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I'm writing to support Carolyn Partridge and Michael Obuchowski as our Vermont state representatives. Full Story
Thanks Andy Davis

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Oct 21, 2010
A well worded letter that correctly points out the tactics of the Hebert-"Vernon Newspaper" league in trying to paint Richard Davis as somehow being inappropriate for standing up for a basic fairness and respect.

These are concepts that Hebert has failed to understand again and again.

Since: Oct 10

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#2 Oct 21, 2010
Andy always had opinions he loves to put in the paper. I love reading them as they alway make me chuckle. Although I would like to point out, Andy, that you live in Brattleboro so quite honestly your opinion really doesn't matter. This election is not for your district, thus let people who are actually from Vernon or Guilford weigh in on the matter. As I do live in their district I will point out a few things.

Ms. Howe has a right to stand up for herself. The ad was incorrect and the paper did miss that fact before printing. Ms. Howe points out that she is not a journalist and just volunteers her time to help out the town. She made a mistake by missing the error. It happens, there are mistakes in the Reformer on a daily basis and they are professionals. Just because a mistake was made does not give Mr. davis the right to call and berate her screaming and yelling. He should be able to act in a professional manner and not like a bully. The to go on an post her phone number online to encourage others to harrass her, well thats unethical and uncalled for (if not borderline illegal.) I have seen encounters where Mr Davis has acted loud and bullish so it does not seem unlikely. I have had many dealing with Ms Howe and I know that if Mr Davis called and calmly explained the error she would have apologized and made it right. I believe she will make it right no matter what.
I believe that Mr Davis has done many good things in his career and he has done alot to help others. I hope the people will vote based on the issues and their stances on them and not on this situations where 2 wrongs not only didnt make a right, but made a big mess.
Anywhere

New York, NY

#3 Oct 21, 2010
I live in Vernon. I took the time to reach out to both candidates and ask questions. Mr. Davis' two most important issues appears to be closing VT Yankee - although he told me his formost concern with VY was the decommissiong fund (not safety) and a single payor health system. He did not have an opinion of other issues, such as lowering taxes, logging in our state forests, allowing hunting, snowmobiling in our state forests I asked the same questions of Mr. Hebert, who took the time to call me and to discuss the issues. He does support VY, supports trying to reduce taxes and expenses, doesn't believe in a single payor system. He believes in allowing our state forests to be used for recreation (although I got the impression he's not crazy about ATV's). Whether you like Mr. Herbert or Mr. Davis, at least you have a choice of two candidates who have different views on how the government should be run. I think that is a really good thing for the people in both Vernon and Guilfor.
SallyG

Holyoke, MA

#4 Oct 21, 2010
Where were Hebert and Davis on the other issues? How about abortion choice and womens and rights? Did you ask them about other more important issues?
Anywhere

Dover, NH

#5 Oct 21, 2010
SallyG wrote:
Where were Hebert and Davis on the other issues? How about abortion choice and womens and rights? Did you ask them about other more important issues?
I don't believe in abortion but feel it's none of my business what other people do, so why would I ask? As, it's legal, I don't feel that anyone's views on that subject is relevant to this election. As for women's rights - Hebert gave me more respect than Davis - so if that's any indication - I'd have to go with Hebert. If you want to know about those issues - ask them - I have my agenda sounds like you have a different one. Just pick up the phone.
SallyG

Holyoke, MA

#6 Oct 21, 2010
Actually the subject pro life vs pro choice and womens rights is very relevant to this and all elections.

Giving more respect is not an indication if where a candidate stands on this issues. I hope you don't judge your vote on how a political candidate acts while campaigning.

Hebert is a Republican and most if not all of them are pro life and all for talking rights and choices away from women. If you don't care about that yes vote for Hebert.
Anywhere

Dover, NH

#7 Oct 22, 2010
SallyG wrote:
Actually the subject pro life vs pro choice and womens rights is very relevant to this and all elections.
Giving more respect is not an indication if where a candidate stands on this issues. I hope you don't judge your vote on how a political candidate acts while campaigning.
Hebert is a Republican and most if not all of them are pro life and all for talking rights and choices away from women. If you don't care about that yes vote for Hebert.
Again, if you live in Vernon or Guilford, and this is an issue to you - then call and ask them. For you to say Hebert is pro-life (or Davis pro-choice) when you don't know is jumping to conclusions without facts. We all have our issues that concern us. I don't vote based on the way someone campaigns. I never have which is why I've voted both Republican and Democrat at different times in my life. Although considering that our President was elected on how he campaigned, I'm not sure why you're lecturing me on this issue. As for women's rights - I see many people who say they are for women's rights but have no problem calling conservative women every name in the book. Stand up for them sometime then we'll talk. Otherwise don't respond.
SallyG

Holyoke, MA

#8 Oct 22, 2010
Anywhere did you say this? As for women's rights - Hebert gave me more respect than Davis - so if that's any indication - I'd have to go with Hebert?

Stand up for them sometime then we'll talk? I did and you responded with, Otherwise don't respond?

Another uneducated voter who doesn't know everything they are voting for or against!

I end my case!
Anywhere

Dover, NH

#9 Oct 22, 2010
Sally G:

You've made no case. If you want to know the answers to your questions, then ask. As for uneducated, you've asked neither candidate any question and are assuming that because they are Republican or Democrat, they are either pro-life or pro-choice. Who uneducated now? I have issues - the economy at this point in time being the main one - I asked questions of both candidates. That is what educated people do, not people who are so biased against a particular party, they just assume they know the answer. You are the uneducated one my dear - if you want to know the answers to your questions, ask the candidates. Of don't, you probably don't live in either town anyway. It's not my job to ask questions for you. Are you scared to ask them yourself? As for being so concerned about women's rights, how many conservative women have you defeneded against unprovoked attacks? How do you feel about the oppression of women in countries like Iran and Afghanstan? What have you done to help them? As for being treated with respect, yes that is important, but you are right, I wouldn't base my vote on it.
Sanity

Bennington, VT

#10 Oct 22, 2010
SallyG wrote:
Actually the subject pro life vs pro choice and womens rights is very relevant to this and all elections.
Giving more respect is not an indication if where a candidate stands on this issues. I hope you don't judge your vote on how a political candidate acts while campaigning.
Hebert is a Republican and most if not all of them are pro life and all for talking rights and choices away from women. If you don't care about that yes vote for Hebert.
You sound like a one issue voter.
As to abortion and choices. Frankly I do not see why abortion, except in the case of rape, incest, or a valid medical reasons is necessary in this day and age. With all the methods available to both sexes, of all ages, before they drop their pants, pregnancy is now a CHOICE .

Has any one ever thought about all those alive today (at least a couple of generations), who would not be, if abortion had been legal before Roe v Wade? How many productive, innovative, good people may not have made in into this world. I often wonder how many potentially great/talented/wise people have never had the CHOICE or chance to make into this world since Roe v. Wade.

Before you get crazy, I am a woman and came of age in the 50's/60's so I well know just how it was. I have also been heavily involved with women subject to domestic violence, women who have had their CHOICE to have a child or carry a child to term,taken away because they are beaten and tortured by twisted third party. I have also,in my career, worked with women that made the CHOICE to have an abortion and as the years have passed are haunted by that CHOICE. Among them were/are women that made the CHOICE for a legal abortion and due to medical errors were incapable of having any children. These women made a "legal" CHOICE , that resulted in the loss of their CHOICE to have a child.
Roe v Wade is the law of the land. It has been decided. The Supreme Court will continue to uphold that decision. Time to focus on the issues on how to make Vermont a desirable place for people to come to raise a family, to start a business, employ people so as to strengthen out tax base. We need find ways to keep our kids here instead of leaving for higher education or to find jobs. Focus on our schools and communities. All this is what is important and crucial to this election.
Scott

Newton Center, MA

#11 Oct 23, 2010
Roe v. Wade is not written in stone, but even if it were overturned then that would make it up to the states and you'd still of course have more 'liberal' states, no doubt Vermont included, allowing abortion anyway. I see candidates of the 'right' and 'left' that may pay lip service to the Constitution (state & federal) yet are effectively not supportive of states rights nor individual rights!
Like For instance I've had my 1st amendment rights infringed by local jerks of BOTH political persuasions. Let some people get a little authority or allowed to be gatekeepers and they'll be overbearing control freaks and care more about their political agenda then your individual freedom which a public servant is supposed to.
I consider those on the board of directors of a school or a cable access station or most any non-profits that take govt.$$ to be basically public servants, although they can often act partisan and even as tyrants.
I don't know why it is that anti-VY folks are mostly lefties and anti-abortion folks are mostly righties, but I agree with both since each makes sense and the hell with going along with party line garbage when common sense and individual freedoms should trump all else.

->BTW- note to the stupid: The opposite of "pro-life" is "pro-death", NOT "pro-choice".
The preborn deserve just as much right to life as the just born, that's why if you kill a pregnant woman you get charged with double homocide like Lacy Peterson's husband did.

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