Last Sunday, I attended the “Celebration of Life” for Hardy Macia, former chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party and one of Vermont’s greatest Libertarian-activists. It was very moving to see so many people express how much he touched their lives.
I said a few words about Hardy. For those interested, I have posted a transcript below…
I knew Hardy for a short time when he lived here in Vermont and my involvement with him was through his political efforts.
I first met Hardy when he ran for governor. I was just learning about Libertarianism at the time and discovered the Libertarian Party in Vermont had a candidate for governor. I had contacted him by email I believe and then he surprised me by calling me and asking to meet at my home. I was so surprised at the offer. He had showed up that day and he explained a whole lot about the party and his campaign. Hardy was very straight-forward about how he felt about a variety of issues. It impressed my wife Heavenly and I so much we both got involved with his campaign and the party soon after.
Since then, I’ve witnessed him campaign and work so passionately for the cause of liberty for all. He showed much dedication and optimism in everything he worked on. Everyone seemed to like him, even those who didn’t agree his beliefs. People knew he was the real deal, even if they didn’t agree with his positions, they knew he was doing what he felt was right and they respected that.
He inspired me to run for local office myself and he was very helpful throughout the process and provided much support and encouragement.
He was a crucial part of the party here in Vermont and we’ve missed him very much since he left for New Hampshire. I have committed to keeping the party alive here in Vermont since he left and will continue to as long as I can. I’m sure he will be widely missed by his New Hampshire friends as well.
You will be missed Hardy… may you rest in peace!
Come celebrate with like minded Vermonters on April 24th at the Orchid in South Burlington at the Vermont Libertarian Party state convention.
When: April 24, 2010, starts at 11:30 a.m. (sign in starts at 11 a.m.)
Where: Orchid Restaurant, located at: 5 Market Street, South Burlington, VT 05403, Tel: (802) 658-3626.
Cost: $10.00 per person, paid in advance of the convention to the VTLP (includes meal and hot tea, other drinks are extra.
The latest podcast for the Woodchuck Report is now online.
The show covered: Douglas allows Hemp Bill to go into law, Al Jazeera/ Burlington Telecom Controversy, Immigration: H2B Work Visas, Peak Oil, Vermont and National Libertarian Party News – Candidates, Windmill problems, Should Burlington Telecom Be Run by the City?, Vermont Ballot Access – minor/major party status, Vermont State Auditor, and Energy/ Oil news.
Just a notice to let people know that the Vermont Libertarian Party is holding their next meeting in Burlington at the Fletcher Free Library in the Pickering Room on September 13th from 6-7pm.
There will be candidate nominations and other party business discussed.
Heavenly and I plan on attending… hope to see you there!
Over the past 3 weeks I have volunteered to develop and manage the campaign websites for our Libertarian state house candidates. Six of them are now complete. You can view them online by clicking the links below:
I also put up a webpage for our JP candidate here in Burlington, Robert Bussiere. Click here to check it out.
…and most recently I’ve been reworking the Vermont Libertarian Website… it’s still a work in progress, but it’s looking better already.
As you can see we’ve been quite busy!
Congratulations to our new state executive committee! Hardy Machia-Chair, Heavenly Ryan-Vice Chair, Brendan Kinney-Secretary, Mike Bandler-Treasurer and Steve Farrington-Vice Treasurer.