Letters: Columnist blinded by contempt


The editorial in the Bennington Banner "Reality Check: Government by contempt, Part I" (05/13/2014) by Mr. Weiland Ross shows perfectly how one’s own contempt can easily hide the facts from them. It is a shame. Mr. Ross makes some excellent observations about "competent presidents who were also true idealists holding office in times of crisis," like Lincoln and FDR.

He fails to mention, however, an important fact about these two "competent presidents." Both earned their place on Mr. Rushmore by instituting great changes according to their idealism (and the crisis at hand) which inspired the kind of contempt from numerous quarters which Mr. Ross seems to possess in abundance. Both of these "competent presidents" were, for example, accused in one way or another by their oppostion of "one-party" rule.

Mr. Ross’s contention that the Democrats in Washington "act as if there is a one-party government" is almost surreal. If this were an actual fact, perhaps it would be because the Republican Party has consistently and persistently showed President Obama, the Democrats, and us nothing but contempt and preferred to try and shut down the government rather than help govern. This is the same brand of contempt Mr. Ross seems to show Governor Shumlin and Vermont’s Democrats, excluding one particular member. And, for the record, the 113 Congress, with its Republican controlled House of Representatives, managed to enact 101 laws from 113 bills (as of 05/14/2014), many of them introduced and sponsored by Republican members (https://www.govtrack. us/congress/bills/#bystatus). Is this Mr. Ross’s definition of one-party rule?

Mr. Ross states the "most obnoxious example of contempt for the voters" is Governor Shumlin’s not releasing the financing plan for Green Mountain Care. Mr. Ross’s contempt once more has hid the facts from him. To my knowledge, the governor has never refused to discuss this. He has said he would not put it out there until he had it ready. To do so beforehand, as the ACA rollout so aptly proved, would be a greater disservice to Vermonters. Mr. Ross’s contempt, of course, cannot see this.


Montpelier Participate in the June 17 Special Meeting

I would like to encourage the voters of Bennington and North Bennington to participate in the June 17 Special Meeting in which we will be voting on the Water System Bond.

The ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours or have a ballot mailed. If you need a ballot mailed to you, you may call the Town Clerk’s Office at 802442-1043.

The deadline for voter registration is June 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. Vermont State law allows anyone who wants to cast an early ballot to do so without giving any reason.

Voting for Bennington residents will be at the Firehouse at the corner of River and Lincoln Streets. For residents of North Bennington, voting will be at the North Bennington Village Trustees Office on the corner of Main and Depot Streets in North Bennington. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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