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January 16th, 2014
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are considering a plan to tax the state’s natural gas pipelines to fund renewable energy projects.
The new taxing scheme could raise millions for renewables as Vermont Gas Systems charts a southern pipeline expansion through Addison County on the western side of the state.
WINOOSKI — Small businesses that have not yet enrolled in Vermont Health Connect insurance plans will be able to sign up directly with insurers, state officials announced Tuesday morning.
The announcement from the Shumlin administration is a tacit acknowledgement that the state’s health care exchange website won’t be ready in time to sign up small businesses that need to obtain coverage for workers in 2014.
For a quarter century, beginning in 1998, Vermont has been the recipient of a $962 million “gift” it had no reason to expect. It was a gift that had the potential to change the health care culture of Vermont, to perhaps orient it more toward a culture of health, not sickness.
But it has not been properly used, and its misuse continues.
The other day I pulled on my winter jeans, which fit snugly because of my long johns, and then realized I wasn’t wearing long johns.
It wasn’t just the overabundance of cookies at Christmas that has led to my recent uptick in weight. It’s been a gradual process over the past year or so, when my portions have grown incrementally larger — think deli platter — and my snacks more frequent. I haven’t been paying attention.
I would like to share with you and your readers a resolution that was approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of Spirit in Nature on Jan. 8, expressing opposition to the proposed fracked gas pipeline:
The town office and gym relocation proposals continue the town’s selectboard penchant for spending the taxpayers’ money. At some point borrowing money needs to be reined in. In recent years there have been borrowings for the police station, the bridge, water and sewage improvement, and most recently for the fire stations.
I was pleased to read your recent front-page article on Winter Term (J-term) at Middlebury College.
This term made its debut in 1969 under the leadership of Dr. James I. Armstrong, college president at the time, who is quoted in a recent issue of the Middlebury Campus as having stated that “both students and faculty would benefit from the flexibility and freedom offered by the month-long reprieve between fall and spring semesters.”