February 12th, 2015
Before the whoops and hollers of relief die down in light of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision to abandon Phase II of its natural gas pipeline through Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham en route to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, let’s assess the consequence of that decision, and whether the pipeline deserves the public ire heaped upon it.
I threw out my back while shoveling snow the weekend before last, leaving my husband, Mark, to finish my share of the labor. He called it “convenient timing.”
True, shoveling is my least favorite winter chore. But the injury was real and the timing, in my opinion, was entirely appropriate. Who tweaks their back while resting quietly?
Hugging is a wonderful way to express affection. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
But when it comes to men hugging their casual male friends, I’m sure I speak for many men when I say:
Can’t we just go back to shaking hands?
I’m not sure when it was that hugging among men became the New Normal. Maybe it started back in the Seventies, when feminist-oriented women (rightly) started pounding it into our feeble male brains that it wouldn’t kill us to show some public affection to other men, now and then.
I’m writing in support of new legislation to support the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to research financing options for high-quality, affordable childcare in Vermont.
As an employee in a community childcare support agency, I am well aware of the true cost of quality childcare and the limited ability of most families to afford to pay for quality care. Most childcare programs do not charge what it really costs them to offer high-quality care, and instead rely on fundraising.
In response to your news article dated Feb. 2 and headlined, “Backers see solar as moneymaker”:
I am CFO for Green Lantern Development in Waterbury, a small, growing solar developer. We focus on the public sector. We develop and finance solar arrays for customers unable to use tax credits: towns, schools, hospitals and nonprofits.
On Feb. 10, a public hearing was held at the Statehouse to discuss requiring background checks for people purchasing firearms in Vermont. This is an important issue for all Vermonters.
In 1689, one hundred years before America’s independence, the English Bill of Rights already established the right for citizens to bear firearms. The Second Amendment just codified what every American already knew, that Americans have the right to own firearms. No one is suggesting that this right be repealed.
When I was a child there were no vaccinations against the childhood diseases so I suffered through them. The mumps in first grade. I can still remember how I sobbed heartbroken because that day Mr. Gianti, the science teacher, was going to take us on a trip to the moon. Two weeks out of school even though after the first few days I felt fine.