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Leonard Bast 
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Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

Naturally he didn't get prison. He's a wealthy, well-connected member of state government. There is one set of laws for people like him and one set for the rest of us. You can bet that if he had been poor or unconnected to the state establishment he would have seen the inside of a jail cell. Vermont state government: just as corrupt as every other government with ten times the hypocrisy.

21 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 10/17/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

There's a difference between an activist and a crank. An activist, if he has a case to make, would do so through local news media and through proper channels. It's not as if the local authorities around here are deaf to the voices of activists; they bend over backwards for anyone with a cause, and especially so if they perceive the cause to be a liberal/progressive one. A crank, which is what this lunatic is, just takes matters into his own hands and then does something stupid like vandalizing public property. Seven Days should know better than to dignify this old coot with the label "activist." He's an unbalanced zealot, who does the cause he purports to support absolutely no good, as you can see by the right-wing commenters who are out in droves as a result of his lunatic actions. Why hasn't he been arrested?

58 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 10/10/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Jars of CBD-Infused Broth Recalled by Maker

RE J.T. Bedard: It isn't overreach, and it isn't a marijuana issue, as you seem to think. She opened sealed food that had a label of ingredients that had been approved by the USDA, and she purposefully adulterated it. It doesn't matter if she added marijuana or chocolate sprinkles. It's very dangerous and surely criminal.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 10/07/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Pride Center Leader Steps Down, Interim Director Named

The Pride Center lost all credibility in the past year. It will take a long time and a lot of work to rebuild it. I don't envy the person whose job it will be.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 10/06/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Jars of CBD-Infused Broth Recalled by Maker

Isn't tampering with food that has been inspected and labeled by the USDA by unsealing it and adulterating it considered a criminal offense? I have a hard time thinking it isn't. Yet this article presents this as a kind of "innocent mistake, oh well." Am I missing something here?

23 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 10/06/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

With the single exception of Trader Joe's, I am constantly astonished by the lack of good customer service in supermarkets here. I'm not that interested in the grandeur of the store as much as I am in being served by helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and polite people. Trader Joe's always hits it out of the park, but the others not so much.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 09/21/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Milton Students Return to Racial Turmoil

Why would a public school be displaying "culturally diverse symbols" of Islam and Buddhism? That's a clear violation of the separation of church and state. And yet, someone is praising them for this?

18 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 08/31/2017 at 1:38 PM

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