Our college dilemma could, if treated properly, be a godsend to the towns involved.
Any one of them could be converted to house baby boomers who are all coming of age, facilities for housing and feeding seniors without the enormous expense currently involved. Green Mountain College's campus could house hundreds and the town would boom. The large playing fields could be converted into a nine-hole golf course. All the facilities are there to care for and feed hundreds.
Secondly, stop jailing mental patients and go back to the days when they were treated and cared for. There again, in failed institutions, all of the facilities are there to be utilized with few changes.
Green Mountain College and College of St. Joseph are centrally located in the state; therefore, driving distances would be almost the same from all locales. Building new facilities is prohibitive in cost and a waste when facilities that can be converted already exist. Hundreds of jobs would be created, Rutland County would be put on the map and businesses would boom as a result of the influx year-round.
I'm not a politician, just a native former business operator who can see a golden opportunity presented as a result of a misfortune. Brainstorming by the citizenry is required to solve problems as we encounter them. With foresight and input, our vexing problems can be turned into success for the communities involved.