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Re: “Amuse at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

Underwhelming food
The food was fine but it wasn't worth the drive or the price. I was expecting something more unique, more like a Kitchen Table or Hen of the Wood dining experience. As it was, the whole place is a little too pretentious for me, and as Le Cirque in NY is one of my favorite restaurants, that is really saying something. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 4

Posted by Penelope on 10/01/2013 at 5:06 PM

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Re: “United Way Cuts Some Funding, Frustrating Nonprofits

I applaud Jesse Bridges, greater oversight of how nonprofits are funded has been sorely needed. In too many cases, funding is mainly for the benefit of employees rather than allocated to those in need.

If you're a nonprofit with $750,000 in revenue, and $500,000 goes to salaries, payroll and administrative costs, then you're a tax shelter scam taking advantage of taxpayers. There are quite a few like this in Chittenden County alone.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/22/2018 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Barton Man Busted After Blasting Smoke Detector With a Shotgun

I'd love to know the percentage of people saved by smoke alarms versus the percentage of us who suffer dealing with these infernal devices and their constant false alarms. Most simply disable them but I can see dealing with the blaring noise driving people like this poor man into a life of crime. Not to mention the trauma it causes to animals.

15 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/01/2018 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Principled Stand? Why Vermont's Former Ed Chief Split With Scott

I very much appreciate Governor Scott's stand against powerful and entrenched interests, gun lobbyists and the teacher's union. Both of these well-financed groups have browbeaten politicians for too long.

Vermont cannot afford it and we have had enough. The majority strongly support Governor Scott's efforts to contain costs. If you don't want to consolidate schools or lay off teachers or control spending, then step away from the table and others will do it for you.

Taxpayers are not going to continue funding your party, time to face the music. This democrat will be proudly voting for Governor Scott and thousands are grateful for his courage in fighting the status quo.

22 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/18/2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Gun Groups Sue to Strike Down Vermont's New Magazine Limits

I will never understand this peculiarly American obsession with guns. Many thriving democracies around the world are doing quite well without militarizing the citizenry.

If these people who want to arm our teachers and barricade our schools and allow military assault rifles in the streets truly wish for freedom and protection, they need to be fighting for the right to bear drones, nukes, rocket launchers, chemical weapons, and tanks. If you think our freedom is dependent on guns then you need to read up on our government's military capacity.

As for me, I'll continue to fight for the right to live in peace, go to school in peace, and enjoy living in a free society that does not require guns to enforce our freedom, it requires our votes.

33 likes, 79 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 04/18/2018 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Analysis: How Gun Votes Divided the Vermont House

I'm crying and extending my deepest gratitude for the bravery of our Vermont legislators in helping to enact sensible regulations. Canada and Australia have plenty of citizens owning assault rifles, but they require reasonable steps in order to purchase military weaponry. These countries have mentally ill people and people who own guns without children being slaughtered in schools. America does not only due to the tyranny of NRA lobbyists.

Vermonters can have guns and our children can grow up without being terrorized with shooter drills in school. On behalf of my children, thank you. It's unconscionable that our once peaceful country has become like Syria and Afghanistan with armed civilians murdering children on a daily basis. And too many adults do nothing. Your right to own a gun does not supersede our children's right to grow up in peace and safety. Thank you Vermont and thank you Governor Scott for being on the forefront of sensible and compassionate legislation. #NeverAgain

22 likes, 53 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 03/29/2018 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Could Vote to Request F-35 Cancellation

All the military personnel in my family are angry about this waste of money. The military does not want the F-35s. These planes are nothing but welfare for politically connected military contractors, the money allocated for these planes ought to go to our veterans. Veterans who are desperate and very badly treated by our government, our country, and the military.

Our veterans need better care, our veterans need our tax dollars. It should be a crime to give tax dollars to obscenely wealthy military contractors to build equipment our military does not want. VTANG will be just fine with the millions of dollars of equipment they have now. They don't need more toys, the guard didn't help prevent or fight back with all their fancy equipment when we actually were attacked.

Our veterans need our help! Our military people need better clothing and supplies overseas. You may as well post VTANG in Nova Scotia for all the good it'll do Vermont or the USA. At least then they'll have good lobster and a nice view.

17 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 03/27/2018 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Walters: Thousands Attend March for Our Lives Rally in Montpelier

The NRA is going down just like the KKK. The NRA is responsible for just as much misery and death, and the majority of the country is sick and tired of living in a war zone for no reason other than lobbyists buying our politicians and policies. You can own a a gun, you can own ten guns, you can hunt and you can protect yourself. But if you want to own a war machine, move to Afghanistan or Syria or Bhutan.

I don't want to live in a country where any civilian can stock up on military assault rifles or rocket launchers or nukes. Owning a military weapon ought to be a process harder than buying cigarettes. Shame on every one who puts gun rights over our children's rights to grow and live in peace without being taught to cower in terror in closets.

8 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 03/27/2018 at 7:04 AM

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