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House Speaker Shap Smith recently said that the Legislature’s highest priority in the 2015 session should be changing Vermont’s system of financing and governing K-12 education. Smith noted that the large number of school budgets rejected last spring, and the concern about high and rising property taxes demonstrated by the November election results, mean that the Legislature must address the education issue soon.
Although the argument against the pipeline centers on environmental concerns, the real reason may have to do with the disdain for fossil fuels felt by environmental groups and others. The Vermont Gas pipeline is a relatively small issue compared to the entirety of the existing U.S. natural gas pipeline system. Hence, opponents of this project have taken a well-anticipated route, claiming that it will harm the environment.
I was born into a world with oil lamps, well water pumped by hand and horses for travel. Then the automobile and telephone in every home led to a cell phone in every hand. And now we have electricity from the sun. Watch out world. I can’t believe it.
It is time for a statewide moratorium on multi-user solar generating installations in Vermont.
Outrageous, totalitarian, heavy-handed, biased, heartless, corrupt. These are but a few of the adjectives that might be used to describe the behavior of the Public Service Board in response to challenges by towns in Vermont to over 35 multi-user solar renewable energy projects proposed by developers over the last 8 months.
This week’s writer is Fran Putnam of Weybridge, who is active in weatherization and energy efficiency efforts in the local community.
The recent launch of an effort to put a price on carbon pollution in Vermont is a forward-looking, smart economic strategy. A growing, diverse coalition of businesses, low-income organizations, environmental groups and citizens have looked hard at the benefits, costs and potential policy framework for taking this step.
BRISTOL — In the season opener for both high school girls’ basketball teams, host Mount Abraham on Monday pulled away from scrappy Otter Valley in the fourth quarter to earn a 34-20 victory.
Senior center Isabel Brennan scored six of her game-high 12 points in a 12-0 fourth-quarter Mount Abe run that began with the Eagles up by 22-18 after OV sophomore guard Sophia Bloomer hit two free throws with 6:47 to go.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split two home games this past weekend to end first-semester play with a 2-4-2 record, 2-2-2 in NESCAC. Middlebury returns to action on Jan. 2 and 3 in Lake Placid, N.Y., when it hosts the New Year’s College Hockey Classic.
On Saturday, Middlebury took a 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-2 victory over Hamilton (3-3-1, 2-2-1).
Middlebury broke on top 5:10 into the game with a shorthanded goal. Paul Falvey netted the rebound of a George Ordway shot for his first career goal.