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Become Informed and Vote
As a life-long Vermonter, I am very concerned with the way things are going in this state. For too long we have had too much complacency in politics. It seems there are many Vermonters who think we are a free state with very little gun violence, and we have thought that no laws would be put into place to take away our Second Amendment and Article 16 rights that have been guaranteed to us by our Constitution. What other rights will be put on the chopping block this coming legislative session? I urge everyone to go out and vote this year. No longer can we sit by and allow these liberty—and freedom-grabbing politicians—take from us our rights and tax us to death. Question your local and statewide candidates, find out their views and what they stand for, do your part to be informed, and know what is going on for the sake of you, me, and future generations of Vermonters.
Public Parking Spaces are Not Personal Spaces
The lack of civility in parking by Montpelier residents is escalating to a new high. Residents now view the public street parking as their personal, permanent, parking spaces. For example, on Wilder Street, a psychologist’s home business with clients, rents out living space, one driver, yet owns a car and truck with a driveway that accommodates two vehicles. The truck is parked for days on end on the public street, making it a personal, residential space. On the occasional times the truck moves, the owner replaces the truck with the car in that same space to save it. An act of selfishness.
This occurs especially in high-density areas close to downtown. Monsignor Crosby Avenue and Wilder Street are a nightmare. The multi-apartment buildings, of which there are many on those streets, do not have on-site parking for each apartment. The River Rock School, Wood Art Gallery, and music school do not have enough spaces. Therefore, the overflow vehicles frequently park up on the sidewalk or partially into the street. Offending vehicles block traffic flow down the street and break down the sidewalk at the expense to the taxpayers. Downtown business workers use the parking to avoid feeding parking meters.
Residents on those streets are being totally cut off from family and visitors coming to their homes. This lack of compassion and empathy reflects badly on our community. Increasingly, households are owning more vehicles than they have on-site spaces for. The ordinance allowing year-round street parking has escalated this abuse. The zoning and ordinance need to be changed. Just because a vehicle is registered does not mean it is entitled to make a street space personal property. Ironically, for a city trying to have a green image, why are we allowing more vehicles? City Council, take notice! Thank you.
Thomas Parker, Montpelier
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