October 15th, 2014
With about three weeks remaining until Election Day, most nonpartisan analysts believe that Republican candidates are likely to gain the six or more seats they need to have a majority in the U.S. Senate. How would a Republican majority affect Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision whether or not to run for an eighth term in 2016?
I’m Sam Daniels from Bristol. I am a 12th-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School. Continuing from last year, I’m working in Personalized Learning (PL), designing my own curriculum around Mount Abraham’s Competencies to meet my graduation requirements.
The Public Service Board will decide this week whether to reconsider the benefits of Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline in light of the $35 million (41 percent) cost overrun. The CEO of Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) exclaimed at last week’s hearing that no price was too high for this “once-in-a-lifetime project,” confirming what astute observers already knew: Phase I is, by definition, economically irrational.
We urge you to vote for Amy Sheldon for Vermont state representative from Middlebury.
An Addison Independent editorial posed the question: “What is the fastest way to get the pipeline extended to Rutland?”
The answer lies in one simple formula: Phase I plus Phase II equals Phase III.
I write to enthusiastically endorse Amy Sheldon’s bid to represent Middlebury’s residents in the Vermont House.
I have known Amy for decades and have worked closely with her as a fellow member of the planning commission. That experience taught me that Amy has true integrity, listens openly to grasp the facts, and then, guided by her knowledge and beliefs, arrives at fair, balanced decisions. Those are qualities we must have in our representatives.
The rapid influx of solar panels in Vermont is causing a blight on the landscape, mainly due to the fact that town planning has no input in the siting process. State law gives the Public Service Board, which has only three members, complete responsibility for determining the location of all energy projects; the board does not have to respect local planning. So the board lets the developer do the siting and apparently doesn’t care enough to think about how these solar panels are changing the character of Vermont.