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October 29th, 2015
NEW HAVEN — The bobolinks that nested in Vermont hayfields and grasslands this past summer are already winging their way toward winter homes in Argentina and Brazil. Environmentalists warn that when the birds return next spring some of their nesting habitat may have been swallowed up by the spread of solar arrays.
Two days ago, my older and only sister would have turned 60. Instead, she’ll always be 43.
Act 46, the school consolidation bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year, will be a major issue in 2016, both in local elections on establishing new consolidated school districts and in the statewide race for governor.
The act provides property tax reduction incentives to newly consolidated districts that receive voter approval by July 1, 2016. While some incentives will be available to districts that consolidate after that date, the prospect of a 10-cent reduction in property taxes is leading several districts to accelerate planning for consolidation votes.
Many thanks to the Middlebury Department of Public Works and Engineers Construction Inc. for the great job at the water main replacement project on Foote Street. Thanks also to Adam Piper and Jim Foster.
It was a professional job, courteously done, with excellent results.
I want to thank the Addison Independent for printing Professor Victor Nuovos articles on Socrates.
I find that Socrates probably really existed and was not just the imagination of Plato, who did a lot of the writing about Socrates.
I recently signed an online petition to Congressman Welch, urging him to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Here is his reply, and my response to it. Evidently, he needs to hear from lots of people encouraging him to take a more decisive stand against the TPP.
“Dear Ms. McKay,
“Thank you for contacting me about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. I appreciate hearing your views on this issue.
I bought my first car 41 years ago at Weybridge Garage. It was a 1970 VW Bug with 90,000 miles and four years of Vermont road rust.
I had acquired just enough money from college graduation presents to buy a car. So I bought the first Bug I saw.
Owning a VW was virtually a generational requirement at the time. Plus my girlfriend and I needed wheels as we embarked on the trial-by-fire of living together.