Last Thursday, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, dropped a bomb of a comment that we’re sure he wishes he could take back. What he said wasn’t a major event; rather, it was a single comment during a day-long hearing as the House grilled BP oil chief Tony Haywood over his role in the environmental disaster. His comments were among dozens — most of which took the side of those Americans whose lives had been upended by the obscene about of oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf each day.
In the race for governor, Democratic candidate Matt Dunne stands alone in the crowd for one clear reason: He is outside the political beltway — the other four Democrats and Republican Brian Dubie are entrenched in state politics and have been for a long time. The question is whether that’s a help or hindrance, and many analysts, as well as Dunne himself, see it as a major plus.
News this week that Exxon-Mobil not only paid no U.S. taxes last year, but also a received $156 million tax refund from the federal government, won’t go over well with the average American taxpayer.
That Addison County might be the location of one of the state’s largest solar farms is exciting news in as much as it is another example of “green energy” being built for a future that is not so directly tied to fossil fuels. It is exciting, too, because when new technologies for such basic commodities as energy are used locally, that often sparks a corresponding interest in jobs related to that field — among students of solar energy, as well as niche businesses that might one-day feed into the solar energy industry.
As five Democrats, an independent and a Republican compete in the race to become Vermont’s next governor, the focus is all about job growth, who can do it better and what their particular qualifications are to get the job done.
At a recent candidates’ forum in South Burlington addressing the Vermont Business and Industry Expo, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, R, told the group: “I know that we need to have a state that welcomes new businesses and fights tooth and nail for the companies that we have in the state.”
The year was 1971. It was late May and in Kansas, in those years, we graduated before the summer’s heat was too unbearable in classrooms without air conditioning.
Graduation was that Saturday, and the night before I had been to one of those post ’60s senior parties. I woke up a bit late that next morning (some things don’t change), threw on my cap and gown, jumped on my brother’s Yamaha 175cc dirt bike, and shot off to the graduation ceremonies just in time to make the entry with classmates — with just a slight bit of chain grease on the gown.
The Bristol Selectboard faces an interesting question concerning its proper role in the upcoming Act 250 board’s ruling on the proposed Lathrop gravel pit. It is common for town selectboard’s to contribute to such hearings with information concerning how the proposed development fits in with the town plan and any other matters that may contribute to the board’s over-all understanding. The dilemma facing the Bristol selectboard is how strongly they should present the controversial nature of the proposal and the public’s opposition to it in a letter to the Act 250 board.
As Middlebury bids John and Bonnie McCardell its fondest farewell and best wishes in their new venture, there is yet one more reason to treasure their arrival in town (separately) more than 30 years ago: with a new challenge to meet emerging needs through the United Way, the McCardells have again set the bar a notch higher in ways to give back to one’s community.