Archive - Apr 2011
Editor’s note: Our guest columnist this week, Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi, teaches Italian at Middlebury College and sits on the board of directors of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. Hailing from Italy, where the Slow Food Movement originated, Ilaria cooks with her family and friends.
Transocean Ltd., this company I love. It’s as all-American as apple pie. Doesn’t matter that its headquarters are in Switzerland; what do you think of when you think of Switzerland — Swiss banks. And what do you think of when you think of Swiss banks — obscene amounts of money locked away for the restricted use of an elite clique.
So, like I said — all-American.
Try to explain why this statement is false: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”
The simple answer is because government spending creates jobs by putting money in the hands of those who will spend it, thus priming the economy.
Cutting government spending, as Republicans in Congress want to do, will create the opposite effect of what they are saying will happen — an important point for America taxpayers and voters to understand.
MIDDLEBURY — The newest coach of the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team — and at MUHS — certainly doesn’t lack for qualifications for her latest challenge.
Cornwall’s Laura Rumbough captained the Middlebury College women’s tennis team back in the fall of 1981. After graduating from Middlebury, she has been regularly instructing the sport at clubs and camps, many in Rowatyn, Conn., and in nearby New York.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday praised lawmakers for supporting a 2011 legislative agenda he predicted will lift the state to economy to heights unseen since the tech boom of the 1990s.
“I am really proud of the work that the Legislature has done,” Shumlin said at the weekly Legislative Breakfast held at the Middlebury American Legion. “We are united in what the challenge has been.”
Given the current tough economic times — otherwise known at our house as the New Normal — we’ve had to cut way back on our impulse purchases. As I’ve told my husband, Mark, no more going out to the store for milk and coming home with a new tractor.
This need to be financially responsible comes more easily to me than to him; I’m a tightwad by nature. That’s probably why it took me so long to make my latest purchase. After months of hemming and hawing, last week I finally decided to just take the leap and do it.
The Vermont House rejected the Shumlin administration’s effort to raise almost $4 million by assessing a 3-percent provider tax on dentists. Instead, legislators opted to raise the same $4 million through a 26-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes. The governor is pushing the Senate to restore the tax on dentists, saying it’s misguided to punish people with an addiction.