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April 1st, 2013
In a sign of what the nation might hope is the start of a continuing trend, Colorado became the first Western state to adopt tougher gun control laws with the recent signing of legislation.
The measure, which is similar to what Vermont legislators were asked to consider but decided not to tackle this year, bans magazines for automatic assault-style weapons that hold more than 15 rounds and requires background checks made online or through private parties (like gun shows).
WOODSTOCK — Athletes from Special Olympics Addison County competed in the winter games at Suicide Six in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. On Friday evening the Woodstock Rotary hosted the opening ceremonies that were attended by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The torch to open the games was carried in by members of the Woodstock Police Department. Opening ceremonies were capped off by a fireworks display high above the village green on Mt. Tom.
How much energy can you save by drying your clothes on a clothesline instead of using an electric dryer?
What a great question. I’d estimate a savings of about $10.20 per month or just over $122 per year.
Here’s another reason a tax on carbon dioxide emissions (a carbon tax) makes good economic sense: According to a study done for the International Monetary Fund, governments throughout the world are subsizing cheap energy to the detriment of the world economy (not just the environment) to the tune of $2 trillion in 2011.
One of Middlebury College’s best-kept secrets is its fabulous archive in the Special Collections rooms of the library. And one of the best-kept secrets in Special Collections is a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden that Thoreau himself owned and used. Although his emendations are relatively few, they show us the Writer in Action, combing through his own work with care. Depending on what you count, there are about 18 adjustments that Thoreau makes to this edition, all of which appear in the multiple later editions of Walden that grace my bookshelves.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont House has moved along a bill that promotes the weatherization of citizens’ homes, but it remains unclear whether lawmakers will be able to assemble the necessary funding to help pay for the initiative.
The House last week voted 109-27 in favor of sending bill H.520 along to the Senate. That bill sets the state on a path to weatherize 80,000 Vermont homes by the year 2020, acknowledging that many abodes are porous and are losing costly heating resources to the outdoors.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen moved close on Tuesday to setting a May vote on a $1.45 million bond to pay for a 4,611-square-foot North Main Street police station.
That plan would remove more than 1,300 square feet — a drive-in evidence processing area, offices for the force’s sergeant and detective, and fitness and intake/dispatch rooms — from the proposed $1.85 million, 5,940-square-foot station that Vergennes voters defeated on Town Meeting Day, 302-292. It would remain on the same site.
BRIDPORT — Eighteen Bridport Central School students were duking it out in their gym last Thursday, and we aren’t talking about an impromptu boxing tournament.