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November 12th, 2014
The evening before Election Day, I told my wife, Marian, that no matter what the outcome I had won. This feeling came from the support I have received from so many people in the four towns of Addison-4.
When you run for office, especially in a hotly contested race, you have to put yourself out there, and at times, you are a bit vulnerable. Having people write letters of support, donate their hard-earned cash and assist in your door-to-door efforts is huge and humbling.
Because the Osborne house move occurred through nighttime hours, most of us missed seeing that happen. Thanks to Middlebury Community Television’s Dick Thodal, we can see most of what we missed.
Dick calls his documentary “slow TV,” a two-and-a-half hour video of the event. It can be seen on local TV or on the MCTV website. On the web, one can view it in half-hour segments, or as one chooses.
Only 193,000 of Vermont’s 443,000 registered voters cast ballots in last week’s General Election. The turnout of 43.5 percent is a record low in the modern era of Vermont politics. This low turnout reflects strong dissatisfaction with the choice of candidates for governor.
I want to thank all of the residents of Addison-3 for the opportunity to meet you, visit your homes and hear your concerns. I knocked on 1,850 doors and upset many dogs but the result was getting to know my neighbors much better.
There is a saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. That’s often the case for an act and its title in the Vermont Legislature. So it is with Act No. 31 (H.99), an act relating to equal pay. Equal pay has been a Vermont law since 2002 (and federal law before that) and I support equal pay for equal work. Act 31, however, is primarily about imposing various other mandates on employers and contractors in Vermont. This is the reason that I voted against it.
I’ve become disturbed in reading about Scott Milne spending time weighing his options concerning the election results. As recently as two weeks ago he indicated that the election should be determined by the popular vote. Now he is backpedaling that, considering other options. His option of requesting a recount is certainly valid, but expensive, as Lt Gov. Phil Scott pointed out recently.
This week’s writers are Tiffany Bluemle, executive director of Vermont Works for Women, and Linda Tarr-Whelan, a former ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and chair of the Task Force on Women and the Vermont Economy.
New England census data leave little doubt that future economic growth hinges upon making the most of our homegrown talent. With the region’s population growth only one-third the national average, New England states have seen a 25 percent decrease in the number of young residents ages 25-34.