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July 5th, 2012
President Obama and supporters of a greater government role in providing and financing health care were overjoyed at last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. A closer reading of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion should dampen that enthusiasm. The ACA still faces political challenges, and the Court has erected barriers to future expansions of federal social policy.
SALISBURY — As a self-employed paint contractor, Salisbury resident Tim Ryan has navigated through some choppy financial waters during the past four years while the economy has faltered.
And through it all, Ryan believes his fortunes — and those of other small business owners — could have been improved if state government had done more to relieve the tax burden and reduce regulations on struggling enterprises.
Now Ryan, 45, has decided he will try to change state economic development policy from within.
It’s been said that on the radio, a hockey game — with its endless series of missed shots, errant passes and unintended consequences — sounds like the broadcast of one long mistake.
As I sit on the verge of turning 60, sometimes I’m tempted to conclude that the story of my life would, like the broadcast of a hockey game, sound like one long mistake. Or at least one long unintended consequence.
That got me wondering what a look-back broadcast of those 60 years would be like — perhaps a dialogue between me and the Cosmic Inquisitor.
Editor’s note: Nonprofits and other organizations that depend heavily on income from U.S. government sources have to look for other funding or rein in their services. This is the second in a series looking at how locals are reacting to moves to cut spending on the federal government level.
ADDISON COUNTY –– Isaiah Goff nodded as Jenn Cunningham described the importance of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.
SUDBURY –– Fourteen kids and two teachers guided their canoes away from the shores of Lake Hortonia and paddled over to a small bay full of lily pads and milfoil, looking around at the different plants and wildlife and taking samples from the water.
The group went out to the lake this past Thursday as part of the five-day East Creek Project, a canoe day camp for students from Orwell Village School that is sponsored by the Vermont Community Foundation’s South Lake Champlain Fund.
MIDDLEBURY — Two Addison County residents will help draft a new Vermont search-and-rescue policy in the aftermath of the Levi Duclos tragedy.
Participating on the new search and rescue committee created by the Legislature that will help craft that policy will be Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and David Shaw, assistant chief of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s summertime, and that means more locals are heading out to local streams and waterways for recreation and fishing.
Jesse Haller, a fishing guide for Green Mountain Adventures and president of the New Haven River Anglers, said so far many of those anglers have been happy at the end of the day.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to endorsing the idea of building a new municipal building and setting a municipal tax rate, members of the Middlebury selectboard at their Tuesday, June 26, meeting also: