November 12th, 2014
There is a saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. That’s often the case for an act and its title in the Vermont Legislature. So it is with Act No. 31 (H.99), an act relating to equal pay. Equal pay has been a Vermont law since 2002 (and federal law before that) and I support equal pay for equal work. Act 31, however, is primarily about imposing various other mandates on employers and contractors in Vermont. This is the reason that I voted against it.
I’ve become disturbed in reading about Scott Milne spending time weighing his options concerning the election results. As recently as two weeks ago he indicated that the election should be determined by the popular vote. Now he is backpedaling that, considering other options. His option of requesting a recount is certainly valid, but expensive, as Lt Gov. Phil Scott pointed out recently.
This week’s writers are Tiffany Bluemle, executive director of Vermont Works for Women, and Linda Tarr-Whelan, a former ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and chair of the Task Force on Women and the Vermont Economy.
New England census data leave little doubt that future economic growth hinges upon making the most of our homegrown talent. With the region’s population growth only one-third the national average, New England states have seen a 25 percent decrease in the number of young residents ages 25-34.
I felt the need to respond to the letter to the editor written by Ronnie Chirnoff regarding uneasy childhood and the comparison to those youth who are successful in life and those who are in trouble. (Addison Independent, Nov. 6, page 5A.)
Our communities’ conversations about solar siting, the gas pipeline, wind turbines and tar sands elicit frustrations, concerns and blame — and understandably so. For me, these conversations evoke something additional: a sense of duty.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Nov. 5 detained a New Haven man who had a warrant out for his arrest from New Hampshire.
Grafton County, N.H., prosecutors allege that Ryan Oliver Sprigg, 31, committed a felony drug offense. Police said Sprigg failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing Oct. 10, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Bristol police caught up with Sprigg around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 and held him without bail.
VERGENNES — Alcohol incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Nov. 3 and 9, including one case of driving under the influence of alcohol and two incidents this past Sunday in which city police took intoxicated women into protective custody before they were taken to Porter Hospital.
ADDISON COUNTY — Two young men were seriously injured on Thursday, Nov. 6, in a car crash on Weybridge Road in Weybridge. Vermont State Police are tentatively attributing the cause of the crash to distracted driving.