September 16th, 2010
When politicians say they will cut taxes and give Americans the hard-earned dollars they’ve earned rather than fuel higher government spending, most American voters stand up and cheer — even though that very policy measure is against their personal interests.
FERRISBURGH — In the wake of a new Environmental Court ruling, the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment will almost certainly handle this fall an amended Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) application for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant.
On Sept. 8, Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin made a site visit and then issued a decision that COCO, a South Burlington firm that operates a string of similar facilities, must go back to the ZBA with its proposal to increase the acreage in its application.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team took advantage of early offensive pressure to earn a 2-0 win at Middlebury on Tuesday in a Division II match-up.
The Commodores got the game-winner in the 13th minute from junior Kenadi Dattilio, and early on also hit the post and crossbar and saw Tiger senior back Megan Myers make a goal-line save on a shot by VUHS junior midfielder Lily Haigis.
The Middlebury Union High School football team will play its home opener against Mount Mansfield on Friday night, but the 2-0 Tigers will also close an era.
It’s no secret that longtime announcer Dick Bullock is seriously ill with cancer, to the point he has a checklist of things he would like to accomplish before he checks out.
Bullock has done play-by-play or color work for Tiger football for 33 years in all, many with former partner Ziggy Livingston before Ziggy reached the end zone a few years back.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie’s economic blueprint for the state calls for reducing the state income tax from its current 9 percent to 6 or 7 percent over an undetermined time period — but presumably during the time he is in office, if elected.
Based on conservative estimates, that would mean reducing $200 million of the $600 million — 33 percent — projected to be raised by the state’s income tax in fiscal year 2013.
The past couple of weeks have brought on quite a few changes for this young reporter who is trying her best to transition from being a college student in Middlebury to being a full-fledged member of the community. And it hasn’t been easy, let me tell you.
Health care will be a major issue in the election for governor. Peter Shumlin says on his website that “if I am elected governor, creating a single-payer plan will be my top priority. It will be a very difficult task. There are many forces arrayed against a single-payer plan. … It will take very strong, committed leadership to get this job done.”
Vermonters will be asked to choose between two very different gubernatorial candidates this fall, and two different visions of Vermont.
But at least along the way, we can be assured of some laughs.
Republican Brian Dubie sees a state imperiled by high taxes, anti-business sentiment and wasteful education spending. He’s against reproductive choice and gay marriage.
Democrat Peter Shumlin sees a state that has made great progress on gay marriage while also defending reproductive choice, but that now needs single-payer health care.