January 21st, 2015
Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.
But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?
We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.
This is a brief report of the beginning of the Legislative session and I thought you might like to get information on how the Legislature starts and what we do in committees.
The brilliance of President Obama’s state of the union speech Tuesday night was that it set the political stage for the presidential election two years from now in terms favorable to Democrats.
I am writing to respectfully disagree with Rep. Warren Van Wyck’s assessment of the protests in the Statehouse on Jan. 8.
So, here we are in a nation that had its beginnings with the likes of Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and in a state that had its foundations laid by the outlaw Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, and some of us are insulted and concerned that the Statehouse might witness further scenes of “ill-behaved protesters?”
The time has come to take seriously the cleanup of our streams, rivers and lakes. They are the lifeblood of Vermont and they are the ecological treasures of all Vermonters.
As temperatures continue to warm and the peak flows of storm events increase, the negative impacts of sediment and nutrient deposition will accelerate. That Gov. Shumlin has placed the cleanup on his priority list for his third term is a great step forward.
BRISTOL — Two boys’ basketball teams experiencing different seasons, Vergennes and Mount Abraham, met in the Mount Abraham Union High School gym on Tuesday, and unfortunately for the host Eagles, the trends continued.
The Commodores took control with a 22-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters, and they improved to 10-1 with a 68-20 victory.
“I like our guys,” said VUHS Coach Peter Quinn. “They have good team spirit. They pull for each other. They’re having fun, and they’re playing better.”
NORTHFIELD — A second-place finish on Saturday from Vergennes Union High School’s Chris Castillo highlighted the efforts of indoor track athletes from VUHS, Mount Abraham and Middlebury at a meet hosted by Norwich University.
With athletes from Division I and II schools competing together, Castillo’s leap of 18 feet, 11.5 inches was good for second place in the boys’ long jump.
Also placing for the Commodores was thrower Ally Stearns, whose toss of 28 feet, 9 inches gave her a fifth-place tie in the girls’ shot put.