February 9th, 2017
The governor’s budget address sets the tone for a new legislative session. Gov. Scott’s message raised a few eyebrows. So did Treasurer Beth Pearce’s proposal to fund Act 64, the Clean Water Act. A few other items that have caught peoples’ attention early on, including a $15 per hour minimum wage and legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
VERGENNES — When teams not enjoying the best of winters square off late in the season, games take on extra meaning — they become chances for precious wins.
If the game is a county rivalry, such as the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team’s visit to Vergennes on Tuesday, the stakes get even higher.
According to the indicators traditionally used to assess judicial nominees, Neil Gorsuch is highly qualified to sit on the United States Supreme Court. He has degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, a record of scholarly publications, more than 10 years of experience as a federal appeals court judge, and a temperament that is characterized by both intellectual curiosity and unfailingly polite and respectful treatment of his judicial colleagues, as well as lawyers and litigants appearing before his court.
The days are getting longer.
I relish the lengthening light for painting in the studio. A late afternoon slant invites reverence: at the end of Trump’s first week in office, when the sun managed to stripe beneath a dark cloud in the west to light the ice on the trees, I realized I needed to look out the window more often and take a deep breath.
And yet —
The days (and, I am afraid, the nights too) feel darker than any I have known in my sixty-year span as I witness the chaos unleashed by the new administration in Washington.
There’s said to be an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” We are certainly living in interesting times with Donald Trump.
I almost wrote “under Donald Trump.”
But the evidence has mounted in the chaotic three weeks of this administration of incompetent revolutionaries. And one thing is increasingly clear: While we will be living with Trump for several years to come, we don’t have to see ourselves as living under him or his rule.
So much to say about Trump’s executive orders banning Syrian refugees, etc. Simply, though, it just ain’t right.
I’ll find better words and better methods to welcome and celebrate people of all faiths and nationalities as my neighbors.
And if I don’t, why, I’ll just keep repeating, it just ain’t right. Beats saying nothing.
Havurah, the Addison County Jewish Congregation, is profoundly troubled by the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and action coming from the Trump administration. Many of our families came to this country as refugees or immigrants, fleeing persecution and terror, just as refugees are today.
We believe that America is — and must remain — a land of freedom and opportunity for ALL people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender or LGBTQ identity. We must unite and stand up for these principles, despite our differences.
On behalf of all those who benefit from HOPE’s poverty relief services, thank you to all those who participated in the 2016 Addison County CROP Hunger Walk. The combined effort of our local organizers Patty Hallam and Ellen McKay, as well as participating organizations, teams and individuals led to a remarkable event and generated important revenue that will help HOPE to alleviate hunger in our community.