April 8, 2010
Why did the trees go?
I am an eighth grader in Swift House at Williston Central School. I grew up around big, beautiful trees and personally think, even after visiting four national parks, that Vermont’s trees are the best I’ve ever seen. They stand strong and peaceful. They are the symbols of the people who live beneath their branches.
When I moved to Williston, I saw that there were not as many of my green friends in Williston. I found some that stood on the horse farm across from Shaw’s. I loved the way the sunset poured through their graceful branches. My mom told me that those trees had been there when she was my age. She enjoyed riding her horse through the Williston forests and fields.
Recently, those trees were needlessly chopped down to make room for yet another development. I feel that a wiser choice could have been made in order to save a landmark in Williston. One option, and perhaps the best, is to have worked around the trees. A drive from the main road to wherever the development might be could have been easily created around or through the trees, like an old romantic, Victorian road.
To me, this is an outrage. I don’t know what the planner of this development was thinking to chop down a landmark of our town and some of the only mature trees in the area. I’m waiting to hear the reason, as is the rest of Williston, to why the murder of some of the oldest residents in our town occurred.
My hope is this won’t happen again. I want my children and my children’s children to see the wonders that nature gives us here. I don’t want them to have to see the Green Mountains turned to stumps.
Zoey Maleekah LaChance, Williston
Health care the same as interstate commerce?
When you go to see your doctor, is it for a commercial purpose or for your health?
For the past 200 years, the regulation of health care has been the province of the states. The states formed the federal government, not the other way around. They granted expressly only 17 powers to the federal government, health care not being one of them. Under the federal Constitution, the states retained for themselves the power to regulate health, safety, welfare and morality.
If the Fed lacks the authority to regulate health care, then how can they legally pass this? Answer: they can’t. Not only have they done this but nobody seems very concerned by the unchecked power of our rulers in Washington D.C. Congress lacks the authority to force private citizens to purchase anything.
Under the new federalization of health care your property can now be seized without due process if you don’t pay them as directed. The same folks who can put a retroactive lien on your property or snatch the funds from your bank account without due process (treasury agents of the IRS) are being used to enforce compliance with Obamacare.
According to the new law, your physician must now submit your medical information to federal bureaucrats. Soon these same bureaucrats will be directing your doctor how to treat you. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the privacy most insulated from government intrusion is that between a doctor and a patient. Unfortunately, this new law insures that your medical privacy will go the way of the Vermont catamount.
I’m confident the federal government will be just as financially responsible with health care just as they have been with Amtrak, the post office and Social Security.
Shelley Palmer, Williston
Last concert for the season
I have attended nearly all of the Brick Church Music Series concerts last season and this season. They have been delightful, and to think they are held in a beautiful historic church and at an affordable cost.
Each concert is sponsored by local businesses and the proceeds benefit a nonprofit group. At each concert, a different local artist or photographer is able to present an exhibit of their work.
Thanks to the idea of a few people to come up with these events. A lot of preparation and work happens behind the scenes. Thank you, Rick, David, Peter and Don! I look forward to next year’s season!
Last month we enjoyed Pete Sutherland & Friends. The opening act was a spectacular group of young people, ages 12 to 15 years old from the area, called “The Irregulars.” A band with violins, bass, accordion, flute and keyboard player. I am impressed with the local talent and especially to see young people who have a love for music.
The last concert of this season’s Brick Church Music Series is happening on April 16 at 7 p.m. and will feature Peter Bingham, a local doctor from Fletcher Allen Health Care, as the opening act and the main attraction will be Vance Gilbert, a singer and songwriter from the Boston area who has performed on stage all over the United States and Canada. Vance began his career in the 1990s and has a “voice like an angel, the wit of the devil and the guitar playing of a God.”
Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased by contacting myself at 878 4875 or the town hall at 878-0919. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Williston Historical Society. Purchase your ticket ahead of time for what will be a wonderful evening of music. Come and hear and see local talent.
Ginger Isham, Williston Historical Society