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June 18th, 2014
Sitting on the back porch with a friend the other day, I mentioned how much I loved Vermont.
“It’s just so beautiful,” I said. “The flowers, the birds, the views. I feel so lucky to live here.”
She snorted and said, “That’s funny, because three months ago you were binge-watching ‘House Hunters International’ and telling me you were seriously considering moving to Costa Rica.”
Um, I don’t think so.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has been quoted as saying that he does not wish to use public financing for his campaign because he does not want to take money from people who do not support him. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of public financing of political activities.
As the school year winds down, we would like to thank our community for supporting the Commodore Booster Club Concession Stand. We appreciate that so many people volunteered their time, provided delicious food, and were our loyal customers.
This year your support made it possible for the club to provide a little over $17,000 in financial support for many Vergennes Union High School teams and improve their outdoor facilities.
It is good news to learn that Fred Baser is running as a Republican for representative from Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln and Starksboro.
Regarding the Public Service Board meeting in Middlebury on June 12:
I am today introducing a new word to the vocabulary of this dialogue: “capitOlism.”
Capitolism is the process and condition whereby agencies of government, whether representing the national Capitol and government or state Capitol and government are united as one with the agents of capital and commerce.
POULTNEY — In Monday’s tense, well-played softball final at the Poultney Recreation Park between the two teams that had proven themselves to be Division II’s best, No. 5 Otter Valley scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to edge No. 2 Vergennes, 2-1, and claim the program’s second title in five years and fourth overall.
Editor’s note: Reporter Zach Despart went to the final three rounds of the 114th U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., this past weekend.
PINEHURST, N.C. — It’s ungodly hot here. Like, can’t-stand-in-the-sun-for-more-than-half-an-hour hot, drink-beer-at-your-own-peril hot. That the golfers here at the U.S. Open withstand the conditions for four hours every day — in long pants — is in itself an accomplishment.
I went down to the river this evening to do a little fishing. Supper was done. I’d washed the dishes. The rest of my family was busy with other evening activities. And I still had about 90 minutes remaining until dusk. Casting a few flies and perhaps dancing with a trout at the end of a taut line seemed like a perfect way to end the day.