Thank you, voters
I want to sincerely thank the people of Williston for your support in the recent election. Since my first election to the Senate six years ago, I’ve done my best to represent each Chittenden County community with the same enthusiasm and close attention as my own hometown. I will continue to keep you posted on my Senate efforts with updates in the Observer and in direct calls and e-mails with you. Please stay in touch and thanks again.
— Tim Ashe
I disagree with Mr. McCullough’s statement that the results of this election didn’t reflect clear opposition to Mr. Shumlin’s plan to provide Universal Health Care, or UHC (“Local legislators weigh in on vote, look to future,” Nov. 13, 2014). Peter Shumlin attempted to ride on the coattails of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act with the expectation of gaining notoriety of being the first to provide a UHC program. Though our present system needs reform, the answer is not another unsustainable system.
The term UHC implies healthcare for all regardless of the reason. We need a system that rewards responsibility and penalizes irresponsibility. Preventable diseases and disorders — like type 2 diabetes and heart disease from obesity caused by poor diet and lack of exercise and lung disease from smoking — should not be covered. Accelerating costs make it unrealistic to think that unlimited services can be provided. When our society begins to create laws and services based on holding the individual responsible for what they do, we will be on a sustainable path for healthcare reform.
Current high property taxes, cost of living and socialistic policies will continue to prevent existing businesses from growing and hiring or entering Vermont at all. Many more tax-paying residents will leave our state placing an even greater burden on those that remain. (Another point to which Mr. McCullough disagrees.) We need to raise the bar on accountability and the level of expectations we have for ourselves, our children and employees. The same model of making people responsible for what they do needs to exist for education and employment. Regarding education, the “No Child Left Behind Act” has placed the bar so low that every child is being left behind when compared to other countries. We cannot afford this in today’s global economy.
On Sunday morning, Nov. 9, I was watching a portion of an interview on the WCAX program “You Can Quote Me” in which our governor was being interviewed after the election. I was stunned to hear him critical of students who choose not to attend college. Is this fair? How does it make our young people and families feel who are struggling with high costs of education?