This is great that GE is doing so good. But what the Rutland region needs is more manufacturing jobs that pay better wages than retail, fast food and convenience stores.

I think that the confiscatory taxes and unrealistic environmental regulations is why many companies are reluctant to come to Vermont in the first place.

Our population is aging because the kids can't find decent paying jobs and are moving away for just that reason. Eventually, Vermont is going to have a majority population of people over 60 and be basically a state of retired people and without the tax base of younger workers to pay for all the social programs that the state has to offer.

The short version is we need jobs, jobs, jobs -- good paying jobs so that our youth have a reason to stay, work, raise families and make Vermont prosper.

Neil Pappalardo


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