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October 23rd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — For 198 years, Middlebury College’s Osborne House at 77 Main St. has been a constant feature of Middlebury’s downtown landscape.
But early next Monday morning the recently uprooted two-story home will make its improbable journey along the Cross Street Bridge to a vacant, town-owned lot on the east side of the intersection of Cross and Water streets.
HEALTH CARE: It is the role of the government to ensure that all Vermonters have access to high quality, appropriate, and affordable healthcare and to promote public health. The hard part is figuring out a sustainable and fair way to pay for it.
Every other industrialized democracy in the world treats healthcare as a public good, just as we do our roads and our schools, and provides better care for far less money. Surely America can do this, but Vermont may have to lead the way (again).
HEALTH CARE: Government’s appropriate role is to do for ourselves what we cannot do, or cannot do as well, on our own. In health care, this means ensuring that every Vermonter has access to affordable basic health care through a program with the absolute dependability of a program like Social Security. When first introduced, Social Security was opposed by some people as government intrusion, but now virtually every American accepts and counts on these benefits — because Social Security provides a basic, necessary service.
HEALTH CARE: The government should play a role in healthcare. It seems there is Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor; surely there is a need to complete the gap in coverage for those that do not fit into either of those categories. I believe the Legislature should continue moving forward in an effort to improve the current system and options for those seeking coverage. I often wonder why health insurance can’t be purchased like an auto or life insurance policy.
MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen Japanese students crossed an expansive ocean to get to the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center this past Thursday. And while they had made their crossing by plane, it still seemed somewhat a propos that the focus of their visit would be some boats being studied and replicated by their counterparts at the Middlebury vocational-technical center.