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To The Editor:
Shame! Shame! Shame! on the state legislature for doing absolutely nothing to alleviate the property tax burden on Vermont voters. Clearly the do-nothings in Montpelier decided to do nothing when most school budgets passed on the first vote -- without considering that those voters felt the legislature had been elected with a mandate for change in the property tax structure. So they voted in good faith for their schools and have now been defrauded and disabused of their hopes for relief.
Meanwhile, the brilliant people in Montpelier have worked hard and fanatically to solve global warming, the Iraq war, assisted suicide, idling school buses, teen curfews, cell phone use in cars, tightening controls on sex offenders, mercury disposal, etc., etc. Not one "bread and butter" issue that touches all taxpayers. The debate about caps on school spending, reorganizing school governance to save administrative costs is all fluff.
With a state school budget of over a billion dollars, they are talking about saving a few million three of four years from now. It's all a smoke screen.
Vermont is a small and exceedingly liberal state. As such, it is viewed by every "rights" group and politically correct fringe group as the ideal social laboratory for experimentation. Kooky lobbyists abound in our state capital with "facts" and programs to change the world with Vermont at the forefront. Presumably, it is flattering for our "worldly" legislators to think they, too, can lead a revolution.
I think it is time for the voters to revolt and throw the rascals out! Put in place a minimalist, rational, and thoughtful government that has a positive economic impact on the voters and the part-time residents who contribute their expat dollars to keeping Vermont going.
Stellan P. Wollmar