April 7th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The newest coach of the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team — and at MUHS — certainly doesn’t lack for qualifications for her latest challenge.
Cornwall’s Laura Rumbough captained the Middlebury College women’s tennis team back in the fall of 1981. After graduating from Middlebury, she has been regularly instructing the sport at clubs and camps, many in Rowatyn, Conn., and in nearby New York.
Try to explain why this statement is false: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”
The simple answer is because government spending creates jobs by putting money in the hands of those who will spend it, thus priming the economy.
Cutting government spending, as Republicans in Congress want to do, will create the opposite effect of what they are saying will happen — an important point for America taxpayers and voters to understand.
Transocean Ltd., this company I love. It’s as all-American as apple pie. Doesn’t matter that its headquarters are in Switzerland; what do you think of when you think of Switzerland — Swiss banks. And what do you think of when you think of Swiss banks — obscene amounts of money locked away for the restricted use of an elite clique.
So, like I said — all-American.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has raised 92 percent ($712,135) of its 2010 fund-raising goal of $775,000 and will soon begin the very painstaking process of allocating funds to the many local nonprofits serving residents in need.
This is the second year in a row that the local United Way has set a goal of $775,000 and fallen just shy of the finish line — though the books don’t technically close on the campaign until June 30 and people still have time to donate. Last year, UWAC reached 95 percent of the goal.
Cold, high water. Slow fishing. That’s my prediction for the opening day of the 2011 trout fishing season.
OK, I admit it. It’s my prediction every year for opening day. I’m not going out on a limb. Still, the last couple years may have left anglers somewhat spoiled. On opening day of 2010, there was much less runoff from snow melt than is typical for early April, and thus much better opening day conditions than usual.
The Vermont House rejected the Shumlin administration’s effort to raise almost $4 million by assessing a 3-percent provider tax on dentists. Instead, legislators opted to raise the same $4 million through a 26-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes. The governor is pushing the Senate to restore the tax on dentists, saying it’s misguided to punish people with an addiction.
Given the current tough economic times — otherwise known at our house as the New Normal — we’ve had to cut way back on our impulse purchases. As I’ve told my husband, Mark, no more going out to the store for milk and coming home with a new tractor.
This need to be financially responsible comes more easily to me than to him; I’m a tightwad by nature. That’s probably why it took me so long to make my latest purchase. After months of hemming and hawing, last week I finally decided to just take the leap and do it.
BRISTOL — Debate over gravel extraction in Bristol’s conservation district burst into flames at the Bristol Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, where the commission disagreed over the meaning of the results of a public poll on gravel and sand extraction.