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June 7th, 2012
If you’ve been reading the news this week, you’d know the connection between the Walt Disney Company recent action and one proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The former will banish junk-food advertising from its television shows for kids, and the latter is considering a plan to ban oversized sugary drinks. Both are addressing the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the nation.
And with good cause.
A few years back at an Addison forum devoted to whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should unite under one-board governance, a resident asked rhetorically whether bigger government ever made things better.
Never mind school unification: Given more recent history, that question now looks a little ironic.
After all, the town of Addison and local residents and businesses just happily spent money to celebrate the opening of the new $70 million bridge across Lake Champlain.
The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.
It was one of the hardest phone calls I’d ever had to make.
We’d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren’t going to work out.
Even when you know you’ve got to end it, though, it’s always hard to tell the other party.
Our relationship had seemed so right at first.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, May 30, at 2:40 a.m. Vermont State Police checked on a suspicious vehicle parked at an auto dealer/repair shop in New Haven Junction. The shop was closed.
The trooper found the driver, identified as Ryan Doody, 36, of Woodland, Maine, asleep at the wheel with the engine running, the vehicle in drive and his foot on the brake. Doody immediately denied being the one operating the vehicle.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence of alcohol between May 28 and June 3, both while on grant-funded patrols on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Both citations followed stops for speeding.
On May 28, city police cited Matthew Randall, 25, of Essex Junction, for DUI after stopping his car for traveling 52 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.102 percent at the Vergennes station. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted a local man who was the target of a phone scam on May 30. Police said the man was told that he had won a Mercedes and $700,000 and all he had to do was send in a $500 money order to claim the prizes.
Authorities are again warning people not to share their private financial information with others promising something too good to be true.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Any conversation about Social Security reform must begin with hard facts: On the current track, U.S. federal income will be insufficient in 2025 — a mere 13 years from now — to pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and interest on the debt.
All other spending — for defense, medical research, highways, education, energy, you name it — would have to be paid for with borrowed money. Conclusion: federal revenues must rise and spending on these major entitlements must fall.