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May 15th, 2014
Good for Middlebury. Residents turned out in high numbers for a revote on a municipal bond that confirmed its earlier decision to go forward with the proposed $6.5 million project. That 1,600 people turned out for a revote in mid-May, just 119 fewer than the initial Town Meeting Day vote, is a credit to voter participation and community interest.
We know about the $5.5 billion state budget, GMO labeling law, minimum wage hike and the opiate abuse legislation that the Vermont General Assembly passed during the 2014 session (see my news story on Page 1A). Those were some of the high-profile actions that made many lawmakers’ “top accomplishments” lists.
The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature ended last Saturday evening. How should the session be judged?
Editor’s note: The writer, who was elected in March to the board that oversees the Mary Hogan Elementary School, is referring to a story on his resignation from the ID-4 School Board and comments in the story from a written statement by board chair Ruth Hardy.
Regarding your story in the May 5 edition of the Addison Independent:
This week’s writer is Joe Choquette of Barre, a longtime lobbyist with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, whose clients include the Vermont Press Association, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and more than four dozen non-daily newspapers in Vermont.
For decades Vermont has been at the bottom of the list of states for the public’s right to know the truth about government operations, records and meetings.
Warning: My car was towed while I was working on trails at the Watershed for a half hour.
The lot was full so I parked along the side of the wide dirt road.
I worked to try to drain the big puddles across the trail for hikers, and returned to my car in a little over a half hour.
My car was gone, I mean really gone, I didn’t misplace it. Someone took it.
Can you imagine a society where antibiotics no longer work as the quick fix to a common infection? One of the biggest issues in the health care sector today, besides rising medical costs, is the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections.
I’m writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the public education campaign focused on the importance of children’s earliest years. Vermont is a special and pioneering state that holds unique opportunities for families. Its beauty and wonderful people led me to raise my six children and help raise a niece and three nephews here.