April 18th, 2013
If the Senate, as expected, tables further discussion on H.526, a bill written to protect the state’s shorelands and help improve the clarity of lake water, two outcomes are certain: 1) better explanation of the legislation will temper the animosity that has riled so many lakeshore property owners, and 2) the legislation will undoubtedly undergo further modifications to prevent overkill and to hone in on what it hopes to accomplish.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team swept a three-game series from NESCAC West rival Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday to move into a first-place tie with Wesleyan.
The 16-6 Panthers and 18-6 Cardinals, who took two of three games from third place Williams (10-15, 4-2 NESCAC West) this past weekend, each have 5-1 league marks. Middlebury will host Williams for a three-game set this Friday and Saturday.
When Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on marriage equality after his son came out as gay, he took a lot of flack. Some of it was from people who objected that the senator was apparently okay denying equal rights to gay and lesbian partners until someone in his family was affected. When the issue became personal, he finally changed his perspective.
Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/15 VUHS vs. OV ................................ 20-5
4/15 Mt. Abe vs. Harwood ...................... 9-8
4/16 MUHS vs. CVU.............................. 10-7
4/17 Milton vs. VUHS ............................ 13-5
4/17 Rice vs. Mount Abe........................ 17-7
4/16 S. Burlington vs. MUHS................. 15-6
Sometimes it seems like environmentalists have put themselves on such a state of red alert that we can’t see a good thing when it’s right in front of us.
We’re so used to fighting every inappropriate intrusion upon Mother Earth, that even the idea of using wind to provide electrical power can seem like a threat.
So when they could be organizing to support alternative energy sources such as wind farms, a few environmentalists have decided that because wind power, like any energy source, has some small drawbacks, wind is a bad idea altogether.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited a Bridport man for driving under the influence of alcohol after his truck reportedly sat unmoving for more than half an hour at the intersection of South Water and School streets.
Police said they were called at about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning and told about a pickup that was running with its lights on at that intersection. When they arrived, they determined the operator, Randy Cameron Jr., 26, had been drinking.