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August 12th, 2013
Imagine a library where many books have been borrowed and are long overdue. There is a case for an amnesty to get the books back and move on. There is a case for saying that rules are rules and fines must be paid. But the worst strategy is to keep indicating that an amnesty may come soon without ever introducing it. And this is roughly where we are in our corporate tax debate.
This week’s writer is Lawrence Miller, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary. Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont, contributed.
Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. In Vermont, this holds especially true. Vermont has more than 75,000 small employers, comprising a staggering 96 percent of the companies in the state. With more than 157,000 workers, the small business sector accounts for nearly 60 percent of our state’s total workforce.
SALISBURY — The Salisbury Development Review Board has given conditional approval to a new business off Shard Villa Road that will turn cow manure into cow bedding and compost products. The new agricultural enterprise has the ultimate goal of making biogas that would be funneled to Middlebury College.
VERGENNES — Work should begin next week on a $600,000 project that Vergennes Union High School officials said is critical to the building’s integrity: New roofing and insulation on its classroom wing and auditorium.
After trimming the proposed work because bids came in higher than expected, a school board member said school directors were happy with the compromises, and he reminded district residents that further repairs are still needed on the building.
BRANDON — Boys will be boys. The adage holds true regardless of time or place, regardless of age. Tuesday afternoons at Cattails Restaurant are no exception.
Every week, a group of older men calling themselves the “Sick, Lame and Lazy Club” meet for coffee, snacks and conversation. While the location and the members have changed over time, the tradition is rooted in a history rich enough to have kept men coming back every week for nearly two decades.
NEW HAVEN — Enthusiasts of the Addison County Fair and Field Days often talk about the food first: barbecue sandwiches, piping hot Italian sausages, crepes, creemees, slurpees and, of course, platefuls of fried dough.
But those who saved room on Tuesday had yet another appealing dining option: the annual Taste of Vermont dinner with all-local foods donated by local businesses, which in recent years has been the primary fundraising event for the Vergennes/Mount Abraham high school football team.
MIDDLEBURY — Clarissa Ward, the CBS News foreign correspondent who has been reporting this year from Egypt and Syria, will deliver the commencement address marking the end of the Middlebury Language Schools’ 99th summer session on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. in Mead Chapel.
With President Ronald D. Liebowitz and Vice President of Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs Michael E. Geisler presiding, the college is scheduled to confer 118 master of arts degrees and seven doctor of modern languages degrees at the ceremony.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At the summer Vermont Swim Association championship meet in the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on this past Saturday and Sunday, Middlebury Panther swimmers won five races — in four of which 10-year-old Oliver Poduschnick earned gold — while one young Vergennes Champ swimmer earned a state title.