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Here’s a political question to ponder. In a representative democracy, should a public board follow ‘majority rule’ or what might be called ‘plurality rule’?
More specifically, if town residents vote 60 percent to 40 percent against locating a gravel pit near town, should the governing body write rules that sort of prohibit the pit but allow some gravel extraction in a smaller corner of the proposed pit — taking the stated stance that “not everyone gets what they want,” so the board splits the difference?
Two months after my most recent move — and sick of fishing CDs out of packing boxes — I had to face the inevitable: It was time to haul my music collection out of the boxes and organize it onto the shelves.
With several hundred CDs to sort through, the first choice for a music nerd is whether to group everything together alphabetically or to separate the music by genres.
Vermont’s 2012 presidential primary will be held on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 6. The Democratic primary will be uneventful, with President Obama running unopposed for renomination. The results of the Republican primary will determine how the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Tampa in late August, will be divided among the candidates.
BRISTOL — Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs was called out at 1 a.m. on Nov. 21 to deal with a reported stabbing on North Street. When he arrived, he found that no stabbing had occurred, but there had been a physical dispute.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are looking into two recent thefts, one of about $300 in cash and one of about $300 of metal.
On Nov. 28 police were told by a shopper at Shaw’s Supermarket that he had left an envelope with cash in it in a shopping cart. When he realized his mistake and returned for the envelope, he found it contained $300 less than he expected.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to the scene of a car-tree collision near North Forty Lane on Sunday, Dec. 4. Police said Kathy L. Grace, 44, of Middlebury was northbound on Case Street a little before 10 a.m. when for an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled across the southbound lane and struck a tree.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police and Vermont Fish and Wildlife personnel last Friday evening responded to New Haven for an incident in which three vehicles struck two deer on Route 7.
Trooper Kaitlyn Armstrong and Game Warden George Scribner reported that two deer came bounding into traffic between two cars and a truck on Route 7 between the southern entrance to Dog Team Road and the New Haven River at around 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 2.
VERGENNES — More than 250 Vergennes-area residents attended a Wednesday meeting called by Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel that was intended to spark a community-wide effort to combat illegal drug use in the city and surrounding towns.
The crowd in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall often applauded Merkel and other speakers at what moderator Scott Gaines of Vergennes called a “community awareness meeting,”