To the Editor:
Many of us Vermonters are excited to be “doing so well” as a state. So well that people are moving here in droves and real estate purchases are through the roof. One of the things that the newcomers are excited about is that Vermont is both clean and green.
One great thing that Vermont has done recently is we have passed the Global Warming Solutions Act. The GWSA (which other states have also passed versions of) is an act which will allow us, the citizens, to hold Vermont accountable for doing all the things we want and need to do to promote climate justice and prevent climate meltdown.
Vermont is going to enjoy the results of the GWSA in spite of the fact that Republican Gov. Phil Scott VETOED the GWSA. Luckily, Vermont representatives of both parties overrode Scott’s veto and now the GWSA is law.
I bring this up because I have heard some well meaning friends and neighbors say that they plan to vote for Scott.
It appears that Scott is benefiting from the fact that the vast majority of Vermonters are reasonable people who want to take care of their neighbors by wearing masks and practicing scientifically proven practices (social distancing, hand washing etc.) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Scott is seen as having been a “good leader” in the time of COVID-19.
The thing that bugs me is that Scott has simply been a normal leader acting like so many other normal leaders throughout the world. We have become so accustomed to abnormal, sociopathic leaders, that a leader acting reasonably now garners them a level of respect that they don’t, necessarily, deserve.
In addition to Vetoing the Global Warming Solutions Act, here are some other things that Scott has vetoed:
Increasing the minimum wage
Requiring a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases
Statewide family and medical leave program
Holding corporations accountable for the release of toxic substances into our environment
If you want a governor who has proven experience (David Zuckerman is currently the lieutenant governor, and a farmer) and whose voting record is more in line with what the people of Vermont actually want, please vote for David Zuckerman.