Editor of the Reformer,
This past Oct. 9, Juliet Cuming wrote a letter published in the Bennington Banner.
The letter noted that Governor Scott "is seen as having been a 'good leader' in the time of COVID-19." Ms. Cuming questions this conclusion, and so do I.
A brief review of Ms. Cuming's points. Scott has not been a good leader. His COVID-19 response looks good but only when compared with that of others. In addition, he vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), an act that gave Vermonters the right to sue the governor. His veto was reversed by the legislature and is now law. Scott also vetoed the minimum wage bill, the statewide family and medical leave bill, the bill that would hold corporations accountable for the release of toxic substances into the environment, and the bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for gun purchases.
I add to the above that Scott has tried to down-size the government by decreasing the number employed by the state of Vermont and has attempted to decrease the aid to education.
As to his response to COVID-19, Scott did not order the use of masks until some time after July 10, many months after doctors noted their importance.
Finally, there is one more consideration as unpleasant as it is. There is a fair chance that either one or both of the elder statesmen, Pat (Leahy) or Bernie (Sanders), will not complete their terms in office, given their ages. If that happens, do we want a Republican governor appointing their replacement?
Scott looks more and more to be nothing more than a Trump Republican.
Charlotte, Oct. 23