February 21, 2020

Letters to the Editor

Water quality

I serve on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee in Legislature. My committee has been dealing with stormwater issues for the 8 years I have served on it. This year’s legislation out of my committee asks for a study on the creation and implementation of a statewide stormwater management program.

Stephanie Choate did an excellent job writing “Why are you paying a Stormwater fee?” in the March 19 Observer. It is important we recognize the information presented by Rick McGuire, Bruce Hoar and our Stormwater Coordinator James Sherrard as absolutely correct.

I have advocated for Williston’s new program for four years. I am proud of our town for its constant care for our surface water continuing with the enactment of our stormwater management. I want you to feel the pride, too.

I hope the state of Vermont’s water husbandry can catch up to Williston’s!

State Representative Jim McCullough


Thank you 

I would like to thank family, neighbors and friends for all their birthday greetings. I received more than 55 cards during a two-week period. It really gave me a lift for my 80th birthday after the long, hard, cold winter.

David “Button” Isham

Carbon tax

Climate change is real—even Congress now agrees that climate change is “not a hoax.” The state of Vermont is no stranger to government policy that tackles the issue of climate change, most notably Vermont’s commitment to 90 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. Though much has already been done to reach the states goal, much more can be done in the form of a pollution tax. Luckily representatives Mary Sullivan and David L. Deen have introduced a bill that would do just that, tax carbon pollution. The bill (H. 412) is making its way through the legislator and is sure to stir debate.

By taxing fossil fuel companies and their distributors we can curb consumption while also raising money to help Vermont’s homes and businesses become more energy efficient. For every 10 dollars Vermonters spend on fossil fuels, only two dollars stay in the state. Instead of shipping our money out of state it only makes sense to take steps in keeping a portion of that money circulating within the state. By helping Vermonters cut energy bills and switch to cleaner options, Vermonters save money, plain and simple.

Sean Bird

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