November 14th, 2011
President Obama’s decision last Thursday to postpone action on the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to Gulf ports in Texas is a smart political calculation only if he wins re-election. Otherwise, he fails as president to protect the environment, wean Americans off their over-dependence on oil-based energy, and sets in motion an energy policy (assuming any Republican president would approve the project) that favors the consumption of carbon-based energy rather than move toward an economy based on renewable energy.
MIDDLEBURY — Visitors to the new M Gallery at 3 Mill Street who fail to discuss the art are missing the point.
“We want to create a community that communicates with each other,” said Cha Tori, a Middlebury College senior who helped charter the gallery.
Until Nov. 17, the M Gallery will display “Vision Obscured,” an exhibit of abstract photography by seven Middlebury students. The show opened this past Friday, and is curated by Tori.
CASTLETON – By any measure, the Middlebury Union High School football team had a great season after returning to Division I this fall.
But the No. 3 Tigers didn’t have a great day in Saturday’s Division I final at Castleton State College, when they were hampered by a rash of injuries and handcuffed by undefeated No. 1 Hartford, 42-6.
The Champlain Bridge opened to traffic on Monday, November 7, once again connecting Crown Point, N.Y. and West Addison, Vt. Throngs of people turned out to watch the inauguration of the new bridge, which was built in 21 months after the old bridge was deemed unsafe. Commuters and local business owners alike heralded the return of the bridge, which serves as a vital economic link between the two states.
Photos by Trent Campbell.
The Addy Indy salutes our local veterans and those still serving in the nation's armed forces in our annual Veterans Day special section.
ADDISON, Vt. / CROWN POINT, N.Y. — The new Lake Champlain Bridge was inaugurated on Monday with the promise that it would serve as a vital transportation link between Vermont and New York for at least the next three-quarters of a century.
MIDDLEBURY — The best government not only does its business in the open, but also allows its citizens to participate, Secretary of State Jim Condos told a gathering of local officials and others at a Monday meeting in Middlebury.
“I can’t say that enough. The public has a right to speak at your school or selectboard meetings,” Condos said. “You can’t shut them off. You can limit them.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members learned Tuesday that the fiscal year 2013 municipal budget could, in a worst-case scenario, require a 5-cent hike in the local tax rate, even before crunching the initial numbers on the new spending plan.
The potential tax increase is associated with four financial outlays — some of them optional, others that hang in the balance — that could add $348,364 to the town spending plan that will cover July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.