October 24th, 2014
The tax dollars we shell out every year — federal, state and local — underwrite a wide array of services. We pay for parks and highways, Social Security for our elders and disability for those unable to work. We pay for the courts and prisons, for border patrol and for the most powerful military in the world.
I firmly believe our Middlebury community is unique. We are a proud blend of business, culture, environmental concern and a wonderful willingness to make our community work for everybody. No, we do not all agree all the time and that is fine — as members of our community we will find a way.
Recent developments in renewable energy have come to my immediate vicinity, both solar and bio-methane. A look at these two forms, one producing energy only during daylight hours and the other continuous energy 24 hours, yielded for me the following insight: If solar energy, which can only be stored by expensive batteries could be supplemented more directly by methane physically stored to be used to power a generator during morning and evening “peak” hours, the two could combine to greatest effect.
Valerie Mullin’s political lawn signs tout Vermont values. I question what Vermont values she embraces.
I was at the jamboree for Addison County children’s soccer at Mount Abe. This is an event to raise money for children’s sports programs and to support the hundreds of Addison County children playing soccer that day.
Fred Baser is a community treasure. Through his service to the Bristol community and our county at large … in governmental positions, and with various nonprofits, as well as his professional experience, he has honed his skills and shown his deep commitment to making things better.
We hear a lot lately about problems with the new state health plan. Certainly, the rollout was fraught with problems, and people became confused with all the options, and with the process for obtaining promised state aid. Complex change rarely comes easily.
I’d like to make two points; one generally, and the other specific to my family.
To Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham voters: John Spencer is a lifelong Addison County resident who was a small business owner for 25 years and worked in dairy development for 20 years.
For voters in the Addison-3 district, please consider this: Sitting Rep. Warren Van Wyck voted against the following bills:
• H.552, minimum wage, voted no, 132-3
• H.99, equal pay, voted no, 115-22
• H.702, net metering, voted no, 136-8