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November 19th, 2014
News item: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has signed a contract extension that will pay him $325 million over the next 13 years.
To play baseball for around eight months each year.
I say eight months because the Marlins have as much chance of making the playoffs next year as I have of playing center in the National Basketball Association. And I’m 52 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall on a good day.
The nicest thing about a trip out of state is coming back to Vermont.
Recently there has been much advertising and sales of the idea that sacrificing the lives and property of Vermonters for cheap fuel from Canada (and not obeying Vermont law) is in the public good.
A current example of that concept is the building of an explosive gas storage and distribution network in Middlebury without the required-by-Vermont-law public hearing (30 V.S.A., Section 24B(4)(A)) and permit (Section 248(b)(5)).
It’s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center’s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.
I say that every November but I’ve always chickened out. I’ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.
Now the high school football season is over. Otter Valley was the Div. III State Championship runner-up. While it was hard for the players to lose the championship game, they all should be proud of the year they had.
Thank you to everyone who worked on my successful campaign to return to the Vermont House. I am humbled by the support I have received from the voters and regard it as an important job to represent them in the Legislature.
I recognize that it will be a very difficult session with restricted revenues and that the wages of Vermonters have not kept up with inflation over the last few decades. I am looking forward to serving Vermonters in my district and throughout the state.
Rep. Dave Sharpe
I appreciated the recent opinion letter from my Democratic counterpart, Bob Zeliff, regarding the outcome of the Milne/Shumlin race and the necessity of a legislative vote to determine the next governor.
North America is a land where, as Jackson Browne says on his new album, “Even in the richer neighborhoods, people don’t know when they’ve got it good. They’ve got the envy, and they’ve got it bad.”
Which is one more reason it’s a good thing that in Canada and the United States, we set aside one holiday weekend a year to count our blessings.
MIDDLEBURY — Four Middlebury families were left without housing this past Saturday evening when a fire that authorities believe was caused by a space heater did substantial damage to an apartment building at 36 Seymour St.