July 24th, 2014
VERGENNES — The efficacy of a high school is often measured by the percentage of graduates that go on to study at four-year colleges.
To an extent, research suggests, this may be a valuable statistic to consider. The wage gap between those with a high school diploma and those with a college degree is ever widening and higher education is now considered a prerequisite to greater career opportunities.
A new political action committee, or PAC, announced this week by Reps. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, and Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, has set out on the noble mission of being a non-partisan supporter of candidates running for election in Vermont. The criteria for support hinge on one primary issue: putting the state’s economy front and center.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury College students met in a sixth floor Bicentennial Hall classroom one recent morning to plan their hunt for bacteria. Their ultimate goal was to reduce or eliminate the potentially dangerous cyanobacteria that has become a growing pollution problem in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.
But just as important is that they learn processes and habits of mind that will make them good engineers, mathematicians and scientists.
The most competitive statewide race this year may be the contest for lieutenant governor between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive challenger Dean Corren.
Vermont is one of the minority of states where the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. The lieutenant governor has only two responsibilities: to preside over the Senate, and to become governor if the governor resigns, dies or is otherwise unable to complete a term.
I was fixing a cup of coffee a few weeks ago, when I mentioned to a colleague that I was moving.
“Again?” she asked. “It seems like you just did.”
I reminded her that that was in December. Now it was nearing summer and the lease was be expiring. I was moving across town to an apartment I would sublet until August.
“And what’re you going to do at the end of the summer?” she probed. I replied with a shrug.
I urge Middlebury voters to nominate Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for the town’s two House seats in the Vermont Legislature.
Ms. Sheldon, a 25-year Middlebury resident and Middlebury College and UVM alumna, is superbly qualified to join Mrs. Nuovo, whose long and dedicated service speaks for itself, representing our town in Montpelier.