February 6th, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., praised President Barack Obama’s focus on income inequality in his annual State of the Union address last week, and urged his colleagues in Congress to back legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage.
“I’m glad that the president has recognized the enormity of the problem,” Sanders said in an interview with the Independent. “Frankly, I think he could have gotten into it a little bit deeper.”
ADDISON COUNTY — As area counselors, police and health care professionals see a drug problem that they said is getting worse (see story) some authorities said the drug problem is bringing a different kind of misery and tragedy to the county.
WASHINGTON — A masterful storyteller, Sen. Patrick Leahy shared anecdotes about senators of decades past during a recent visit with a reporter. One was a conversation with Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey that took place shortly after Leahy took office in 1975. Humphrey asked Leahy if he wanted to go on a Congressional trip to Moscow to meet with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev.
MIDDLEBURY — The 15th annual “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” hockey tournament broke an all-time fundraising record this year, raising $75,000. That put the total amassed for the statewide Cancer Patient Support Program at more than $400,000 altogether over all 15 years.
Tournament was hosted by the Middlebury Otters and the Middlebury Mystix, two local women’s community ice hockey teams, at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury on Jan. 25 and 26.
BRIDPORT — While a good deal of conversation at the Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall on Monday centered on a proposed Shoreland Protection Bill and the health of Vermont’s lakes (see story), some participants at the breakfast said Lake Champlain’s health is not only being affected by shorelands development.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate on Tuesday passed a farm bill that emerged from a conference committee two weeks ago, ending more than two years of gridlock over the omnibus piece of legislation.
Both of Vermont’s senators voted for the bill.
LINCOLN — A majority of the increase in spending for the Lincoln Community School next year, as set forth in a budget proposal that residents will vote on next month, is due to a change in the way the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union allots special education costs, according to the head of the school board.
The proposed Lincoln school budget for fiscal year 2015 sets spending at $2,035,197, which represents an increase of $131,926, or 6.93 percent, from the previous fiscal year.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team fought off a furious rally by visiting Middlebury on Tuesday to prevail in a pivotal Lake Division clash, 58-54.
The 7-8 Commodores improved to 3-1 in the Lake, while the 7-7 Tigers dropped to 3-2 in the league.
Both are chasing BFA-St. Albans in the Lake Division. BFA is 5-9 overall, but is 5-0 in the league and has defeated both MUHS and VUHS in St. Albans.