Young Rutlander Says Technology and Drugs are Imperiling Community


Crystalanne Nolte, 23, has lived in Vermont since January 2015. She’s from Rochester New York and she lives in Rutland now. She has a four month old and she is engaged.

When asked if Rutland was a strong community, Nolte said, “It’s not bad.”

When asked what could be done to make the community stronger, Nolte said, “More community programs.”

Nolte likes to make bracelets and artwork. She can be found on Facebook and she is interested in networking with fellow Vermonters to make Vermont the most networked state in the nation.

When asked if there was anything the local media wasn’t covering, Nolte said, “The drug use in Rutland is pretty high and it’s a problem here. It’s pretty pathetic actually. It’s pretty bad how many people are using drugs and it’s rough.”

When asked if the average five month move rate for the American and the practice of leaving home for college ripped communities apart, Nolte said, “It can. It can rip more families apart than the community, but I guess ripping families apart does effect communities in the long term.”

When asked if she thought elementary students should learn how to grow food in a hands on environment, Nolte said, “Yes, I do. I was raised as a farmer. My family came over from Germany, we were raised as farmers. That’s how we made our future, as farmers, it’s really good to be hands on with farming.”

When asked if she believes our human instincts are as complex as other animals, Nolte said, “We used to be more complex with our human instincts, but we’re starting to stray from our instincts because of technology it’s kind of warping our minds.”

Nolte does believe that emotions are instincts that nature selected for survival and she does support the schools teaching children about their instincts and teaching them to follow their good instincts.

When asked if she thinks courting rituals are dead or if they are still alive and well, Nolte said, “I think we’ve lost a lot of them. I don’t really think it’s progress. We’re losing touch with humanity, we really are.”

When asked if she thought our instincts are more to be good people or selfish people, Nolte said, “I would like to believe that our instincts are more to be good people, but a lot of people aren’t following their instincts for good morals. You know, people are becoming rude and disrespectful toward others. They’re not complimenting each other, which we should be. When you see somebody you should hold a door, you should compliment them on their clothes, you should be thanking them for doing something kind, and we’re not doing that anymore. Today’s society is straying away from that and it’s pretty sad that we’re coming to the point where we’re not kind to each other anymore.”

When asked what she thought causes this, Nolte said, “Honestly, a lot of things. Technology is a huge cause of that. We’re all into our phones. We’re not looking up. We’re not enjoying nature. We’re not enjoying each other’s company. We’re secluded to video games. We’re not getting out into the community as much. There’s not as much community networks anymore. We’re not activity knit. There should be gardening, there should be field trips more in schools to get the children out. Now we’re bringing laptops into the schools. We’re not teaching cursive anymore. That was huge when I was growing up and it’s not anymore, and that’s coming from someone who’s born in 1992. Come on. What is the world turning into. It’s sad. It really is.”

When asked if she supported legalizing weed, Nolte said, “For some aspects it can be helpful. For medical purposes sometimes it can be helpful, for seizures it can be helpful for cancer, but for recreational use, no I do not.”

When asked what she does for hobbies and recreation, Nolte said, “I’m huge into art, scrap-booking. I believe in gardening, flowers, vegetables. I read for fun. I’m not one for sitting on the computer. I don’t do video games. I once and a while sit down and enjoy a movie but I’m always scrap-booking or doing something hands on.”

When asked if we focus too much on the economy and not enough on basically surviving together, Nolte said, “Yes I do. Like I said before we splitting apart, we’re not joining together to be united.”

Nolte’s advice to youngsters is, “Respect. Learn to respect each other. Respect your elders. Respect yourselves.”

When asked what the most pressing issue of our time, Notle said, “I’m big on respect. I really am. That’s something we need to focus on, and that’s a huge issue in the world, is that we’re lacking respect, for everybody.”

When asked if she thought climate change was a serious threat, Nolte said, “It could be, because of what we’re putting into our earth. I also believe in nature, mother nature, and we’re neglecting her too.”

Nolte doesn’t have an opinion on whether or not Vermont should pass a revenue neutral carbon tax.

When asked if she thought most Americans make a livable wage, Nolte said, “No. I don’t. There’s people who are starving out there, and we’re not caring enough. We make the rich get richer and the middle class they just sit there and the poor get poorer.”

Nolte’s favorite restaurant, “I would have to say Friendly’s. It would have to be. It’s a small little family restaurant and they have great food there.”

“I believe in a higher power. I’m not quite sure what it is, but something up there helped us somewhere.”


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