Sexton: let Vermont be free and normal

To the editor:

When can we all be free and normal again?

Not any “ New Normal. “ Not anything created by those who have used fear and misunderstanding to create division and brokenness. Illegal, unconstitutional mandates used by Governor Scott and enforced by AG Donovan to crush Vermont Businesses and families. Interrogating children to punish their families. Who you can have in your home and when. How to run your Business. Who is essential and who doesn’t matter. Not one State employee has missed a paycheck, no matter if they worked or not. But you have, your friends and family have and businesses have been damaged or destroyed because of it.

Some very brave people have stood up and made themselves targets. Michael Desautels [Newport Store owner] is in the fight of his life against Donovan and Scott’s illegal mandates. Donovan couldn’t charge Michael with a crime because he hasn’t broken any law. So Donovan has charged Michael with Civil Violations. Despite the fact that not one employee, any family member, customer or vendor that has been to Mr. Desautels shop has tested positive for Covid – none – Donovan has charged Michael with endangering the public.

Michael had placed a sign in his store to inform the public the employees were not wearing masks. If they were uncomfortable with that please don’t come in. Pretty clear Michael was looking out for the public. Despite this being obvious to anyone capable of thought, a judge ruled against Michael and agreed with Donovan that Michael was endangering the public. Trying to force him and his employees to wear a mask.

The Northern State Correctional facility just a few miles away has forced every staff member and inmate to wear a mask for months now, in total lockdown. No exposure to the public. And they just had a massive outbreak of Covid positive tests. All of them wearing masks and they had a massive outbreak. How did that happen? At least 18 States have ended the lockdowns and mandates. NH state legislators have introduced a Bill protecting business owners from any government overreach. At what point will Scott and Donovan stop attacking Vermonters?

If you feel the need to wear a mask and stand on a dot, feel free to do so. Those of us who know you quarantine sick and vulnerable people, and don’t punish healthy people, want our lives back. That’s the definition of Normal. 

Jim Sexton, Essex Junction

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  1. I do not wear a mask nor will I do so.. I totally agree with this commentary. Michael Desautels is to be applauded… the state should be condemned for their actions.

  2. Mr. Sexton, since it has been relentlessly well-established by virtue-signaling “journalists” at at the Governor’s press conferences that People of Color are statistically more vulnerable to COVID, by poo-pooing prevention measures you are opening yourself up to accusations of being a racist.
    Just a warning, that you may come home and find 50 antifaBLM thugs in your yard terrorizing your family. You do however pose a very good question…even AFTER this virus is relegated to the ashbin of history, with all the leftist, totalitarian measures we have unfortunately gotten quite used to, will Vermont ever again be “free and normal”?

    • Vermont is the beta-test for the rest of the country. All the more reason to fight, right?! Now that the weather is improving, we will need to organize. I moved here from NYC @ 30 years ago. The Socialist ‘creep’ became apparent to myself when the leveling of funding in schools happened @ late 90’s. It was an awful experience for my children/family. We thought we had moved to a beautific small, Vermont town only to find Big Bro staring nipping at our heels.

  3. Stand up a d fight back. Phil Scott and the rest of his “family” have allowed vermonters to suffer far to long. Our children have suffered families have suffered our vt businesses have suffered black yellow green white or orang . We have all suffere . ENOUGH IS ENOUGH now you want us to not go anywher . Refuse us food in the grocery stor . How about just throwing a Mark on us so everyone knows were not compliant with Scott’s rules. Oh wait you did the downcast have to wear mask . Lol. Good luck with that. If people actually all gathered togeather to fight this once and for all it would be ove . Theres many more of us than them. But we need to stand togeathe . One nation under God……unity
    Why would blm congregate around a mans house because he chooses to run his own company his way.
    Just sayin

  4. Take back Vermont…….. from seriously crazed leftists who can’t appear to be able to discern reality from pure fantasy!

    Changing gender? NO.

    VT is racist? NO.

    124 genders? NO.

    Letting males use designated female spaces & play on women’s sports teams? NO.

    Reparations? NO.

    Legalized Prostitution? NO.

    (You get the picture).

    VT VOTERS: JUST SAY “NO”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I disagree completely Mr. LaChapelle. No part of my comment is directed at any person of color. I actually think it’s very disrespectful to imply this. Everything about the ” virtue signaling ” just like the fear mongering by scott and donovan to imply that not wearing a mask will protect anyone is virtue signaling. Despite the fact that all those at the Newport Correctional Center have been wearing masks for months, there has been an outbreak of positive test’s for covid.
    I have never poo pooed anything about this. I flat out call it what it is, a lie. Everyone alive has been exposed to the virus by now. If you haven’t gotten sick it is because your healthy body has defeated it. To the tune of more than 99%. As far as anyone being a threat to me or my family, I am the one responsible for their protection. And any threat will be met with devastating force.

  6. Jim Sexton is a very great and committed citizen and patriot !He speaks the truth against tyranny until he hurts inside himself!! The Word of God says we are to obey our government,yet what is missed in other parts of the Word of God is the Government is to be obeying God,and of coarse they are not!That is why this new normal hurts everyone,so much!God and our Constitution is what makes us free,and this takes precedent over tyranny!!

  7. excellent, excellent, excellent article I agree with every point raised, each person is responsible for their own health, let the ones afraid or vulnerable stay home, mask up, let the healthy peop!e get on with life. if masks prevent covid, there would be no lockdown at Newport correctional facility!

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