May 6th, 2013
We’re proud of the Vermont Legislature for moving the death with dignity legislation out of the House and to conference committee and likely action. In this age of medical miracles in which life can be prolonged far past any natural state, it provides a choice for some patients to suffer less and die on their own terms.
It strikes particularly near to my family at this particular time as my father, 88, lost a brief bout with cancer. He died a week ago Wednesday.
Is the most recent move to legalize hemp cultivation in Vermont a step in the right direction or foolhardy? That’s the question on the minds of some legislators and citizens throughout the state as it comes before the full Legislature this week.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham recorded a shutout win at Middlebury to highlight local high school baseball action late last week. In other action, Otter Valley remained unbeaten, Vergennes lost a pair of contests, and MUHS also dropped a weekend home game.
A week ago in Monday’s Addison Independent, we ran a story touting the possibility of the greater-Middlebury area becoming a ski destination for Nordic skiers. The newly implemented snow-making system at the Rikert Ski Touring Center is what has prompted the consideration and has some within the community talking about ways to capitalize on the $1.5 million in improvements that Rikert has seen in the past couple of years.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/2 Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe ....................... 13-6
5/2 OV vs. Randolph............................. 15-2
5/3 Essex vs. MUHS ............................ 13-5
5/4 Montpelier vs. Mt. Abe .................... 10-7
This week’s writer is Lisa Liotta, park ranger at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester.
The Scoop on Poop
As a seasonal park ranger at the only Vermont State Park that allows dogs off-leash in a designated area, I pick up a tremendous amount of doggie doo. Recently, I began thinking seriously about the impact of pet waste on our environment, and started doing some research.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on April 11 hosted the fifth Bristol community crime forum, which had a focus on school safety in light of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Attendees were briefed on the progress of forums to date by facilitator Kate McGowan and current status of drug crime issues by Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams and his staff detailed safety changes made in Five Town Area schools since the Newtown tragedy and fielded questions.
UPDATE: This story has been updated since it was originally posted to add new information about Rep. Nuovo's vote on the bill.
MONTPELIER — Addison County House members on May 1 were evenly split in an 80-57 vote giving preliminary approval to a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives (12 lawmakers were absent).