February 20th, 2017
Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor as a result of his havinglied about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. This has shown light and raised questions about the pre-election association between the current President’s aides and the Russian government. Flynn’s lie, and the content of his conversation, led to the possibility that he could be vulnerable to blackmail.
I remember in 1980, climate scientists calling for a switch to renewable energy sources. They hoped by 1990 we would have begun in earnest, and 37 years later we have started to gather momentum. With glaciers and the polar ice caps melting everywhere and with continuous record breaking warm years, it is about time we did more.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly 100 people braved frigid temperatures on Feb. 9 to attend Porter Medical Center Auxiliary’s “An Evening for Porter” at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls. The event cleared more than $10,000 in ticket sales and local sponsorships, all of which will be dedicated to investments approved by the Auxiliary board for Porter Medical Center.
COLCHESTER — Former Middlebury College women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach Missy Foote will join Olympic medalists, other successful coaches, sports pioneers, a champion boxer, a standout football player, a star hockey player, and a chronicler of Vermont’s athletic scene in the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
An Open Letter to Governor Scott: With all the chaos happening at the federal level, it is difficult for me to focus on the issues within our state. However, that very chaos makes it imperative that we take the right course here. I applaud your stand on the immigration actions, but am concerned about other directions you are espousing. You want to improve Vermont’s economy. You want to increase opportunities for a younger demographic of workers in our state. Those are fine goals, but how do we achieve them?
On March 7, Panton town voters will be presented with a proposed budget that calls for a 1.83 percent increase in the property tax rate. This sounds reasonable until you discover on page 12 of the 2016 audit report (online) that the town has an unassigned surplus of $107,962. The same thing happened last year. We had an unassigned surplus of $66,924 (page 12, 2015 audit) and raised the tax rate 2 percent. These surpluses are in addition to the “rainy day” fund established by the town several years ago.
Dear Editor, I know that there are many issues facing Addison County and Vermont in general. Attracting and retaining talent, protecting our environment and building the economy are chief among them.