Governor Bumblin and the Northeast Kingdom
To the Editor:
The emerging EB-5 scandal and Gov. Bumblin’s role in it is but another shameful chapter in the treatment of NEK citizens by at least 25 years of successive state governments in Montpelier. High school and college graduates from the NEK must leave the state in droves after graduation because there are no jobs available in the area. Successive governments in Montpelier have colluded with business interests in both St. J. and Newport to keep a wide variety of discount stores such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Staples, Best Buy, Sams Club and the like out so that the local businesses can charge NEK residents higher prices for lesser choices. NEK residents are forced to travel 50-100 miles to neighboring New Hampshire to avail themselves of the products that are readily available to the government fat cats and other residents in the Montpelier-Burlington area.
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