January 16th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Wanted: A community-minded citizen with no long-term political ambitions willing to serve a three-week stint on the Middlebury selectboard that will end on Town Meeting Day, March 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reconvening for the new session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have found themselves again gridlocked over a new federal farm bill.
When Congress got back to business Jan. 6, some members expressed a belief that a new bill could be sent to President Obama before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day break. But those hopes were dashed as a new bill will not make it out of the 41-member conference committee to the floors of the House and Senate before members head home at the end of this week.
MIDDLEBURY — After more than three decades of improving quality of life for senior citizens throughout the region, Neil Gruber is suspending his career to provide some much-needed TLC on the home front.
Gruber, 61, has resigned his post as top administrator of Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) in order to spend more time with his wife, Joanne, who is battling what he called a “life-limiting illness.”
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are considering a plan to tax the state’s natural gas pipelines to fund renewable energy projects.
The new taxing scheme could raise millions for renewables as Vermont Gas Systems charts a southern pipeline expansion through Addison County on the western side of the state.
WINOOSKI — Small businesses that have not yet enrolled in Vermont Health Connect insurance plans will be able to sign up directly with insurers, state officials announced Tuesday morning.
The announcement from the Shumlin administration is a tacit acknowledgement that the state’s health care exchange website won’t be ready in time to sign up small businesses that need to obtain coverage for workers in 2014.
For a quarter century, beginning in 1998, Vermont has been the recipient of a $962 million “gift” it had no reason to expect. It was a gift that had the potential to change the health care culture of Vermont, to perhaps orient it more toward a culture of health, not sickness.
But it has not been properly used, and its misuse continues.
The other day I pulled on my winter jeans, which fit snugly because of my long johns, and then realized I wasn’t wearing long johns.
It wasn’t just the overabundance of cookies at Christmas that has led to my recent uptick in weight. It’s been a gradual process over the past year or so, when my portions have grown incrementally larger — think deli platter — and my snacks more frequent. I haven’t been paying attention.