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October 20th, 2011
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s call for a Clean Up Day this Saturday, Oct. 22, is a well-conceived statewide effort to encourage Vermonters to lend a helping hand to neighbors who are still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene’s destruction.
Are you ready for some free speech?
Well, within limits. I would like to keep my job, be it ever so humble and modestly paid.
Well, I could just about stop there, and that would sum up the kerfuffle earlier this month about ESPN’s decision to remove Hank Williams Jr. and his trademark “Are you ready for some football?” opening from its Monday Night Football program.
Not long ago, I received a free hand-me-down iPod Touch. I was thrilled, not only because it had originally retailed for about $200 but also because I had never owned such a sleek, technologically advanced gadget. (Keep in mind I think remote car starters are magic; I thrill easily.)
But once I got over the simple elegance of the smooth flat screen, I honestly couldn’t think of a single reason to have it.
Ken Jenks is the physician’s assistant at a medical clinic in Nucla, Colo.
Jenks, who appears in a compelling “New Yorker” profile of Nucla’s druggist, Don Colcord, grew up in Salt Lake City. But he’s become a connoisseur of small towns.
Living in a small town, he says, means giving people more latitude.
VERMONT — At a joint meeting of the Vermont Senate and House Transportation Committees on Transportation in Montpelier last Wednesday, one thing was clear: The state’s coffers stand to take a major hit following Tropical Storm Irene.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials weren’t sure how state regulators would react to their proposed fiscal year 2012 operating budget of $65.9 million. It’s a spending plan that requires less than a 2-percent increase in net revenues but necessitates a 10.3-percent rise in the rates the hospital needs to charge for procedures.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Superior Court is being asked to resolve a property assessment grievance filed by the owners of one of the most valuable properties in Middlebury. Town officials said as much as a penny on the local tax rate could be riding on the outcome of the case.
RUTLAND — Former elementary school teacher Will Parini, 29, of Starksboro pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography last Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Rutland.
An FBI investigation, which stemmed from an investigation in Texas, led to Parini’s arrest in March. He was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. At the time he was a music teacher at Bristol Elementary School and Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro.