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.
That’s not hay they’re spreading
to mulch a garden, to keep the weeds
down. That machine isn’t a hand
shovel to turn the ground for a bed
of seeds. It’s made for shallow ditch-
digging, on Exchange Street.
For the other land taken in Vermont.
It’s today’s day for laying pipe,
to bring the gas here from somewhere