Letters 4 – 5 – 2012

Obama’s visit does not impress 

As we read reports of the mega-bucks required to even see the President, and the rough treatment even of a compliant media, and TWO (2), Presidential limousines presumably flown in, a hotel filled with security, staff and campaign enforcers, and that this Air Force One was one of the “smaller” ones due to a small airport in Maine, and closing down most main arteries with 200 police on local payrolls……

Wow!! The most babied, pampered and coddled man on earth came to speak only to the wealthiest 1%. It cost $100 just to stand in the back and shout “Hosanna”. It cost $500 to be close enough to reach out hoping against hope for a one second handshake. He couldn’t even eat the $5000 a plate with these friends, he ate separate food behind the closed doors!.

He may get elected by claiming he hears of the hopes and fears of the downtrodden, the poor and middle class. He will spend, he hopes, $1 billion of others people’s money to keep his tight grip the White House and on his other cottage, Air Force One.

Reminds me of Ben and Jerry’s success. They got people to buy $4 ice cream cones and make a fortune so that they could become free to condemn the wealthy and big business.

– Doug Richmond


Open letter to Commissioner Elizabeth Miller

As Commissioner of the Department of Public Service, you are supposed to represent the residents of the State of Vermont and as their ombudsman, as it were, do your utmost to protect their interests. Instead, you have chosen to protect only the interests of your boss, interests which are obviously connected to the success of the contemplated merger between CVPS and Gaz Metro which presumably will include some financial benefits for the governor’s campaign for reelection and his plan to occupy Sen. Leahy’s seat in Washington at some time in the near future. Instead, this cock-eyed plan to which you have given your endorsement will end up costing Vermont ratepayers even more money than they now must pay rather than putting some small amounts of money in their pockets as loan repayments, the intent of what the original loan agreement negotiated back in 2001 would do, if your new, revised agreement were to be ratified by the General Assembly. You are subverting the well-being of your clients, the general energy ratepayers of Vermont, throwing them all under the bus so that the boss can triumph (we already know that he cares not a bit about any of us, but is focused only on his own personal political agenda).

Is that what you were taught to do in law school and is that what you swore to do when you took the oath of office when you were appointed Commissioner?

– Ralph Colin


Notes & Events

Tuesday, April 10: Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Brock speaks at the Orange County Republican Dinner in Randolph, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. 43 Hebard Hill Rd. (Route 66), Randolph, VT $10/person, $5/person for guests who are first time attendees. Bring a guest!!

Thursday, April 12: Shelburne Republicans host Jack Lindley, new chair of State Republican Party, at 7:30 am meeting at Dutch Mill Restaurant, Shelburne. All are welcome.

Saturday April 14th: Castleton Republican breakfast at the Trak-In on Route 30 in Bomoseen, VT. Breakfast at 8:30 am followed by Guest Speaker Senator Randy Brock. RSVP to Castletonrepublicans@yahoo.com or for additional info contact Al Gustafson at 802-273-3954.

Wednesday April 18: Ethan Allen Institute’s 19th annual Jefferson Day Event, 7:30 PM, Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre. EAI Founder John McClaughry will speak on “Mr. Jefferson’s Economy.” Governor Jim Douglas will introduce John McClaughry.


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