Letters 12 – 23 – 2011

Scheuermann’s prescription for education reform off base 

Rep. Heidi Schuermann of Stowe is one of the ablest members of the legislature. However I believe her education reform plan is, frankly, dead wrong.

She appeals to us to “put children first”. Her proposal is to put regional school districts first, to manage our “educational delivery system”.

She terms this “local control”, but it is perfectly clear that her regional school boards – 14 in the state – will be controlled by the educrats with the acquiescence of board members mostly elected by the only organization with a multitown political presence, the Vermont NEA.

She says students could attend any school within the educational district, but assuredly their choice will not include independent schools that compete with the public schools of the mega-district that would have to write the tuition checks.

Better education for our children will not come from mega-districts controlled by the overfed public education establishment, delivering little knapsacks of education to students required to attend. It will come from parental choice and provider competition. That would really put children and parents first.

– John McClaughry

 

Good article

“Vermonters Against the First Amendment.” Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You.

– Steve Cable

 

Support Project Feed the Thousands

I love giving and receiving useable gifts. Little trinkets and knick-knacks are not a part of my gifting.

On Monday morning, December 12, I had the pleasure of assisting other Vermont Yankee employees with an Entergy sponsored grocery shopping trip to support Project Feed the Thousands. The mission: purchase as many every-day food necessities as possible- soups, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, tuna fish…

The employee shoppers dispersed in groups of two, armed with a shopping assignment, a list of the weekly sale items, and a shopping cart. Two co-workers and I positioned ourselves at the end of a Hannaford cash register to help bag the groceries and load them on to an industrial sized cart. From the cart, the purchases would be loaded on to a truck and then delivered to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.

In less than 15 minutes the first shopper team pushed their cart to our register. It was groceries galore. After the cashier rang and we bagged what seemed like the store’s entire shelf stock of our assigned items, we started to brainstorm what other items users of Project Feed the Thousands would enjoy for the holidays. We piled on granola bars, popcorn, juice, teas, coffee, and hot chocolate. The more carts that the shoppers brought to the register the more excited I became to see what they had chosen to give.

To many of us, these are items that are readily accessible and may not be on our Christmas lists. For others, these gifts of groceries are necessary, useable, and appreciated.

– Lindsay Rose

 

 

Events & Notes

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: Diamond Ball Room, Sheraton, South Burlington, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.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.

Now – December 21: Pyrofax Energy is excited to announce the kick-off of their annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Each person that drops off 3 non-perishable food items or a new toy to your local Pyrofax office on or before December 21st will be entered to win 100 gallons of fuel oil.Pyrofax Energy has provided 3 locations to drop off food items and new toys between 8am and 4:30pm. You may drop off your donation at: 512 Brooklyn Street, Morrisville; #24 VT Rte 17, Waitsfield; or 694 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction.

Saturday, Jan 7: Castleton Republican Party Quarterly Breakfast Gathering, 8:30 am at the Trak-In Restaurant, Route 30 North, Bomoseen. RSVP by Jan. 4, 2012 for reservations. Email to: castletonrepublicans@yahoo.com or call Gary Turgeon at 802-265-2237 or Al Gustafson 802-273-3954.

 

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