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April 2nd, 2015
Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, is member of the House Appropriations Committee
The first day of spring produced a sighting missing since Jan. 28 — a balanced budget! “All in” truly is the theme this year. A great deal of heavy lifting by all committees achieved this goal.
Cheers to Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties for “tossing a line” to many financially strapped residents through Ticket Amnesty Day.
Over a thousand people participated in the one-day event, which allowed residents the opportunity to pay a reduced fee on outstanding fines, fines that keep working Vermonters from getting their driver’s licenses, forcing many to drive illegally and without insurance.
From time to time something happens that puts into perspective not just my own life and achievements, but the scale of human accomplishment in general. Usually the thing that “happens” is nature.
This past week my wife, Deborah, and I visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. It is difficult to describe that first impression, walking down toward the edge and seeing the breathtaking vista begin to open up before us.
Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Addison County’s representatives in the Legislature and to Sen. Tim Ashe, who heads the Senate Finance Committee.
Before we adopt a new Syria policy, a quick review might be helpful in better understanding the endless confusion that rules over the situation in that region today.
Sunni Arabs, Kurds and Turks make up about 72 percent of the Syrian population; Shia, 13 percent; and Christians about 10 percent. The Syrian government, its military and economy under Bashar Al Assad are dominated by the Alawites (Shia). Minority Alawites and their allies run everything important in Syria.
On the evening of March 25 a group of architects and building professionals from our community gathered to discuss the rising cost of building energy-efficient homes. Thank you to everyone who participated; we appreciated having a variety of voices represented. Thanks as well to the Town Hall Theater for the use of their studio space.
VERMONT — A runner who aims for success must exercise hard work and dedication.
If anyone can attest to this, it’s Lynn Jennings, a competitive runner with more U.S. women’s cross-country titles than anyone in history.
So you’ve been training all season and no matter how hard you try, you’re just not getting faster. Your 5K times won’t break 20 minutes or your marathon is never under three hours.
There’s a solution to this problem and it has to do with the way you approach your training. In most of the accounts that Olympian Lynn Jennings hears, runners are either over-training or under-training. If you’re having trouble with a plateau, Jennings says there’s a good chance you’re falling into one of these two categories.