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May 14th, 2015
I agree with your view that as the 2015 Legislature winds down that lawmakers and the governor must “hone in on just what is essential to Vermonters’ lives and what are the most pressing state priorities” (Angelo Lynn editorial, May 4).
From my perspective job growth and job creation is the most pressing priority for the state, and its future.
There have been substantial differences between poll projections and election results in many nations in recent months.
Before last week’s British election, the consensus of all reputable pollsters was that the governing Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party would each receive around 33 percent of the vote and between 260 and 290 seats in the House of Commons. The Conservatives ended up with 37 percent of the vote and 331 seats, compared with Labour’s 30 percent of the vote and 232 seats.
On behalf of the Middlebury Union High School Music Department, I would like to thank our incredible community for their support in our hosting of the 88th annual Vermont All State Music Festival.
On April 7 a brush fire broke out near the woods at the Owls Head Harbor seasonal community off Lake Road in Addison. An alert passerby on Lake Road stopped to investigate and then called the fire department.
The Addison Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly and controlled the fire. Their quick and effective action prevented any property damage and limited the amount of surrounding woods that were damaged.
Dear Addison Northeast Supervisory Union and Mount Abraham Union High School boards:
I have not yet heard a response from any of you regarding my letter to you regarding video surveillance at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School. On April 22 I sent a complaint against the installation of video surveillance cameras in the Mt. Abe Information Technology Help Desk Office without first seeking prior approval from the respective school boards, and without first providing any notification to the school principal, faculty, staff and students.
The Shumlin Administration and the Vermont Legislature certainly have had their low points this session, starting with the governor abandoning his health care reform initiative and now being on the verge of scuttling the Vermont Health Exchange, as well as struggling to find ways to bridge a $130-plus million budget gap, but we’d be remiss not to note the few high points of the session, and to recognize the positive steps taken that move us forward.
Here are a few bills passed recently that will serve Vermont well.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday agreed to submit a to-be-announced lower dollar amount for a third budget vote and to pick June 9 as the vote date.
The board will wait until a May 28 meeting to make final a new spending plan for the June 9 vote, one that will be held on the same day as a third Mount Abraham Union High School budget vote.
Board members on Monday said they hope to adopt a VUHS budget that will lower the projected tax impacts in Addison Northwest Supervisory towns by several cents.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants to get community feedback before deciding whether to have a referendum on deciding future municipal budgets by Australian ballot.
It was a few weeks ago that former Selectman Craig Bingham asked the selectboard to consider a switch to Australian ballot for deciding the town budget. That spending plan has historically been decided from the floor at the annual gathering on the first Monday in March. That meeting draws an average of around 200 people out of Middlebury’s total checklist of 4,671 registered voters.