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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: “Burlington City Councilor Accuses Other Members of Racism

Mr. Dieng, do you suppose it's possible many of us appreciate the talent and power of the millions of black people who make America a better place, and just think you really suck?

68 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 12/13/2018 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Scott Defends Vermont National Guard, Says No Investigation Needed

With all the thousands of abuses and sex crimes by military personnel, it defies imagination and all common sense that the VTANG is a pool of purity and chaste behavior. Oversight would be very welcome by this taxpaying citizen.

As long as the guard is protected by powerful officials, they will continue to behave however they want. The military protects its own, our elected officials must take responsible steps to curb abusive behavior. If nothing else, do it to protect your own hides, because it will come out once it gets bad enough.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 12/07/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Oil Baron Seeks Sanders Aide's Testimony in Price-Fixing Suit

I would enjoy reading the ballad of Skip Vallee, found sprawling naked in a gasoline-soaked leather chair, his cheeks bulging with a wad of hundred dollar bills. His sled Rosebud by his side.

What is it like to be so reviled, despised, and shunned within your own community? Is it worth hoarding all those extra millions that won't travel with you beyond the gates of hell?

23 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 12/06/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Vermont Officials Stifle Release of Documents by Former Employee

It takes great courage to be a whistle blower and every single one needs to be encouraged, protected, and provided with remuneration for their actions to inform the public of wrongdoing. Winn lost his job for speaking out, he may be wrong but an investigation is warranted.

Brave whistle blowers lose their jobs and face powerful intimidation tactics. Rarely does someone do this without just cause, Tierney ought to be investigated. Trying to cover this up is an indication of guilt. Governor Scott ought to suspend Tierney pending an investigation into her activities, Winn needs to be protected and provided with counsel.

35 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 12/01/2018 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Ready to Roll? Lawmakers Will Again Consider Legalizing Cannabis Sales

So many states and countries have legalized marijuana; meanwhile Vermonters watch as all that police hand-wringing over doom and gloom, carnage on the highways, schools become havens of drug-addled tweens, turned out to be another conservative wet dream of a red herring. Surprise, surprise...

Please Vermont, let us not become the Alabama of the north. It's way overdue to legalize the sale of weed, it's safer than alcohol and tobacco, lives will be saved and improved. Vermont will gain revenue going to out of state black markets. There is literally no down side!

I guess we will see if Vermonters need to learn to worship the confederate flag and suppress the votes of non-white people, or if we can once more hold our heads high as leading the vanguard of social progress and common sense reforms.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 11/29/2018 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Last Stand: Vermont School Districts Vow to Fight Forced Mergers

If a school opposes consolidation, fine. As long as it withdraws from state funding. Governor Scott is a hero for taking on this issue and taking on the notorious NEA. It makes no fiscal sense to keep paying for so many half-empty buildings to educate fewer and fewer students each year.

You can fight consolidation, but there are a far greater number of taxpayers who are sick and tired of paying and who will fight you right back. Fiscal responsibility matters.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 11/08/2018 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

It is so clear this home builder figured he could get away with this. The rest of us have to follow the law and permit regulations, ignorance is no excuse. The flashing neon sign was his spending a huge amount of money to truck thousands of yards of dirt to fill in the wetland so he could site his house in a premium spot. Living on the lake, we have a lot of neighbors who buy property and then want to violate laws that protect the lake so they can have better views or nearer access.

Fines are not enough to punish this guy for his flagrant abuse of the fragile environment of our lakes. I was planning on voting for Governor Scott because I believe he's a person of integrity. But if he lets this greedy builder get away with dumping his home's sewage into the lake's ecosystem, he will forever lose my respect. And my vote.

32 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 10/17/2018 at 6:07 PM

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