Archive - 2010 - Editorial
Measures taken by the Middlebury selectboard to encourage Green Mountain Beverage to expand here, rather than move out of town, are to be applauded. More importantly, such measures should be encouraged and supported by Middlebury taxpayers for reasons that can be summed up quite simply: a stable or growing population helps support the town’s existing infrastructure by spreading the tax burden, lowers taxes and fees (such as water and sewer rates) per capita, and provides needed commerce for area businesses and services. The opposite leads to community decline.
Shortly after a Jan. 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti, I earned myself a new nickname in the office: “Haiti Katie.” (Granted, I’d divvied up the duty of covering the local angle on the disaster with reporter John Flowers, but “Haiti John” just didn’t have the same ring to it.)
They say everyone has skeletons in their closet. I probably would, too, but I just don’t have the room.
My bedroom closet is packed right now. I’ve been meaning to clean it for months, but you know how busy Vermont winters are. Most nights and weekends I’m out straight watching TV and sleeping.
Until recently, the closet would have been called a walk-in. Sort of. Not the kind that you actually walk into to get dressed, or the kind with a full-length mirror and floor-to-ceiling shoe racks and adequate lighting.
When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade.
So it is that on a Sunday afternoon, instead of returning from cross-country at Rikert or snowboarding at Sugarbush, we are heading west into the sunset — to go ice skating.
The torrential rain that washed away most of winter’s snow has had one huge benefit: It flooded hayfields all over Addison County. That, combined with two weeks of frigid temperatures, created ice where once there was only snow and grassy stubble.
Vermont’s educators are the primary actors in a crucible that has the potential to reframe the state’s social and economic profile. The question is whether they will embrace the need for change, or hold on to the past.
We rely on history in our search to move forward; it recounts lessons of our success and failure and is littered with the many experiments that put us here today. Some of the problems we face today result from yesterday’s solutions and literally from us waiting for a response in order to move forward. A lack of response confines us to facing the result of our current dilemma in a repetitive cycle of crisis after crisis.
Patrick Leahy will ask Vermont voters to return him to the Senate for a seventh term this November. With more than 35 years in the Senate, Leahy has served in that body longer than anyone in the history of Vermont. He is also the third most senior member among the current 100 senators.