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Re: “ABC Café & Pub

The blues jams, first Wednesday of each month, are really amazing. Who would have known there are so many talented blues musicians in Vermont!

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/03/2016 at 5:32 PM

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Re: “Media Note: Top Burlington Free Press Editor Fired After Controversial Tweets

In 1970, when I was Free Press Capitol Bureau Chief, I was married to a staffer for Phil Hoff's Senate campaign. One day my editor, Gordon Mills, called me into the office to say he had received complaints that I was driving to events with a Hoff sticker on my car. But, I pointed out, it was my wife's car, so of course she had a Hoff sticker on it, and if I were paid more, I could buy my own car without a sticker. Not surprisingly, I lost the argument. The Freeps, regardless of any other strengths or weaknesses, has always had a strict policy separating personal and editorial opinions, and I for one am glad to see it is still enforced, at least in this case!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 01/09/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “A Never-Ending Home Construction Project Vexes a Queen City Hood

I don't see how the neighbors are harmed by this. Their kids might get hurt if they trespass? I thought it was the job of parents to take care of their kids and teach them better values. And how does any of this harm the city? The owner has been paying massive property taxes and other fees for all of these years. It's hard to guess why the owner would be paying so much money for property not being used, but Burlington taxpayers should be grateful for his generosity!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 06/14/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Since May, 10 ‘Black Lives Matter’ Signs Stolen From Rokeby Museum

Thank you, Jane Williamson, for keeping up the mission rather than just honoring history!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 10/04/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Thanks, Kevin, for the comparison, reminding us that we face many of the same issues now, even though the long arc of history has bent in a slightly positive direction. The horrible policies of the 1968 Democratic establishment, with a candidate complicit in a war based on lies that would ultimately kill over 3 million people, shut progressives out and almost wrecked the party. (FWIW, I voted for Dick Gregory.) Establishment Democrats screamed at us because the alternative would be Nixon. They were right about how terrible Nixon would be, but at some point one can't vote for evil even if it is the lesser of evils. I don't think it's nearly as bad this year. If Bernie and others can keep up the constant pressure, Hillary may even keep a few progressive promises. But I absolutely understand the anger of many of Bernie's supporters, and believe their reluctance to support Hillary will help to keep up the needed pressure on her and the party.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 07/28/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Aside from any pro-or-con arguments about the pipeline, I'm shocked that the Hinesburg select board would even think it's okay to make a secret deal on an issue that is obviously extremely controversial. Whatever happened to representative government? I trust this was a momentary lapse of judgment by the hard-working volunteers who serve us--and that there haven't been many other hugely important decisions hidden from the people of Hinesburg!

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 03/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Bernie Bits: Did Sanders Really Lose the Democratic Debate?

I'm glad to see I was not the only one who thought Bernie won. He did seem at times to be more distracted than usual, but that's not surprising. I think he accomplished two things helpful to his campaign. (1) His kindness to Hillary on the email issue certainly ingratiated voters who have been leaning toward her but have not yet decided. (2) Although I personally wish he had a stronger record on gun control, the fact is that he is closer to mainstream America--including mainstream Democrats--on that issue. This will really help him, in, say, the South Carolina primary.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 10/15/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “ABC Café & Pub

We stopped there the other day for the first time since its old days as Bananas, and we were favorably impressed. Bucking the trend of almost all eateries in Chittenden County, ABC has kept its prices affordable, and the food and drinks are good. I got a great sandwich and a terrific Martini for a total of just over $10. The service was prompt and friendly, and we found ourselves chatting with other customers--it's that kind of place.

I'm getting tired of all the new restaurants with $10 burgers, $12 drinks, "small plates" with two beans and a smear of risotto for $5.98, and waitstaff who act like they are doing us a big favor by allowing us to spend our money. Chittenden County used to have quite a few restaurants with real food at affordable prices with a friendly atmosphere--that has become so rare that ABC now really stands out. I'm told there is live music--Blues Jams (!)--some nights, and look forward to checking that out

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/24/2015 at 6:07 PM

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