Letters to the Editor

Less government, more choices
After reading the article regarding CSWD’s plan to control who picks up garbage (“CSWD eyes pickup changes,” Williston Observer, Aug. 7, 2014), I could only think…here we go again with more government. The most important factor being “choice” would be removed by the proposal being looked at by CSWD. Several examples were provided that would supposedly support their concerns about wasted fuel by multiple trucks picking up garbage and I appreciate their concerns. However, many of you may not know that thousands of gallons of fuel are wasted weekly by CSWD because there is no landfill in or around Chittenden County. Tractor trailer trucks (MBI) move garbage 24/7 on Route 15 from Chittenden County to the far north of the state, wasting huge amounts of fuel because CSWD and other government entities have not done their job and located a landfill here. So, when I hear the CSWD having a concern about wasted fuel, it strikes me as being a joke. Secondly, this effort on the part of the CSWD is for bigger government, which means less control by you and me of the end product and a growing CSWD. You will be forced to pay whatever price is dictated by CSWD while now you can change haulers whenever you want. There is no way the haulers (large and small) who will not be awarded contracts will remain, and thus people will be laid off. Now, when the CSWD pushes for new rules and regulations they may have some push back from the haulers, but with a one-contract deal there is nothing you or I can do. I want less government and more choices and CSWD does not provide that opportunity and in fact wants to reduce and eliminate choice. Fix the garbage hauling to a distant part of Vermont and then come back with your ideas to save fuel.
—Jim Barrett

Support Cafferty for sheriff
Ed is our brother-in-law, friend, and next-door neighbor (married to Susan Krasnow), but we support his bid to become Chittenden County sheriff for many, more important reasons. Well-qualified, he will be proactive in modernizing the office, hiring women deputies (currently none), effectively advocate for more community drug prevention programs along with drug treatment facilities and give strong support to universal background checks for gun purchases. Ed also will make good on his promise to institute transparency in the sheriff’s office by establishing a Community Advisory Committee, providing oversight and advice on the use of your tax dollars, and employing his renowned administrative expertise.
This race will hinge on “turnout,” and your vote effect will thus be multiplied 5-6 fold due to an expected 10 percent historical record. Seven or eight thousand votes from the entire county could win this race. You can vote early at the town office or request an absentee ballot now. We sincerely hope the CVU district represents Ed’s winning margin.
Please consider a look at Ed’s website ( to learn more about his impressive efforts and qualifications, and please join us in giving our vote to Ed anytime before or on Aug. 26.
—Michael Krasnow,
Sumru Tekin, Eddie Krasnow,
and Jane Krasnow