April 10th, 2014
The primary reason to phase in the minimum wage hike in Vermont from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour over three years—instead of rushing to that level by Jan. 1, 2015 as House bill H-552 mandates—is so Vermont businesses can gradually adjust to the 15 percent hike in labor expenses and are not put at a disadvantage with neighboring states.
That argument, and the big-picture narrative that goes along with it, seems lost on many members of the House.
When you read history it is easy to forget that the people you are eavesdropping on didn’t, for the most part, think of themselves as actors in a historical drama. They were just people going about their daily lives, trying to make their way in the world. They didn’t know that a major technological innovation was just a few years off, or a big war, or an economic depression, or a change in social mores.
In his 1922 poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land.”
I first read that in college, and the line never made sense to me, until this year. It perfectly describes the April we’ve been having. (Except, of course, for the lilacs. But the “dead land” part is spot on.)
Angelo Lynn’s editorial on Monday, April 7, pointed out that Vermont Gas’ “side of the story” is that without the International Paper lateral extension, extending the pipeline to Rutland might take 10 years or more. In fact, their current side of the story is that without IP’s funding they won’t be able to reach Rutland until 2035.
Editor’s note: A toddler was struck by an SUV in front of Otter Creek Child Center in Middlebury on April 1.
There are not enough words to express how loved and supported Otter Creek Child Center is feeling. We are beyond blessed to be part of the Addison County Community. I would like to thank the following people.
Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the UD-3 school board and a retired public school elementary teacher.
Though I am a school board member, the views expressed here are my own.
I want to thank Mark Mooney Jr. and so, so many others for making the inspiring documentary film “The Green Mountain Upset” and bringing it to Middlebury.