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Emerson Lynn’s editorial in the Nov. 27 issue of the Independent, “How do we grow if our political leadership balks?” is instructive regarding the anemic growth in Vermont’s economy and the shortfalls in state revenues. As Mr. Lynn notes, the pro-growth sentiment does not exist among Vermont’s political class.
In the wake of the upcoming legislative session, and anticipation over the release of a financing package for a single-payer health care system in Vermont, many have asked why we need a publicly financed health care system in the first place. They wonder why we passed Act 48 in 2011, and ask if there might not be another why to get to universal health care — such as 100 percent enrollment in private insurance. In short, why do we need a publicly financed plan and why did the Legislature pass Act 48?
MIDDLEBURY —The Middlebury Public Works Department will be clearing snow from downtown streets this evening, Tuesday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 17th, beginning at approximately 9:00 p.m. on both nights.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
BRISTOL — At the request of Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, the Bristol selectboard has changed the way traffic citation revenue is distributed between the town and police department.
Since the Bristol Police District is only about one square mile, about the size of the former Bristol village, the town of Bristol contracts with the department to patrol town roads outside the district. According to the department’s November activity log, officers conducted five patrols near Route 116, Monkton Road and other areas.
VERGENNES — The Agency of Transportation on Dec. 9 awarded Vergennes a $40,500 “Strong Communities, Better Connections Grant” that city officials said would be used to plan how to achieve some of the priorities identified earlier this year in the Vermont Council on Rural Development “Community Visit” process in Vergennes.
BARRE — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell on Dec. 11 announced that Scott Cota of Ferrisburgh was sentenced in the Vermont Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division, to four to 15 years to serve for six counts of promoting child pornography and one count of violating the terms of his probation.
The child pornography charges resulted from a shared investigation between the South Burlington Police Department, Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
SHOREHAM — WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, a Shoreham-based business, has announced the arrival of The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer, the brand’s follow-up to last year’s Double Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
This 100 percent rye whiskey is bottled at full barrel strength; and at approximately 117 to 124 proof. Spirit of Mortimer continues The Boss Hog legacy as WhistlePig’s most premium products.