Letters: A new plan for the Shaftsbury garage
Just a short note to congratulate the Banner reporter for entertaining us on the political activities in Shaftsbury. It appears that we now have three "Bad Guys" all of them native Vermonters and successful prominent business men in the Southern Vermont area.
As an unbiased observer, I would also like to congratulate Karen Mellinger for reversing her original position.
After serious reconsideration, she has demonstrated her political wisdom with her revised article language by respecting the people’s wishes. Karen’s many years of service and leadership will be sadly missed.
I would suggest one more article be added to Mr. Whitman’s proposed solution. Should the town vote to purchase the adjoining property to be used for purposes other than a town garage. This would open the door to search for a third garage location like the former Iron Kettle Restaurant, on 3.5 acres, with plenty of fresh water, and a tremendous source of gravel in the back yard.
Other uses for this prime commercial property have been discussed in the past. How about a village green, a town park, picnic area, athletic field, hockey rink, swimming pool or a new town hall. The church can then be returned to its original purpose or donated to the Shaftsbury Historical Society.
Acceptance of this plan would provide a much needed fringe benefit. It will eliminate all questions of conflict of interest and restore all friendship.
JOHN J. BILLOW
Taking issue with the Affordable Care Act
When the Republican majority in Congress and the Republican minority in the Senate wanted to delay the Affordable Care Act (Obama-care), because it wasn’t ready for prime-time, our Democrat president, Senate and House members stated that it was the law of the land, and could only be modified by congressional action, subject to presidential veto.
The House of Representatives submitted several bills to the Senate concerning revisions to the law but the majority leader, Harry Reed, refused to allow an up or down vote.
Subsequently, the ACA gets modified unilaterally by President Obama’s issuance of dozens of waivers for compliance to his friends, supporters, and the unions, etc., followed by dozens of delays of the Law’s milestone dates. One questions the legality of this action since presidents should not be promulgating laws.
In one of Senator Obama’s speeches when running for the office of the presidency, he told his audience that he taught constitutional law for 10 years -- further saying that unilateral actions by a President was unconstitutional and therefore un-American, and would not be tolerated if he was elected to the office.
What happened to this statement by the "constitutional scholar?"
Has he forgotten his initial beliefs or does his current actions fall into his other prevarications:
"You can keep your current health care plan if you like it -- period."
"You can keep your current doctor if you like -- period."
"You will be getting a $2,500 deduction in your health care costs."
These unconstitutional and un-American actions by our president, and the dictatorial actions by Senate majority leader Reed, have disrupted the democratic process for crass political reasons.
We must all, of every political stripe, lobby for the cessation of these illegal proceedings, and put the legislation of law back in the hands of the people’s representatives, the duly elected Senate and the House of Representatives.
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