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Re: “South Burlington Council Wanted a Say in Burlington Zoning Change

We need regional planning and zoning. It's not okay that South Burlington and South End residents' valid concerns can be ignored just because an invisible boundary line passes between them and the potential problem. Kurt Wright's callousness about the situation is symptomatic. I wonder how he would like it if I moved in next door to him, played loud music audible at all hours in his house, blocked his street with visitors' cars, littered his lawn, peed in his bushes, and when he complains, I say, "So what? The activity isn't on your property."

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 06/19/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Vermont House Adjourns, Senate Remains as Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Deal Collapses

I'm not sure it makes any sense to try to pin the blame on either Ashe or Johnson. They're both to blame. Inability to land a deal with substantial majorities in both houses is inexcusably poor leadership, period. Both Ashe and Johnson have failed us and should be turned out of office.

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 05/26/2019 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Utah Millionaire Abandons Plan for Futuristic Community in Vermont

Yay! I don't care how laudable his goals were. It is undemocratic, arrogant and offensive to suppose that the possession of millions and millions of dollars gives you license to stomp into someone else's neighborhood and remold it to your own vision.

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 06/28/2018 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Smugglers' Notch Distillery Produces Gluten-Free Vodka

All vodka is gluten free, as are all distilled spirits unless gluten is deliberately added after distillation (practically never). This is a ridiculous marketing gimmick. Why are you lending it credence?

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 11/21/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Fiddlehead Overharvesting Worries Conservationists

Commercial harvesting of wild vegetables should not be legal. We prohibit commercial hunting of game and sports fish. Commercial harvesters monopolize the resource, depleting it for everyone else and endangering its continued existence. There are some places the otherwise almighty dollar should not be allowed to go. Access to wild edibles should be preserved for all, not allowed to become the preserve of a few.

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 05/03/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: Anemic Cinema

There is a basic misunderstanding about art underlying this essay. Art's purpose is most assuredly not "to make us see the world in new ways". Seeing the world in new ways may be a side effect of witnessing an effective work of art, but it is not "the purpose" of this most mysterious and human of activities. So far, nobody has managed to come up with a satisfying, comprehensive explanation as to why humans make art, any more than anyone has been able to articulate a workable definition of the word "art". To reduce it intellectually to a single "purpose" is a common mistake caused by desperation at the prospect of grappling with the actual complexity of the thing and the profundity and multiplicity of its roots. Such reductionism is also responsible for the decidedly minor importance of the works produced by those who engage in it, such as the film that is this essay's subject. It's nice, I suppose, that Duchamp could bore and annoy us on purpose, but I certainly don't need to turn to his film to experience these emotions, and, having experienced them, have I really learned much of anything?

Posted by Seth Steinzor on 11/02/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “House Panel Votes to Ban Teacher Strikes

Boo hiss. This kind of repressive nonsense has no place in Vermont. Teachers do the most important job there is, preparing our children to create the future, and how do we reward them? Very poorly. When school boards uniformly and routinely treat teachers with the support and respect they deserve, when communities compensate the people who educate their children in a manner commensurate with the importance and difficulty of the task, and when administrators understand that their sole function is to arrange things so as to enable teachers to do their jobs, then it might be time to forbid teachers to strike for better wages and conditions. Not before. It is a shameful act of aggression against working people to take away their last resort tool against unfairness and oppression. The legislators who voted for this should be ashamed of themselves.

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Posted by Seth Steinzor on 03/17/2015 at 7:16 PM

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