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September 3rd, 2015
The town of New Haven offers an interesting lesson in the value of property as it relates to the town’s grand list and tax rates. At issue is a proposal by Anbaric Transmission that essentially adds $130 million to the town’s current grand list of roughly $260 million. That 50 percent increase would seemingly create a huge windfall in terms of property tax relief.
Well done, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival! You took the kernel of an idea, sought community support, built a terrific team and, with flair, imagination, hard work and know-how you created an inaugural film festival that exceeded expectations.
It’s presidential election season again, and many Vermonters are clearly excited about the upstart candidacy of their own Howard Dean. He’s speaking truth to power and reminding the Democratic Party what it’s supposed to stand for — for working people and not the monied class, for the environment and not the polluters, for a tempered foreign policy and not cowboy aggression.
It was late evening. I’d been in leaky waders all day and didn’t want to put them on again. So I was standing barefoot, knee-deep in the icy waters of an arctic river flowing across tundra toward the Chukchi Sea. My shins and ankles ached. My feet were numb. But at the moment, I was not aware of the pain. My heart was pumping with adrenaline because I’d just seen that the big fish at the end of my fly line was not another chum salmon, but my first ever sea-run Dolly Varden trout.
I have recently written several columns arguing that 2016 could be a good year for Vermont Republicans. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott could be a strong candidate for governor, and Republicans could continue making gains in the Legislature, especially the House.
In the Monday, Aug. 10, issue of your paper, there were letters to the editor that gave me great hope for the future.
One was a serious analysis of the pros and cons of local police acquiring and using Tasers. Another was about a seemingly responsible young woman who accidentally caused the death of a local cyclist, possibly due largely to driving under the influence of alcohol as well as several medications prescribed by a physician (that affect neurological functioning) and the likely relative meager legal consequence for such an offense.
Deceit should not be rewarded with a slap on the hand and a $100,000 fine that will be passed on to rate-paying customers.
Passing escalating costs onto customers should not be an option as ratepayers don’t have endless deep pockets. The ice caps are melting. The world as we know it is rapidly changing. The release of methane gas in the atmosphere through fracking cannot be accepted. This is a sure death wish for the planet.
MIDDLEBURY — In recent golf action, Ralph Myhre Golf Course members on Aug. 29 defeated their counterparts from the Basin Harbor Club, thus keeping the Addison Cup in Middlebury for another year.
Then on Aug. 30 Chuck and Hogan Beazley and Vicki and Elena Bronson were the winners in Ralph Myhre’s Parent-Child Tournament.
On Aug. 31, the Ralph Myhre foursome of Jim Dayton, Don Dayton, Matt Brush and Seth Dayton tied for second place at a Pro-Am tournament at Dorset Country Club.