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Re: “Winooski Bistro's Bacon Sign Ignites Internet Storm

I tried to give an analogy recently to explain why I thought it was just good neighborly behavior of Sneakers to take down the sign.
Imagine you have a compost pile in your yard, you don't find the smell particularly offensive and it's good for the environment.
Go you!
But your neighbor comes up to you and says, I REALLY don't like the smell of your compost pile, could you get rid of it?
"NO!" You say, "Never! My property means I can do whatever I want! You're a jerky mean anti-environmentalist! Freedom, freedom, constitution etc!!"
Can you see how absurd that would have been of Sneakers? A local establishment in a city that is pretty liberal, extremely diverse and all around pretty darn nice to each other.
Instead we can deal with our more sensitive neighbor by simply offering, "Hey neighbor who has different tolerance levels than myself, what if I moved it as far from our property line as I can? This way you don't have to smell it and I can still have my compost pile."
Basically, this is what Sneakers did. They thought it made more sense to take the darn sign down then bother getting into some kind of ridiculous and trite bickering feud over it.
They may very well replace it with a sign that says "Break for Breakfast" and everybody can just go back to what they were doing BEFORE picked up the story.
They didn't stop serving bacon, they didn't close their doors in haste, fearing their existence might cause too much contention. They just took the f**king sign down and moved on with their lives. Kudos to them. Can't we just leave them alone?

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Posted by Jo Robin on 08/25/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Protester Arrested After Chaining Herself to HQ

Hands down, awesome action. Sign me up to help "defend a livable planet." Cheers to Mehalik and to any protesters who follow in her bravery.

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Posted by Jo Robin on 05/27/2014 at 3:35 PM

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