Archive - May 17, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury schools are being asked to pool their resources to replace their common phone system, an undertaking estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000.
The district is currently putting together a request for proposals from telecommunications companies wanting to do the work, which includes replacing what officials said is some antiquated phone equipment that has occasionally misfired during the past few years.
In 1986, it was estimated that the cost of obesity in the United States amounted to about 5 percent of total health care spending. Today, that figure has more than tripled to 15 percent, meaning it costs us $350 billion a year to treat.
That’s bad enough. Worse is the prospect that the costs will continue to escalate and that Type 2 diabetes is becoming prevalent among children and teens.
When I was a kid you got your big ideas out of the back pages of comic books. You could get a booklet by Charles Atlas that showed you how to stop being a 98-pound weakling and instead become the buff BMOC that would get the girls.
As a gardener I tend to be the gentle type. I hate to thin weaker seedlings or pull an innocent weed that had the rotten luck to grow in the wrong place. But when facing my nemesis — the Japanese knotweed that came with our property — I have a cruel streak.