Letter from New Yorker: inhospitable attitude will cost Vermont - Bennington Banner

A neon road sign urging New Yorkers to “self-isolate for 14 days if you enter Vermont to stay” has drawn the ire of a New York author of a letter to the editor.

"The sign is a neon proclamation of a paranoid "VT versus other states" mentality. After this pandemic eases, Vermont's inhospitable attitude and actions will be long remembered. Gov. Scott, despite his hollow "we are in this together" claims, is giving the coup de grace to Vermont's struggling tourist industry. There are other mountains to ski, other lakes to canoe, other woods to roam. You can't blame folks for saying, "If you don't want me when I think I need you, then I think you don't need my money later on.""

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  • Ivan st george
    commented 2020-04-11 19:47:23 -0400
    There enlies the problem
    The better safe than sorry crowd is crushing our economy to its foundation where vermonters will not be able to make mortgage and property tax payments
    This is not a drill we have a state governnent managing a health crisis based on man made computer models
    Ever heard the term garbage in -garbage out ?
  • Michael McShane
    commented 2020-04-11 18:29:51 -0400
    The real problem is we don’t know who does and doesn’t have it because many are asyptomatic or don’t show symptoms for days. Gov. Scott is following the old proverb rather be safe than sorry.
  • Ivan st george
    commented 2020-04-11 17:10:06 -0400
    While i understand the sentiment and i do have my issues with the governors over reaction
    That person sounds like a twit
    Maybe they should visit the hamptons
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-04-05 15:49:58 -0400
    Typical elitist urban refugee response. True story. I have a t-shirt that reads, ""Vermont for Vermonters!" I had a boss from Quebec that took exception to this. and asked me "What about the out of staters and Canadians that come here and spend their money ? I told him “my grandparents did just fine without them.” If there is one thing that gets my goat it’s an upity flatlander that that thinks that if it was not for them Vermonters would live in caves and eat dirt. To them I say, Don’t let the door hit in the - on your way out !
  • Julie Schubert
    commented 2020-04-05 08:32:30 -0400
    We are just trying to keep our state safe. New Yorkers who come here to escape their risky state are spreading the virus to Vermonters as well as hoarding our resources. The sign is not meant to be rude, it was put there for health reasons. When this is all over we definitely welcome all people from other states.
  • Mark Maloney
    commented 2020-04-02 20:46:12 -0400
    This isn’t about money, it’s about trying to contain a pandemic disease. Anyone who says ‘there are no longer any hotspots’ hasn’t been following this situation very closely.