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Published December 17, 2008 at 6:25 a.m.


Having spent the better part of three decades in the bar and restaurant business, I would consider coming out of retirement if I could work in the same diner as the one pictured on the front cover December 3 [“Naked Ambition”]. Of course, with the work uniforms shown, I will not be able to stand as close to the grill as I did in my youth.

L.J. Palardy



Speaking as both a community member and a former Burlington College student, I do not have confidence in Jane Sanders’ leadership or the support she is receiving [“Burlington College Students Press for Changes After Prof’s Dismissal,” November 25]. I have witnessed Sanders’ inappropriate approach to a variety of situations. There has been a range of issues, from failing to properly address a raise in tuition, to leaving her car idling while she questioned my decision not to continue enrollment in the school. Genese Grill has openheartedly welcomed students, friends and the community into her learning realm. She is more than deserving to be reinstated in her role as an educator at Burlington College and to be treated like the respected, loved, and valued community member that she is. Burlington College needs to realize which individuals contribute to its strength and to act accordingly.

Amy Burke



I just wanted to point out an error in Suzanne Podhaizer’s article on root vegetables [“Beet the System,” December 3]. Scots do not eat turnips with haggis; they eat rutabagas, which are known as turnips, a.k.a. “neeps,” in Scotland. Rutabagas are only called “Swedes” by the English. Confusing, isn’t it?

Shona Sladyk



Eva Sollberger’s video about Rice High School’s Stunt Nite was absolutely fabulous [“Stuck in Vermont: Stunt Nite,” November 26]! My son was one of the junior class’ neon men (rescuing Maid Marion), and he and I watched it together. Very nice job! Stunt Nite is such a great story, and we thank you for sharing it with readers of Seven Days.

Deb Basford



After reading one of the quotes by Dr. Jane Sanders, I was perturbed by her reference to “my students” [“Burlington College Students Press for Changes After Prof’s Dismissal,” November 25].

I am not Dr. Sanders’ student. Dr. Sanders is deluded if she thinks of herself as the school’s mother hen. Dr. Sanders should immediately stop referring to the student body as “her students.”

On November 29, I distributed this request, in writing, around school, and placed it in the hands of Dr. Sanders. A few minutes later, I bumped into the “Doctor” and she was very upset. She mentioned a few things:

  1. That I not litter up the school;
  2. That I call her Doctor and not “Ms.”;
  3. That Seven Days misquoted her.

She also asked me why I couldn’t come to her with my concern. I replied that students feel she is unapproachable and openly dismissive of students’ concerns. She refuted this claim vehemently. I proceeded to speak, but the “Doctor” interrupted me several times.

I realized I wasn’t going to win the argument, so I let her continue with her diatribe, all the while quietly noting that the “Doctor” wasn’t looking very professional, chewing out a student in the lobby. Offensive, dismissive and condescending are a few words that came to mind when being yelled at by Dr. Sanders.

If Seven Days has, in any way, misquoted Dr. Sanders, I ask for the sake of her reputation that you please print a correction. Thank you.

“Sir” Renee Lauzon


(Ed. note: Seven Days is open to publishing corrections and/or clarifications if we get facts or quotes wrong. Thus far, Jane Sanders has not contacted either writer Ken Picard or the editors to claim that she was misquoted.)


Thank you all so much for choosing us for a gallery profile [“Main Attraction,” December 3]. It’s a great affirmation of all the work that we are doing. And this is such a great season to highlight Vermont’s creative community.

There was one thing in the article that does bear correcting, though. We are not planning on hosting actual classes for the Bristol Rec Department — we simply don’t have the space to do so. What we are planning, and have now had confirmed for our schedule, is an exhibit of work created by young students in the Bristol Rec Department Pottery Studio. That will be on display during the month of February.

Carolyn Ashby


Ashby is gallery manager of Art on Main.


In last week’s story about the pending sale of the Ethan Allen Club to Champlain College [“Burlington Mayor Challenges Champlain College on Proposed Building Acquisition”], reporter Mike Ives stated that local developer Tony Pomerleau had bid $2.2 million for the club on Champlain’s behalf in 2002. That actually happened in 2007. Also, Champlain received its purchase-and-sale agreement in mid-November, not mid-October as stated.