October 5th, 2015
Vermonters can feel proud that we are out in front on many environmental issues including climate change. But as the push for more renewable energy continues, choices among types of renewable energy have been made that may result in the unnecessary scarring of thousands of acres of our landscape. Mercenary armies of solar developers, abetted by special interests, have flocked to Vermont to reap financial rewards from subsidies and Investment Tax Credits.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, here are three facts that should shock America out of its reluctance to take action on gun control: an average of 92 gun-related deaths in America every day; since 1970, more Americans have died from guns than died in all U.S. wars going back to the American Revolution; more preschoolers are shot dead each year (82 in 2013) than police officers are in the line of duty (27 in 2013). Imagine, it’s more dangerous to be a preschooler in this country than a law enforcement officer.
EAST MONTPELIER — The Otter Valley Union High School football team on Friday knocked off a challenger for the Division III regular season title and top playoff seed by defeating previously unbeaten host U-32, 55-14.
OV improved to 6-0 with two more games left before the playoffs, while the Raiders dropped to 4-1. The Otters will visit D-II Mount Abraham (2-4) this Saturday and host D-III rival Mill River (4-1) under temporary lights at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.
BRISTOL — The undefeated Burr & Burton Academy football team on Saturday in Bristol snapped the Mount Abraham/Vergennes squad’s two-game winning streak, 35-8.
Although the Eagles intercepted standout Bulldog quarterback Griffin Stalcup three times, Stalcup still threw for three scores and ran for a fourth as BBA held onto first place in Division II at 6-0. The D-II Eagles dropped to 2-4 and will host another undefeated team this coming Saturday, Otter Valley, the first-place team in D-III.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school girls’ soccer team picked up local rival wins over Vergennes in local games late last week, when during other games the Eagles and Tigers picked up road victories.
MUHS OVER VUHS
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/30 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS............................ 2-0
10/2 Mt. Mansfield vs. Mt. Abe................. 2-0
10/2 MUHS vs. Colchester....................... 3-1
We all know the reaction that plays across the countenance of those who visit Vermont, who witness its beauty on a tour of the leaves and leave feeling grateful that places like this still exist. Like many residents that have lived outside the Green Mountains, I, too, came here because I was drawn to the pastoral and the bucolic, and craved a community-rich experience that gave real meaning to life. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t marvel at the land and the people and the seeming balance they make.