October 23rd, 2014
When I wake up in the morning on a clear day in Middlebury I can see both up close and as far as the terrain will permit me our wonderful town and countryside. If, on the other hand, I’m asked after the customary Thanksgiving dinner to help clear the table, I know, too, what “clear” means: Look around this table and let’s work together on a happy cleanup. Let’s get things in order again.
I am voting for Mike Fisher for state representative this November.
I have been around for a few years. I have seen many politicians come and go. I support Mike Fisher because he is patient, he listens even when people are frustrated, he works very hard for us. I hope you will vote for Mike, too.
For the first time in a while, I’m excited for a House race in Middlebury. The young independent Calvin McEathron has injected energy into the race, promising to tackle the tough economic challenges Vermont is facing, especially his support and ideas around small-scale economic development.
He’s a hardworking candidate who has dedicated himself to meeting constituents and earning every vote. He has earned my respect and he will represent Middlebury well.
First and foremost I am writing this representing myself only. If what I am saying rings true with anyone else then it will serve as a reminder that you are not alone in your thoughts.
Second, I would like to acknowledge and thank all the folks on the building advisory committee for their long hours and hard work. My remarks are in no way meant to downplay your findings, only to express my opinion.
It’s been true for decades that in Vermont most of us no longer live or work on farms. Addison County sometimes even seems to be slowly suburbanizing.
So it’s easy to forget how wrapped up Vermont’s identity remains with agriculture — from the beauty of our landscape to the local produce at the natural foods store around the corner.
While our politics are often dominated by concerns about energy, social services and healthcare, agriculture still has a big role to play.
I am responding to information that was sent out on the Mount Abe Renovation Project (air quality, tandem classrooms, access to the auditorium, pool, gym and library, etc.).
It is proposed that we would spend $32.6 million to add discretionary, nice-to-have, features for Mount Abe. Our property taxes are out of control and we still spend time and money figuring out how to spend more.
I am dismayed by the EPA’s recent decision to approve Enlist Duo, a weed killer that contains 2,4-D, a key ingredient in the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange.
The EPA ignored overwhelming scientific evidence showing its harm to human health and the environment. 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and reproductive problems. It is highly volatile and may cause serious damage to nearby non-GMO and organic crops, threatening serious economic losses for farmers.
The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont are back and this 21st-century army of renewable energy soldiers is by all appearances fighting for nothing more than personal gain. With warp-speed competitive zeal this 1 percent band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.