This letter is by Randy Gray, of North Springfield.
Sen. Patrick Leahy first came to power in 1974. Rep. Peter Welch has been in Vermont politics since 1981, and our very own state Rep. Alice Emmons since 1982. I guess we should be happy to have our long-term legislators, as they’ve helped us make several national top 10 lists. We are ranked the 6th worst place to do business by Forbes, ranked the 4th highest in education costs in the country by stacker.com, and we have the 3rd highest tax burden in the nation according to the Tax Foundation. Great accomplishments, right?
Thank goodness many of our incumbents believe in strengthening our “democracy” by fighting to eliminate the Electoral College.
Speaking of the Constitution, lets talk about Article 22, in which “reproductive autonomy” (not abortion) shall not be infringed unless it is best for state interest. What exactly does that mean? Shouldn’t Article 22 read “health care freedom,” including all your health care decisions not just reproductive autonomy? And as for “infringed” (seems I’ve read that word somewhere else in the U.S. Constitution) do you think it will be held to the same authority as in the 2nd Amendment? Of course, according to state Sen. Dick McCormack, the Constitution and Federalist Papers are only to be understood by legislators and lawyers — not common folk like us, since it’s beyond our IQ capacity, and its “fluid.”
Should I mention ethics? State Sen. Becca White (who is employed by Efficiency Vermont, whose funding and expenditures are monitored by the legislature) has an open-door policy. I gave her a list of my concerns and she questioned my sources and sent me to her platform — that’s a very helpful and “open door” to her constituents.
State Sen. Alison Clarkson, Senate majority leader, believes that Act 250 has been improved by allowing “urban development improvements” to expand housing opportunities for the flocks coming to Vermont. I mean, who wouldn’t want to move to Vermont and enjoy living in downtown? Isn’t that why you’d move here? Of course, this works out very well for the wealthy elite, who don’t wish to bothered by the peasants — save the country estates for them. We must also thank her and the rest for Act 46, which closed your local school to “save money.” (Good thing we’re only the 4th highest in the nation for education costs now.)
Many of you may not have heard from the candidates that would likely do best for our “brave little state.” It’s not surprising when U.S. House candidates like Ericka Redic can’t be heard in a debate on WCAX because she’s not a major money, major party candidate. You’d think U.S. House candidate Liam Madden would fight for her to be heard since he hates the two-party system, right? Democratic Party House candidate Becca Balint will go to Washington with our best interests in mind, getting all that out-of-state special interest money. Local stations also help by not letting us become confused — Okemo Valley TV edited the entire public questioning portion of the Ludlow Candidate Forum so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed. How thoughtful!
In all seriousness, we do have logical options. Please educate yourselves and vote, unless of course you already have, because you decided your candidate based on the letter beside their name regardless of their history or values.
North Springfield, Vermont