February 21st, 2013
This week’s writer is Fred Baser, who founded Bristol Financial Services in 1987. He ran as a Republican for the Vermont House in Addison-4 District in 2010.
The Vermont Republican Party has an identity crisis. What has caused the party’s image problems? Who are Vermont Republicans? What can the party do to change the current situation?
My hairdresser passed on to me a bit of wisdom she had learned from a television talk show with the psychologist Dr. Phil: “If you’re worried about what other people think of you, don’t, because they aren’t.”
(For the record, here is the quote from Philip McGraw I found on Google afterward: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what other people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.”)
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the Feb. 15 burglary of a home on Jersey Street in Addison during which the culprit stole a variety of personal property, plus items with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife insignia. Police said the stolen items — a Deputy F&W badge, collar brass and a tie clip — belong to one of the victims, Deputy Warden Eugene Stearns.
The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $8,000, according to police.
VERGENNES — Police said drug charges are possible following a Feb. 12 North Main Street incident in which they responded to help Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel deal with a man who was apparently overdosing on a drug.
Police said when they drove up a man and a woman were outside their car, and the man was obviously ailing. Police allege he admitted he was having a bad reaction to some heroin he had taken, and VARS took him to Porter Hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Anthony C. Williams, 43, of Troy, N.Y., for possession of marijuana (5.33 ounces) following a stop for speeding on Court Street on Feb. 15. Police lodged Williams at the Marble Valley Correctional Center in Rutland.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a noise complaint in the Court Square area on Feb. 11.
• Served a no-trespass notice on Feb. 11 on a person who was not wanted on Mary Hogan Elementary School grounds.
2/19 VUHS vs. MUHS ......................... 52-36
2/19 OV vs. Arlington .......................... 56-53
2/19 Missisquoi vs. Mt. Abe................ 80-43
2/18 OV vs. Windsor ........................... 42-34
2/18 Mt. Abe vs. VUHS ....................... 67-27
2/18 MUHS at Colchester ......... Ppd. to 2/26
Our sportsworld is a mess — and I’m a hypocrite.
I am both a fan and a skeptic. Much of what happens in sports at its highest levels I deplore, yet my days and nights are taken up by watching games or by reading and writing about sports. Sports are an essential part of my life.
Moving to Vermont provided my first real experience driving in snow. I learned to drive in Northern Virginia, where life shuts down when the first snowflakes fall and you don’t drive anywhere. I didn’t have a car during college in Western Massachusetts, or throughout my post-college life in New York City. When I finally became a regular driver, in the San Francisco Bay Area, there wasn’t any snow.