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This week’s writer is Jack Hoffman, a policy analyst for Public Assets Institute (www.publicassets.org), a non-partisan, nonprofit organization based in Montpelier.
Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are we spending more and more money to educate fewer and fewer kids?
It’s wise to carefully consider how energy projects impact the land, air and water. Our lives and economy depend on a clean environment. Likewise, the health of our society depends on living cooperatively, respecting each other and creating local solutions to local challenges. Surrendering to corporate pressure and outsourcing our energy needs is detrimental to our democratic process and to the expansion of our local energy economy.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting New York power Lake Placid Central on Monday defeated the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team, 4-0, in the Tigers’ Buster Brush Holiday Classic, but Coach Derek Bartlett was not unhappy with the Tigers’ effort.
Bartlett said playing teams like Lake Placid will help his 1-2-2 squad down the road.
RIPTON — More than 400 skiers took part in races on the first day of the two-day New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton just before Christmas, and that many again competed the following day.
Indeed, the event not only drew large numbers of people to the area, but the racing was of a high caliber.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Division I power Champlain Valley defeated the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Dec. 23, 122.8-106.75.
Redhawk gymnast Emma Lieberman won all four disciplines and the all-around, although Tiger Ida Mae Danforth made it close in the vault, where Lieberman scored 8.35 and Danforth was awarded an 8.3.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Addison Otter swim team, under coach Peter Bicknell, kicked off its season with two December meets at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
The team’s best finishes from the Super Splash on Dec. 6 are as follows:
Hadley Harris (age 9) placed 37th out of 47 in the girls’ 10-and-under 50 free, 46.36.
Katie Mayer (age 17) placed third out of 15 in the girls’ 15-and-over 100 breast, 1:16.76.
Shea McLaren (age 10) placed 13th out of 27 in the boys’ U10 50 free, 36.15.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/27 MUHS vs. Harwood........................ 4-1
12/29 Lake Placid vs. MUHS................... 4-0
12/30 Northeast Clinton vs. MUHS........... 3-2
12/29 Spaulding vs. MUHS...................... 6-3
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school girls’ basketball action, Otter Valley won to reach .500, Vergennes broke into the win column by taking two out of three games, Mount Abraham dropped a pair of games at Fair Haven’s holiday tournament, and Middlebury lost on the road.
On Dec. 23, the Otters defeated visiting Hartford, 34-26, as Laura Beth Roberts (12 points) and Sophie Bloomer (11) combined for 23 points.