A letter to the Windsor District voters

Dear Editor,

This last legislative session our gun owners took a significant hit; it shouldn’t only be the gun owners concerned with this. The three bills signed into law in April are also an encroachment to many of our Vermont Constitutional rights.

Article 9 states: “But no part of any persons property can be justly taken, or applied to public uses, without the persons own consent.” Also: “nor can any person who is conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms, be justly compelled thereto.”

Article 10: “a person hath the right to be heard by oneself and by one’s council; to determine the cause and nature of the accusation.”

Article 11: “that the people have the right to hold themselves, their houses, their papers and their possessions, free from search and seizure.”

As stated in Article 16: “that the people have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state.” These three bills will do nothing to protect our schools or victims of domestic violence, if anything; they will make them more defenseless.

There are many more examples of Constitutional infringement if we divulge deeper into the 1,000-plus bills submitted this last legislative biennium. Let it be known that I hold myself to a strict compliance to our Constitution and our rights. I will not vote in favor of any knee-jerk legislation or any law that is questionable to our Constitutional binding. Will the session end before November?

My focus shall be on our economic growth and affordability, reducing Vermont’s business tax, introducing tax free business startups, working with the goal of eliminating the sales tax, and bringing an accredited, secondary vocational/technical school to our area.

I will put great emphasis on our horrible, destructive drug problem by introducing a multistep program starting with better, non-sugar-coated prevention programs, treatment centers through the Department of Corrections and much, much stricter punishment for dealers. The slap on the wrist, catch-and-release program must end.

I will push for a repeal of the new healthcare reform law that punishes those who can’t afford insurance with fines or worse. I will work with healthcare organizations like Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom to find affordable solutions.

I will write the repeal for Act 46, the education law that was passed on the false pretense of saving taxpayers money, stripping away local control, and school choice. Encouragement will be offered to find funding resolve working with school boards, not administrators.

I will write a bill to require voter ID and encourage transparency.

Keeping in contact with the constituents is most important. I will do so via email, newsprint, and social media.

I will serve as best as I can because; all power, being derived from the people, all officers of the government are accountable to them. The government is instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people.

Thank you and I hope to have your vote and support this election cycle.

Randy Gray

State Senate candidate for the Windsor District

N. Springfield, Vt.

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