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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.