Two Letters for Lisman

Supports Lisman for governor

Tax, tax, tax; when will Vermont politicians stop talking about taxing the people? We are ranked 49th in economic outlook, we have increased taxes by $644 million over the past 5 years, and we have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Recently, our Lt. Governor, Phil Scott, discussed the idea of implementing a mileage tax. This tax would require that Vermonters report the number of miles they drive and pay a tax in relation to that number. This tax is a response to increases in innovation of fuel efficient vehicles that affect revenue received from carbon and gas taxes. This is ridiculous. This is an example of politicians snuffing technological advancements and innovating their own way of forcing money out of the pockets of hard working Vermonters.

This tax carries a lot of privacy rights baggage as well. With the discussion of this tax comes a discussion of how to measure mileage and some of that discussion has led to talk of GPS tracking. I imagine an Orwellian future of the government knowing where I'm going at all times and how long it takes me to get there, all in the name of taxes that I can't afford. If this is the kind of discussion that Phil Scott is willing to have then I'll gladly talk to the other Republican Gubernatorial candidate: Bruce Lisman.

Lisman is a business man and he understands that if you over tax the people then they won't have any capital to improve their own lives. Vermont politicians haven't been respecting the taxpayers and Bruce Lisman will because he will treat the taxpayer like a customer, and in business you have to always respect the customer. You respect their needs and you respect their privacy. Lisman believes the mileage tax is just as ridiculous as a carbon tax, both of which would harm the taxpayer and the small business owner. It's time to stop trusting politicians and time to start partnering with outsiders like Bruce Lisman.

— Keld Alstrup


The key is courage

A difficult path lies ahead for traditional Republicans running for office in Vermont. The principles they espouse, such as individual responsibility, small government, and markets that are free to conduct business for the benefit of the customer, are principles that are often given short shrift here in the Green Mountain state.

To ignore these time-honored values, of course, is to neglect the well-being of Vermonters. The results are not happy ones. As the state sinks further and further into its doldrums, those who wish to continue to adhere to those principles and even exercise some of them, move to other places. Left behind are fewer and fewer to carry a load that only gets heavier.

It is Vermonters' good fortune that Bruce Lisman, who grew up in Vermont, hasn't abandoned the ship. Instead he has taken it upon himself to try and right it. Lisman is running for Governor because he sees a way forward and has devoted the last several years to preparing himself to steer that passage.

There is one other thing about Bruce Lisman that must be mentioned. He has courage. Without courage the finest principles in the world will remain unrealized. With it, Vermonters have brighter days just ahead.

Please vote for Bruce Lisman for Governor on August 9.

— Lenore Broughton



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