July 11th, 2013
How do I write about the recent rain without complaining or whining?
I could just dryly state some of the facts about various state records we have set for rainfall in May and June, or about how many times above average our June rainfall was this year. But anybody living within a few hundred miles of Addison County already knows this. As one friend posted on Facebook, it only rained twice last month: once for twelve days, and once for eighteen days. I have streams flowing around my property where I have never before had streams.
There’s good news in Bristol. Phoenix Rising, the Yoga organization that uses Bristol as an annual base for programs drawing patrons from around the nation, has opted to stay in Bristol for the rest of the year and, perhaps, longer. That’s a reversal of a decision declared earlier by co-owners, who had planned to move to Burlington before year’s end. (See story in this issue.)
Conducting studies on which to base a decision is part-and-parcel of the political process, but that’s not to say the requests for studies don’t get out of hand. In the 2013 session, Vermont legislators asked for 133 studies. That’s on top of previous studies, many of which are requested annually, bringing the tally to 326, according to a recent report in VtDigger.org.
The fuel-related explosion from a wrecked transport train that ripped apart the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic on Monday is being used by some environmentalists as another reason to curb use of fossil fuels. The train was carrying tankers of fuel oil when it careened off the tracks, destroying the heart of the city and killing 15 people with as many as 50 still missing as of Wednesday. More than 100,000 liters of fuel has seeped into a nearby river and lake.
AT&T has been running TV ads for its cellphone service in which a guy sits down with a bunch of six-year-old kids and asks them questions like, “Is faster better than slower?” and “Is more better than less?”
They all eventually come up with the right answer, and then the voice-over guy comes on and reads the tagline: “It’s not complicated.”
Peter Shumlin began talking about single-payer health care early in 2010, when he became a candidate for governor. Shumlin has not said much about single-payer recently. Some single-payer advocates wonder whether his administration is still committed to applying for a federal waiver to permit Vermont to establish a single-payer system in 2017, the earliest allowable date under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Here is one of my favorite sayings about yoga: “Not practicing yoga because you’re not flexible is like not taking a bath because you’re too dirty.” When I meet someone at a party and they find out that I teach yoga, a common response is, “I could never do yoga — I’m way too stiff.” That’s when I get to pull out the pithy little statement above.
ADDISON COUNTY — A two-car crash on Route 22A in Orwell late on the night of July 3 totaled both vehicles and sent one driver to the hospital, where he was still in critical condition early this week.