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November 19th, 2015
I am deeply concerned that Porter Medical Center is withdrawing benefits for part-time employees and pushing these workers to the exchange. Porter Medical Center could be a leader for universal healthcare and should certainly be able to provide quality care to their employees in other, more progressive ways than the model they have chosen.
I am writing in response to Angelo Lynn’s editorial of Nov. 9. The idea that it is necessary to cut healthcare coverage to part-time employees in order to save Porter Medical Center from financial ruin would be believable if this strategy weren’t so obviously a classic union-busting tactic.
This week’s writers are Brenan Riehl, president and CEO of GW Plastics, and Dan Smith, President of Vermont Tech.
Across the state of Vermont, our demographics and the workforce are a challenge that everyone acknowledges. The state has seen a decline in the number of school-aged youth. Levels of aptitude and lack of preparation in math and science are undermining college and career readiness. Employers across the state are in need of skilled workers and are increasingly faced with a skills gap among new recruits.
MONTPELIER — Vermont landowners are reminded that Nov. 20 is the application deadline for a federal program that provides financial assistance and expertise to landowners seeking to employ wildlife habitat conservation practices on their property. Funded through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program covers habitat work, from managing forests for game populations to restoring field and wetlands for songbirds.
ADDISON COUNTY — No banners will be raised by local girls’ high school soccer teams after this fall, but three local squads hosted and won playoff games, including Otter Valley for the first time in program history.
Although the Otters also enjoyed their first-ever winning season and are well-represented on the 2015 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star Team, the Independent Co-Player of the Year suited up elsewhere: Mount Abraham junior Ernesta McIntosh.
ADDISON COUNTY — Seventy-five young hunters were successful locally during Youth Hunting Weekend and brought a deer to be weighed at one of Addison County’s weigh stations.
Although that total kill on Nov. 7 and 8 was the lowest in the county since the Department of Fish and Wildlife established the two-day weekend reserved for youth hunting, local hunters brought down several trophy animals, and generally the size and health of the deer killed were good, weigh station operators said.
GENEVA, N.Y. — The Middlebury College field hockey team won an NCAA Division III Regional at William Smith College this past weekend to advance to the tournament’s final four this weekend in Lexington, Va.
The 18-2 Panthers, ranked No. 3 in NCAA D-III, will meet second-ranked The College of New Jersey on Saturday in a national semifinal at 2 p.m. on the campus of Washington & Lee. Defending champion TCNJ (20-1) eliminated the Panthers in a semifinal in 2014. The other semifinal features top-ranked Bowdoin (20-0) and No. 4 Ursinus (19-3) playing at 11 a.m.
I was at a dinner event this week with about 20 people. We gathered around a large table. As often happens, there were several conversations going on during the meal, and then again after the meal as we mingled in different groups as guests slowly rose and prepared to depart. Two of the conversations I took part in were prompted by very different topics and involved different people, but took an interesting turn toward a common theme.