Steve West

Wessel: part of Vermont’s long tradition of elective independence

As someone who has grown weary of politics-as-usual and the two-party system, I'm relieved to be able to vote for a strong, independent person who doesn't just pay lip service to representing his neighbors.

I've known Tim Wessel for nearly two decades, and I know his heart and his character. Tim deliberates, weighs, listens, and ultimately makes his decisions based on what's best for the people and the community. Watching him on the Brattleboro Selectboard for these last five years shows me that he takes all of the issues very seriously.

I've seen how Tim deliberates and pores over the information available to make a decision that meets the needs of those he represents, and that's tragically rare. And that sometimes means taking the heat when people disagree, which he does with grace and respect always.

Vermont has a long tradition of independence in elective politics, and here is the next opportunity to push back on the two-party conundrum and invite a truly independent thinker to represent Windham County in the Vermont Senate.

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Radio guys on a wild ride

Steve West describes the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and a mission to deliver what was most needed: information

I have fallen slowly - and sometimes quickly - deeply in love with Vermont, flaws and all. But some of why I love being here, and being of here, is what I witnessed in 2011 around Tropical Storm Irene. Now when Irene hit, I wake up the next morning...

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One can oppose Clinton’s qualities without hatred

So if I read this conclusion correctly, then I should probably tell people of color who won't vote for Hillary Clinton that their “wasted” vote (even in a safely Democratic state like Vermont) is actually their white privilege? Got it. Sorry. This piece is riddled with circular reasoning and...

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It’s not on me

I have been told that if I don't vote for Hillary Clinton, a person whose policies, character, and likely governing style I detest, then I am: 1. Enabling fascism, 2. Indifferent to the needs of vulnerable groups like minorities, women, LGBTQ, et al., 3. Selfish, irresponsible, and having a tantrum, 4. Showing my white privilege, 5. An assh-, 6. Insults, guilt trips, and other verbal slams. I'm told that voting for a third party is a “luxury” when we're faced...

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Change that didn’t stay...changed

As dorky as it sounds, I remember watching the Watergate hearings after school when I was a young boy and thinking, “I'm not really sure who did what, but this must be what it looks like when a government cleans house and sticks to its rules.” Powerful men caught lying, covering microphones, repeating the mantra “I don't recall.” A U.S. president resigning in disgrace. Many players going to jail. Then came the change. * * * It started with the...

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Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The news media and the Internet have recently been filled with stories about Heartbleed, a previously undetected flaw in the coding of the security infrastructure that makes up much of the web. The simplest explanation is that someone aware of this exploit could potentially access your passwords to all of your online accounts. It is considered by some to be the biggest threat on the Internet to date. Businesses and individuals don't so much need to understand the specifics of...

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Going there

RE: “Visions, values, and tragedy” [Special Focus, July 17]: As a longstanding, enthusiastic fan of The Commons, I applaud the courage to “go there” with these articles. Joyce Marcel's writing is balanced and very personal, humanizing each and every subject. This is one example of many as to why The Commons is an invaluable source of information for our area.

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