Letters to the Editor

New Guard tuition benefit appreciated

On behalf of the Vermont National Guard, I want to thank the Vermont Legislature and Gov. Phil Scott for their vision, leadership and resolve to enact the Vermont National Guard Tuition Program during the 2017-2018 legislative session.

The value of this new program cannot be overstated as it pertains to the readiness of the Vermont National Guard. Vermont is the last state in the Northeast to offer this benefit for service in the National Guard.  The State of Vermont now has a benefit to offer young men and women who want to serve their state and nation while getting a higher level of education at one of our state or private institutions.

We believe that graduating Vermont high school seniors will see this benefit as an opportunity to grow as individuals while serving their fellow Vermont citizens. We also believe they will more likely stay in Vermont as a member of the National Guard and become active in tomorrow’s workforce. The leadership shown on this particular issue in Montpelier this past session is greatly appreciated, and we will do our very best to ensure our current and future soldiers and airmen take full advantage of the benefits afforded to them with this new program.

Thank you for making education for Vermont National Guard soldiers and airmen a priority.

Steven Cray, Adjutant General
Vermont National Guard

Credit Williston Police with quick work solving theft

We at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Essex Road in Williston would like to express a sincere thank you to Officer Dan Macaig and the whole Williston Police Department for their help with a recent theft from our store.

On June 13, it was discovered that one of our shoppers had swapped tags on an air conditioner that was priced at $150. The shopper swapped the $150 tag with a $45 tag from a different, much older, air conditioner. After review of surveillance footage, it was discovered that the individual also stole a $2,500 projector and some jewelry right off the front counter!

Through the quick response and skilled work of Officer Macaig and his fellow police officers, the stolen items were retrieved and the individual responsible for stealing the items was apprehended within 48 hours.

When items are stolen or tags are swapped to a lower value, it means less money that Habitat for Humanity is able to use to build affordable housing for families in need right here in Chittenden County. As a nonprofit organization, we are funded through grants, donations and sales at our Habitat ReStore. It is an enormous help for Habitat for Humanity to be able to get these items back and available for sale.

The staff and volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore greatly thank Officer Macaig and the Williston Police Department for their help in returning over $2,650 in stolen merchandise.

Daniel Mullin, Store manager
Habitat for Humanity ReStore