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  •  I really can't answer your question (8+ / 0-)

    because I really don't like peppermint anything.  But as a serious latte lover, I can tell you that they are harder to come by in rural Maine than in midtown NYC, where there is almost literally a "latte seller" on every street corner.  I know I was a little over the top, but this topic touches a nerve and I don't get to spout off about it often.  So, thank you for writing your diary.  I think it is a very important topic, and if the left wants to change this political divide between rural and non-rural populations, we are going to have to do some work on ourselves.  Because snotty may not be the right word to use, but believe me that is the word many of my rural friends and family would use to describe most of us having this discussion.  Also, I suspect it wouldn't matter where you encountered that first peppermint latte -- it will always be the gold standard.

    •  Completely agreed. (5+ / 0-)

      I might reserve "snotty" for discussion with friends, in general, but it is an accurate reflection of some of the treatment I have received, to be honest.

      I think that's important, regardless of the words used. Nobody wants to be treated like a bumpkin idiot. It is not charming and it does not win anybody over.

      If we focused on the actual issues facing a lot of rural people, many of which are economic, we'd find a lot of ground we could gain. Instead, we play right back into the culture war.

      And yes, it comes off snotty.

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