Letters and Events 9 – 14 – 2012

Entergy lawsuit not surprising

I’m not the least bit surprised by Entergy’s lawsuit fighting the $12 million tax on Vermont Yankee. This selective, punitive tax targets one company, a large Vermont employer at that, and imposes a charge for continuing to operate in Vermont.

Time and again, the Shumlin administration and our legislative leaders express surprise that many Vermonters think they are anti-business. Yet the evidence clearly shows that to be just the case: these members of our state government will do anything to drive Vermont Yankee out of business, even if it means a serious blow to Windham County’s economy from losing its single largest private employer.

Who is to say that these actions will stop with Yankee or that they won’t target other companies to try and tax them out of business? Furthermore, the financial cost is not their problem: the activists and the Montpelier politicians aren’t paying for it, we are.

Personally, I am glad Entergy is standing up to protect itself from unfair taxation in the appropriate, non-political venue of the federal courts. The State should encourage private industry, not hound it out of existence. Vermont already had high taxes, now it is obviously vengeful and aggressive against certain businesses. Honestly why would any manufacturer want to locate its operations here?

Harold L. Bailey

Hyde Park

 

Events

Saturday September 15: 2nd Constitution Day Celebration in St. Albans 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Taylor Park Rain site: National Guard Armory Contact Linda Kirker

Friday September 21:  Charity Care Without Taxpayer Funds: Is It Possible?  Alieta Eck, MD, describes how voluntary associations an provide large-scale medical care at NO taxpayer costs to Vermonters.  Low cost  No red tape  Respectful  7:00 – 9:00 PM McCarthy Arts Center St. Michael’s College.  Sponsored by the St. Michael’s College Conservative Club; the Green Mountain Patriots; Christian Medical and Dental Association, UVM Chapter; Vermont 912 Group, Vermonters for Economic Health; the Ethan Allen Institute.  For more information contact: greenmountainpatriots@gmail.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: BRET STEPHENS: DEPUTY INTERNATIONAL EDITOR, The Wall Street Journal; FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, The Jerusalem Post – Speaks on: “ISRAEL AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST” Sponsored by We Stand With Israel. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONt DAVIS CENTER, SILVER MAPLE BALLROOM – $15 ADMISSION

For Advance Tickets contact: 233-0556 or 863-5354

 Thursday September 27:  The Lamoille County Republican Party will host the Biannual Meritorious Awards Dinner, September 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM at the Green Mountain Technical Career Center, 738 Route 15 West, Hyde Park (between Morrisville and Johnson). The tickets for dinner are $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $180 for a table of 8. This is not only an opportunity to acknowledge our hardworking elected officials and meet the candidates, but a time to visit with fellow Republicans as well. The evening begins at 5:30 pm will be a “meet and greet” with the candidates, Light refreshments will be served during this time. From 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the (buffet) dinner hour which is followed by the awards. Proceeds will benefit the candidates. To reserve your tickets, please call Merilyn at 802 644 5580 or Sherry at 802 253 6312. You can also email us at: slynettebell@aol.com. We look forward to seeing you there

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