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Dear Mom and Dad,
It’s Sunday night, a few days before Christmas, and we’ve been scurrying around getting things ready for the holiday — cleaning, wrapping gifts … Sarah and the girls took a sled down to the brook and collected pine boughs, then they decorated the house, made it look and smell like a festival. I spent half the day in the office getting things ready to take a day off.
My name is Christopher Mason, and I am a police officer.
I speak it as a confession to highlight a tension that rests at the heart of my professional life — a perceived contradiction that is very frequently commented upon. The comments typically run something like, “I really hate cops, but you seem OK.” Which is very gratifying, of course, since it’s nice not to be hated, but disconcerting at the same time.
As so often happens with liberal fantasies of a welfare state utopia, the balloon of single payer was pricked by the pin of economic reality.
Details are important when discussing energy policy, especially when it comes to our state’s future. That’s why I was so concerned to read two recent opinion pieces in the Addison Independent written by Paul Stone. (“Acts 248 and 250 need local input” on Nov. 26 and “State needs new solar-siting rules” on Dec. 10).
Gov. Shumlin announced last Wednesday that “it is not the right time” to introduce a single-payer health care system in Vermont. He said he would not propose such a plan to the Legislature in 2015.
A version of a financing plan for single-payer that was leaked to the press earlier this month received a strongly negative reaction, so the governor’s decision to abandon further action is not a surprise.
ADDISON COUNTY — When the last muzzleloader shot echoed through the woods earlier this month, concluding the final Vermont deer season of 2014, the county’s total of deer taken between October and December stood at 724, the second lowest figure since 2008.
The Christmas season is a time of expectations. For many, Christmas morning is when those expectations are fulfilled. Or not.