Letters 10 – 14 – 2011

McDonald deserves kudos 

I think your article [on Pat McDonald] is great. Pat is a warrior — a happy warrior I hope!

– Ann Hogan



IBM has treated Vermont better than Vermont has treated IBM

Jack McMullen’s recounting of how Vermont treated IBM in the mid-90s likely has substantial truth. IBM clearly chose not to make major investments for upgraded technology in Vermont. Surely, much of the fallout from that decision rests with Vermont politicians. However, consider that IBM may not have desired to become an ever-larger scale employer in a location that offers a limited work force. Certainly, Vermont’s regulatory paradigm and the price of power in Vermont were also important to the decision.

The massive research investment in nanotechnology in the Albany area that began several years ago and now the construction of the massive Malta Global Foundries fab makes that area the new U.S. center for advanced microchips.

The IBM glory days in this state are long gone. Vermont should be thankful they have managed their workforce thoughtfully so as not to create a massive shock to northern Vermont.

– David Usher



Events & Notes

Sat. October 15th: The first annual VTGOP Harvest Dinner will take place in Rutland. Congressman Frank Guinta (R~NH) will be the special guest speaker. Guinta is a rising star in the Republican Caucus and is the National Award Winner of the 2011 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Free Enterprise Legislator of the Year Award. Get the details at vtgop.org.

Thurs. October 20th: Green Mountain Care Panel Discussion. Wendy Wilton an Dr. Deb Richter debate Green Mountain Care. Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, Ludlow, Vermont.

Tues. November 8th: A Forum on the Future of Health Care in Vermont. Featured speakers include Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, and Joel Allenbaugh, Director of Health Reform Initiatives, Maine Heritage Policy Center. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Burlington Hilton on Battery Street (Registration 8:30 am). Click HERE to make your reservation today.

The Hinesburg Republican Town Committee would like to announce that they have a new email address — HinesburgGOP@gmail.com — and would like to hear from citizens who would like to get involved.



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