November 25th, 2015
Boring. Same thing, year after year.
For nearly 10 years, I have offered the same item for the service auction at our church:
“Go to a Lake Monsters Game in Burlington with Doctor Baseball”: four people, everything included — a ride to and from the game, tickets, program, hot dog/beer, pretentious inside-baseball conversation.
The minimum bid is $100. The actual value: “Priceless.”
That’s me, “Doctor Baseball.”
With the election for Vermont’s next governor less than a year away, I now believe that both the Democratic and the Republican gubernatorial primaries in August will be competitive. I had always thought that the Democratic primary would be a close election. However, I now see the Republican primary between Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman to be a competitive race as well.
In his Nov. 19 editorial, Mr. Lynn describes very well the environmentalists paradox and the challenge facing Vermont. There has to be a thoughtful balance between utilization and preservation of the environment. Having not been in Vermont for many months, my first trip down Route 7 was nothing short of shocking. Solar farms were popping up like dandelions in the spring.
Vermont is quickly losing its quaint, iconic, quintessential charm. We are a state that is known worldwide for its green mountains, its covered bridges, its cute rural towns and its aesthetically pleasing character. It is why I moved here and why tourists flock here year round.
I am writing to express my support for paid sick days for all workers in Vermont.
There are nearly 100,000 Vermonters who don’t receive any paid sick leave. People need a minimum standard of earned leave to use to take care of their own health and the health of their families. Everyone deserves a chance to recover. Being able to rest when ill and come back to work at full capacity without the stigma of “Well, you weren’t here yesterday…” would be a huge relief for me and many of my coworkers.
I’m all in favor of PACs in the political process, provided we just allow for a small, subtle change to the acronym and its reading. PACCC: Public Advocacy for Concerned, Conscientious Citizens. Not what we have today: Profligate Aggression and Control by Corporate Contrivance.
Rustan Swenson, Shoreham