May 23rd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek local high school lacrosse action, the Middlebury girls won on the road, the Mount Abraham boys came up just short away from home, and the Vergennes boys lost at home.
Weekend games were played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent. Results and details on those contests will appear in the May 29 paper.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/21 MUHS Girls vs. Essex................... 14-6
5/21 Harwood vs. VUHS Boys............... 16-2
5/21Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe Boys.............. 10-9
5/21 Woodstock vs. OV......................... 17-1
Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, opted not to represent her party as the gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin for reelection this November, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t interested in running for the state’s top office down the road, or at least grabbing the political spotlight when she can. That seems obvious from her op-ed released at the end of last week challenging the Democrats’ estimation of their own performance this biennium.
I don’t get it. You have a Burlington school leader who authors three budgets with built-in deficits, owes the IRS $500,000 in back employee withholding taxes and gets a golden parachute firing package of $225,000, and Rutland County makes her a finalist for a job in their system.
Is this for real? What the heck is going on?
“We don’t see that kind of money in Addison County. Or in Rutland County, … Even if you don’t believe it’s all true, it’s a big number.” So spoke Adam Lougee, the executive director of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission at their meeting on April 10, 2014. He thinks that phase II of the fracked natural gas pipeline will benefit our communities, economically.
Let us all thank Rep. Willem Jewett and Sen. Claire Ayer for their hard work and leadership resulting in the passage of the Toxic-Free Families Act (S.239) this session.
I would like to reply to the letter in the May 19 Addison Independent by Jim Ortuno, the firefighter who felt disrespected at the public hearing for the pipeline in Shoreham.
I was there at the hearing and I didn’t witness any disrespect or harsh reactions. I did hear laughter (and yes, some dismissive snorts) when one speaker touted the stellar environmental record of International Paper.
This week marks an important one-year anniversary of Vermont’s Act 39 — Patient Choice and Control at End of Life — becoming law. Citizens and legislators in our state worked for 10 years in an effort to ensure a right of choice for terminally ill patients.