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January 28th, 2015
Max Kraus’ excellent letter in the Jan. 15 Addison Independent goes to the heart of the matter. It’s not just that school taxes are high and rising — even as student populations decline — but that the system is hugely inefficient and produces at best average results.
Humanity has suffered too many tragedies in recent weeks. Mass slaughter by Boko Haram butchers 2,000. Ten-year-old girl with suicide vest kills 19 in Nigeria. Bombing in Iraq kills 38. Massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine and kosher supermarket kill 17 in Paris tragedies.
Has the Vergennes Union High School board not been informed that the taxpayers are done with “over the top” cost-per-student rates that are the highest in the country that do not give results of a better education for the students in our neighborhoods.
The most challenging economic issue ahead of us involves a group that will barely be represented at this week’s annual Davos summit: the middle classes of the world’s industrial countries. As the Center for American Progress’s Inclusive Prosperity Commission, which I co-chaired with Ed Balls, the top economic official in Britain’s Labor Party, concludes in a new report, nothing is more important to the success of industrial democracies than sustained increases in wages and living standards for working families.
VERGENNES — Eight local wrestlers reached the podium at the competitive Bob Benoure Invitational, a 23-team tournament hosted on Saturday by Vergennes Union High School that lured schools from Maine, New Hampshire and New York as well as Vermont.
The Commodores had the best local team finish, taking ninth overall and fifth among the Vermont teams competing. Middlebury finished 12th, Otter Valley was 15th, and Mount Abraham ended in a tie for 21st.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team won one NESCAC game and tied another this past weekend to move over .500 overall and in league play. The 7-6-3 Panthers (4-3-3 NESCAC) have gone 4-0-1 in their past five games. They play at Tufts on Friday and at Connecticut College on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Panthers defeated Colby, 4-3, in overtime. Jake Charles scored the game-winner 59 seconds into overtime on a rebound of a Brendan McGovern. Colby dropped to 5-10-2, 2-8-2 NESCAC.
Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in Oregon.
Oregon is deservedly famous for at least two things. One is craft breweries. According to 2013 Brewers Association statistics, Oregon boasts 6.3 craft breweries per 100,000 adults, ranking No. 1 in the country in that category. (For the record, Vermont claims 6.2 per 100,000, placing us at a very close No. 2. By contrast, our neighbors New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York have a mere 2.2, 1.2, and 1.1, respectively.)
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday bolted to a 14-3 lead on the way to a 37-29 victory over visiting Colchester.
The Eagles remained unbeaten against Lake Division opponents at 9-0, won their fourth straight game and eighth in nine outings, and improved to 10-5 overall. Unofficially, Tuesday’s win moved Mount Abe at least temporarily into third place in Division II heading into a Friday game at Middlebury.
Against the 4-10 Lakers, Emma Carter (16 points) and Jen Gordon (nine) led the Eagle offense.