February 6th, 2014
In last week’s State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit for “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years.” On the surface this claim is correct. By the Labor Department’s commonly used measure, 6.7 percent of Americans were unemployed in December 2013, the lowest since October 2008.
Many economists have analyzed data on employment and unemployment over time. This work shows that, for many Americans, the job market is still far from full recovery mode.
MIDDLEBURY — With the March 15 Vermont Health Connect enrollment deadline quickly approaching, navigator agencies in Addison County have been gearing up to ensure residents have ample opportunity to get their health insurance questions answered and to meet one-on-one with a navigator for individual enrollment support.
I can’t remain silent any longer. The selectboard’s proposed municipal building project in partnership with Middlebury College is a great deal, and I plan to support it with my vote. Is the proposed project perfect? No. However if we wait for perfection, I fear we will wait forever.
I would also like to publicly thank Victor Nuovo for all his years of service to the town of Middlebury. We all benefited from his wisdom and leadership.
Jim Larrabee, Middlebury
I’ve recently been digging up old outdoor memories.
Some of it has to do with this pathetic winter. Pathetic in the amount of snow, that is. We’ve done fine with cold. Well enough with the cold, in fact, that news media are acting like it’s the coldest winter since Vermont was buried under a mile of glacier. Well enough that my wood supply is looking frighteningly low. Well enough that people are proclaiming an end to global warming, apparently forgetting that it was only two decades ago that sub-zero temperatures were routine in Vermont winters.
“I’d love to move to Vermont and start a company here,” the snowboarder said with a sigh as we shared a chairlift at Stowe. I sighed too: If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, my mortgage would be paid.
That was nine years ago. Chris Kaiser, the snowboarder, went on to found Vermont Peanut Butter and this Feb. 6, he will join a panel discussion at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier to celebrate Vermont Entrepreneurship Week.
Editor’s note: The Cornwall selectboard on Jan. 30 sent this letter to all Addison County Regional Planning Commission members.
Your commission has been asked to approve Vermont Gas’ proposed “Phase 2” natural gas transmission pipeline through our community. We expect you are familiar with the details of that proposal and the arguments made by proponents. The Cornwall selectboard respectfully requests that you comply with the ACRPC Regional Plan and disapprove the request.
I want to honor Pete Seeger who died at the age of 94 on Jan. 27, 2014.
I thank Pete for inviting us to sing along. Years ago, in Burlington, I had the chance to be in his physical presence at a Memorial Auditorium concert. Pete’s spirit lives forever, since we have the ability to reflect it, singing his songs and keeping our hearts open.
I thank Pete for having been a steady force behind the cleanup of the Hudson River.
VERMONT — Last week Vermont State Police said their investigation showed that a Ferrisburgh man and a Milton man were responsible for a two-month-long burglary spree crossing three counties.
Since December 2013, state police have received multiple reports of burglaries in Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties, including the towns of Westford, Underhill, Jericho, Milton, Fletcher and East Fairfield. The items stolen and method of burglary revealed a pattern of crime.