We hope you enjoy this interview with Brandie Starr, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.
Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?
I am running for a one year seat on the Selectboard, and I am running because I want an opportunity to be involved in decisions and policies that effect my town and my community members; myself and my family included.
Give us your stump speech/qualifications...
First and foremost I bring to the table a passion for this town and for the people in it, as well as a passion for being involved in the betterment of our area, our nation, and ourselves as a whole. Alongside my passions, I bring an ability to listen, a willingness to learn, and the sense to "ask an expert" when I am unsure. I am employed by a bank, so while I do not work directly with the finance dept., I have for the better part of the last nine years been an attendee at board meetings, and seen the drafting of a budget behind the scenes, including the various methodologies and dynamics that go into such work. I have seen the counter arguments, and compromise.
I am hoping our brand spanking new President, Donald Trump, will create a White House version of "The Apprentice", something like "Live at the White House" where President Donald Trump could fire his Chief of Staff frequently for unethical conduct or mis-spelling errors, or for coming back from lunch break reeking of marijuana smoke, even though marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C. - or will Donald Trump decide to allow employees of the White House to smoke a toke on lunch break? We need to know!
President Donald Trump could fire the Chef and Housekeeper as well, every time a tourist on the White House Tour stumbles upon one of those cockroaches the tourists laugh at, or silently shriek when they see them crawling, because their own homes have fewer pests.
Rumor has it a new president is being sworn in. I believe his name is Donald Trump.
Here's some space for you to opine, praise, vent, or otherwise comment on this solemn tradition of our great nation.
From noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, there will be a SIster Vigil at Pliny Park, at Main and High Streets in Brattleboro, to stand in solildarity with marchers in Washington, D.C. -- and all over the world (https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters).
There may be many people in the area who would like to join the Women's March but will be staying here for whatever reason. This vigil is for them -- for us.
African Americans Who Now Betray King’s Condemnation of Wars Will One Day Lead a Nice New USA by jay jansonBy jay janson | Mon, January 16 2017
Sometime during the next twenty-five years, as the United States slowly begins to lose economic, political, cultural and communications hegemony over the rest of the world, a much nicer, peaceful, pleasant, prosperous, free and expressively energetic America will begin to take shape and will trend toward seeking the unity, harmony and enjoyment found in its African American communities
I am circulating a petition to get a positive question on the Brattleboro Town Meeting Warning for a March vote. In short, it provides a chance for Brattleboro to say we have our standards and values and we will live up to them regardless of what happens in Washington.
Please use the link below to download a copy of the petition, sign it (and maybe get a couple of signatures from folks in your household) and return in to the Brattleboro Town Clerk by Thursday, Jan. 19. Or you can stop in at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street and sign the copy on their counter.
For many years I was a Fence Viewer, a town position that was fairly active, with a few calls and inquires per year. When I hit my term limit, I decided to continue to volunteer and looked at the two other “odd” jobs, Weigher of Coal and Inspector of Wood, Lumber and Shingles.
As a Fence Viewer I learned there were both state statutes and materials available from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to help explain the job, so my first step with Coal and Lumber was to look up what the jobs required.
VLCT said the positions were considered obsolete and unnecessary. They date from an earlier time prior to consumer protection laws, and now everything these positions were responsible for are handled in other ways.
Am I hearing this right?
What a stupid move.
I lived in a town (Lake Luzerne, NY) where they tried something like this many years ago.
The unintended consequence was a “Yuuge” increase in trash being discarded by the side of the road.
Why not eliminate all trash and garbage collection for good and let the free market do its magic?
Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 7, and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 25.
Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 30 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.
Christmas Spirit! Trump Wants Friendship With Russia and China! Condemns Obama Regime Change Wars By jay jansonBy jay janson | Sun, December 25 2016
During the shopping season for gifts marking the birth of the Jesus the Son of God and teacher of ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘love thy enemies,’ one half of the“financial element in the centers of power which has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson,”[FDR quote] seems to have thrown up a president-elect that has promised Americans and the world a spirit for 2017, more in keeping with the teaching of Jesus.