Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Expand free fishing license eligibility

The following letter was written to Gov. Phil Scott and given to the Addison Independent to publish.

My name is Raymond Bapp and I am an adult male with intellectual disabilities. I am a member of the Lion’s Club in Middlebury, Vt., and an honorary member of the Bristol Fire Department. I also volunteer for Meals on Wheels with my community support worker. I live in East Middlebury, where I am officially known as “The Mayor.”

My favorite thing to do during my free time is go fishing. There is a current law that enables those with limited mobility and sight to get a free fishing license. I have written letters in the past to my representative asking that people with intellectual disabilities be able to obtain the same license, free of charge, for lifetime. I have not seen or heard of any progress on this to date. I contacted (Rep.) Robin Scheu, (D-Middlebury) and collected over 600 signatures. I was told the bill was introduced to the proper committee in January of 2019.

I am reaching out to you for help and asking you to please do everything in your power to push this bill through. It has been on the back burner for a long time, and I am hoping it will be brought forward and made into “Raymond’s Law.”

When you receive this letter, I would really appreciate hearing back from you, even though you are busy.

My current service C\coordinator at the Counseling Service of Addison County helped me write this.

Raymond Bapp

East Middlebury

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