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Leonard Bast 
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Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

The First Amendment states that the federal government cannot abridge your right to the exercise of free speech, and the Fourteenth Amendment applies that to the state governments. No one has a constitutional right to free speech with regard to their employer, though in some states there are statutes of varying content that offer some limited protections (Vermont is not one of them). Anyone who expresses extreme views, especially hateful views directed at minority groups, and who works in a business serving the public will, of necessity, be fired. Even in states with some protections the employer will find some other way. It's just that simple. Making into something bigger is meaningless sophistry. This young man is the embodiment of ignorance and foolishness, if for no other reason (and there are actually many other reasons, as his own words attest) than that he does not understand this simple fact.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 08/16/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Winooski Gay Bar Once Known as Mister Sister Has Closed

The Pride Center and a few social justice warriors, ever on the look-out for even the slightest hint of offense, got what they wanted. They managed through their never-ending outrage to get our only gay bar in years closed down. I wonder if the so-called "Pride" Center is proud of the good day's work they have done. But remember, this "Pride" Center: I am gay, and you do not speak for me, and I will never again support you in word or donation. Ever.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 07/25/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “A South Burlington Grad Reflects on Renaming the Rebels

An intelligent and courageous young man who stood up to hatred and ignorance and never flinched. Maybe there's hope for this nation yet.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/29/2017 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Rocket Erotic Offers Positive Sex Ed With Its Toys

In an age when you can buy anything you want on the Internet, it's good to see a good old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" sex store, even of the "pop-up" variety. We need more places in Vermont where people can buy sex toys. More sex toys and more people buying them in real stores!

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/28/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Vermont's 'Biggest' Pill Dealer Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

Here's an idea, Seven Days . . . forgo the slick graphic that glamorizes this scumbag as if he were some kind of bad-boy rock-star, antihero.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Leonard Bast on 05/23/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “South Burlington School Budget Voted Down for Second Time

What is South Burlington anyway? A big, tacky suburb with the world's worst mall parked right in the middle. Who cares what their high school mascot is.

23 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 04/07/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Trump’s Vermont Campaign Director Gets Job in New Admin

It's interesting and shocking to see the actual face of a person who wants to take away my health insurance. Disgusting.

29 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 03/11/2017 at 6:58 AM

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