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March 16th, 2015
The cost of the Vermont Health Care exchange recently took another jump. It is now expected to cost $200 million, which is the equivalent of billing every man, woman and child in Vermont $320.
For something that has yet to work.
Vermont’s exchange serves roughly 30,000 people (a fraction of what was intended,) which means the per-person cost is $6,666.
As a Vergennes Union High School faculty member, local taxpayer and parent, I find myself in a very awkward situation. As a faculty member I support my school and my community. I want to make it clear that my job is not in jeopardy from the proposed cuts. As a local taxpayer and parent, I feel an obligation to write this letter to inform the public on some of the details of the proposed budget and some of my thoughts on this process.
Unfortunately, lots of people of different ethnicities in our state of Vermont are racially profiled at least once in their life, creating horrible memories.
Dine United Way Restaurants make a difference. As we all know, needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, children and the elderly are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of clients our funded partners serve.
Late on Saturday, Feb. 28, our home on Weybridge Street in Middlebury caught fire. We are incredibly thankful that everyone is safe and there were no injuries.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the firefighters and first responders who arrived on the scene in response to the 911 calls, risking their lives in an attempt to save our house and belongings.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Daryn Barsalou, 18, of Bristol pleaded innocent to Dec. 15 charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, and possession of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic. A status conference was set for a later date.
Amanda Benson, 25, of Starksboro pleaded guilty to a Jan. 21 charge of driving with a suspended license, and was fined $147 and ordered to complete the Reparative Board.
ADDISON — Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.
Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.
Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Gas Systems officials last year knew the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County would cost much more than anticipated, but waited more than five months to tell regulators — even after the Department of Public Service requested that it do so.
This information came to light in recent testimony by Vermont Gas executives in a Public Service Board proceeding to determine whether the company violated board procedure by not providing timely cost updates for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.