Irecently thought of an ad campaign I am thinking of pitching to the state:
COME MOVE TO BEAUTIFUL VERMONT — WHERE YOUR VOTE on local issues DOESN’T count!
The state has recently begun a campaign to get young, “e-workers,” who can work at their job via the internet, to move to Vermont by offering a $10,000 incentive to do so.
Unfortunately, one of the key things that has been attractive about living in Vermont is being undermined. I believe that what will really attract young people to Vermont (besides the obvious natural beauty) is that the ideals Vermont has always held dear — are now becoming more desirable by many young people. There is in the larger culture a recognition of the importance of strong local communities. This is especially true as it relates to the local food movement, in which Vermont has been a national leader. But this also applies to the desire of many young people (in this age of Trump) to have a voice in their governance – and, of course, in how their children are educated. Strong local governance has been a hallmark of the Vermont way of life and is one of the reasons many of us have found it a desirable place to live and work. The state is really shooting itself in the foot by thinking that imposing mergers on school districts that have voted overwhelmingly against them is somehow in its best interest.