October 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

School budget defeat

I don’t remember not voting for a school budget anywhere before our legislature passed Act 60.

I have not voted for one since.

Act 68 failed to improve Act 60.

I am strong for every one of our children to have a good education. I am also strong for property rights fairness.

Act 60/68 and our modern zoning practices are destroying Vermont values.

Jean Brown


School district must change goal

The defeat of the Williston School District budget at Town Meeting centered on the Board’s proposal to provide iPads to middle school students. This is but a small part of a larger problem—not just with the budget, but with the education goals that the board embraces.

The WCS principal stated that a main purpose of education at the school is to provide students with access to information “twenty-four/seven.” That is a flawed goal.

The purpose of elementary and middle school education should be to teach English, mathematics, science, history, the arts, foreign language, Euro/American culture and the responsibilities of citizenship. Teaching students how to access information should be done only incidentally to assist teaching those subjects. Until the School District changes its fundamental goal, every budget will be unworthy of approval.

Bret Powell


CVU board members thank voters

Many thanks to all Williston voters for supporting the CVU budget: the Williston members of the CVU Board are grateful for the continuing support of our community for our school and our students. CVU provides great academic programs, a wide variety of co-curricular activities and a myriad of options for our Williston students and the students from the other towns in the district. Our jobs as Williston members of the board are made easier by your support and we are able to spend more of our time focusing on making our high school even better!

Thanks again for the support.

CVU board members Jeanne Jensen, Polly Malik, Jonathan Milne, David Rath



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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