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April 6th, 2015
The irony in Indiana’s hasty retreat from its recently passed “religious freedom” law is that it was largely led by Republican businessmen, Chamber of Commerce leaders and legislators who realized the bigotry of the law would be damaging to the state’s bottom line. In the Republican arsenal of values-based politics, in this case money trumped religion.
And it did so in a comparative nanosecond.
Last week there was a public hearing in front of a joint Vermont House and Senate Energy Committee, in Montpelier. At issue was the degree to which there should be any regulation on the development of solar energy in Vermont, and what jurisdiction should be responsible for the regulations should there be any. The contentious siting issue is a byproduct of legislation (Section 248) that empowers the Vermont Public Service Board to approve solar projects without regard to local zoning rules and town plans.
Thank you for four fine articles about whether or not to close small schools in Vermont and the expression of northeast Addison County’s lack of confidence in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union board and its superintendent. It strikes me that a thread of a common assumption runs through the issues raised in these four articles: the primary importance of cutting education costs.
Readers of the Addison Independent, posters to online media and people on the streets of Middlebury are bemoaning the loss of Greg’s Meat Market, a beloved institution that served area families for more than three decades.
MIDDLEBURY — Music lovers who drop in on the annual all-star performance of the Miles Donahue Quintet this Saturday evening at Middlebury College should find a lot to love.
Donahue, an affiliate artist at the college, has been bringing top-flight talent to Middlebury for going on a decade. The 8 p.m. free concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall will be no exception.
MIDDLEBURY — Police are investigating the death of a Middlebury College sophomore from Colorado who was found dead in a dorm room Thursday morning.
Middlebury police said there is not sign of third-party involvement or criminal activity in the death of 20-year-old Nathan Alexander.
At 9:44 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, Middlebury police and ambulance personnel were called to a dorm at Middlebury College regarding an unresponsive male student.
BRISTOL — A committee of volunteers charged with developing a design for a new firehouse in Bristol will present the plan they chose at a meeting next Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall.
If the public is receptive of the plan, the selectboard hopes to schedule a bond vote for the project as early as June, with an eye on breaking ground in September.
The new firehouse would replace the current facility on North Street, which was completed in 1897 and suffers from a number of structural deficiencies.