“Policies for Vermont”
An Op-Ed by Shane McCormack
Republican Candidate for Attorney General

Politics is at its best when it revolves around policy. And there is no race in Vermont this year that offers more interesting and substantive distinctions on policy matters than the race for attorney general.

I, of course, admit a certain bias as I am a candidate in that race, and it is entirely possible that my fascination with these issues reflects, at least in part, my immersion in the debate. As the Yiddish proverb says, “To a worm in horseradish, all the world is horseradish.”

So, to ensure that I have not lost my perspective, I need your help. I need your unbiased, honest feedback on the following issues. I suspect some of you will disagree with my views on these issues, but I hope many of you see the merits of my beliefs and that most of you see the importance of engaging in discussions concerning these topics.

I believe that the opiate epidemic ravaging parts of our state should be the top priority of the top law enforcement office of the state of Vermont. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe that the performance of the attorney general’s office should be judged by how and whether it positively impacts Vermonters’ freedoms and rights, and not just by the dollars the state receives through the annual tobacco payments. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe that individuals should decide how much sugar they ingest and that our government should not tax you if you happen to prefer Coke Classic or Mountain Dew over Diet Coke or Fresca. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe the attorney general’s office should take an active and aggressive role in the investigation of the failures of the Vermont Health Connect website and the accompanying taxpayer losses. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe that Vermont law should prohibit the attorney general’s office from hiring law firms if those law firms make political contributions to the attorney general. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe that the attorney general’s office should try, whenever possible, to “buy local” — Vermont law, written by Vermont lawmakers for Vermonters should be defended by Vermont attorneys, especially when those attorneys are being paid with Vermont tax dollars. Do you agree or disagree?

I believe that the state’s position regarding the prohibition of legal products that are lawfully used by Vermont adults, such as menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes, should be established by the Legislature, after public debate and comment, and not by Bill Sorrell or Shane McCormack acting alone. Do you agree or disagree?

Cigarettes will not destroy the Vermont many of us grew up in; heroin could. Do you agree or disagree?

What do you think? Are these issues important enough to get you to the polls? Do you agree with me or my opponent? If you agree with my positions — all or some of them — I hope to receive your support in the election on Nov. 4. It is time for a change.

Shane McCormack is the Republican candidate for attorney general. You can learn more about Shane by visiting his website or staying in touch via Facebook.