March 22nd, 2012
The Santorum Strategy is not just about Santorum. It is about pounding the most radical conservative ideas into the public mind by constant repetition during the Republican presidential campaign, whether by Santorum himself, by Gingrich or Ron Paul, by an intimidated Romney, or by the Republican House majority. The Republican presidential campaign is about a lot more than the campaign for the presidency. It is about guaranteeing a radical conservative future for America.
BRISTOL — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., met with more than 130 Vermonters in Bristol’s Holley Hall last Sunday to discuss a range of issues, from health care to women’s rights. But the bulk of conversation centered on an eroding middle class, a need to raise incomes and a risk of leaving future Americans with a lower standard of living.
Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, commended the U.S. senator for his persistence in addressing the country’s socioeconomic disparity.
My wife Dottie and I were positively giddy.
Our first vacation sans kids (no offense, Diane and Mark) since 1998. So we booked, rather late in the game, a six-day stay at a resort in the Bahamas operated by a certain company named after casual, summertime footwear.
The promise: Plenty of peace, pampering and sunshine in a couples-only environment devoid of sippy cups, high chairs and pre-pubescent meltdowns.
BRISTOL — Last week many Bristol residents found themselves without water, and the town reservoir went just about dry.
Both of these problems stemmed from a string of systemic failures that began with a faulty water pump, said Selectman Alan Huizenga, who provides engineering services to the town as the president of Green Mountain Engineering.
You’re sitting down, right?
Recent studies indicate that sitting for any length of time is only slightly better for your health than riding a motorcycle drunk, while smoking, without a helmet. By the time you reach the end of this column, in fact, you’ll be lucky if you haven’t had a coronary.
MIDDLEBURY — The next stop for the one-vote Town Meeting Day election win posted by Vergennes challenger Susan Ferland over incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman was set to be in a Thursday morning hearing in Addison County Superior Court.
On March 6, Ferland, a former Addison Central School teacher, edged Brinkman, a VUES board chairwoman and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board member, 329-328, in a race for a seat on the VUES board.
MIDDLEBURY — A Starksboro man was sentenced in Addison County District Court on Monday to 100 hours in jail, three years of probation and court costs after pleading guilty to a fifth drunk-driving offense and to reckless endangerment for driving while under the influence of alcohol with his 7-year-old son in his vehicle.
Judge Helen M. Toor also imposed alcohol-related conditions on Ruby Brace Road resident Marland Brewer, 46, and imposed court costs on him. Toor ordered Brewer to start serving his jail time on March 29 at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility.
Big crowd at a college basketball game, full of noisy anticipation as tip-off approaches.
The public address announcer presents the starting teams: “And now, for YOUR (insert home team’s name)!” Crowd goes wild.
The last ritual before the game starts is the P.A. announcer reading a statement that urges “good sportsmanship . . . and cooperation by supporting participants and officials in a positive manner,” and indicates that “profanity will not be tolerated.”