Letters and Events 6 – 4 – 2013

Vermont Yankee’s “good Neighbor” track record

They say that money talks, baloney walks. (Well “they” don’t actually say “baloney” but this is a family newspaper.) Vermont Yankee has a track record of being a good neighbor – pays its bills on time, supports the community, and provides jobs. Vermont Yankee’s handling of its property tax bill is a perfect example of a good corporate neighbor walking the walk.

The Vernon selectboard admitted that, with the State of Vermont desperately trying to shut the plant down, Vermont Yankee could argue that its property tax value has declined dramatically. Did Vermont Yankee, therefore, try to nickel and dime its neighbors with a low ball offer? No – Vermont Yankee came to the Vernon selectboard and said, “just renew last year’s deal.” That deal pays out about $1.3 million in taxes. As plant spokesperson Jim Sinclair said, “extending the existing agreement was the right thing to do.”

Say what you want, Vermont Yankee is a good neighbor, demonstrated once again in these economic times. You can’t ask much better than that.

Richard January
Jaffrey, New Hampshire



The Ethan Allen Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Roasting of founder John McClaughry by ethan Allen Institute co-Founder John M. Mitchell

Governor Jim Douglas & Governor Tom Salmon with special entertainment by Rusty “The Logger” Dewees

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Emerald Ballroom | Sheraton hotel & conference center
870 Williston road | South Burlington, Vt 05403

Social hour at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, private reception at 6:00pm
$65 per individual ticket
Gold Sponsor – $5,000
Silver Sponsor – $1,000
Early Bird Table – $450
(early Bird reservation confirmed by May 22nd) 

Purchase your tickets Online Now!

Or, save the processing fee and reserve your tickets by mail.  Download your reply card HERE, and send to:

Ethan Allen Institute
P.O. Box 543
Montpelier, VT 05601

Questions? Call 802-695-1448
Please join us in thanking John McClaughry for his twenty years of dedication to the fight for liberty and prosperity in Vermont, and in taking the first step toward another twenty years of Ethan Allen Institute success.