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Published October 28, 2009 at 6:26 a.m.

Kiss Off

I’m angered in the revelation that the City of Burlington lent $17 million to Burlington Telecom, in apparent violation of city charter and state regulations [“Fair Game,” October 14]. The obscure circumstances under which this transaction took place questions both the intellectual capacity of city officials like Leopold and elected politicians like Bob Kiss. While I’ve voted for Kiss in the past, his backing of Leopold and the mess of BT’s finances guarantee that I will not be voting for him in the future. The sooner Leopold is fired the better. I regret to say it, but Burlington needs a change, temporary or permanent, and to kick the Progs out of the mayor’s office.

Daniel Sanchez


The Real Monster

This is outrageous for Monster Energy to be picking on Rock Art brewing company like this [“Side Dishes: Monster Mash,” October 7]. They obviously have nothing better to do than find people to sue ... It’s lawyers like this that ruin this country and its creativity, so I say support Rock Art and the extra $$ they’ll have to pay lawyers to fight this by buying a sixer at your local gas station and then ask that gas station to stop selling Monster energy drinks. I say Monster is going to get a real Vermonster on their hands now that they messed with a great local business in our small and beloved state!

Kristin Ackerson


(Editor’s note: This conflict has been resolved. Due to public outcry, Hansen Beverage dropped its claims against Rock Art Brewery of Morrisville.)

Too Much Text

Sorry, but your new redesign is unappealing. Too much text crammed onto each page using smaller type is difficult to read or scan, and ultimately is overwhelming. I predict you will lose some readers over this. I don’t need color on every page; I need readability through a good layout. The former long and narrow page size also worked better than the new short and wide format, which is thick and cumbersome and tends to slide off a lap. I hope you will rethink these design changes, as you have a great newspaper with interesting and informative content.

Ann Owen


Font of Wisdom?

I agree that the magazine format is easier to hold, but the problem is the print size. It’s too small.

I have to strain to read the text, which doesn’t make it a pleasure to read Seven Days any longer.

Please consider increasing the font size.

Polly Ellerbe


Teeny Tiny Type

The new Seven Days print format may indeed be “easier to hold,” but it’s much harder to read. Teeny tiny type is fine for calendar entries and letters, but for feature articles and columns it is just tedious. I’ll bet the percentage of readers who actually make it to the end of your articles has just gone down.

Tom Daley


Tweak It

Sorry guys, I’m struggling with the new format. Typeface is too small to read, can’t read the page numbers, the middle “pullout” section is confusing, and the newspaper is heavy to hold. Also, I couldn’t pull it out of the wooden Seven Days bin it was stuffed into! Hope you can do some tweaking.

Liz Wilson

Essex, N.Y.

(Editor’s note: In columns and feature stories, we have bumped the point size back up to the previous size. We are also gradually replacing all the racks.)

Great Food at Tourterelle

My husband and I were disappointed in Suzanne Podhaizer’s review of our newest Addison County restaurant, Tourterelle — formerly Roland’s Place in New Haven [“Taste Test,” September 16].

Chef Bill Snell and his wife, Christine, had been operating the restaurant for only two weeks when the review was published in Seven Days. It would have been nice if the food critic had given them a reasonable amount of time to iron out the kinks. Each time we were at the restaurant, it was full and there was a waiting line.

We have dined at the restaurant three times since opening night and always had great meals. Twice we had friends from out of town who proclaimed the bouillabaisse the best they had ever tasted and another who thoroughly enjoyed the venison meatloaf.

We hope everyone will go and dine at Tourterelle. We think you will be pleasantly surprised at the wonderful food and reasonable prices. What a treat to go out and enjoy real French crêpes served with a side salad for $10 or $12. My husband declared the steak and frites to be “melt-in-your-mouth delicious.” With great food, great atmosphere and reasonable prices, we hope the public will soon discover Tourterelle.

Maggie & John Quinn


Life Support?

When I received the fall issue of Vermont Life magazine, I made a decision that I would never renew my subscription [“Vermont Life’s “Advisors” Worry Its Troubles Could Be Terminal,” October 7]. I think it’s due to run for another year or two. The editorial content of the magazine perhaps appeals to younger readers who are probably not likely to ever be subscribers, but it leaves us older, longtime subscribers out in the cold. Let’s put the nostalgia back. I also missed the usual calendar of fall events listing chicken pie suppers, etc. In other words, there was really nothing in the magazine that appealed to me and I have no desire to continue receiving the magazine.

James Cutler

Candler, N.C.

CORRECTIONS: In our article about Nick Cowles of Shelburne Orchards [“A Finger in Every Pie,” October 7], we mistakenly said the orchard is organic. In fact, only 5 of the 60 acres are certified organic. In our story about game maker Randy Smith [“Ahead of the Game,” October 21], the subject’s alma mater was misstated. Smith graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, not SUNY Albany. Finally, the Burlington screening of Muhammad and Larry was not a world premiere, as stated in the film review in last week’s paper.

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