April 25, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Elect Rich Westman, VEC Board

I’d appreciate your vote for the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s board.

My family joined VEC at the beginning—1938. My grandmother was so excited about VEC she bought an electric washer 10 months before electricity eventually came to the farm. Raised on that farm, I kept an eagle eye on costs.

Today, affordability requires VEC to carefully choose its power sources and master Vermont’s regulatory and legislative processes. We also must wisely integrate renewables while respecting our environment. A longtime legislator and former VEC employee, I understand these technical, regulatory and policy issues. Plus, I have always been responsive to those I represent. When our farm lost power, we always knew whom we could call. As your board member, you’ll always be able to call me. (802.644.2297 or rawestman@gmail.com)

Information on voting, including online voting, can be found here: http://www.vermontelectric.coop/75th-election

Rich Westman



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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