July 7th, 2016
Give Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates an A-plus for optimism. They are doers, intent on making Vermont stronger, healthier, wealthier and smarter. With just a few degrees of separation between their stances, they would work to provide free tuition at state colleges, increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, continue to build the state’s infrastructure (roads, bridges and railroads), strengthen downtowns, expand early childhood education, create more affordable housing, reduce Vermonter’s reliance on fossil fuels and create a more dynamic state economy.
My parents hadn’t even met when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were performing their greatest hits: “Mrs. Robinson,”“Cecilia”and “Bridge over Troubled Water.”Simon and Garfunkel’s split in the ’70s and the initial release of some of Simon’s best songs —“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,”“Graceland,”“You Can Call Me Al”—are moments I can only imagine.
The Democratic nominee for governor could end up being chosen by as few as 20,000 voters in what is likely to be a low-turnout primary on Aug. 9.
UNC Chapel Hill recently joined the fray and released a language “guide to microaggression.” Complimenting a woman’s shoes, using the terms golf outing, Christmas, boyfriend, girlfriend and husband and wife (among many others) are now considered microaggressions by the whacky nut cases on college campus. Why would anyone pay any amount of money to send kids to these stifling dungeons of oppressive thought police???
Ivan St. George
We are supporting Robin Scheu for state representative from Middlebury. She has extensive experience, both locally and statewide, on issues that are very important to us — environment, education, community and the economy. She also has a proven record of working with people from diverse backgrounds to get things done.
If one does not follow the selectboard’s agendas closely, then they are probably not aware that the idea of major development behind the town office and library is alive and being worked on. The EDI committee was formed many months ago to create a Memorandum of Understanding with NexBridge, the only developer that submitted a plan in response to the town’s RFP (request for proposals) for developing the land.
If you believe that the Orlando attack was the last one we will experience, you are horribly wrong.
As a result of the nature and magnitude of that attack, we are faced here in America with a complicated choice. That attack and the subsequent endless media evaluations of what “really happened” and what it “really means” will simply hasten the inevitable compulsion that our government will feel to take charge of the situation, driven as it is by public opinion. How it reacts will color the future of this country for decades to come.