With all due respect for Dave Allaire, and his many years of service to Rutland City, I disagree with his assertion that we need to “take back the pride.” As I look around Rutland, I feel great pride with what has been happening over the past few years, a pride I did not feel when I first moved to Rutland 16 years ago. On Saturdays, I enjoy walking over to the new Vermont Farmers Food Center, which has so brightened a formerly blighted section of town. When I wander through town, I am thrilled to support so many new businesses owned by folks my age who decided to take a chance in Rutland City, such as Roots, Make it Sew, Fruition, Cobra, and Café Terra. I am also pleased with the investments that older and more established businesses, such as Green Mountain Power and Small Dog Electronics, are bringing downtown. I happily watch as solar panels go up, driving conversation about energy production right here in Rutland. I realize that there is still work to be done in Rutland City. But I do not want to go “back.” Instead, I want to continue progressing forward with the proud momentum of the past few years. And for this reason, and many others, I will be voting for Chris Louras for mayor on Town Meeting Day.
STEPHANIE A. JONES
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