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Re: “Album Review: Tiffany Couture, 'She Still Rises'

I've known Tiffany and her family my whole life. Her great grandmother and my mother we're best friends. I was one of the many people who where at the airport the day Tiffany arrived in her little pink dress. She has been loved by so many people. She has grown into such a beautiful singer and person.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Karen Alarie on 10/12/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “All the Traditions

What was the name before Hunts 1976

Posted by skip on 09/24/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Album Review: Lord Silky, 'We Used to Be Friends'

This isn't funny! Someone put some marijuanas in my coffee one morning and I went all loopy. I think it was one of my grandboys. They're always listening to this Lord Silkies band....

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Meemaw Rees on 08/02/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Album Review: Chad Hollister Band, 'Stop the World'

Wow! .... Jordan.....Wow-- I will try to keep this commentary classy because that rule obviously does not apply to your review. I did some due diligence on you. I wanted to make sure I was not judging you on a bad break up, boil lanced kinda day. However, I think you were having a bad day!

I PROMISE not to make this too cumbayaee, rainbowie or cabbage patch cuddly. His splendidly, I mean Splenda, no I mean Truvia like positive flair might be too tough for you to take. I am sure your horror show negative Nellie lyrics would be insightful.

Along with VPR, 2000+ screaming fans at Battery park, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, ZZ Top, Blues Traveler, and his 10 co-creating musicians.. I am a Chad Hollister fan. BTW-historical incredibly successful band analogies are an insult?

It sounds like he may not be your cup of Techno but seriously-- your RUDE! As a critic, is your goal to humiliate yourself. Thanks for the " Its vibrant horn and string arrangements are detailed and compelling. The guitar tones are perfectly calibrated, Hollister's vocals are strong and pristine, and an overall sheen suggests quality craftsmanship in the studio." However your "saccharine Schlock rock and diabetic coma ensuing comments-- REALLY? They pay you for that?

Your mommy issues bleed thru in this review and if you listened past your wax filled earbuds you might hear something that warms your callous soul We all feel the same about him. If you could hear past your Fox News reality show that was your spew, this was a despicable review of a successful local.

Todays tip REWIND & REPEAT! Try this one again! The masses that follow the Burlington born musician Chad Hollister around New England and this country disagree with your very inexperienced ear.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Deb Glottmann on 07/25/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Utah Phillips' Caboose Heads to Train Museum

If you'd like to help with this project to restore the 'caboose'and turn it into a museum for Utah Phiillips, Duncan Phillips has a donation page at

Posted by Stephen Pilcher on 07/08/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Utah Phillips' Caboose Heads to Train Museum

amazing cartoon story/artwork; what a great part of Vermont and musical history to be preserved...
those philo recordings of all three of them still hold up to anything made today...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Spencer Lewis on 07/08/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

I'm willing to guess the author has never owned a business. He may have no idea what it's like to put your time money and sweat on the line, to value hard work and self worth when creating something out of nothing. Business owners don't get to punch out when the day is done so it's not as simple to just take other peoples advice as he ignorantly implies. No business owner in their right mind would roll over to appease such garbage opinion or all the toxic trauma drama happening around this. And yet, he did tread into violent toxic water and listen, and talk to non violent people, and he did make a change. This article is entitled, intolerant, and attempting to turn what another flawed human (get over yourself no one is perfect or 100% correct) created into some kind of monstrous disaster through toxic wording and hypothesizing. This article is violent and makes me want to flea this witch hunting small town mentality. If I could, I would post a picture of Cartman screaming, "you will respect my authoritah!" Bc thats how commical this attempt at "opinion" is. Try using a mirror sometime. Those of us who are human and make mistakes, sometimes actually learn from them when we have the time to come to new perspectives through the process of healing. This opinion denies that important healing process and right of being an ever evolving human, making mistakes and growing, for the sake of an egotistical stunt. Boring and lame.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Maya Piorkowska on 07/07/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Album Review: Ben Dunham, 'Backline Collective'

The tag on this article for Ben is spelled incorrectly. It says Ben Durham, but should be "Ben Dunham".

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ann-Marie Lilley on 06/28/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Am I the only one who feels like all of this could have easily been avoided if Craig had just been a decent person and *listened* to the trans community and allies in the very beginning? It seems like this became much more complicated than it needed to be.

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by RedSoxRule45 on 06/21/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Why have you taken down all of the offending information off of the Facebook page and GoFundMe?

Did someone buy you off to do it? Money seems to be the only thing you care about. Definitely not the trans* community....

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Lindsay on 06/21/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Though this was a music column..

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Spit Jack on 06/20/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Here is a message I sent to Craig on March 2, 2017: (I never got a response)

Hi Craig,

I hope this finds you well. I am very sorry for the intensity of what you are going through.

I attended the town hall this evening and was beyond emotional with the Trans communities pain. The name you have chosen is offensive to them, period. I know you never meant any Ill intent and if anything you were being inclusive. The fact of the matter is a very large group as well as the Pride center are choosing to condemn and boycott your new establishment.

I know I have no right in asking this. But would you consider re naming the bar along with a letter stating you hear and understand the Trans community need to feel safe and was not aware of the impact the name had.

I think you are going to be very successful. I believe the choice of renaming the bar is an act of solidarity. It also shows we are human and can listen. We are all in this together and I want nothing but the best for you. Please think about it. It is a tough position but I do believe things have a way of bringing us all together. You have an opportunity to show Vermont how we as a community protect and stand by each other.

Much love and light,


9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Toms on 06/20/2017 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Craig?!? I don't support trans folks?! I am trans folks. I haven't organized. I haven't ever made an anonymous comment. I've always tried to be cited by name in print and on the radio. I have no affiliation with any formal group or agenda. I have never bullied nor suggested action from anyone else. I have spoken my mind from the beginning. I'm not representing trans people or a trans agenda. I freaking AM a trans woman, and yes, I would feel unsafe in your establishment. That's all to do with your choices and nothing to do with any wormtongue whispering in my ear. It's because of your repeated actions.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rachel Young on 06/19/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

A friendly reminder that Buffalo Wild Wings affirms all gender expressions and identities, also half-priced wings on Tuesdays at participating locations.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BDubsCorporate on 06/19/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

I took Craig's advice and looked at his long explanation on MS's Facebook page. I found more of the same self-righteous proclamations but without the word limit. HOWEVER, I also found this:

"Trans leaders in the community would confidentially support me but didn't dare to publicly stand up to this mob...and I don't blame them. Even the Pride Center confidentially said, "we have as much trouble dealing with these people as you do". SHUT IT DOWN was the mission."

SEVENDAYS, please investigate this allegation: the Pride Center has been painfully weak on their support of the trans* community and this would be a VERY low blow indeed.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by FriendsandWoes on 06/19/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Craig, we are trans folks speaking up for our own personal dignity. You own a bar that is named an epithet for us. An epithet that people have hurled at me (and others commenting here) in Burlington, at LGBT nights and events because they don't want trans women to be safe/welcome/included. That you still refuse to grasp this and instead accuse people of conspiracy and some "agenda" and bullying is something else.

Your bar is named an epithet, you have demonstrated you do not care, and you accuse people hurt by it of bullying you and having an agenda. That is the current situation.

14 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kelly Cardigan on 06/19/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

"There's also something among these comments that's so infuriating, it really shows that you folks are much more concerned with your agenda and trying to bully people into your ideology than you are with the very people you claim to represent."

Craig, you are the only one here who has claimed to represent anyone other than themselves as you are a cis, white man claiming to represent the trans community. Everyone else has simply represented how your actions have made them feel.

HINT: "your ideology" = being treated like human beings who deserve respect.

And, yes, it is more important to most people to be treated with respect than to drink at a bar.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by IDrinkWhereIWant on 06/19/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

"You don't care about trans people, you just care about yourself," the cisgender man said to the transgender women.

Then his bar closed and everyone lived happily ever after.

The End

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Elena Littlebug on 06/19/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

There are so many false narratives in the article and among these comments that it's laughable. I met with the pride center, there's no hate on the Mister Sister Facebook page, the comments deleted were either false statements or insanely derogatory or threatening. No one said that the trans town hall couldn't be recorded. It was a public meeting. Although considering the content, I'd be concerned that it was recorded as well.
Rachel, I'm not upset that "you" have chosen to go elsewhere. I'm upset that "you" (and your mob) have chosen to lie, label, insult, threaten and bully myself and others to the point where people have literally been made to fear coming to Mister Sister. Many times hidden behind anonymous profiles while you call out people by name and even where they work.
There's also something among these comments that's so infuriating, it really shows that you folks are much more concerned with your agenda and trying to bully people into your ideology than you are with the very people you claim to represent. You don't support trans folks, you support yourselves.
There's a very thorough post on the Mister Sister Facebook page that fully explains my feelings regarding what's going on here. See the shamefully anonymous "jeanlou" comment for the link.

6 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/18/2017 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

I'm so perplexed by the support for MS in this thread. Craig has actively eliminated all opportunities for dissent and discussion on any page he controls - each time he left discussions open until he realized they would not go his way. He and Maura actively work to discredit and demean any negative reports. With their own comments, though, which you'll notice, are left open for this purpose.

He and his surrogates recorded the town hall after the group specifically asked that this not happen. Early on, when he WAS engaging more freely, he specifically stated that people who were unhappy with his choices should simply go elsewhere. We've chosen to do exactly that, yet are cited as a primary reason for his money trouble. Then, when this is pointed out, we're called arrogant for thinking that our lack of patronage might be impacting the bottom line. Y'all are a mess of contradiction...

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rachel Young on 06/18/2017 at 1:48 PM

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