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Re: “BTV Loses Its Only International Commercial Flight

The lowered value of the Canadian dollar -- now less than 70 cents U.S. -- certainly cannot be dismissed as a factor in the sharp decline in Canadians flying form Toronto to Burlington. But let's face it: The poisoned political climate in Washington has had an even greater effect. There have been fewer Canadians crossing the border to the U.S. for the past two years, as trade relations between the U.S. and Canada have deteriorated since Donald Trump took office.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 12/04/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “The Hate Debate

Seven Days columnist Peter Kurth wasn't the only one targeted by "Mr. Happy" John Long with emails accusing him of being a pedophile. I, too, was targeted in that manner. From December 1998 to January 2002, I was a weekend overnight DJ at WNCS (The Point). Long sent emails to my bosses at The Point in 2000 accusing me of being a pedophile. Unlike Kurth, however, I struck back at Long with a lawsuit against him for defamation. I won the lawsuit -- which cost Long his Channel 15 show -- but I had no illusions about ever collecting damages from him. Eighteen years later, I still haven't.

Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/19/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Moneyball: Will Outside Money Flood Vermont Again?

With the Burlington Free Press laying off its veteran photographer Glenn Russell after 25 years with the paper -- and coming on the heels of news that its print circulation has fallen to just under 13,000 daily and barely 16,000 Sunday -- one wonders how much longer the Freeps' parent company, Gannett, will continue to tolerate the Burlington daily's seemingly endless losses.

It has to be especially galling to the folks at the Free Press that the paper is no longer Vermont's largest. That title now clearly belongs to Seven Days, with 36,000 -- nearly three times that of the Free Press' daily edition and more than twice that of the Sunday edition.

By now, it should be quite apparent that the Free Press is losing money -- lots of it -- and that it's no longer a question of IF Gannett will either turn the Freeps into an online-only news outlet or shut it down altogether, but WHEN.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 06/10/2018 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Loving Day Vermont Celebrates Interracial Relationships

As an American of mixed African-American and Native American (Choctaw) descent -- and who is openly bisexual -- I can say without fear of contradiction that were it not for the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision on interracial marriages, the Supreme Court's equally landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling on same-sex marriages would never had been possible. While the justices were split 5-4 on Obergefell -- as opposed to the unanimous 9-0 decision in Loving -- there was simply no way that the court could have gone the other way in the latter without repudiating the former. For me personally, the fact the Loving Day coincides with LGBT Pride Month is even sweeter.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 06/10/2018 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Reading Thomas William Hibler's comment about how members of the Vermont Democratic referred to Sen. David Zuckerman rather derisively as "The Ponytail" left me felling a mixture of amusement and outrage. Amusement because it was the late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne who gave Zuckerman his nickname, "Ponytail Dave" -- and Zuckerman took it as a tongue-in-cheek compliment. Outrage because there are some Democrats of a certain age who seem to have a problem with people whose appearance reminds them of who they were and what they did in the '60s and '70s (Read: Hippies). Too bad.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/28/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Vermont's Progressives and Democrats Have Uneasy Ties

Fusion politics are not unique to Vermont. Just look across Lake Champlain to New York, where there have been fusion tickets between the Democratic and Liberal parties for decades. Likewise in New York, there have been fusion tickets between the Republican and Conservative parties (Although that alliance was strained in 1968 by James Buckley, who, running exclusively as a Conservative, defeated both Democrat Richard Ottinger and incumbent Republican Charles Goodell for the state's junior U.S. Senate seat. Ironically, Goodell, in an extremely rare occurrence in New York politics, also ran as the Liberal Party nominee).

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 08/25/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “A Reporter Gathers With the Rainbow Family

I loved reading Mark Davis' report on the Rainbow Gathering near Mount Tabor ("Happy Campers," June 29). Having been to four previous Rainbow Gatherings since 1985, the traditional Rainbow greeting -- "Welcome Home!" -- had special meaning for me this year, as this was my first Rainbow Gathering in my home state, having lived in Vermont for 22 years; I still haven't quite come down from the emotional and spiritual high I experienced at the Gathering's Peace Circle on the Fourth of July.

I'm a 63-year-old African-American who came of age during the heyday of the original "flower children" of the late '60s and early '70s. The hippies I first encountered at New York's Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village as a 17-year-old in the summer of 1970 forever altered the course of my life; I've been a hippie in my heart and soul ever since.

It was at the 1985 Rainbow Gathering in Missouri that I met a gay French-Canadian Rainbow from Montreal with whom I had a relationship that lasted 21 years until we amicably parted in 2006. At this year's Gathering, I reconnected with a friend I had not seen in 20 years, a friend whom I had a huge crush on -- and, unbeknownst to me 20 years ago, had an equally huge crush on me.

And although I've never had children, I nonetheless came face to face during the Peace Circle with a young man who bore such an uncanny resemblance to my teen-aged self that I was overwhelmed with the feeling that he could have been my son -- or even my grandson, as he was just 18.

There's a reason why they're called the Rainbow Family. And I thank God they're still here after almost half a century.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 07/07/2016 at 3:07 PM

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