July 30th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Pete Mulgrew and Sean Mulgrew comprised the duo that claimed the Overall Point Winner title at this past weekend’s annual Dud Phinney Member-Guest Tournament in Middlebury. The twosome of Joe Bartlett and Hugh Barber grabbed the Low Qualifier title in the tournament, which was played last Thursday through Sunday at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”
A few days ago, I joined the ranks of over 2 million eternal optimists who have embraced The New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”
The author is a Japanese professional organizer named Marie Kondo, whose “KonMari” method espouses a simple philosophy: Free up space in your home by keeping only those possessions that “spark joy.”
The woman is a genius. Oh, and also: She is crazy.
This week’s writer is Laura Asermily, a member of the Middlebury selectboard.
This week’s writer is Linda E. Johnson, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
I think most of us understand that technology devices and the Internet are here to stay. They are part of all of our lives whether in our doctor’s offices with online medical records or the many ways we use smartphones, laptops, workplace computers, online games, directional tracking, news and weather updates and televison or alternatives to television in our home and when we travel. Technology has transformed communication and made our world smaller and smarter.
Vermont is a beautiful state — not only to those of us fortunate enough to live here but also to the many tourists who visit every year. They come to see our lovely farmland, long vistas, mountains, rolling hills, and quaint towns and villages. They do not come to see acres of solar panels marring the views. Vermont does not have or allow billboards, so why are we now looking to mar our countryside with acres of solar panels?
Revolutions come because of the immediate need and desire for real change. Professor Newt Gingrich says, “Real change only comes with real change.” Alas, we are seeing it happen. Wonderful.
The Vermont Gas Pipeline: costs versus benefits, who really knows; however, trust is priceless and trust does matter.
After attending both days of the technical hearings last month on the Addison Natural Gas pipeline, I walked away with as many questions as I did answers. One of the major concerns I had was what metric method and whose numbers should I rely on.