Forum, Aug. 8: Christine Hallquist Is Best Choice for Vermont

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Hallquist Is Best Choice for Vermont

I have done an exhaustive amount of research into Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates, including online searches, attending or listening to forums and talking to those in the energy and conservation communities who have experiences with some of the candidates. My conclusion is that Christine Hallquist is the best Democratic candidate for governor. I base this endorsement on a number of factors: relevant experience, management style, leadership qualities, the ability to bring people together and the ability to think through policy. Hallquist has it all and walks the talk.

As CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, she used a collaborative management style to turn the company around. VEC now has top-notch credit ratings, has a 96 percent renewable energy portfolio, and rates that remained the same four years in a row. On the campaign trail, the other candidates talk about supporting union workers, but Hallquist, as a CEO, worked collaboratively with the union folks at VEC and received the same benefits as union workers. Her campaign is the first in Vermont to be staffed with union workers. She lives and does what the other candidates talk about. When she answers questions, she provides details and doesn’t just go on and on about Vermont values. Hallquist has both substance and values.

The most important thing to me in the world of politics today is to have a governor who is accessible, respectful, will bring people together, and who has the know-how to lead and develop policy. Vermont politics has no room for divisiveness, name-calling or lies. Hallquist gets my vote for sure.

Your voice is your vote. Please vote for Christine Hallquist on Aug. 14.

Char Osterlund

Springfield, Vt.

The writer chairs the Springfield Town Democratic Committee. The views expressed here are her own.

Vote for Marchand on Sept. 11

At a recent political gathering in Hanover, I heard former state Sen. Molly Kelly declare that she is the only candidate in the race for New Hampshire governor who is not taking contributions from corporations and “big money.” This an implied slap at her opponent in the Democratic primary, former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, and simply is not true. It was very disturbing to hear her say it.

Marchand accepts no contributions of that kind. In fact, he is a proponent of keeping private corporate and special interest money out of elections. His campaign is funded by contributions from ordinary people, like me.

Marchand has a vision for attracting new energy and youth into the state. He has a plan for reducing the state’s crushing property taxes, another for attacking New Hampshire’s addiction crisis head on, one for extending public education to pre-kindergarten children, and one for expanding the use of renewable energy.

I suggest that readers visit his website, stevemarchand.com, for details of his background and proposals. I hope they choose to vote in the New Hampshire primary on Sept. 11.

Martha Solow


Inappropriate Electioneering

As a supervisor of the checklist in Dorchester, I take my role seriously and attend all recommended training sessions given by the staff of the Elections Division of the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office. Unfortunately, for the first time in memory, Secretary of State William Gardner appeared at the first training session for this season, on Aug. 3. His blatant use of our time for electioneering was embarrassing as his staff had just given a wonderful presentation on how to keep electioneering out of the election process.

Although they are elected, supervisors of the checklist, town clerks and moderators are not representative of any party and are poorly reimbursed (that’s one reason towns have a problem getting people to take the jobs), so are essentially volunteers. I resent Gardener using my time to present his self-aggrandizing speech for re-election.

Dorchester should not have to pay for these elected officials to sit through this type of misuse of office, nor should any other town. I hope Gardner will not show up at future training sessions and will use recognized debates and other electioneering venues in his attempt to be re-elected.

Elizabeth A. Trought


Top Bankers Monopolize Everything

There is frequent mention of the Constitution in letters to the Forum. Surely, there must be an army of constitutional lawyers and scholars. But, strangely, none ever seems to mention that we don’t have a constitutional government. Pretty much everything that this government does is unconstitutional. Everything constitutional, it doesn’t do

This is nothing new. It’s been that way for a century or more, at least since the establishment of the money monopoly that we laughingly call the Federal Reserve. There’s no constitutional basis for that. There’s nothing good about any kind of monopoly. A monopoly over money, run by banking interests, is the worst of all. Based on that, top bankers have a monopoly over everything that controls this place.

Since the staged events of 9/11, we’ve been moved rapidly toward a post-constitutional America. All belief in a constitutional government exists only in the American imagination. The rule of law has long been eroded and subverted. And that’s the source of most of the problems that plague this country.

Neil Meliment