Archive - Jul 2010 - Editorial
Imagine if you could be transported to a place where, amid balmy midsummer greenery, you could sit in the warm lingering twilight and listen, for free, to live performances of your favorite music. Imagine if also there for the listening were performances of other genres of soulful music that you might otherwise never hear — Québecois reels, Les Paul-style jazz, African worldbeat.
A little more than 10 years ago, the state of Vermont engineered an agreement with the federal Superfund program to remedy an unsightly but very minor pollution problem.
In the Democratic primary race for Lt. Governor, the candidate with a firm grasp of the legislative system, a balanced approach to problem solving and an ability to craft legislation that wins the backing of both sides of the political aisle is Rep. Chris Bray of New Haven.
While I was interviewing Jen Roberts in her Bridport home, she said something that made me want to pause my digital voice recorder.
“I was always more interested in where I wanted to be than what I wanted to do,” she said.
I was interviewing Jen and her husband Judd about their decision to raise their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide, in Addison County.
Congratulations, everyone, we did it: We survived the heat wave.
Before, most of us didn’t know much about dealing with prolonged high temperatures. But last week gave us a crash course in climate control. While the rest of the world was talking about the World Cup and LeBron James, we were talking about dew points and home-cooling solutions.
What to be more involved in your local community, but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer — and, in fact, you can really only put in time during the week after work. And even better, could that volunteer work include carousing with friends and neighbors, enjoying dinner downtown first, and maybe include listening to stimulating music?
Get real, you say! Well, such volunteer work is not only possible, it is the call to action right now and through the rest of the week.
Asking what Addison County might look like 10 or 20 years from now is a provocative question that deserves thoughtful contemplation. To help, in today’s issue we publish eight pages that review some of the ways area towns are going about planning for the decades ahead.
In its recent ruling upholding age discrimination for mandatory retirement of state police officers, the Vermont Supreme Court defies logic for political expedience, maintains entrenched bureaucratic preferences and inadvertently does more to place the public safety at risk than not.