We begin again. Last week the Legislature reconvened in person in Montpelier and passed a resolution to meet virtually for at least two weeks, hoping then to return full-time in person for this second year in this biennium.

We are responding to the opinion piece by Thomas Chittenden titled “Councilor expresses concerns about land regulations.”

Thank you, Sen. Thomas Chittenden, for sharing your goals and inviting feedback of numerical and 21st century style infrastructure growth for a Vermont of more people and lower taxes.

A wise spiritual leader in my faith tradition used to advise us to be guided by our faith and not our fears. Faith can dispel fear and so can facts. Fear can leave us paralyzed into inaction, or into making unwise choices.

Tuesday marked the beginning of the second year of the session of the Vermont General Assembly. While it’s too early to foretell all the issues that will come before us, clearly our continued attention will be responding to the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.

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As you may know, there has been a great influx of federal dollars to states in order to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus. In terms of schools, this is known as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER funding.

I was disheartened by a recent letter in which the writer vilified an elected city councilor for his opinions on land-use policy.

South Burlington residents petitioned for interim zoning out of a concern that land development regulations do not sufficiently protect the city’s precious natural resources in the face of continued threats to the environment.

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Since when has public safety not been good for business? Successful businesses have always wanted a safe working environment for their employees and an even safer environment for their patrons.

Really Tom Chittenden? In your piece, “Councilor expresses concerns about land regulations,” you are crystal clear about your pro-development — of the worse kind — anti-environmental agenda that will harm our community beyond repair.

For the last 11 months I’ve been one of your Vermont state senators representing the Chittenden County Senate district.

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