October 7th, 2010
Public anger against the federal bailout that rescued the nation’s financial system from collapse, prevented the bankruptcies of the nation’s auto companies and salvaged the insurance industry — preventing a second Great Depression, according to most economists — has turned the 2010 mid-term elections upside down. The lack of understanding from Tea Party supporters and like-minded conservatives is appalling, but so is the two-faced political response from both parties.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police investigators believe they have traced the cause of a Monday morning fire at Middlebury’s Otterside Court Condominiums to a laptop computer that had been sitting on a bed in the only unit that sustained major damage.
Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes of the America’s education system,” President Barack Obama challenged them to produce an additional 5 million graduates by 2020 to meet a growing demand for more educated workers. The White House put the nation’s two-year institutions in the spotlight because they are ideally suited to reinvent their educational and training programs to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Fenn family have decided to appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court the Middlebury Development Review Board’s denial of their application for a proposed gravel pit off Route 116.
VERGENNES — Lead negotiators on both sides said in a joint interview last week that they are satisfied with the new, two-year Addison Northwest Supervisory Union teachers’ contract, which will expire in June 2012 and preserves teachers’ existing health-care benefits and base pay.
Negotiators reached agreement in an eight-hour mediation session in mid-August, and in late September both the Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association and the ANwSU board — which represents Panton, Waltham, Vergennes, Addison and Ferrisburgh — gave final approval.
If you didn’t attend the Abigail Washburn concert at the college’s Center for the Arts last week, well, you missed out.
Unfortunately, my imagination didn’t miss out — the concert sent me spiraling into new waves of depression about my non-musicality.
BRANDON — After more than a year, officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union are hopeful that negotiations may be nearing an end, although the issues of salary and benefits remain on the table.
“We’re optimistic that we’ll have a resolution here in the next couple of months,” said RNeSU Superintendent John Castle.
Here we are, just one week into October, and my brain has already slipped into winter mode. For the next six to eight months, at least 40 percent of my waking thoughts will focus one elusive goal: staying warm.
I’m one of those people who are always cold. You know the type; every household has one. We scream, “Close the door!” the second it opens, before our family members have time to go through it. We wear socks 11 months of the year. We think the inventor of the Snuggie deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarianism.