March 12th, 2014
When the northern part of the country eventually thaws and the 2014 Major League Baseball season begins at the end of this month, the game will look a little different.
There’s a chicken in our bathroom.
This is not a clever turn of phrase like “a bird in the hand” or “a bun in the oven.” There is actually a live chicken staying in a Rubbermaid tub in our bathroom.
Given the way guests react when they walk into the bathroom — “Whoa, there’s a freaking chicken in here!” — I’m guessing this is not common in other households.
I am a lifelong resident of the state of Vermont currently residing in the town of Middlebury. Recently, I received a license renewal notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including information regarding the Real ID Act. Acting on the information provided and the need to renew my license, I went to the mobile DMV office at the courthouse in Middlebury on Feb. 19 in the afternoon. What ensued is an example of how far this great state and the USA as a whole, have strayed from sanity.
It never fails, year after year we hear rumblings from our elected representatives that lament the property tax burden we all face yet, year after year the rumblings sound more like lip service than genuine active concern that results in action.
The boards correctly blame the legislators and vice versa and that is where the problem lies.
Many thanks for Matt Dickerson’s most recent column on Nordic skiing. It was a good reminder, as the close of winter draws into at least hazy view, of just how hard the crew at Rikert worked all year.
Skiing began in mid-November, but for most of the first half of the season it was an almost impossible job to keep the trails covered, with every small drop of snow followed by a driving rainstorm. Still, Mike Hussey and his crew worked long hours to make sure there was always something to ski on.
Thank you to voters for electing me to serve on the Middlebury selectboard. I seek to collaborate with and listen to all residents, fellow selectboard members, town officials and stakeholders to reach solutions that work for the good of the town and its taxpayers. I will support an open participatory process that allows you to be informed and to share your ideas or questions. This is my top priority. I look forward to listening to you in as many ways as possible.