September 3rd, 2014
Turnout in last week’s primary election was a near-record low, with only about 8 percent of Vermont’s registered voters casting ballots. The few places with reasonably high turnout were districts such as Middlebury, with contested primaries for open legislative seats.
Statewide, the turnout of Democratic voters was particularly low. Normally, more than 70 percent of primary voters choose the Democratic ballot. This year, fewer than 60 percent of the votes were cast in the Democratic primary.
Editor’s note: This was submitted as an open letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin.
It has become clear that the gas that will flow through the newly proposed Gaz Métro-Vermont Gas pipeline into Addison County will have an amount of fracked gas in it that is unknowable. In fact, Vermont Gas has no control and will have no way of even knowing how much of this gas is from fracked wells.
This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis. He is the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, a former superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and a member of the Vermont state board of education.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” — Sitting Bull
Responding to Greg Dennis’ Aug. 28 column: It’s unfortunate that so little opportunity for genuine debate exists anywhere, including in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court. When ordinary people address very controversial subjects in government hearings, town meetings or even letters to the editor, time and space are usually so tightly limited we can barely make our own points, let alone grant concessions to the opposition.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school field hockey season opened late last week and on Tuesday, Mount Abraham picked up a road win, Otter Valley was edged at home, and Middlebury earned a road tie.
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team, former player Brooke Jette and the Middlebury Recreation Department are offering their annual clinic to elementary school students on Mondays — and one Wednesday — this fall.
It is easy to think that tools and implements — from screwdrivers to spatulas, plows to pliers, or automobiles to arc welders — are passive things, whose use is determined by the user. There is some truth in this, of course. But it’s also true that we are shaped by our tools. There is wisdom in the old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.