Archive - 2010 - Editorial
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.
A few months ago I was covering an event at the Bristol Elementary School with photographer Trent Campbell — the sort of story I sometimes offer up self-deprecatingly to friends when I talk about my job. This, I’ll joke, is the bread and butter of community journalists: elementary school assemblies and small town police logs. In Bristol, a handful of students spent all year growing out their hair for Locks of Love, and Trent and I were on hand at the end-of-year assembly to document the big cut: snip!
Vermont’s tax system will be a major agenda item in this fall’s campaign and in next year’s legislative session. A blue-ribbon commission on the state’s tax structure will report to the governor and the Legislature early in 2011. The commissioners — Kathy Hoyt, Bill Sayre and Bill Schubart — all have long experience with tax and economic policy from both business and government perspectives.
My friend Ana loves her iPhone. Or maybe she hates it.
“I can’t decide if it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she says, “or the worst.”
Twenty-five years after the general availability of fax machines (remember them?), and 15 years after most of us first heard of the Internet, we live in a society dominated by digital technology. And no digital technology is as common as the cell phone.
Except now they’re not just cell phones, or mobile phones. They’re called “smart phones.”
As we reflect on the joys celebrated this Fourth of July, we would be remiss if we did not also take a moment to recall the immense importance of this date in 1776. It was that year when, by the unanimous declaration of the 13 United States of America, the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Below, then, are excerpts of the immortal words penned by Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers.
Vermont gubernatorial candidate Deb Markowitz spoke to an interested gathering of potential supporters in Weybridge this week and sounded a familiar message on the economy among Democrats.
“I’m going to be the state’s chief marketer, if elected,” the long-time Secretary of State told the crowd, noting that for the past eight years Gov. James Douglas and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie, as lieutenant governor, have been bad-mouthing the state’s business climate while doing very little to enact policies or practices that would spur such growth.
A little over a month ago I graduated from Middlebury College. This meant that I had to start pondering a number of things such as, “How will I find a job?” “Where will I be next year?” and, especially, “Where am I going to put all this stuff?” For the past four years, I have accumulated pile upon pile of old clothes that I “might like again someday” — notes from all of my classes, stacks of the college newspaper that I wrote articles for, etc.
Much to the dismay of my family, I’m one of those people who not only remember the most obscure details of their dreams almost every night, but who also feel compelled to share those details, at length, with everyone at the breakfast table.
People at my house often skip breakfast.
Each morning, I lead off with something like, “I had the weirdest dream last night: We were in a bowling alley, and Mick Jagger was there with a cockatiel …”
My husband Mark invariably jumps up, saying, “Look at the time. I’m late for work,” and the kids scatter like cockroaches.