Thursday September 27, 2012

Moran’s agenda Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you to all who supported me in the recent primary.

There are three major challenges face us as we approach the new biennium in January.

1) Irene long-term recovery. Following our initial handling of the crisis, that gave all of us good reason to be proud as Vermonters, we need to revisit some of the original repairs to prepare for future challenges and work with FEMA for the funding that we in good faith have planned upon.

2) Economic development with livable-wage jobs. We need to expand the economy through increased structural and electronic infrastructure, decreased property tax dependency with accountable education spending, entrepreneurial support, workforce training and housing, fair taxation and a small business-friendly state bank.

3) Reinforced essential programs. Through an equitable tax structure, we need to strengthen programs that serve all Vermonters, including the low income, young, elderly and disabled.

I ask for your support on November 6 to continue serving as our state representative. Please contact me to buy an "I AM VERMONT STRONG" license plate or for any reason at 58 Hi-Hopes Road, Wardsboro, Vermont 05355, 896-9408, jmoran@leg.state.vt.us.

State Representative John Moran,

Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset,

Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham, Sept.


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Action, not anger and pride

Editor of the Reformer:

Being angry at the Republican’s ignorance/refusal to see and act outside of what their party lines blindly dictate (or conversely, animosity towards Democrats) doesn’t help democracy -- or any form of progress in government. But optimism that doesn’t fight to expose the truth of what a party actually stands for, or battles the sewage of political ads and propaganda, is useless as well.

This entire Democrat vs. Republican standstill in Congress and the national presidential election is frustrating in this sense -- shouldn’t we and our leaders care more about positive progress in the United States, as opposed to what party brought such progress about?

I’d say with the removal of ego and emotion, an incrementally larger amount of progress could be made through our government, but because even beyond petty party feuds, the issues in question (abortion, for example) are emotional in their nature of being. Well, it’s easier said than done.

Anger and pride don’t help democracy; action does. Action, no matter what political party it stands for or behind and categorically falls into.

Rebecca Alice Potter,

Guilford, Sept. 24

Offended by campaign literature

Editor of the Reformer:

An open letter to Wendy Wilton, candidate for State Treasurer:

I just received a rather offensive mailing from an organization calling itself "Vermonters First," signed and apparently paid for by one Tayt Brooks.

The letter paints me, a voter, as anti-freedom, job-killing and otherwise a bad citizen. I have voted for our hard-working representatives in Vermont’s government. I am proud of them and I resent someone with a lot of money trying to slur them, and me.

I don’t know very much about you and your campaign, but I will learn more before I vote. If you accept support from someone like Mr. Brooks, I can only hold my nose.

Please, for your sake and for all reasonable politics, disavow this person and his organization.

Tom Murray,

Brattleboro, Sept 24

Register to vote

Editor of the Reformer:

In celebration and support of Voter Registration Day, Friends of Emmett Dunbar for State Representative will be sending volunteers throughout the District this week to make sure our neighbors are registered to vote.

We are so fortunate to live in the United States, to have the rights and freedoms that are not commonplace in many countries across the world. That said, I think it is important that we exercise one of our most fundamental rights, one that is too often taken for granted: the right to vote.

Vermont is unique in that we have a very small population and, subsequently, great access to our elected officials and the political process.

You can find us registering voters at the following dates, times and places:

Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Weston Post Office; Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Jamaica Farmers Market; and Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Muleman’s Craft Drafts in Rawsonville.

If you can’t make it to out to any of these, voter registration forms can be found at the Pantry in South Londonderry, or at any Town Clerk’s office, statewide, until Oct. 30.

Remember to vote on Nov. 6!

Emmett Dunbar,

Independent Candidate for State Representative, Windham-Bennington-Windsor District, Sept. 24