In the ongoing discussion of the proposed municipal building in Middlebury, which tentatively has a bond vote set for December, an important assurance was made this week by the selectboard: It would delay the vote if it feels residents are not adequately informed.
Ever think the federal government shutdown won’t matter to you, your neighbors or the state? Consider some of the statewide effects:
• About 4,200 federal employees work in Vermont; of those it’s estimated about 1,000 are subject to furlough — meaning they are laid off without pay.
• Of the 1,000 National Guard members in Vermont, about 450 are now on furlough.
Our family rarely goes out to eat these days. It’s not so much a matter of expense (although that’s certainly a factor with six mouths to feed); the expense of eating out is counterbalanced by the benefit of having a break from cooking. My economist husband would put it in terms of “opportunity cost:” a few extra dollars may be worth it if it saves you the time, energy and stress of preparing a meal.