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Freedom of Screech: Our Favorite Reader Comments of 2017


Published December 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

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We like to imagine that commenters on the Seven Days website think before they post.

Do I have something witty or useful to say? Will this get me lots of likes? Has State Auditor Doug Hoffer weighed in yet?

Believe it or not, we wade through every comment — the good, the bad and the incomprehensible — to make sure it complies with our commenting policy. Most contributors keep it classy. Inevitably, though, this year's national nastiness trickled down.

Our writers were occasionally the subject of commenters' scorn. But, hey, we've got thick skins. And it was duly — and gratefully — noted when we received compliments of the highest order.

From the nearly 6,200 comments posted on our site in 2017, here are a select few that really stood out to us: the clever, the vitriolic and the random. None of the original spelling, punctuation or grammar has been corrected, and the authors are identified by user names — often pseudonyms. We've spared you the ongoing online debate about that.

Keep 'em coming! Just like you, we'll be reading.

Re: "Senator Plans Push for Gun Bill Despite Slim Prospects," January 6

Guns don't kill people.  Chuck Norris kills people.

Posted by Mt. Philo, January 7

Ed. note: If only it were so simple.

Re: "Stuck in Vermont: Helping HANDS on Christmas," January 5

Eva Sollberger and her Stuck in Vermont series are wonderful treasures.

Posted by Jessica, January 10

Ed. note: Not gonna disagree.

Re: "The Parmelee Post: Chittenden County to Become Sanctuary for F-35s," January 14

He's paid for this sophomoric drivel?

Posted by RudigerVT, January 15

Ed. note: He actually gets a bonus.

Re: "Got Sleep Apnea? Try Playing a Didgeridoo," January 18

Portlandia, anyone?

Posted by The Oracle, January 18

Ed. note: We're all just living in a sketch-comedy show.

Re: "Rebels No More: SBHS Student Isaiah Hines on the End of the Rebels Nickname," February 2

Fighting Blue Gerbils! Aggressive yet politically safe!

Posted by Dave Meek, February 3

Ed. note: Certainly not racist.

Re: "Richmond Passes Resolution Welcoming All People to Town," March 7

Except gingers. Those pastey-faced bastards can hide from the sun somewhere else.

Posted by Tristy Pod, March 7

Ed. note: Charming.

Re: "The Parmelee Post: Generous Barista Adds Beard Dandruff to Drinks at No Extra Cost," March 10

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

Posted by RudigerVT, March 12

Ed. note: Doesn't stop commenters from trying...

Re: "ICE Arrests Two More Immigration Advocates in Burlington," March 17

Congratulations to all of the commenters who through hard work and perseverance had the good fortune to be born in the United States - you really earned your smug sense of superiority!

Posted by stellaquarta, March 18

Ed. note: Gonna need some ice for that burn.

Re: "Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right," March 29

good god Seven Days, please tell me you're paying hack Walters with circus peanuts or fake MBTA tokens or something else that's straight-up worthless. Otherwise, you're getting ripped off.

Posted by jsnodgrass, March 30

Ed. note: Monopoly money. He's paid in Monopoly money.

Re: "'Mob' Attacks Middlebury Prof and Controversial Speaker Charles Murray," March 3

Charles Murray is what dumb people think a smart person sounds like.

Posted by ReneBushey, April 10

Ed. note: If he were allowed to speak, that is..

Re: "Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont," May 24

Certainly are a lot of tweaked potheads out there, chill out! VT has a history of doing things the right way, we'll get there.

Posted by Bob Frazier, May 24

Ed. note: We're holding our breath!

Re: "Eat This Week, May 24 to 30, 2017: Crawfish Social," May 23

Hannah, a crawfish is not a mollusk. It is a crustacean.

Posted by John Yackovetsky, May 24

Ed. note: Whoops! What the shell.

Re: "Walters: 'Dog Gone?" May 4

Why do all of John Walter's stories' titles start with his name? Is this to warn the reader or something? This doesn't happen with Seven Day's other writers.

Posted by Muffy on May 4

Ed note: It's to signal he's an opinion writer. You've been warned.

Re: "A Never-Ending Home Construction Project Vexes a Queen City Hood," June 14

Wrap in Tyvek and call it a day.

Posted by Christopher W. on July 1

Ed. note: Very practical!

Re: "Ludlow Great American Party," (calendar listing, June)

How long is the hot dog eating contest, what time is it? Most importantly, what do you win? If cash or gift cards,in. What denominagion(s)?

Posted by Joe Menchetti, June 23

Ed note: We relished this comment.

Re: "What's Up With Burlington's Phallic Mushroom Sculpture?" September 27

If your thing looks like that, you might wanna get that looked at.

Posted by The Oracle, September 27

Ed. note: Come for the story, stay for the medical advice.

Re: "Ben & Jerry's Vows to Better Conditions for Migrant Workers," October 3

Ben and Jerry were 2 pos liberals, the owners of Ben and Jerry now are also pos liberals.. Wouldn't spend a penny on their ice cream...

Posted by Donna Boutin, October 4

Ed. note: Sounds like someone needs some ice cream!

Re: "Walters: Seven Days Hires Taylor Dobbs," October 26

Headline should read: "Seven Days inherits the Twitter police."

Posted by Tiki Archambeau, October 27

Ed. note: And now, the comment police!

Re: "Movie Review: Wonder Promotes Kindness With Schmaltz," November 22

I've never heard of Mr. Kisonak, but judging by his review, I'm guessing he's an old curmudgeon who in his spare time sits on his porch yelling at any young children passing by to keep moving and stay off his lawn!

Posted by J cohen, November 25

Ed. note: Not far off!

Re: "Council Selects Schurz, ZRF to Buy Burlington Telecom," November 28

Congratulations to KBTL for electing Donald Trump.

Posted by Stellaquarta, November 28

Ed. note: To the spoiler goes the blame.

Re: "Toxic Poison Found at Shelburne Retirement Community," November 29

Hopefully this isn't some sordid combination of too much Breaking Bad and lingering tensions from last weeks game of Bridge.

Posted by Adam Salem, November 29

Ed. note: Walter White approves.

Re: "I'll Be Droned for Christmas: A Seasonal Tale From Church Street," November 29

How come they ain't asking if the pilot was ok after he crashed

Posted by Raymond Parizo, December 1

Ed. note: Someone let Ray know how drones work.

Re: "FBI: Wake Robin Resident Said She Made Toxic Ricin, Fed It to Others," December 1

Why can two people in a row not spell castor beans correctly when it's literally in the article you're commenting on?

Posted by Neil, December 5

Ed. note: Fair question.

Re: "Holiday Stash: A Cannabis Gift Guide," December 5

I think we need to form a committee and study this more. Maybe I'll buy something next Xmas. Or the one after.

Posted by Mick, December 6

Ed. note: This comment might make next year's list, too.

Re: "Burlington Progressives Endorse Carina Driscoll for Mayor," December 6

Vermont really needs to step up it's game, New Hampshire has Vermin Supreme and all we get is this batch of sad sacks.

Posted by Martin, December 8

Ed. note: Step right up, Martin!

Re: "Fake Leahy Comment to FCC Decries Net Neutrality," December 11

Thank you SevenDays for not needlessly playing into the hysteria and lazy media narrative that these are Russian generated comments.

Posted by Adam Salem, December 11

Ed. note: "Adam Salem" is our Russian comment bot.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Freedom of Screech"