October 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

August 15, 2013

State Police disappear on Sunday

Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin. Williston police officers are on duty 24/7, but are dispatched remotely on weekends and nights, according to Sgt. Justin Huizenga. Police can be reached at 878-6611.


On Sunday, Aug. 11, around midday, I heard firing, probably a large-gauge shotgun in the woods near my house in northern Williston. This is a violation of a town ordinance. Normally this area is very quiet, so in itself this gunfire was rather alarming.

But because it was a Sunday, a day when I knew the Williston police go fishing, or whatever, I dialed the Williston State Police barracks, just to get this matter on the record, and perhaps get some official to look into the matter.


I let the phone ring, and ring. Still no answer at the Williston State Police Barracks.

Perhaps I should have dialed 911, and said, “Help, the emergency is that the Williston State Police Barracks is not answering their phone. Maybe they have been overcome by terrorists.” (A real possibility, these days.)

But of course I did not do this. Instead, I telephoned Mr. Macaig, head of the Williston Selectboard. We had a long and desultory and good-natured conversation, and he said he would bring this matter up at the Selectboard meeting scheduled for the next day, Aug. 12.

But, Gov. Shumlin, I am writing to you, Sir, because as Governor you have ultimate responsibility for public safety in the State of Vermont. I think it essential that you be informed that at least in this one town (and possibly others), there may be no police availability on weekends.

Carol C. Wagner



  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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