I am writing in support of Amy Sheldon as one of Middlebury’s representatives in the Vermont House. I have known Amy for nearly 12 years and have always been impressed by her dedication and commitment to our community. From her early efforts as the executive director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), founding the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), to over a decade of service on our planning commission, Amy has helped shape our community in a way that makes it more accessible and sustainable for all.
There is a three-way race for two seats for state representative in the Democratic primary in Middlebury this year. I would like to urge voters to choose Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for these seats on Aug. 26.
Donna Donahue is a calm, insightful, organized, thoughtful and engaging leader who will do a great job representing the town of Middlebury in Montpelier. Donna has a unique ability to listen carefully to ideas and concerns, to understand business, individual and community needs and then to drive solutions that accomplish the desired results. Donna leads to positive results, she does not direct the results.
I was struck by the irony of two juxtaposed news stories this week. One story described the impact of our state’s revenue shortfall and the resulting $31 million in budget cuts that will further distress needy Vermonters and impair the capacity of state service agencies to meet the needs of their clients. The other article concerned the request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for a 9.8 percent rate increase to its subscribers.
That’s not hay they’re spreading
to mulch a garden, to keep the weeds
down. That machine isn’t a hand
shovel to turn the ground for a bed
of seeds. It’s made for shallow ditch-
digging, on Exchange Street.
For the other land taken in Vermont.
It’s today’s day for laying pipe,
to bring the gas here from somewhere