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August 22nd, 2014
Donna Donahue is a calm, insightful, organized, thoughtful and engaging leader who will do a great job representing the town of Middlebury in Montpelier. Donna has a unique ability to listen carefully to ideas and concerns, to understand business, individual and community needs and then to drive solutions that accomplish the desired results. Donna leads to positive results, she does not direct the results.
I was struck by the irony of two juxtaposed news stories this week. One story described the impact of our state’s revenue shortfall and the resulting $31 million in budget cuts that will further distress needy Vermonters and impair the capacity of state service agencies to meet the needs of their clients. The other article concerned the request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for a 9.8 percent rate increase to its subscribers.
ADDISON — Peter Briggs firmly believes that if you see a problem, you should work to become part of the solution.
So when Briggs, 23, noticed a vacant GOP slot in the race for the two Vermont House seats representing Addison-3, the Addison Republican decided to wage a write-in campaign for the Tuesday, Aug. 26, primary in an effort to get onto the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.
“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.
This week’s writer is Rep. Betty Nuovo, D-Middlebury.
VERGENNES — On Aug. 23, Vergennes Day, Rob McNamara and two good friends plan to go for a long paddle on Lake Champlain, a two-week long paddle, to be more specific. Starting at the Vergennes falls at noon this Saturday, the three will paddle a kayak and a canoe some 300 miles southward, down Lake Champlain, through the Champlain Canal, and on to the mouth of the Hudson River.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board has scheduled a forum next week to allow ANwSU residents to learn more and ask questions about the district’s accounting problems and its efforts to correct them.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
VERGENNES — On Monday Vergennes residents will have a chance to learn more about and weigh in on a topic that has generated debate in the community — a $42,000 toddler playground proposed for a patch of lawn between the city pool and East Street.
The Vergennes City Council scheduled an informational meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Vergennes Fire Department basement, an event that will follow a 6 p.m. hearing on a proposed update to the Vergennes City Plan.