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LETTERS: 9.1.16


Save The Ridgelines: Support Phil Scott


Phil Scott believes renewable energy is critical to our future and the future of our planet. But Vermont’s current energy policies are doing damage to our environment and to our economy. Today we are destroying Vermont’s ridgelines and landscape by building helter skelter industrial wind projects so that we can produce electricity that is costing ratepayers four times more than the market price. Then we are selling the Renewable Energy Credits to Connecticut so they can continue to burn dirty fuel. Sue Minter has pledged to continue these disastrous policies of building industrial wind and solar. Phil Scott believes the millions of dollars in tax subsidies being poured into renewable energy would be better spent developing renewables on a Vermont scale — residential and agricultural — not industrial. He has said, “I think that it’s unfair to destroy our ridgelines any further than they have been already, and I think we should stop now.” With the wiser policies advocated by Phil Scott we can reduce our carbon footprint, protect our landscape and reduce our energy costs.

This is not a partisan issue. Senator John Rogers, D-Essex/Orleans, stated recently to Vermont Watchdog, “The establishment Democrats have been bought and paid for by the renewable energy developers, and I don’t want anything to do with their dirty money. I think that’s what Sue Minter represents, taking money from all of them.”

For the sake of our environment and our economy, please vote Phil Scott for Governor.

Dave Kelley, Greensboro


Disturbed By Sewage Spills

Open Letter to Mayor Hollar, and Montpelier City Council:

As a Vermont clean water advocate and a resident of Montpelier I am disturbed by the recent Montpelier sewage spills into the Winooski River.

On August 18, with my colleagues from the Conservation Law Foundation, Lake Champlain International, and the Sierra Club, I led a Healthy Waters Walk and Vigil in Burlington to raise awareness about the conditions causing toxic algae blooms and E. Coli outbreaks on Lake Champlain. When planning this event, I did not realize that days before my community would release 406,000 gallons of sewage into the river polluting communities downstream and Lake Champlain.

I am proud to call Montpelier home and appreciate everyone’s efforts to make the city a more environmentally sustainable city, however in my mind you can not be “Green and Sustainable” if you are passing off your waste to the communities downstream. I urge the Montpelier City Council and the Mayor’s office to seek out solutions so that Montpelier does not release raw sewage onto our neighboring communities.

Montpelier can be the change we want to see in the world, but it is going to need a demonstrated commitment from all of us.

Rob Kidd, Montpelier


About This Election: Start ‘Worrying For Real’


My daughter recently read to me a tweet that she had received from a young Yugoslavian woman:

…“Just a quick heads up from Yugoslavia — when your political leaders literally start inciting violence, you need to start worrying for real.”

We are a young country. And it behooves us to look at the history of other older countries for guidance. Because, despite the rhetoric of politicians on both sides, we are not exceptional in the sense that we are somehow immune from the influence of demagogues. Although there has already been evidence to the contrary in our country, I personally, until now, had some kind of faith that we would never go down that road to fascism and mob mentality. Until now!

I am 71 years old. I have searched my memory for a time when the very foundation of our democracy has seemed so fragile. I have lived through the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, race riots, the Vietnam War, the election stolen from Al Gore, the invasion of Iraq and countless other turbulent events.

But I cannot remember any time when a candidate for public office has incited so many Americans with words and actions so full of hatred and violence. I would say that the threat to our country is by an order of magnitude many times more serious than anything that we have experienced.

We are looking into an abyss. Whatever the outcome of this election, we must come to terms with the reality that millions of Americans have already responded enthusiastically to an overtly racist, ignorant, misogynistic demagogue.

And we must, whether individually or collectively, speak up, write down, sing, paint or do whatever we are able to, to stop this madness, epitomized by the Republican candidate, from going further. We have to start “worrying for real.”

Deborah Messing, Montpelier


Gubernatorial Candidates Show Differences


The highlights of the recent Question & Answer session (media-hyped as a debate) on Vermont Public Broadcasting Service featuring the two main party candidates for governor have, to my knowledge, been ignored by the pundits. First was the incredible contrast between the known “character” of the participants and the civility and acuteness of their presentations in contrast to what is being offered in the presidential race. It makes one feel good to be a Vermonter.

Second was the interesting and clear-cut difference in the philosophies driving the two campaigns. One was all about “ends.” The other was all about “means.” The former focused on multiple ideas for improving the social condition, the ends. The latter focused on building the economic resources that would allow such ends to be pursued, the means.

Which is the best “focus” for the next two years in Vermont — ends or means? A meaningful difference to contemplate and a meaningful choice that will be made by our November votes.

Wavell Cowan, Montpelier


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