary: Alexandra B. Severance, 1946-2016

Alexandra was a delightful customer of mine at The Vitamin Shoppe. We always laughed, hugged and sometimes cried together. She faced her illness with humor, light, bravery, and a humility of the soul. I'm happy to have known her - she touched my heart. Prayers and condolences to her family.

Posted by suzfoodvt on 04/30/2017 at 8:11 PM

Re: “After Decades of Feuding, Is It Time to Disband the Tiny Town of Victory?

The Hatfields and the McCoys. What fun. right out of literature and life. Only in Vt. Last terrible thing I heard about was when a lesbian was the post mistress and they tried to run her out of town by putting a bullet hole thru her photo at the post office. I guess she is not there anymore but dont know for sure. Then they burned a cross on the lawn of an apt. where a black itinerant worker was living. Will it never end????

Posted by Barbara Elzohairy on 04/30/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “McKenzie Releases New Non-GMO Products

Please, rather than printing a press release, dig into this a bit deeper. What GMO ingredients are there in the regular, non-non-GMO beef? Roast beef, salt, and pepper. None of those are even available as GMO products. There is no reference on their website to their not allowing cows to be fed GM crops, because it's not true (and with the markedly higher cost involved, they would advertise that). So you have a greenwashed product with the Non GMO Project stamp that is no different than the product was before the stamp. By McKenzie supporting this labeling, and by Seven Days publicizing it, you are perpetuating the myth of the dangerous GMO, and further dumbing down the discussion of how we are going to feed ourselves sustainable, fairly, and economically.
Oh and that raw milk cheese? I can all but guarantee that contains GMO rennet, which has been exempted from the GMO=evil meme because of the near total reliance of it for one of our most iconic industries.
I expect better. Please report, don't repeat.

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Posted by Terence Bradshaw on 04/30/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

Wow, this is a throwback to the Straddlin' Madeleine years. Let's get a committee to study the committee.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 04/30/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: School Mascot Weirded Out by How Much He Still Means to Man Who Graduated Four Decades Ago

A 'Bear' does have that Gay connotation today that it didn't have 40 years ago.

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Posted by JimM on 04/29/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

Will they be dog friendly like at original spot? Love the Spot

Posted by gab66 on 04/29/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

Yet one more sign of the gentrification of Burlington. Pretty soon no artists will be able to afford a studio in the south end. This is how it always goes. First the artists move in to the cheap, rundown areas of cities, they make it cool and revived through art and events that bring fresh energy, people and business, then the real estate and development vultures move in, buy up the property, raise the rents, kick out the artists, and soon you will have an unaffordable, gentrified neighborhood with none of the same energy that revived it in the first place. The same thing happened in Soho, NYC and elsewhere.... How lame of this landlord to hide behind his lawyer, instead of communicating directly with his artist tenants.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 04/29/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

Bernard and Jane Sanders are both frauds and opportunists. I would so love to see them both behind bars.

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Posted by Susan J. on 04/29/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Scorns Scott on Teacher Health Care

I think I'd feel at least a little better about the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature if they just came out and admitted that they are owned by the state employees union and the teachers union. Owned. Can't we just get that open secret out on the table and move on?

A statewide health care negotiation for the teachers makes 100% perfect sense. There is no rational argument to be made against it. And it's absolutely laughable that the Democratic leadership in the Legislature says they "don't have time" to address that issue. Laughable.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/29/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

If only Jane Sanders had created a foundation, say the Jane Sanders Foundation, and used that to funnel money then she'd be a viable candidate for the democratic nomination.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 04/29/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “A Food Writer Relearns How to Eat Sans Gallbladder

Thanks for your article-I've had gallstones for years but my body has announced it's time to get the gallbladder out! The description of your experience is helpful. I kind I would go right back to work after surgery-you helped me understand that I'm going to have to figure out how to take some time off! Thanks.

Posted by Susan Lambe on 04/29/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

I respect Ann Pugh for her fair stance on not blocking the bill. I thank Oliver Olsen for his support. This bill when passed will effectively give low income Vermonters and those who do not qualify or cannot afford to buy for medicinal use fair access to cannabis. This bill when passed will also lower the effect that the black market imports have on personal use consumers. This puts money currently being spent spent in the black market, back into the pockets of Vermonters to be spent in the current economy. I hope the Senate acts quickly to pass H.170 this year. This is a good first step to normalizing the use of this non toxic plant. Let's move forward and overcome the lies told to us by our government for over 75 years.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 04/29/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

I don't understand why people are equating Jane Sanders with her husband but I'm glad the FBI is investigating her possible crimes. Bernie Sanders is a great man, and it sounds like Jane Sanders is quite the opportunist. You can be married to a criminal without being a criminal yourself. It is possible Bernie was doing his job and not involved in the details of Jane Sanders machinations to line her daughter's pockets.

To me it sounds like she needs to be fined and jailed. But no matter what happens to Jane Sanders, I will always support Bernie Sanders and be grateful for his hard work on behalf of America.

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Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “House Republicans Pull Their Support for Budget Plan

I cannot believe this liberal progressive is rooting for all the republican legislators in Vermont. It is a sad turn of events when I find myself supporting our republican governor and republican legislators who are desperately trying to enact a brilliant plan that will save taxpayers a huge amount of money. Please call your legislator, it is disgusting to watch my elected democratic and progressive representatives work harder for the NEA lobbyists than they do for Vermonters. School boards need help fighting the NEA's endless demands and a statewide contract is an excellent solution to lowering our property taxes.

Vermont pays more per student than any other state in the nation. Vermont democrats, why are you doing nothing to address this serious problem? The teachers demand more money each year to teach fewer students. This only makes sense in the offices of the VT NEA accountants. Thank you republicans for doing the right thing and standing up to the teacher's union, and shame on all the democrats for their political cowardice.

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Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

I thank representative Pugh for allowing the VT House to vote, but she claims not to feel any urgency to pass legalization as more and more states and countries that border Vermont have already legalized marijuana? I certainly feel the urgency as a taxpayer watching all that revenue go down the drain. And as a reasonable human being because I don't want Vermont to become the Florida of the Northeast.

Legalizing marijuana is decades overdue and moreover it is the morally right thing to do. Drunk driving is a serious problem; opiate abuse is a serious problem; tobacco smoking is a serious problem. Legalizing relatively benign marijuana is only a problem in the minds of uninformed or misinformed Vermont legislators.

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Posted by Penelope on 04/29/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

I think there are a few studios currently available at They charge $200/month.

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Posted by Steve Mermelstein on 04/29/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

M. Ferrer: Jane Sanders also seemingly used the Burlington College funds at her disposal to bring on the infamous Jonathan Leopold, a former Bernie henchman at City Hall and mastermind of the Burlington Telecom fraud that disenfranchised Burlington voters under the feckless Mayor Bob Kiss Administration, by installing him on the Board of Directors to likely help with the creative financing that was occurring. The modus operandi was similar to what you bring up with the Driscoll daughter in that Leopold's son Jesse was also enriched with his capitalistic endeavors with a Leopold family owned resort in the Bahamas that was used as a 'classroom' for a Burlington College 3-credit Spring Break course in what amounted to Snorkeling and Marine Photography.
These Bernsheviks sure hit the Proletariat Jackpot when it came to BC. It should not be difficult for the FBI to follow the money in this case.

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Posted by JimM on 04/29/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

The listless legislature. Let's make progress on sensible drug policy. We need leadership, and for these folks to follow the will of the people. A statewide referendum - if it were allowed - would have settled this years ago. Freedom and unity.

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Posted by clamjam22 on 04/29/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

If Jane Sanders diverted college funds to her daughter's school, then her potential criminality related to any false claims made to support a college-development loan could pale.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/29/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “FBI Continues to Investigate Jane Sanders’ Burlington College Land Deal

Only the fat cows of VT ( and their are a lot of them) admire the FRAUD Sanders clan, sucking on the govt all his life to finance his 3 homes. Good socialist. Deport these thieves to north Korea.

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Posted by John Pallyswine on 04/29/2017 at 7:37 AM

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