October 22, 2014

Letters to the Editor

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Vote for Terry

I am going to vote for my friend Terry Macaig as our representative again in Montpelier. Terry may be quiet, but he has a strong personality and is straightforward in his opinions and ideas. He was a leader in Boy Scouts for many years, is the town’s health officer, Selectboard member and present chairman of the Selectboard, and president of our local historical society. Terry is great to work with, as he gets things accomplished promptly and efficiently and can be counted on when his help is needed. In the past, he has worked hard to get as much of our sales tax as possible returned to Williston. I hope you will vote for him, too.

— Ginger Isham 

Williston 

 

Vote for the future

As a Vermont native and a recent college graduate, I am disappointed in Vermont’s inability to create jobs. Many of my peers have had to leave the state for work in a more affordable place. I am back in Vermont for the short term, hoping to be here for the long-term, but I am struggling with the high cost of living and cannot find a career. I look forward to my future, but not knowing if I could own a home and raise a family the way I was raised here makes me question if this is the state I should be in.

I am very grateful to have had the chance to talk to Jay Michaud about his beliefs on Vermont’s future. He is eager to create jobs in Vermont that will keep our youth, including myself, in this state while still protecting environmental issues. The fact that he is coming from an entrepreneurial background gives him a lot of credibility to complete this undertaking.

Moreover, his position that taxes are too high and government spending needs to be cut is spot on. This is made more apparent with the possibility of the “cloud tax,” which will start taxing Internet-based services retroactive to 2006. It seems to me that Vermont is purposely trying to drive the youth out of this state.  There needs to be a change and a better voice for our youth. Jay Michaud has what it takes to make that change possible.

— Eve Robitaille
South Burlington

 

Praise for McCullough and Macaig

Most believe that our electoral process is flawed in various ways. Among the problems are a too-long campaign season and, increasingly, uncivil engineering.

Two events brought both to Williston in new ways. Never have I seen political campaign signs appearing so early, nearly two months before Nov. 6. Curious, I telephoned and learned that Jim McCullough and Terry Macaig pledged to place their signs only two weeks before the election. I commend them for this.

Secondly, I find it wholly inappropriate that the majority of signs already out are placed on public property. My understanding is that they should only be placed on private property with permission.

I appreciate both the discipline and decorum of Jim’s and Terry’s campaign practices. Their opponents should have been so guided.

I support Jim and Terry for many other reasons, as well. Both deserve reelection for all they do. Their records reveal that both have served on public and volunteer entities over time, contributing to making ours a better community. And, they have always done this in a befittingly civil manner.

— Andrew Tangalos
Williston

 

Williston
support for Nelson

I am writing in support of Tom Nelson’s candidacy for state representative for Williston.  I cannot think of a finer individual to represent the citizens of Williston and Vermont.

I met Tom over ten years ago while organizing a benefit hockey game between the Defenders and Enforcers for the Essex Lions Club. The Lions were raising funds for the Veteran’s Memorial in Essex Junction.  I was co-captain of the Defenders, a team made up of current and retired Vermont National Guard service members. The Enforcers consisted of current and retired Vermont law enforcement individuals.

As the go-to person, Tom spent many hours of his own time working with us to make the benefit game a resounding success. In the end, we raised approximately $10,000 for the memorial. Tom was a behind-the-scenes supporter who worked tirelessly to ensure our success.

Several months after the game, we approached Tom to discuss another game benefiting the children of deployed service members. Without hesitating, Tom volunteered to help. He worked tirelessly to make this game a success. Over the last nine years, the benefit game between the Defenders and Enforcers has averaged around $4,000 per year. This money has been donated to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Fund.

Tom was also a huge supporter of our Boston Bruins alumni hockey game played back in 2007. The proceeds of this game went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont. With Tom’s help, we raised over $22,000 for Make-A-Wish. It was the largest amount raised by a first-time event for a group.

Tom Nelson is an honest, hard-working and motivated individual who puts concerns of others before his own. I know Tom would be an invaluable asset to both Williston and the State Legislature. Best of luck, Tom!

— Marc Goudreau

Huntington

 

Williston Wins campaign underway

Williston Families as Partners (FAP), our schools’ parent-teacher organization, is currently holding its annual Williston Wins fundraising campaign. These funds, in conjunction with monies collected from community events such as our fall craft fair and our spring big basket raffle, support many programs not covered by the school budget. The programs include educational grants for resources that provide opportunities for teachers to initiate new or creative instructional strategies, money for field trips that provide learning opportunities outside the classroom, support services for students whose families may be struggling economically, the Intergenerational Reading program connecting two generations through reading and discussion groups, eighth-grade graduation, school gardens and other FAP programs that support our school children.

Last year, FAP filed the paperwork required to become a non-profit organization, so any donations to Williston Wins are tax deductible. While we ask parents of schoolchildren for a suggested donation, we also welcome contributions from any person or any business that would like to support our local schools. If you’d like to make a donation, please mail or deliver a check (made payable to Williston FAP) to Williston Central School, attn: FAP, 195 Central School Drive.  Our fundraising campaign ends Oct. 31. You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-free donation by the end of the year.

Thank you in advance for your support of FAP’s goals. When we can contribute to our children’s educational success, everyone in Williston wins.

— Liz Neeld
Williston 

 

Thoughts on lead

I would like to share some points from a well-delivered speech by State Senator Ginny Lyons, chairwoman of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Energy Committee at the recent Lead Free Williston media event reported in the Sept. 27 Observer.

In her remarks, she acknowledged the investment of millions of dollars by local funds and grants on the water quality of Williston’s Sucker Brook and wellhead protection of the Porterwood residential area. She noted that “lead sinkers for fishing have been banned as ground water was declared a public trust and although we have eliminated or lowered lead content in consumer products, we need to do more.” She further emphasized that “water in the 21st century is precious and every drop (of “blue gold”) should be protected from contamination. Public Health demands that our water be lead-free, not just for humans, but also for fish and wildlife.”

In conclusion, she stated that “the North Country Sportsmen Club (an identifiable source) needs to accept its responsibility and the state needs to step in to help. It isn’t enough to simply divert future lead. During the past several years the state has begun a comprehensive clean up of ‘junk yards’ and contamination to soil and water—It is time for a similar effort to get the lead out.”

Ginny Lyons is highly regarded, having served on or was chairwoman of the Williston Selectboard from the 1990s until her Senate service in 2006, when she became the vice chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Her comments are worthy of our attention.

— Jane Packard Bryant

Williston

ELECTION LETTERS POLICY

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Please note the Observer will not run any Letters to the Editor pertaining to the elections on Nov. 1, the issue before the election.

All Letters to the Editor written in regards to to the election MUST be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, and will appear in the Observer on Oct. 25. Letters sent by Monday, Oct. 15 will appear in the Oct. 18 issue.

Please be aware that normal guidelines will apply, including a 300-word limit for all letters.

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