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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: “Winooski Gay Bar Once Known as Mister Sister Has Closed

It was a cute, funny and memorable name. This wasn't the headquarters for extremist Christians or homophobes, context matters and it is okay to have a sense of humor and flip slurs into a joke. I love my gay friends for many reasons, having a well-developed sense of humor to fight back against the close-minded hate has worked just brilliantly and advanced the cause of civil rights for all.

So now the political correctness police have won, and a respected businessperson has lost. But who really has lost? All of us, but the political correct police can huddle over their righteous indignation and cheer their victory over the solitude of an empty space formerly filled with laughter and community.

49 likes, 42 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 07/25/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Trump Admin Axes Millions in Funding for Vermont Nonprofit

I may disagree with Trump and his cronies but I don't disagree with defunding certain nonprofits. I have friends who work for local nonprofits that disseminate 'information' and many of them have said their main reason to exist is to justify collecting a paycheck. There are wonderful nonprofits like Spectrum that provide critical services and help their communities, but there are way too many nonprofits that provide 'information and training' services of dubious value.

Planned Parenthood needs funding, this is an organization that truly prevents untold millions of teen pregnancies. If "Youth Catalytics" disappeared tomorrow, I doubt there would be a rash of teen pregnancies next year. There is a fundamental problem in this country with nonprofits that don't perform, and they reduce critical funding for nonprofits that do work and achieve real and positive results.

49 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 07/22/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Dubies Bring Vermont Maple Syrup to Trump’s White House

I would think a healthy democracy requires much of America to think it's wrong for a president to collude with a enemy state to win an election. And if a president does commit treasonous crimes, it would be wrong and destructive to pretend everything is okay. History sadly shows ignoring crimes committed by a leader of a country while everyone around him flatters while he preens leads to devastating results.

22 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 07/18/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “In a Surprising Turn, McAllister Takes the Witness Stand

I keep being amazed at how this guy has turned out to be a complete and utter dirtbag. The phone call is perfectly damning evidence, good police work! And sadly needed given the difficulty of proving sexual assault. This fat ugly bald old man thinks anyone would believe a young and attractive woman willingly had sex with him? Delusional.

28 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 07/14/2017 at 2:36 PM

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

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