While driving to my destination in October’s snow storm, I was approaching the 3-way intersection on Canal Street. When attempting to stop, my car started to slide. This would not have been a problem, whereas no other vehicles were approaching the intersection. However, a person on a bicycle came off of a side street and cycled right in front of my sliding vehicle, with no regards for his or my safety and placing both of us in danger.
This type of disrespect and disregard of others is the real topic of this letter. Since my arrival in the state of Vermont, I have never seen so many rude and disrespectful people in my entire life. I have no problem with people having a different opinion than my own, because that makes diversity work. But in this community, if your opinion is different than others, for example your ideas regarding Vermont Yankee, people believe that it is okay to speak to you however they want and you should just take it.
This intolerance of other’s opinions is ignorance and arrogance at its best. It is a prime example of bullying. Do people really wonder why bullying has gotten so out of control? What kind of example are you setting for your community’s children? Case and point, compost-slingers! How would like it if your child came home from school and said that other kids threw muck at them because their opinions were different? Would it be considered “theatrical”? It is juvenile behavior, an assault and should be prosecuted by law enforcement.
I work for Vermont Yankee and I also have an opinion. My opinion is just as valuable as any other person here in the state. I support Vermont Yankee and I also support having mutual respect between people regardless of your feelings about it. I believe that we should take a long hard look in the mirror to examine our own actions and see what kind of example we are setting.
– Kenyon N. Webber
Events & Notes
Thursday, Dec. 8th: Lamoille County Republican Fundraiser. Robert Maynard speaks on the “Vermont Economy, Can It Be Fixed” at the Hyde Park VFW hall from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. A chicken and biscuit buffet will be served. $20 per person. Call 802-851-1121 for more information.
Multiple Dates: Health Care Listening Sessions – The Agency of Administration is hosting four listening sessions across Vermont to help inform the design of future health care reform financing plans. These sessions will include presentations on the challenges facing Vermont’s health care system, how health care is financed currently in Vermont, and an overview of Vermont’s revenue system. The general public is encouraged to attend.
November 29: Marlboro College Tech Center, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m
December 13: Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library, Rutland, 10 Court Street, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m
December 14: University of Vermont, building and room to be announced, Burlington, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m
TBA: Northeast Kingdom, location to be determined, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Please contact Michael Costa, Special Counsel, Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-0141 or Michael.Costa@state.vt.us.
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