Same Sun Business Owner Says Rutland Has a Strong Community and an Old Guard that is “Narrow Minded”

Marlene Allen has lived in Vermont 12 years. She lives in Rutland and is married with two kids. She owns Same Sun of Vermont. She loves living in Vermont.

“Around here community leaders are Green Mountain Power, Steve Costello is a big booster of the downtown, does a lot for it. The folks at the Paramount Theater.”

Allen’s state representative is Thomas Terenzini. She doesn’t believe he’s doing a good job. “In general I’d like to see a progressive agenda. In my town specifically I find there’s an old guard that’s very narrow minded.”

She does believe Rutland has a strong community. “I think that there’s a lot of folks around here, other business owners in the downtown that are really working to make it better.”

Allen’s happiest moment was having children. “Pay attention to what’s going on. Get off your phone and try to learn about things and form your own opinion.”

Allen believes that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and she would support a carbon tax to push us toward renewable energy.

Allen does not believe most Americans make a livable wage. “I think that when you look at the cost of living, I mean gas prices for one have just doubled and things people need. In Rutland vs. a big city…I grew up in New York City. So there housing is expensive but other things not that much more so as compared to what the earning potential is. So I think that we’ve just become such a service economy and are so used to thinking of jobs as Walmart jobs and they’re just not career building you know livable really increase your income type things.”

For hobbies and recreation Allen skis in the winter. In the summer she swims and gardens and watches films and reads books. Her favorite thing about Vermont is the seasons. “They’re so distinct.”

Her favorite restaurant is Roots. She doesn’t think there’s as much for young people to do as there is in the city. “There could be entertainment or arcades or a skating rink would be nice.”

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