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May 27th, 2010
During the 36 years he has been a senator, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy has spent 20 years as a member of the majority party and 16 years as a member of the minority party. Leahy will almost certainly be re-elected to a seventh term in November, but whether he will be a member of the majority or the minority party when the Senate reconvenes in January is very much an open question.
Because so many people have asked me for a copy of the remarks I made at Sunday’s Middlebury College commencement, I’ve decided to reprint them here.
In case you hadn’t seen the news reports, I was asked to step in at the last minute for Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, the scheduled commencement speakers who were last-minute no-shows. Apparently they had a Third World country to save that day and decided, for some inexplicable reason, that this was more important than giving a commencement speech.
The BP oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a devastating reminder of the perils of relying on offshore drilling and on fossil fuels in general.
She died on April 7, 2010. At the age of 200, she was a veteran. For two centuries folks had come and gone, trampling her floors, enriching their minds and their lives. If she could have spoken, what tales she might have told.
BP’s oil spill in the Gulf Coast has prompted older stories of BP’s mismanagement to rise to the fore. The stories are of political favoritism involving the White House, Department of Justice and the EPA, all undermining the good work that was trying to be done by bureaucrats doing their job.
As Gov. Douglas contemplates vetoes of last-minute bills passed by the Legislature, many of his supporters over the past eight years are appealing for his support of H.485, a bill that reforms the Current Use law. Douglas is considering a veto presumably because it restricts a landowner’s ability to enroll the land in Current Use for a short time to avoid higher taxes, then take the land out of the program to sell it at a premium. It is, in short, a loophole in the 30-year-old law that was created in the 1990s when a “development penalty” was weakened.
Are you on Facebook?
I am. So is my editor, John McCright; my eight-year-old cousin Maggie; my boyfriend’s lovely grandma (hi, Mary Jean!); and, according to our Facebook page, at least 189 fans of the Addison Independent.
When it comes to projects around the yard, my husband Mark has an annoying habit of doing things in what I call “the hard way” — or what other people might call “the right way.”
He refuses to admit this is a problem. He insists it’s reasonable to draw up detailed plans, gather the proper materials and tools for the job, and take the time to make the project look good and last a long time.
There’s no reasoning with him.