Liam Madden, the kid who couldn’t shoot straight – As I sit here pondering Vermont’s 2022 Election process, I really question how Vermonters can possibly believe in the integrity of the ballot processing. The rules have been rather fluid with weeks of opportunity to stuff the ballot boxes. It seems to me that town clerks should have a process to keep track of voters and be allowed to purge the names of the deceased and those who have moved. We live in the electronic age. The town gossips know what’s going on; ask them. After all, second homeowners shouldn’t be voting here; what’s the catch? That’s a serious question. Town Clerks have done the job legally and accurately in the past without being hacked. What’s new? Why, in this election cycle, did towns have to scrap their voting devices for Dominion machines that are notably insecure and easily hacked?
Then there’s the process that Political Parties are supposed to follow to set up a primary with valid, vetted candidates. Well, good luck with that. We’ve got Liam Madden, US House of Representatives candidate, who’s like the kid who couldn’t shoot straight. It’s been reported that he didn’t run as a Democrat because there were too many actual Democrats running. Oh, that’s interesting. So, he ran as a Republican with a plan to ditch the GOP, leave them with no candidate and run as an Independent; but there are those pesky rules. Whoops! There are rules?!? He missed the rules! OK, so he is back running as a Republican. Of course, his plan now is to lose and make sure that a Republican won’t be elected. Speaking of rules, how about campaign finance rules? Looks like Liam has done it again. Rules, what rules? My question is who is really in charge of elections? The Secretary of State, Jim Condos? You mean the guy with the voting machine mandate? Oh, right!
We know Secretary Condos’ record when it comes to election integrity. He’s the guy who let Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman manipulate the opening of sealed ballot bags in Middletown Springs during the 2020 Election. Yes, the Secretary was aware; I notified him myself in writing and he answered my correspondence. Did Candidate Chesnut-Tangerman violate election law by not only engineering the exercise but being present, witnessing and assuring that the Progressive vote count for David Zuckerman changed overnight by one vote? Yes. Robin was the first one to publish it in the local Front Porch Forum dated September 1, 2020. Total vote counts were changed overnight by 10 votes to prevent Candidate Cris Ericson from requesting a recount of the Progressive Votes for Lieutenant Governor. I was never able to find out what other towns’ elections were violated. By the way, there is a legal process to validate the counts; but that takes time. Both Robin Chesnut-Tangerman and David Zuckerman lost in the 2020 election.
Secretary Condos is not running for re-election. Vermonters have a choice of candidates. Democrat Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Republican H. Brooke Paige. I’m sure there will be much discussion of the State of Vermont’s new voter process and tallying of the votes. There is already an attempt to round up redundant ballots and erroneously addressed ballots. Unfortunately, the ones thrown in the trash are lost forever. My vote for Secretary of State will be cast for H. Brooke Paige. Don’t let the top hat fool you; I know Brooke and he is honest. Please join me and vote for Election Integrity. – Dolores Luebke, West Pawlet
Scott’s not doing enough – It is not sufficient for a governor to stand up to former President Trump.
It is not sufficient for a governor to leave leadership on a pandemic to the cities and towns.
It is not acceptable to veto public pension reforms that were passed unanimously by the state legislature.
It is not acceptable to veto the 15 bills in the last legislative session that deal with opioid overdose response, minimum wages, criminal justice reform, charter amendments to the cities of Burlington, Brattleboro, Montpelier, and Winooski, the possession of firearms in hospitals, Act 250 and rental housing health and safety. We elected our legislators. Our governor needs to respond to the will of the voters as expressed by the legislature.
Vetoing so many bills implies that Gov. Scott is not responding to our will. There are other candidates who can listen better to the will of the people. Let’s take a chance on one of them. – Dvora Jonas, Montpelier
Dems and Progs screwing up childcare, energy costs – I have seen a number of posts calling for the re-election of our current representatives in Montpelier, the most recent citing the lack of affordable child care. I would like to remind people of a few facts.
A few years ago, the Dems and Progs said we needed to have more regulations for day care facilities, and unionization of day care workers. Republicans and better educated people tried to warn that this would drive up child care costs and drive many out of business altogether. They refused to listen, and we were proven right. So now the parties of big government that caused the problem to begin with want you to trust them yet again to fix the problem they caused. Only a fool would allow them a second chance.
I would also like to remind people that our local dem and prog reps attempted to put the screws to all of us, and especially those with lower incomes who are already struggling to make ends meet by trying to pass a carbon tax that would make it significantly more expensive for people to drive to work and heat their homes. And when people tried to tell them the financial harm it was going to do, often making people to chose between paying their bills and putting gas in their tank to get to work, they didn’t give a darn. They had an agenda, a religion that put their cause ahead of working Vermonters.
To make matters worse, they tried to do it in a way that they could claim it wasn’t their fault. They tried to put an unelected, unaccountable board in charge of the rates that people would have to pay. This is the REAL “threat to Democracy.” From closing Vermont Yankee, to Shummy care debacle, the current crime wave and drug addiction, and horrible school proficiency scores, nearly every ill that has befallen Vermont over the past quarter century can be traced back to one party rule following disastrous Progressive policies.
If you want things to improve, I urge all Vermonters to vote straight Republican this year (with the exception of the phony Liam Madden). – Brett Gaskill Essex Junction