We had a nice little break at the Jersey shore, where I spoke a couple of times in memory of Jesse, and we had nice visits with family there. The shore was fun, but it’s good to be home in our beautiful Vermont hills, and I’m ready to continue to serve to keep life good (and affordable) here. This election is important. Be sure to vote. I appreciate your support.
Staying in touch takes many forms. Tonight I went to a gathering to see the Republican candidate for governor. It was good to visit with local people concerned with what’s going on in our state and concerned with helping it move in a better direction.
Yesterday I enjoyed being in the parade at Sheffield, and then better late than never at Albany. I always enjoy visiting with constituents and meeting new friends. I guess the campaign season has begun in earnest, and I appreciate your encouragement and support.
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Here in Vermont, where the liberal majority has been in control for many years, there has been no real accountability for our politicians and those in office. We are suffering from the long term effects of this situation, and everyday in the news we are seeing the breakdown of government controlled agencies. Corruption, inefficient use of money and resources, and lives that are harmed. I will continue to stand for my constituents and work in their best interests, and not work for "better" and bigger government.
I had a great week working with our community young people in Vacation Bible School at church. Nearly 30 kids and 20 great helpers made for an exciting week. These kids are our future, and I always enjoy being part of their lives for that week.
This week is our Vacation Bible School in our church for our town’s children. It is a joy to give these children our love and message of God’s grace. Then in the afternoon I attended a retreat for the board of directors for RuralEdge, which is an organization which provides affordable housing for our communities. It was a productive time together. A busy and fun day!
I am having an old fashioned Ladies’ tea tomorrow at my home with women from our community. We share our faith and mutual concern for those in our community and do what we can to meet needs of those in difficult circumstances. I live in the kind of American small town where neighbors still know each other and we pray for each other.
Last week I went to the groundbreaking of Circus Smirkus’ new summer campus. I enjoyed seeing how a dream grew over the years to become a magical opportunity for young people in our area. I also enjoyed a day at the Irasburg Fair yesterday. It was nice to visit with friends on a beautiful summer day.
I am a strong pro-life legislator in a very pro-abortion state. I am disheartened today by our Congressional Senators who are submitting bills that are trying to undermine the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which gives businesses the right to not have to pay for contraceptives and abortion through their healthcare plans. Please pray for our Congress, nation, and for the protection of the unborn.
Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in the country, especially on a summer day like today…. fresh cool air, bright sunshine and blue sky, and the warm green of the mountains, hills, and trees. Beauty alone won’t keep us going economically and we are in need of great reform to help Vermonters afford to live here. My hope and prayer is that it is not too late to make a difference.