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May 29th, 2014
As the U.S. Supreme Court comes closer to the end of its term in late June, some Democratic elected officials and progressive law professors are calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to announce her retirement when the term concludes. Their argument is that Ginsburg, the Court’s oldest member at 81 and the leader of the Court’s liberal wing, should retire in time to allow President Obama to nominate her successor while the Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate.
The 2014 legislative session has finally come to a close. There were many education-related bills that quietly made their way through the session as the majority of our focus was on H.883, the bill that would have made significant changes to our school governance structure by changing all supervisory unions into consolidated school districts. Following the trajectory of each education bill was challenging, as it seemed that the iterative process didn’t necessarily lend itself to logical development.
Editor’s note: This letter was written as an open letter to Gov. Shumlin and Vermont state legislators.
Recently, I learned Johnson State College’s budget will be cut by nearly $500,000. My child is a junior at Johnson, so I immediately wondered, “How will this impact my child’s education? How will this impact students and families considering Johnson?”
While I was going about Middlebury today, I stopped into a sporting store where I met the shop owner. Once he realized I am running for governor he laid into me for some ”appalling” homemade signage that had over-wintered and was now “littering” the roadside. So I am writing in humility to apologize for the eyesore of that signage carrying my name on it, and for the fact that it was there in the off-season.
I arrived too late to get a seat in the hall at the greenwashing festival at Middlebury College last week, and decided my time was better spent at home working on my PSB testimony than watching the show on TV in the Grille.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team won its opening-round Division I tennis match on Tuesday, while the Otter Valley girls came up short against the top seed in D-II.
The 5-6 Tiger boys, seeded 11th in D-I, were set to take on No. 6 Rutland (12-2) on Wednesday afternoon after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School softball team on Tuesday outlasted visiting Spaulding and three 30-minute lightning delays to earn a 9-4 win that locked down a top-four Division II seed for the Eagles.
On Tuesday the Eagles also learned that they would earn a forfeit win over North Country, which means the Eagles will carry a 12-3 record and 61 points into their season finale on Thursday, a home game with D-I powerhouse BFA-St. Albans.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham boys held off Vergennes to highlight recent high school lacrosse action. In other games, the Middlebury girls held a big lead when a game was suspended by lightning, the MUHS boys romped, and the VUHS and Otter Valley boys came up short.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will release Division I and II boys’ and girls’ lacrosse playoff pairings on Monday.
EAGLES OVER VUHS