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Fighting to make Vermont affordable

During the past five years of Democratic super-majority rule, Montpelier has increased taxes at a rate over $1,000 per person. Additionally, expenditures have grown at least twice the rate of Vermonters’ paychecks.

Politicians do not create private-sector jobs—businesses do. However, government policies can promote a healthy business climate. In our case, state government stymies it. Compared to the other 49 states, Forbes Business Magazine consistently ranks Vermont near the bottom for business friendliness. The main culprits are the state’s high taxes and onerous regulatory climate.

Vermont needs a state government that fosters job growth through tax reductions, tax credits and permit reform. We must reduce the overall tax burden. It’s difficult for businesses to create new jobs when Vermont is one of the highest taxed states in the nation.

We need representatives who will enact laws that are in the best interests of Vermont families, communities, and businesses. Policies that enable success—not impede or penalize it.

As in the past, Vermont Republicans will be fighting to make the state affordable for Vermonters. Won’t you join us?

Michael Benevento

Williston

Observer courtesy photo Williston Scouts Collected more than 500 Christmas trees on Jan. 2 in the annual pickup, the troop's biggest fundraiser of the year.
Observer courtesy photo
Williston Scouts Collected more than 500 Christmas trees on Jan. 2 in the annual pickup, the troop’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Thank you from Scouts

On behalf of Williston Troop 692, I’d like to thank the town for its support of the Scout’s Christmas Tree Pick-up fundraiser.

On Jan. 2, the Scouts picked up more than 500 trees from neighbors participating in the program. Scouts transported the trees to CSWD, where they will be recycled and used for fuel or composting based on the needs of CSWD. The troop raised $2,100 that will be used in the Scout’s general fund to sustain troop activities and community service efforts throughout 2016.

We would like to extend a thank you to Joseph Carl for supporting our transportation needs. We would also like to thank the Chittenden Solid Waste District, whose goals of economically and environmentally sound methods to reduce and manage our waste stream are a valuable lesson for us all.

The Williston Boys Scouts provide a program for young men to build character and practice the responsibilities of “participating citizenship.” Thank you, Williston, for supporting our future leaders and helping build a more conscientious, responsible and productive community!

Thomas Hark

Scoutmaster, Williston Troop 692

Eight-year CY mentor Andy Mikell sits with his mentee, Williston Central School eighth grader Andrew Beatty.
Eight-year CY mentor Andy Mikell sits with his mentee, Williston Central School eighth grader Andrew Beatty.

Thank you, mentors

On the occasion of National Mentoring Month, I want to thank the dedicated volunteers who serve as Connecting Youth mentors at Williston Central School. The average tenure of a WCS mentor is now more than five years. Thanks to all of these wonderful mentors, nearly 60 participating middle school students have a chance to explore interests and to enjoy the undivided attention of an additional caring adult during one relaxed hour together each week at school. Research from across the country tells us that relationships like these promote resiliency and are the number-one indicator of success for a child. The truth is that we would all thrive and be more engaged in our learning and work if we had a caring friend who gave us undivided time each week, was always happy to see us and was always interested in what we have to say and what we are feeling. WCS mentors make it happen.

Most of our pairs enjoy each other so much they choose to stay together until eighth grade graduation and beyond. WCS Mentoring also weaves together strong and beautiful circles of community that go beyond these pairs. A series of events each year create friendships and bonds between school and community partners, between mentees from different teams, between mentoring families, as well as between our pairs.

WCS and Williston are enriched by these circles of friendship and community that bring together individuals from all different backgrounds and experiences. This program nurtures and embraces the best of this wonderful school and community. It does indeed exemplify the “Spirit of Williston.”

Nancy Carlson

CY Mentoring Coordinator, Williston Central School