Saint Albans Messenger; September 27, 2016
Phil Scott not only cares deeply about Vermont, but the Vermonters who live here. That is the number one reason I am voting for Phil. He knows the importance of public servants being held accountable to the people at all times. As a lifelong Democrat/Independent, I have voted for Phil in the past because of his integrity. Many members of the Democratic party have lost their integrity and do not care about Vermonter’s health and welfare.
Phil’s open door policy makes you feel welcome and listened to. Over the many months at the State House this past year he would say, “my door is always open”. On more than one occasion he invited our group in to discuss our concerns regarding the renewable energy legislation, particularly industrial wind. He listened, he cared and he promised to seek out alternatives that worked for everyone involved, not just the developers. Being a very busy man, I respected him for taking the time to ask us how we’re doing, to show sincerity for our plight and to encourage us to continue educating our legislators towards compromise. Compromise, it’s not a dirty word. Compromise equals great accomplishments done in a way where everyone feels listened to, respected and cared about.
Phil was happy to attend a meeting on Rocky Ridge to discuss the proposed Swanton Wind Industrial Wind project. We discussed alternatives to how Vermont could achieve our goals. We talked about carbon emissions, rooftop solar, efficiency and how grants are distributed. Sue Minter has stated she’s too busy to meet with us. She’ll happily carry out the Shumlin/Blittersdorf plan of 200 miles of our 600 miles of ridgelines covered with industrial wind yet doesn’t have 60 minutes to spend with the families whose lives would be destroyed. Is that who you want for a Governor? If so, industrial wind will soon be coming to a ridgeline near you!
Honesty is another great quality about Phil Scott. He realizes that the next Vermont Governor needs to be honest about our challenges. He knows that transparency and accountability have eroded in Vermont and there is no trust in our Government officials. He’ll be honest about our economy’s spending being way over its growth. He’s heard from many people how expensive it is to live here. I can appreciate that as a penny pinching Vermonter trying to make ends meet. He’ll work hard to strengthen our economy, supporting entrepreneurialism and job growth. I’m referring to real jobs, not the mythical ones that Sue Minter claims to have been created in the renewable energy industry.
He’ll fix the health care exchange by exploring the Federal health care exchange or approved multistate partnership exchanges. He’ll continue to look for and crack down on abuse in the system.
Vermont desperately needs a change and Phil Scott is the right man for the job! He has worked hard as Lt. Governor. He has earned our trust, our respect and our support. I hope he has earned yours also.
Bruce & Sally Collopy, Fairfield