• We Need A Good Dose of Republican/Libertarian Probiotics!

    Wonder why so many people are interested in probiotics?  It’s because a healthy body starts with a healthy gut.  Our guts regulate so many aspects of how the body works that some doctors have gone so far as to call the gut our “second brain.”

    A healthy gut needs diverse, beneficial species of gut flora to keep our bodies at peak performance. 

    An imbalance and/or lack of the right kind of flora and a person can experience a host of different ailments.  (Constipation, diarrhea, chronic bad breath, memory problems, insomnia and chronic fatigue, just to name a few!)  The simple fact is that the environment of the gut determines how well the rest of the body functions.

    Over the last sixty years or so, the one-party rule and policies of Democrat legislators, much like the bad bacteria in the gut, have sorely misused and damaged Vermonters.  The “second brain” in Montpelier is now writing, sponsoring and passing legislation that is causing Vermonters and the state as a whole to not function in healthy ways.  

    Just take a minute and go to www.legislature.vermont.gov and look at some of the bills that are introduced!  Do any of these bills substantially help with the lack of housing Vermonters are experiencing?  Do they do anything to help families struggling with the rising cost of living?  Are they focusing as much on our immediate local addiction problems as they are on future global problems?  

    Are these commonsense bills based on verifiable data?  Do these bills promote clear thinking and growth?  Do they help us to function, each in our own individual capacity, to the good of the state as a whole?  Obviously, they do not!

    Vermont’s government gut flora is out of whack.  A strong dose of Republican/Libertarian probiotic would bring much needed balance and stability.  Let’s get healthy again!

  • The Drag Queen Story Hour Distraction

    What led to a man approaching me in an angry and threatening way while I was campaigning?  Lies and accusations posted on social media surrounding my written opposition to Drag Queen Story Hour at my local library.

    On September 22, 2017 I posted the following on Front Porch Forum:  “Drag Queen Story Hour is an atrocity that is spreading across the country. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is a healthy or wholesome type of entertainment for children. Confusing children in this way is nothing short of child abuse. These drag queens have a hidden agenda to further their social and political views and they are using children all across our country to do so.”

    Five years later several posts like the following began to appear on Front Porch Forum in response:This is the kind of baseless accusation and mischaracterization that has been lobbed against the LGBTQ+ community for decades. This is the kind of virulent homophobia that has been used to justify violence against people in the LGBTQ+ community.

    My response was:  “My public disapproval of DQSH, is in no way a basis for false accusations concerning my views on any sect of our society or on my ability to legislate in an unbiased manner.”

    But the online accusations continued.  And people’s hatred and anger were inflamed.

    Since my post in 2017 I have discovered other diverse voices sounding this same alarm.

    The Women’s Liberation Front:  “Drag is adult entertainment with heavy doses of sexism.  Drag is adult entertainment, and even when aimed at audiences of children in Drag Queen Story Hour events, drag queens typically display a highly sexualized dress and behavior.” https://womensliberationfront.org/news/feminist-objections-to-drag-queen-story-hour

    Gays Against Groomers: “Gays Against Groomers is a coalition of gay people who oppose the recent trend of indoctrinating, sexualizing and medicalizing children under the guise of LGBTQIA+.  Our community that once preached love and acceptance of others has been hijacked by radical activist who are now pushing extreme concepts onto society specifically targeting children in recent years… Gays Against Groomers directly opposes the sexualization and indoctrination of children. This includes drag queen story hours, drag shows involving children, the transitioning and medicalization of minors and gender theory being taught in the classroom.” https://www.gaysagainstgroomers.com/about

    Drag performer Kitty Demure: “To me, drag is adult entertainment.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVqSiN4qr_4

    Lamoille County families with young children are facing some difficult issues.  How will they afford the burdensome $.17 per gallon tax the Democrats are ready to reintroduce as soon as they get back to Montpelier?  How can these families find affordable housing in our area when government regulations keep stopping progress?  And what can be done to make their schools safe?

    Drag Queen Story Hour is not an issue that requires my attention as a legislator.  My goal as your Representative will be to help create a safe, affordable Vermont that attracts and keeps our young families.

  • He Leaned Over Me and Screamed

    He leaned over me and screamed, “People like you have no f***ing right to be heard!”

    By now, many of you have heard that I was verbally assaulted and threatened at the Lamoille County Transfer station while attempting to give out free coffee and meet potential constituents.  The details of the incident can be read here.  I will also post a link to an upcoming radio interview about this when the link becomes available.

    I never had the chance to answer the man because he kept hovering over me and screaming until he got in his truck and sped away.  I’d like to politely answer him now.

    He said, “You f***ing Libertarians have no right to be heard!”  As a Libertarian, I will fight to protect his right to voice his opinions in public without fear of government interference.  No matter how much I may disagree with his opinions, his right to speak is a sacred right.  I would request that respect others’ right speak.

    He hates f***ing Republicans like me.  As a Republican, I will fight to protect his right to continue driving his big truck and not force him in to an electric car like our “sister state” California is doing.  I will work to stop the proposed $.17 per gallon carbon tax on the fuel to drive his truck and heat his home.  I will do these things despite the aggressive tactics of the Democrat backed Vermont Climate Council established by House Bill 668.  

    He said, “I hate you f***ing Christians spreading your s**t all over.”  As a Christian, I can only assure him that my hope is that in the near future we can learn to live in peace with one another even though we may disagree. 

  • Butchering Chickens: Work and Reward

    Over the past few years, I have been raising pastured poultry for my family and friends. I have always enjoyed caring for livestock, and tending to pastured meat birds isn’t particularly hard work. All it requires is time and commitment. At the end of eight weeks we spend a long day butchering the birds. We are all rewarded with a healthy meat source for the year.

    My life, like that of most people, has been a significant and fulfilling rhythm of work and reward, work and reward. I remember once, years ago, after a long day, I was washing my supper dishes and the thought came to me, “I wonder how many times I’ve washed this bowl?”  It wasn’t a complaint but more like a doxology of sorts, praising God for my work and my many rewards.

    I’ve never been one to quit.  Complain, yes. But quit, no. I’m thankful for the work and the rewards in my life.  I’m thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to serve my family and my community. It is my hope that I have a chance to work for the people of Lamoille County District 3 as their Representative and that they will be rewarded with good government.

    Pitre family chickens
  • What Are You Doing at the Dump?

    There’s nothing wrong with discussing current events at a country club over martinis or at winery while sipping a nice red.  But, believe it or not, the Cambridge Transfer Station on Saturday mornings is also a terrific place to find camaraderie and exchange ideas.  In between the grass dumpster and the recycle shop, you’ll find me under my husband’s old Earnhardt tent, drinking coffee and chatting.

    Universities, conferences and seminars are great places to learn theories and philosophies, but, at the dump, you learn how those ideas actually impact people.  Inflation?  Seniors are worried about retirement, and young families are worried about paying their bills.  Climate change?  People want to be good stewards of the environment, but they get angry about the extreme and hasty measures being forced on them by the government.  Raising children?  State regulations have made finding childcare almost impossible, and parental involvement in the school is almost criminal while student achievement scores slip below pervious generations’.  Public safety?  People wonder who will protect them if police are not funded and supported.  And they wonder why gun ownership is demonized when all they want to do is protect their families and enjoy the sport of hunting? 

    Racism? Morality?  Abortion?  Forget the old adage about not discussing religion and politics because it happens at the dump.  No holds barred there.  Sometimes people are angry, and sometimes people are hopeful.  But, they are always real people dealing with real life.

    The Cambridge Transfer Station is now not just a place to bring your trash.  You can bring your ideas and concerns, too.  Come get a free cup of coffee, talk a bit and introduce yourself.  Hopefully, you’ll walk away encouraged.  

    Rebecca Pitre chatting at the dump
  • I Make My Own Kombucha, For Goodness Sake!

    Years ago, I attended a public forum at Washington College where the speaker was talking about the importance of saving the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding areas from runoff hazards from harmful farming and industrial practices.  At the end of his talk, I had the opportunity to challenge the mostly young, college educated audience to begin by changing their own habits before demanding that others change theirs.  I shared with them several of the ways in which my family avoided using household chemicals that could seep into the water table.

    At the end of the evening a young graduate of environmental law who had known me for quite some time approached me.  He loved what I had said,  but was absolutely shocked because he knew I voted Republican!  It’s as if he thought all Republicans promote ideologies that encourage destruction of the earth and its natural resources. 

    So, let me set the record straight.  I’m a Republican who buys organic food and worries about the unknowns of GMO’s.  I’m a Republican, and my first choice for medical care comes from the naturopathic sect of medicine.  I’m a Republican, and I use non-addictive homeopathic remedies like sublingual arnica and kali brichomomium.  I’m a Republican, and I clean my house with white vinegar and essential oils. I’m a Republican, and I make my own kombucha, for goodness sakes!

    If any of this resonates with you, and you, like myself, are tired of big government bureaucracies telling you how to live, what to eat and how to manage your land, then please, reach out to me.  My job, when elected, will be to represent YOU and YOUR FREEDOMS.

    Rebecca Pitre makes her own kombucha
  • Fusion Candidate

    A few weeks ago, the Libertarian Party approached me with their desire to nominate me as a fusion candidate. They did not ask me to embrace their entire platform. They simply felt that I was a candidate they could support. After careful consideration, I accepted their nomination and will now be listed as a Republican/Libertarian on the ballot in November.

  • Endorsement from former Governor Jim Douglas

    Rebecca Pitre is exactly the type of Representative Lamoille County District 3 needs!  She understands the challenges that rural Vermonters are facing and how important it is that their point of view is represented at the State House. She understands that inflation is hurting families and businesses. She’ll work hard so more Vermonters can afford to live here. She is concerned that opioids and suicides are decimating our communities. She wants every Vermonter to have hope and opportunity. The voters of District 3 are fortunate to have Rebecca Pitre running for Representative. I hope you’ll send her to work for you in Montpelier.

  • Former Lt. Governor Brian Dubie Endorses Rebecca Pitre

    I am pleased to endorse Rebecca Pitre for State Representative for Lamoille County District 3.   Rebecca will work hard to serve the people of her district.   Rebecca will make an outstanding public servant and will listen to the people of her district.  Rebecca has faithfully served her community and family for many years.  Rebecca has gained lots of experience, wisdom, and everyday common sense which is needed in Montpelier.  Rebecca has a strong desire to add her voice to our legislature.  She will work to strengthen our families, and our rural communities and address the mental health issues challenging our citizens.

    Lt. Governor Brian Dubie endorses Rebecca Pitre.
  • Campaign Announcement

    Campaign Announcement

    I’m Rebecca Pitre, and I’m running for Lamoille County District 3 State Representative.  I read recently that the Constitution of Vermont is the shortest state constitution in our nation.  So, I’m going to follow suit and not waste your time with a bunch of idle chatter.

    My husband Tom and I are blue collar through and through.  We are self-employed and a team in every way – from construction to sugaring to caring for livestock.  A strong work ethic and frugal living have benefitted us well through nearly forty years of marriage.  I apply those principles to every task I take on.

    My life has always revolved around serving my family and community.  Through more than sixty years of living, I’ve acquired a ton of experience, an abundance of education and, more importantly, common sense. I’ve always considered myself a bit of an independent.  But when a friend asked me if I would consider running as a Republican, I decided to read the party platform.  The Vermont Republican Party platform is beautifully written. It truly sums up my feelings and the reasons why I am running for office.

    As Will Rodgers said, “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.”  I’m looking forward to making your acquaintance in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, please check out my website.  I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.  Feel free to contact me directly by email.