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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: “South Burlington School Budget Passes on Third Try

Nice job South Burlington voters! I have no sympathy for those wishing to carry on the rebel legacy when it has been documented in school use honoring the confederacy, an evil system that is rightly condemned by all decent people.

Upholding symbols of oppression is beneath our great state where we respect all religions and races. I'd hope all decent people abhor the past when black people were treated as property and then pariahs. A shameful part of our history long overdue for the trash heap.

20 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 06/07/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Vetoes Budget, Teacher Health Care Bills

I continue to be impressed by Governor Scott, it's rare to find a politician willing to stand firm against such strong political winds from a union long used to running rampant over the backs of taxpaying Vermonters.

Thank you Governor Scott for putting the needs of taxpayers ahead of the VT NEA. This union has grown wealthy on the backs of struggling taxpayers, and its expensive team of highly skilled negotiators always wins out over local volunteer school boards.

Teachers make a great deal more than most taxpayers, along with a great deal more vacation and retirement pension. At what point do taxpayers get to save money towards our own retirement instead of being bled dry to finance the VT NEA and their never-ending demands?

18 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 06/06/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Stands His Ground on Teacher Health Care

So the VT NEA says we shouldn't want teachers to have smaller salary increases, we should want everyone to earn more by supporting their union. The fallacy is that the union is making demands on a profitable corporation raking in billions. But this equation is backwards: The union is the greedy corporation making demands on working Vermonters struggling to pay their bills.

I know at least a dozen retired teachers in my town, all under 60, all who travel extensively. That's great, except teachers keep asking for more and more and more. And if taxpayers complain, everyone yells that we're against schools and children, fair pay and unions.

I am grateful to Governor Scott for being brave enough to take on teachers, almost like being against puppies for a politician. Vermont teachers earn excellent pay and benefits and vacation beyond compare. Vermont pays more than any other state, the VT NEA has sucked taxpayers bone dry and enough is enough!

15 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 06/02/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

The VT NEA behemoth once again runs roughshod over taxpayers and struggling local school boards. If we don't acquiesce to the union's wishes and demands, we are terrible people who do not support teachers. I condemn this line of reasoning as being unreasonable. For too many years the VT NEA has out-negotiated local citizens.

The VT NEA has teams of expensive lobbyists with a large staff of experienced and highly paid negotiators. On the other side of the table? Unpaid volunteer school board members. Collective bargaining on the state level would level the playing field and benefit everyone, including taxpaying teachers. Please call your legislator and support Governor Scott's brave stand against the VT NEA and for local school boards and Vermont taxpayers.

12 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/22/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Our state would be demonstrably safer if marijuana was legal and alcohol and tobacco were outlawed.

Funny how those claiming to be concerned about safety are working so hard to protect the lucrative sales and sales tax on alcohol and tobacco. I guess people dying from alcoholism, alcohol-related car crashes, and lung cancer isn't as unsafe as having the sky fall upon us when weed is legal everywhere but in Vermont.

46 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/18/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Legislative Leaders Declare Budget Impasse With Governor

We dare not speak against raising teacher's salaries and benefits, meanwhile a majority of hardworking Vermont taxpayers suffer under the weight of VT NEA's demands. Really disappointed in Tim Ashe, and of course Mitzi Johnson created this mess. We would have a budget as half the house voted for it but she cast the tie-breaker "no" vote.

Thank you Governor Scott for standing up for taxpayers and local school boards. We do not agree with the NEA that local control is best for contract bargaining. Local bargaining only benefits the NEA. The Governor is showing great political courage. I'd rather shut down the state then give in to the VT NEA's benefactors, Tim Ashe and Mitzi Johnson. Please call your legislator and ask them to support Governor Scott's plan to hobble VT NEA and put a brake on education spending increases.

43 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/17/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I would never buy property near a wedding venue because every weekend is going to be noisy. That these people bought a house next door to the Old Lantern, and have been throwing fits over wedding noise, is completely stupid.

These neighbors are not only stupid, they are entitled douches and I hope a judge forces them to pay the Old Lantern's legal fees and forces them to take classes in how not to be stupid and volunteer at the country club to learn how annoying entitled people are.

Pro tip: Don't buy a house near a railroad crossing then complain about the train.

19 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/17/2017 at 1:34 PM

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