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Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.
He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.
In the guest editorial in the Nov. 24 edition of this paper, Emerson Lynn scoffs at the recent launch of an effort to introduce a carbon tax. The tax, he says, will stunt economic growth and affirm Vermont as an expensive place to live. He does acknowledge that a carbon tax would be an effective way to reduce fossil fuel use and address climate change. But economic growth and job creation is more important than addressing climate change, in his view.
This week’s writer is Bristol resident David Brynn, the Executive Director of Vermont Family Forests who for this piece described himself as “Commoner, Little Otter Creek Catchment, NW Addison County, Vermont, USA.”
VERGENNES — Holiday spirit will be bubbling over in the Little City of Vergennes this season starting off with the ninth annual Holiday Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 6. The month of December will see many activities in Vergennes to keep people in the holiday frame of mind.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s 23 towns bore the brunt of a Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm that blanketed Vermont and much of the Northeast on the busiest travel day of the year.
Forecasters from the National Weather Service office in South Burlington said Addison County got more snow than any other county in Vermont, ranging from 8 inches in Vergennes to 16.5 inches in Orwell.
“That was the jackpot area,” said NWS meteorologist Andrew Loconto. “There was a pretty good snowband which dropped some good amounts across the county.”
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday voted to close the town landfill when its current certification expires at the end of 2016.
The decision came after what Town Administrator Therese Kirby called a productive meeting between town and state Agency of Natural Resources officials to find ways to fund the landfill’s closure.
“They understand the plight of Bristol residents and are trying to help us avoid bonding, look for money, and find an alternative (landfill) cover,” Kirby said.
MIDDLEBURY — There will again be a warming shelter to help the homeless this winter, but it will be located in the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Charter House on North Pleasant Street instead of at the Memorial Baptist Church.
ADDISON COUNTY — A dramatic spike in the price of salt has some Addison County public works officials vowing to be a lot more judicious in how the substance is applied to roads this winter.