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October 24th, 2014
We hear a lot lately about problems with the new state health plan. Certainly, the rollout was fraught with problems, and people became confused with all the options, and with the process for obtaining promised state aid. Complex change rarely comes easily.
I’d like to make two points; one generally, and the other specific to my family.
To Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham voters: John Spencer is a lifelong Addison County resident who was a small business owner for 25 years and worked in dairy development for 20 years.
For voters in the Addison-3 district, please consider this: Sitting Rep. Warren Van Wyck voted against the following bills:
• H.552, minimum wage, voted no, 132-3
• H.99, equal pay, voted no, 115-22
• H.702, net metering, voted no, 136-8
I am voting for Fred Baser and Valerie Mullin because they are both intelligent people with good experiences and common sense that I think will help turn things around in Montpelier.
The voting records and actions of Mike Fisher and Dave Sharpe are disappointing. These men have voted yes for every tax increase (including sales tax, gas tax and property tax), increase in miscellaneous fees or new tax that has come up for a vote.
In uncertain times like this, it is particularly important to elect legislators with proven track records and a clear understanding of the intricacies of the Vermont legislative processes, Betty Nuovo is that person.
Rep. Harvey Smith has my respect and support.
During recent years Middlebury has been fortunate to have two very dedicated representatives in the Vermont Statehouse: Paul Ralston and Betty Nuovo. Ideally I would like to have them both continue but I understand the demands of running a business and why Paul has subsequently chosen not to seek reelection. Fortunately we have the opportunity to return Betty as one of our representatives and she certainly has earned the right to reelection.
While I remain a committed supporter of Mount Abraham Union High School, I am disappointed with the plan for renovation and upkeep. Rather than fitting building plans to the significant steps Mount Abe has made over 40 years toward improved learning, the plan seems to aim toward a restoration of structures designed for 1968, when the school was built.