Letter: What kind of America do we want to be?

Editor’s note: This letter is by Stu Lindberg of Cavendish.

In a recent opinion piece Windsor County state Sen. Alison Clarkson, asks, “What kind of America do we want to be?” It is an important question. The causes that Sen. Clarkson supports and how she votes is not the America or Vermont that I envision. It is not an America of compassion, liberty or equality.

Alison Clarkson is a strident advocate of abortion and Planned Parenthood. The abortion rate for black women is five times more than white women. Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, more than 19 million defenseless black babies have lost to abortion. This is due to aggressive marketing of abortion in the black community. This is an act of genocide on the black community. Abortion has ripped apart the fabric of these communities. Similarly in Vermont, 1,300 unborn babies are lost to abortion every year at the same time our school population is in rapid decline.  The effect of this on our small towns has been devastating.

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Sen. Alison Clarkson, D-Windsor

Clarkson’s voting record in both the Vermont House and Senate is equally revealing. She was instrumental in the creation, passage and enforcement of Act 46, yet she gets the full endorsement of the Vermont NEA teachers Union. She is dedicated to the destruction of small rural schools. She is one of the most vocal opponents of school choice in Vermont while she chooses to send her own kids to the elite private Groton prep school in Massachusetts. The tuition at that school is $58,260 per year. Hard for any Vermonter of any color to afford such privilege.

Since 2013 Clarkson has voted to raise fees and taxes on Vermonters by an astronomical amount of $303.5 million dollars. In February 2015, she was shameless in calling for a pay increase for herself of $17 dollars per hour for services done for constituents when the Legislature is not in session. Maybe Alison can afford these kinds of taxes, but the majority of people in Vermont cannot. I have watched as my friends and neighbors who have lived in Vermont for generations have left the state to escape the heavy burden of her voting record.

In February of 2015 Clarkson also co sponsored House Bill 57. This bill gives the state the right to steal your body. Under this bill, “the state will start harvesting your body parts for its use. Although presumed to be altruistic, it is “money-truistic.” This law is so bad on so many levels there is not time or space to decry how really bad it is.

Anyone in Vermont who has a heart is disgusted by what happened to George Floyd. We all got to see the video. The act was cold-blooded murder. Under the law justice must and will be served.

I question the sincerity of Sen. Clarkson’s condemnation of George Floyd’s murder and call for racial equity while at the same time her voting record and actions tell such a different story. Sen. Clarkson, you live in the upper crust gentrified village of Woodstock Vermont. You are only a few miles from the mobile homes, shacks and small homes of most of your lower-income constituents. It’s nice that you claim to care so much about American citizens in far away cities from your tidy, affluent crime-free neighborhood. It would be nicer if spent some time understanding the struggles of your own constituents.

Stu Lindberg
Cavendish, Vermont

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7 thoughts on “Letter: What kind of America do we want to be?

  1. The Framers of America often found themselves in the middle of a ubiquitous political and moral swamp, realizing they must travel in it in order to extricate themselves from it. Those, Windsor County state Sen. Alison Clarkson, who complain that those Framers have mud on their hands, are the very same people who, today, advocate returning to the swamp to wash themselves.

  2. American, not some colony of the United nations that is for sure.

    Certainly not some “Organized” utopia of Marxists, democratic socialists or what ever the government de rig our has thought up, I hope these people look great on orange, there day is coming.


  3. Being a legislator isn’t suppose to be a full time paycheck. Every one of the legislators aren’t hurting for money. Especially the elites,. Surly not Clarkson’at $58,260 per year.for school tuition. A lot of her constitutes don’t even make that amount a year.. NH legislators get $200, a yr nothing more.
    Don’t you just love being ruled by out of staters.

  4. It all depends on your goals and the politics that relates to them. Do you want a free and independent America that is welcoming toward all ideas and peacefully respectful all groups OR do you want more dependency for the citizenry and greater power to control for the elite and the cleverly politically connected? Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys who fought so hard during the Revolution as well as all the strong abolitionists who hated slavery and fought to end it both politically and on the battlefield during the Civil War would be horrified at where Vermont has been heading recently.

  5. The Elite carpetbaggers are here to rule over us. Thank you Stu, there should be more exposes’ of our ruling class. Since 6 out of thirty senators are originally from Vermont we should know who they are. This person could care less about her constitutes, it’s about her elitism and her ego that exposes her hypocrisy. Her wealth allows her to give her children a private school education away from Vermont public schools and she just voted herself a pay raise which is just mad money for trivialities. Makes me sick. TAKE BACK VERMONT from the aristocratic ruling class! And one legislator quipped that they needed a pay raise because some people can’t afford to be legislators.

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