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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

World Corruption Bank

There seems to be a mood of ecstatic joy in regards to the downfall of Paul Wolfowitz from heading of the World Bank and while many may have noticed that Mr. Wolfowitz had been a chief architect of the Neo-Cons disastrous implantation of the war in Iraq, they now celebrate with glee his down fall with little discussion revolving around the harsh reality that he was perfect for the World Bank position.

The World Bank has nothing to do about raising the quality of living for “the undeveloped world” but for the mere purpose of creating further markets of development. While to the mere outsider the World Bank produces an imagery of wholesome concern; however that is far from the real truth of the matter. The World Bank has been a tool for venture capitalists in further procuring their desires of developing and exploiting the undeveloped world. Instead of using military force the World Bank goes into the “undeveloped world” and installs loans to spur economic development that perpetuates them into system of subservience.

On paper it sounds nice, but in reality these loans subject the population to dramatic changes to their environment and create an environment of greater poverty. In Mexico farmers were discouraged from growing corn due to the abundance of US corn and now with the greater demand for ethanol corn prices have skyrocketed and many Mexicans are left without their most basic staple for food. Mexican peasantry who had left the farms for the promises of greater economic freedom are now in a pinch since corn is no longer cheap to them. Now they are unable to support themselves and are in need of work, so left with little options the opportunities north of the border look good to them.

In Africa, large tracts of land have been turned into fields of flowers. The demand of flowers sparks high in many American and European homes and while GDP (gross domestic product) rises in these African nations the general populace suffers. Fertile lands and valuable water resources are not used to feed people but to beautify the homes of the privileged world. Bureaucrats from the World Bank will propagate the rises in GDP as proof positive of their success stories, meanwhile the realities of poverty are shoveled under the soil. Due to the conversionf to industrialized farming methods and market concerns these populations are faced with water shortages and thus food shortages.

These scenarios are resonated throughout the undeveloped world and while there are success stories in the procurement of wealth from a few, the majority is left with deeper pockets of poverty. Instead of creating vibrant and sustainable communities the World Bank is creating subservient nations permanently indebted to the world bankers. Like colonies of old, these nations have become indentured servants to the “Western World” of consumerism, but instead of through the might of the military, the power of the dollar is succumbed to them.

Many of us may be happy that Paul Wolfowitz is leaving the World Bank under a dark cloud, but realistically the institution itself should be placed on trial. While Mr. Wolfowitz was a chief player in the Project for A New American Century’s vision of American global domination his perspective matched the motives of the World Bank. President Bush has now nominated Robert Zoellick for the position. Mr. Zoelllick has had a career of similarities and has been labeled as being Condoleezza Rice’s “alter ego” during his stint as Deputy Secretary of State. As the Who song declares “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” the World Bank will continue on being a tool to further oppress and dominate the undeveloped world under the guise of charity. The institution is flawed and that is where the criticism should fall and not on the feeble and corruptible man.

Robb Kidd

“So again, I think that’s good. But if you look at the overall range of the Bank’s policies, it hasn’t been benign by any means. The Bank would have a long way to go to “redeem itself.” Noam Chomsky on the World Bank.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Book Memorial

Although, today is Memorial Day and there could be hundreds of war related issues I could write about, I have decided to let the day pass with every one’s own personal reflection of war. Currently a war wages half way around the globe and while I see the miseries from a far I caught a story on-line from Kansas City, Missouri. The topic of this story is about book burning and while we can say it is inherently bad to burn books; this case however is a protest.

We have had in our recent history religious leaders and other citizen groups righteously calling for the banning of books and likewise world political leaders have organized public book burning displays and so no where before has a situation like this occurred before. Out in Kansas City Tom Wayne, proprietor of Prospero’s Books has a stockpile of books that he just can’t seem to sell, donate or just give away. So, it is not censoring of the latest book on gay sex or the corruption of Republican or Democratic politics but a mere display of how people do not read anymore. It is shocking for me to realize that fact since myself nor is my partner that way. Literally at all times, in every corner of our house is a book waiting to be started or finished.

While it is disturbing to see books burning it can make you realize of how estranged society has come from learning. We are supposedly in the “Age of Information”, but walk into a majority of homes in America and I bet that you will find more television sets and computers than books on display. I always have people questioning me where I get the time to read and I ponder that thought on occasion. While statistically the average American watches over four hours of television a day, I just wonder where the average American gets the time for that. Four hours of television, added on top of the time to work, time to commute, and sleep leaves no time at all for anything else in the day. No wonder why so many Americans are either on prescription drugs, alcohol or illicit drugs, since they need to medicate themselves into the mindless world of television.

In affect no longer does the country need large scale book burnings from religious fanatics or politicos since the populace voluntarily censors itself. While we are supposedly at “the Age of Information” less and less Americans are reading and it makes no difference to the public if their access is denied. All across America, books stores are closing and despite the emergence of large scale stores like Barns and Noble and Borders Americans are self subjecting themselves to censorship. Their world might as well be Fox’s latest reality show and that the SUV is truly the heartbeat of America.

A patron of Mr. Wayne’s store sums it well with this quote, "I think, given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it's the best way to do it," and. "(Wayne has) made the point that not reading a book is as good as burning it." People all throughout the land are removing themselves from learning and becoming mere machines in the materialized world. I fear that in our age of digital technology more and more people will distance themselves from reading and as a result the harsh reality of George Orwell’s 1984 truly becomes a reality rather than mere science fiction.

As the population digresses further from gaining their information from books society is losing the ability to think creatively or critically, thus dismantling the myth of “The Age of Information.” We as a society may be able to acquire the news about Jennifer Anniston or the recipe for strawberry shortcake in a matter of seconds; however our minds are losing the abilities to think for themselves and that is more detrimental than the burning of a single book.

Robb Kidd

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” Barbara W. Tuchman, American Historian.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Taste of Disgust, War

I awoke this morning to the taste of disgust; no it was not waking up to the taste of morning breath but to the reading of the news that Congress has authorized billions of dollars for President Bush to continue in escalating his war. Back in November, we heard a lot of promise that change was coming and that America was in a new direction, but the only difference between then and now is that instead of Rubber Stamp Congress we now have a Door Mat Congress.

It seems that it is daily that further evidence is revealed that this administration knew more about the intelligence than they were saying. The evidence clearly shows that this Presidential administration purposefully manipulated Congress and the nation into this war and it is further evident that their plans were to become a permanent occupying force. So while for the last six years the Republican Congress rubber stamped Presidential prerogative and now all the Democrats can do is show a meek cover of smoke, thousands are still being sent off to their deaths. While the Democrats may be investigating US Attorney firings and other misdemeanors other acts of treachery are going unanswered.

Twenty years ago a “Populist Socialist” here in Vermont claimed that there was no difference between Republicans and Democrats and while it seems evident today that there are clearly no distinctions today except with the miniscule squeak of resistance, the Democrats have merged with the Republicans and supported this failed war approach. As a case in point most Democrats in Congress were fooled by the President the first time, so it is either they are inept themselves or they are truly in cahoots with them. Today, that same “Populist Socialist”, now says that you have got to be crazy to consider that there is no difference between the parties, but as it appears in regards to Iraq there is no difference. That man now, Senator Bernie Sanders should remove himself from the power of the Democratic Machine so he could see that the national Democrats are weak and spineless and are in need for a full wake call.

I have to give credit to at least the Vermont Congressional Delegation, since Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch all have issued strong statements against this war; however their words are not enough and the Vermont people and America have said enough is enough. The war in Iraq is wrong and innocent American youth are being sent to die and their mere presence in Iraq is exasperating a civil war. America voted for change and not for more of the same, so although words may be right for a select few their actions are not enough.

As we approach the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday, Congress authorized the spending of billions of dollars to create more deaths of innocents that we as country will have to pay homage to. While I have a strong taste of disgust from their actions, I still have some hope that America will wake up and demand that change, but it’s dwindling away from the confidence of the Democratic Party. So wake up Democrats and those of you who support them.

Robb Kidd

“They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.” Eugene Debs, American Labor Organizer and Socialist Party Candidate for President. (1855-1926)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chicken Bill

As the Vermont Legislature rapped up its session a week ago, news and opinions have dominated the prognosis of the recent energy bill and the last minute education compromise; however important agriculture legislation has barely received a bleep on the radar screen. THE VIABILITY OF VERMONT AGRICULTURE, H522 not only has passed the Vermont House and Senate but has just been signed by Governor Douglass.

There are many parts to this bill that deserve recognition but to many observers, this bill had one outstanding provision and that was in regards to poultry provisions. Thus to many, it was known as the Chicken Bill. As of today small scale Vermont farmers (producers of less than 1,000 birds per year), will be able to sell their poultry directly to consumers at the farm and farmers markets, as well as local restaurants without going through the high regulatory barriers of state inspection.

Myself as a vegetarian, I am ecstatic about its passage for a number of reasons. As a personal reference, I began a vegetarian diet as a general disapproval of the large scale farm industry that has manipulated the raising of meats to a factory like setting. The meats consumers receive in a supermarket do not represent meats found in the natural world. Animals in a factory farm system are feed unnatural diets, injected with dangerous hormones and bread for specific genetic qualities. As well, in addition most animals are systematically confined to small areas for their entire lives and are forced to live an unnatural live. Even so called large scale “free range” produced animals are just given limited access to the natural environment. One could debate the philosophical questions of this practice, but as a consumer there are stark differences to industrial produced meats compared to those of naturally raised meats whether it is with taste or the health attributes.

In addition, to my ethical and health concerns of industrialized meats, the current large scale farming procedures are just not environmentally sustainable. The average American meal travels 1,500 miles and those added costs are producing higher levels of carbon. Current American trends of a fast food diet of 4,500 calories demands ten times as much energy in fossil fuels to produce. So what is needed is a more balanced sustainable approach to agriculture and that entails fostering a local and natural based agricultural system.

For farmers, the bill is a great economic boost. The high cost of processing birds just did not make sense for small scale producers. They were stifled by regulations set in place to protect the public from the harms of industrialized producers. Instead now with the advent of the bill’s passage farmers can diversify their farm and not only become more economically stable they can become more ecologically balanced. As a direct result farmers are given greater opportunities to profit while at the same time protecting our treasured rural landscape. Fostering local farms protect the land from being turned into sub developments since they are becoming more economically viable.

The passage of THE VIABILITY OF VERMONT AGRICULTURE is an important step forward in creating a sound environmentally sustainable environment. I hope that we see more proactive measures coming from our government in helping fostering ideas like this to move forward. Our food resources are as important as the air we breathe, so big thanks goes to the Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Committees for diligently working on these issues and for Governor Douglass signing the bill. Oh, yeah and yes I will eat chicken again, but only locally from a farmer I know.

Robb Kidd

“Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.” Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Permanent Iraq Compound

One of my pleasures for a Sunday morning is to accompany my partner for breakfast at Coffee Corner in Montpelier and for this Sunday morning, it was like many before. For anyone who has never been there before, as soon as you walk in there is a large table in a bay window inviting you to sit down; it is known as the community table. It is very interesting since you can have conversation with church goers, motorcyclists or families of three. As well since I am not necessarily a morning person I tend to read the paper but on occasion I will join in on conversations.

This morning was not a conversation day for me, since the day seemed to start on a damp and overcast note; so I was more inclined to reading the paper. Sarah and I did tend to converse on our own topics but conversation did not spread to our fellow table mates. I for one like to talk politics or about nature so it seemed as if conversations just did not match with others. While I was reading, I overheard two late middle aged men conversing about baseball and it was quite disturbing for me to hear. These two men were both enthralled with the topic that they thoroughly covered recent trade analysis to the latest performance of a certain Red Sox pitcher as if their lives depended on it. Now what perplexes me is that it was the conversation of two fully grown men and not that of teenage boys. Shouldn’t their conversation entail of something of greater relevancy? Before anyone discredits me for being an intellectual elitist, I have enjoyed myself extensively with the pleasures of live baseball games in the past, but I now realize that it was a major distraction from the meaningful experiences of life.

I was disturbed with such meaningless trivial conversation and instead captivated myself within the paper. Oh, boy an article about the $592 million dollar US Embassy being built in Iraq. While on one hand the President has clearly stated that we are in Iraq to foster the democratic process, the US is building a 104 acre compound to house their embassy facilities that appears to be an occupation fortress. This new facility is by far the largest foreign embassy in the world. Prior to this news report I barely have heard of its enormous size or its cost, but when I have heard of it, it has clearly been described as further evidence the US has no intentions of ever leaving Iraq.

This past week, we have in the news that Congress is trying to place time constraints on the President by calling for a timeline to US involvement in Iraq, but as stories like this emerge that further demonstrate that the US has no intentions of ever leaving Iraq, I question the rational of the American public and politicians. Our politicians and Washington can continue to debate about when it is appropriate to bring the troops home; however until the time comes that we rid the nation of the neoconservative doctrine of the Bush and Cheney Crime Syndicate we as a nation will be stuck paying for the flagrant violations of our Constituition.

As I grew more outraged on reading about the $593 million dollar compound in Iraq, I peeked at the gentlemen immersed in talk of the Red Sox and realized that until the rest of this nation wakes up from their Coca-Cola Coma the nation and the world is doomed. There may be many souls out here in the blogsphere or in Montpelier who do care, however the truth of the matter is that they care more about Manny Ramirez’s underwear and Derek Jeter’s girlfriend than what is going on in the world around them. I hope that maybe just one day that will change, because democracy sure does not work that way.

Robb Kidd

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Downtown Vermont

Most of the settled land in America is littered with strip malls and big box stores and while that seems to be the trend, Vermont has led the way in demonstrating that there is an alternative. Just recently, Vermont was honored as a finalist for the World Tourism and Travel Council Award. While Vermont has its natural landscape and exponential outdoor activities; however it was chosen for its commitment to vibrant downtowns. The vibrancy of our scenic and prosperous downtowns is a treasure in itself.

I for one moved here from New Jersey, in what I called the concrete jungle. Whole tracts of land subdivided into retail chain stores. Best Buy, Nissan, Applebee’s and Dunkin Donuts are everywhere and long forgotten are the personalities who long ago made that a place to be. As a child I heard numerous stories of the bakery my great-grandparents owned, I speckled through the real estate books from my grandfathers real estate business and sampled candy from the Sheers’ family run store. Business of the day were owned right there and from within the community, not so is the trend today. Everything has been transformed into a franchise, from the local grocery to the barber shop.

Vermont has been honored for this distinction and I hope for the continued success of our downtowns but looming in the forefront are the forces of “progress,” just waiting to tap into the market. Policies are legislated with the interests of business and anything that goes contrary to those interests is deemed bad for business.

The recent debate over the proposed tax on Vermont Yankee/Entergy is a classic case of that logic. An out of state corporation is making millions off the backs of Vermonters and an attempt to tax them adequately has stirred up cries of foul play. They claim that the tax is bad for business, but lost in that shuffle is people. The State of Vermont consists of approximately six hundred thirty thousand people and I question what is bad for them. Is taxing a corporation who profits enormously from the labor of Vermonters bad? While Vermont Yankee exports its profits to their stockholders and rewards the CEO with a lavish seven million dollar salary, Vermonters are squeezed in the quest for finding affordable and environmental stable energy. Although, Vermont Yankee is armed with a whole slew of high priced lobbyists the matter passed the legislature but they were able to shed enough doubt that looks as if the governor will veto.

On another frontal attack to Vermont’s downtowns is the rise and demand for the big box stores. Wal-Mart just announced the other day that their growth last year was only eight percent and that is poor numbers for them. The success of business is measured by growth and whether or not they have a positive impact on society is irrelevant to their standards. So wake up America, Wal-Mart wants to sprawl into your town, next.

Yes, there is a need to create jobs and provide consumers with products but how much of that is needed through a box store. Economic studies have proven that the development of large box stores pull people away from the downtowns, thus leaving downtowns as vacant deserts lacking community. Withstanding that, pro-business policies are created to lure development and attract corporations. Tax breaks are given under the guise of creating jobs; however shortly afterwards the land is developed and the fabric of community is destroyed.

The only way to maintain the vibrant downtowns is to keep a fair and even playing field for the small family owned business. As a consumer we must ask ourselves where our purchase dollars go, is it to my neighbor around the corner or is it to investment firm on Wall Street. I am Pro-People and I support my local economy not the faceless corporations that look at me as a market for their commodity. Vermont still has the charm of the vibrant downtown communities and I plan to keep it that way.

Robb Kidd

“Drive thy business, let not that drive thee.” Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

2007 Legislative End

The Vermont Legislature has just ended their session and as that has ended so has a path in my own personal life. For the last five months I have been interning with an organization that advocates within the State House. While it has been a complete learning experience to me, I honor and respect each and every Representative for their time and commitment for working for solutions on the problems of the day.

For myself, I ventured into the Vermont State House not having a clue of how the process works and unfortunately there are many there who had to learn the ropes, just as I. Many a legislators come into the process with grandiose visions of promoting their ideology, however there is much more to legislative work than simple logic. It appears to me that most of the legislators are deep down concerned individuals, however there is just not enough time for them to immerse themselves with every piece of legislation or in that matter every issue.

The best description I have heard depicting the schedule of a legislator is that it is like they are in Graduate School. I sat through many committee meetings with topics ranging from waste water runoff from farms in the Missisquoi Watershed, fees assessed to farmers for the hauling of their milk, to workman’s compensation issues in regards to slaughterhouse facilities. As someone new to the process each committee hearing I sat in was like sitting in on a college symposium. Expert witnesses testify from all sides of an issue and legislators are given the responsibility of how they want to proceed from there.

While sitting there and observing the proceedings of the committees somewhere else in the building other committees were taking testimony on many other important issues, whether it was education spending or global warming. The fact of the matter, I was immersed within the State House on an issue and while I was just an observer of a couple of committees there was countless legislation worked out between committees. Although, I had been in the State House quite frequently, I was totally unaware of other issues resonating throughout the building. Each legislator has the responsibility of keeping themselves immersed with their committee dealings as well as what is coming out of other committees.

So, while I saw as an observer that I could not keep track of all the pieces of legislation, I gaze and wonder just how a legislator can. In many cases, a legislator whether it be a Democrat, Republican or Progressive will vote the party line on matters that they are just not informed on. I do not criticize them for that, since at least the legislator is taking guidance from some one else who supposedly knows the issue and not just merely voting on a coin flip. However I do fault us, the citizens for that method and what we as responsible citizens should do is engage ourselves with the process to keep things in check. Legislators are human, and they do not have super-human powers to read our minds and therefore it is imperative to speak your mind.

I have contacted my representatives on issues I am in support of and most off them have graciously called me or emailed me back. Just recently, I received a postcard from a representative, not of my own, thanking me for a recent letter to the editor. Representatives do listen to their constituents, but only if they voice their opinion.

Common perceptions of politicians are that they are vile and loathsome but in reality of they are just one of us. Yes, some such as The President, Tom Delay or Hilary Clinton may meet that stigmatism; however our local elected representatives live in our own backyards and share a desire to better our communities. It is important that we as society reach out and connect with our locally elected officials for that is where the true roots of democracy lie.

While the Vermont Legislature ended their session on Saturday and the city of Montpelier has slowed down to a crawl, I look forward to my future involvement with the Vermont Legislature. I too would eventually like to serve my community in the betterment of our lives but for now I must progress into other areas. I encourage others to get actively involved with your own government, it is more than just a learning experience it is democracy.

Robb Kidd

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Sir Edmund Burke

Monday, May 07, 2007

Hybridization of America

Once again with the advent of warmer weather throughout the Northern Hemisphere gas prices soar higher. A year ago the nation was grumbling with the high costs of fuel, but as it seems the consciousness of society dissipated from that the problem, the problem just does not go away. As an environmentalist, I almost cheer the rise in cost, but for my everyday cost of life I frown. The truth of the matter is that we as a society need to break away from our “addiction” to oil and if rising prices help stimulate that, then so be it.

On one hand I do as much as I am capable of doing, I am weaning myself from oil; however our lives have been so entrenched with the needs of oil it remains difficult. I live in town, so the majority of activities I do I can walk to, but there are cases when I do need to drive. Just as for this last weekend, we had to be in Massachusetts for a wedding. So recently, I too have succumbed to purchasing a hybrid vehicle and while the gas mileage is sure better than what I had received before, it still is not an answer.

Flurrying past the city of Boston, I was flabbergasted hearing a radio commercial in Boston calling for the listener to give back to the environment and purchase a hybrid SUV. The commercial charged that it’s the latest craze in Hollywood. Do good for the environment, buy a hybrid SUV and be hip like the stars? First, of on the matter hybrid SUV’s get bellow 30 miles per gallon and secondly it does not answer our homicidal needs for excess. Americans spend there lives so captivated by their cars that they might as well just sleep in it and then use it as a coffin when they die.

A car is just a mode of transportation and statistical averages reveal that the typical American car will drive only 5 miles and hour in its lifetime. Think of the time wasted sitting at traffic lights, circling the parking lot, warming up and sitting in traffic. So much time sitting, when one could have just walked. As well, think of the amount of time spent purchasing the car, working to pay for it and maintaining it. Depends on what part of the country, the cost of insurance can as well be exorbitant. We Americans spent so much of our time revolved around our automobiles, whether it be driving it or working to pay for it.

As one of the car companies says that their car is “The heartbeat of America,” I laugh and ponder because it sure needs a pacemaker. We Americans need to distance ourselves from the car culture of society and move ourselves into an environmentally friendly society. While we all can buy a hybrid vehicle instead of a gas guzzling vehicle, the reality of the situation calls for more drastic approaches. We all need to make choices that progress us to leaving a lesser environmental footprint.

Robb Kidd

“There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms” Adlai E. Stevenson, former Ambassador to the UN.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Pro-Life Hypocrisy

George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984 that governments spin issues so much that “War is Peace” and attributed to that I say Pro-Life is Pro-Death. As debate continues to lure forward about bringing an end to the war in Iraq, I am perplexed to see various stories running through the gauntlet of political debate. The nation just saw various Republican candidates debate and amongst the coverage the issue of abortion took precedence. While political debate ponders towards the issue, I question its relevancy. Political pundits charge that you are either pro-choice or pro-life and lost within that rhetoric humanity is displaced.

Abortion is such a polarizing issue by that it captivates religious values and pinpoints one side against another. I am Pro-choice while at the same time pro-life. I value life and would rather not have the practice of abortion; however the right of a woman’s own individual body shall not be dictated by my beliefs or to that matter the governments. That is the fundamental question. While we see political candidates change their tunes to captivate towards religious view points, we as population should be weary on that issue as grounds of support for a candidate.

The practice of abortion may be immoral but as I see there are even more exasperating practices that deserve attention. Deaths attributed to war, malnourishment of children already born and lack of resources for health care and education are fundamentally deep concerns that should be looked at and whether or not we as a society can afford the responsibilities attributed to the raising of a child.

A bit of irony, President Bush said that he would veto any legislation that “allows taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life.” A trillion dollar war where hundreds of thousands Iraqi’s have died and over three thousand Americans soldiers have died is a good start to begin. These so called Pro-Life candidates are entrenched in a line of hypocrisy, while they charge to defend the life of the unborn they leave the living to fight amongst themselves. Not including our own military spending in Iraq, the majority of US foreign aid comes in the hands of military supplies. Let’s replace one F-16 fighter plane to Israel with millions of dollars of food and help keep those already living alive.

On the domestic front, millions of children are left undernourished and unable to access quality health care, but somehow when any legislation is brought up the same candidates claim that it is not feasible due to lack of money. The current US economic system is broken and to have politicians pondering to religious debates of the unborn is a distraction from the real problems associated with modern living. While the economics of uncertainty are prevalent in society today, many women can not choose to continue with their pregnancies on the sole basis of affordability. They are at risk of economic despair and given that option, I assume that choice would inevitably lead to abortion. We as a society need to strengthen health care, expand educational opportunities, create viable food sources and stop inhumane wars against humanity in order to foster a healthy environment for new children to enter the world.

As I embark, closer to the day of having my own children, I hope to have the economic security in order to raise a child in a “kinder and gentler world.” While the rates of abortion have been declining, due to further education in regards to birth control, the world and nation are faced with greater pressing issues than a candidate’s support of the divisive abortion issue. Woman have the right to choose within their own bodies but we as a society have a right to raise children in the pursuit of happiness and that requires social and economic justice.

Robb Kidd

"I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard.” Hilary Clinton (as much as I dislike her, her words on this is right on)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Power to the People

While the Vermont Legislature comes closer to ending their session, I personally want to remind my fellow readers and bloggers that it takes a lot more than just protesting to receive the positive results we may desire. We must write to the local media and most importantly give thanks to those who supported our cause. Our representatives work very hard in representing us so when they do we must openly thank them for their service. The following is a letter I wrote in not only expressing my opinion and thanks. If we want to see change please remember to say thanks and do it openly.

Dear Editor Times Argus,

Last week we witnessed a historic occasion, in which hundreds of Vermonters approached the statehouse to urge the Vermont House to pass a resolution to urge impeachment of the President and Vice President. The resolution unfortunately did fail, however a message of deep concern has been broadcasted.

There are those critics who state that the Vermont Legislature should not get involved in national issues, however I disagree. The last six years the country has been hijacked by overzealous individuals who have determined that it is their right to do whatever they deem necessary without regards to the United States Constitution or International Law. At a time when we here in Vermont are faced with an increasing tax burden, higher costs in education and health care we have a federal government that has no quarrels in lying to the public in supporting spending billions of dollars on a deceitful war. The federal government is costing Vermont billions of dollars.

I am proud to live in a state who’s Senate courageously voted to recommend impeachment. I would like to thank Senate President Pro-Tem Peter Shumlin for bringing up the vote and Senator Cummings for voting, yes. In addition I would like to thank House Speaker Gaye Symington for at least allowing the vote to take place and my representatives Warren Kitzmiller and Jon Anderson for voting yes. While the resolutions were non-binding, I hope that Congressman Peter Welch sees the deep concerns we Vermonters have and support the move for impeachment.


Robb Kidd

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglass