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Re: “ABC Café & Pub

The blues jams, first Wednesday of each month, are really amazing. Who would have known there are so many talented blues musicians in Vermont!

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/03/2016 at 5:32 PM

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Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

In my years at UVM--1963 to 1967--the student body was nearly 100 percent white, and Kake Walk was so prominent that very few people of color would even think of applying. A tiny handful of us protested the event in 1963--the same small group protesting the Vietnam war and the ROTC requirement. The numbers of protesters vastly increased by 1967, but we faced massive resistance from wealthy alumni donors who threatened to cut off funds. In 1969, UVM finally did the right thing, but took a huge financial hit as a result.

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Steve Carlson on 02/11/2019 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Would you pay 26 percent tax for weed you could buy in a Vermont store?

It has taken so long to legalize weed that I'm happy to help make it work by paying reasonable taxes, and since it's a luxury, 26 percent seems reasonable. It would be great if the taxes support education, care for at-risk youth, help for people who are addicted to substances or activities, and other worthwhile causes. I would assume that the tax would not apply to medical marijuana--anything that raises the cost of health care is unacceptable.

Posted by Steve Carlson on 11/27/2018 at 2:57 PM

Re: “For Vermont's Sheriffs, Policing Is a Lucrative Business

Interesting article. One question, given the overall theme that the office of sheriff has very little oversight or accountability. It is my understanding that the ONLY function of the high bailiff in each county is to arrest the sheriff if that becomes necessary. Has any sheriff actually ever been arrested by a high bailiff?

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steve Carlson on 09/05/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Debut Novel by Matthys Levy Shows How Buildings Rise and Fall

Thanks for your thorough, insightful review!

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/15/2018 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Vermont AG: It's Illegal for Businesses to 'Gift' Marijuana

I'm all for legalized marijuana, but have to agree that anybody using "gift" as a verb is committing a crime against the English language.

13 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Steve Carlson on 07/23/2018 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Media Note: Top Burlington Free Press Editor Fired After Controversial Tweets

In 1970, when I was Free Press Capitol Bureau Chief, I was married to a staffer for Phil Hoff's Senate campaign. One day my editor, Gordon Mills, called me into the office to say he had received complaints that I was driving to events with a Hoff sticker on my car. But, I pointed out, it was my wife's car, so of course she had a Hoff sticker on it, and if I were paid more, I could buy my own car without a sticker. Not surprisingly, I lost the argument. The Freeps, regardless of any other strengths or weaknesses, has always had a strict policy separating personal and editorial opinions, and I for one am glad to see it is still enforced, at least in this case!

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Steve Carlson on 01/09/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “A Never-Ending Home Construction Project Vexes a Queen City Hood

I don't see how the neighbors are harmed by this. Their kids might get hurt if they trespass? I thought it was the job of parents to take care of their kids and teach them better values. And how does any of this harm the city? The owner has been paying massive property taxes and other fees for all of these years. It's hard to guess why the owner would be paying so much money for property not being used, but Burlington taxpayers should be grateful for his generosity!

48 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Steve Carlson on 06/14/2017 at 4:30 PM

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