We first want to thank the Bennington Banner for doing such a nice job "unveiling our good news." The response has been amazing and we do appreciate the accuracy, class, and professionalism used in your report. We are very excited about opening on Main Street.

The level of collaboration it took to make this possible was amazing. We are so appreciative of all the individuals it took to orchestrate a very difficult and complicated vision.

We did it!

So many people and so many entities were involved. While some of us worked months on this project the BCRC has been working on the restoration of this property along with the ANR for a couple of years. It was the work they did that provided us with the information needed to address the environmental issues.

There is not a better town staff than those in Bennington. Our community is very fortunate. Every facet of our local government was involved and far went over and beyond what you could possibly expect. The select board was decisive and creative. The town officials worked endlessly to provide their support and wisdom. The entire Town of Bennington staff helped us implement what was necessary to make this vision a reality.

There was a lot of work done behind the scenes. World Claim and their affiliates provided us with the means to focus on what's truly important to us. They were crucial consultants at a time we were frustrated and confused.

I want to mention the help and support of our friends and family at Beth Towb Rutland.


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Without their strength, faith, and vision we may not have had endurance to pick ourselves back up. Everyone should have such a resourceful family to depend on.

We are very blessed. Thank you everyone.

CHRISTOPHER LaFLAMME

Wells

Ross cooks up bad recipe for healthcare

I read Weiland Ross's April 29 column ("Not a nothing burger") attacking Green Mountain Care (GMC) and could only shake my head. He says Vermont is currently providing "good care to most of our people."

If so, how does he explain the fact that the physicians most aware of what healthcare is really like for Vermonters -- the general practitioners -- favor a system like our planned GMC?

A 2011 survey of Vermont doctors conducted by Vermont Representative George Till asked, among many other questions, "Would you be in favor a publicly financed, state government operated "single payer" health system paid for by broad based taxes?" Among GPs, 61.7 percent said yes.

Mr. Ross says that GMC's "costs" are $2.2 billion. It is really important for everyone in Vermont to understand that taxes to fund GMC simply replace the even larger amount of premiums already being paid in the state.

Those billions in premiums go away. Healthcare's total cost is estimated to go down under GMC. Not to mention that the $2.2 billion figure is the highest estimate.

Ross also makes much of the fact that most Vermonters are insured. Having some type of insurance, that pays for some type of healthcare, as long as you meet some kind of deductible and co-pay requirement, doesn't give people the healthcare that they need.

That is why Green Mountain Care is a good idea, and that is why we should all be telling our legislators to make sure that the Green Mountain Care stays what we need, without deductibles and co-pays that keep people sick and miserable.

In my experience, about the only people who don't think healthcare is a human right are the ones who already have all the healthcare they need.

LEE RUSS

Bennington