Wow! That was quite a storm blast last night. I hope everyone’s okay. We lost a tree in our backyard and electricity for a while, but other than that…at least it didn’t fall on the house.
It turned out to be a nice day for the 4th of July Parade at Barton with a great turnout of community support. I was thankful for a nice time to share with folks there.
As we celebrate the 4th of July over this weekend I hope that as Americans we are grateful for the foundation of freedom that we have been given from the hard work of our Founding Fathers and their amazing legacy that we are blessed with. There has never been a greater form of government and we must do all that we can to continue the hard work of maintaining our freedom.
I will be attending at the 4th of July parade in Barton tomorrow afternoon and hope to see friends and constituents there! This holiday means much more to us than parades and barbecues. Our family knows that freedom isn’t free. The cost is the lives of young men and women who serve in our military everyday and keep us free from oppression and tyranny. It is a bittersweet day for us as we remember our Marine son, Jesse. He gladly served his country and was willing to give his life for freedom.
One of my favorite parts of being a legislator is supporting local efforts like Circus Smirkus. The production – props, costumes and story line were great, and the kids’ performances were wonderful. It was a delightful evening, and I think it’s great what they’re doing for young people and for our area. I highly recommend that you see it if you have a chance.
In spite of the hard work it takes to be a legislator and the tough times we face as a state, it’s still a joy and a privilege to serve on your behalf, which is why I have decided to run again to be your representative. With your help we can still make a difference to keep Vermont a good place to live.
The intent of the liberal agenda in Vermont is to make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and offer it to more people. What is the result of their universal healthcare legislation? Our premiums tripled in price, we can’t afford it, we will lose our coverage, and be given a penalty for not having health insurance. This is the mess that has been created in our state.
The state of Vermont is officially getting sued for the Legislation that they passed this year which requires food producers to label their products if there are GMO ingredients in the food. This law suit will cost Vermont taxpayers millions of dollars at a time when our economy is sluggish and not growing at the rate of the rest of the country. I believe the timing of this legislation is inappropriate for our economy and for small businesses who will be forced to change their labeling.
It is hard to tell what the future holds for our country and for us as freedom loving Americans. In Vermont we are losing businesses and seeing the government throwing away millions of dollars in wasteful spending. Will the voters wake up in time and change who we elect to represent us?
In this election year I sometimes wonder how I ever got into politics, especially since I had never had a desire to run for office before, and I had given up on our country. When our Marine son died in Iraq nine years ago, I wanted to serve our state and our country in his honor and by his example. Serving is hard work and there are always problems that you can’t solve for people, but it is worth the effort and the giving of one’s life in service to others. It is a privilege for me to serve and that is why I am running for office again!