April 20th, 2017
UNITED WAY OF ADDISON COUNTY — It has been almost a year since the United Way of Addison County launched our new online Volunteer Center through our website and since then we have made some great strides with volunteers, funded partners, and with reaching and collaborating with different areas of our community.
MONTPELIER — As a marijuana legalization bill idles in a House committee, senators are planning to force the issue forward themselves.
A proposal to create a tax-and-regulate legal marijuana system is poised to come up for a vote this Friday in the Senate.
The language, which will be offered as an amendment on a House-passed bill related to drug possession penalties, is one of two last-minute measures senators are planning to put forward after legalization measures stalled in the House.
VERGENNES — In celebration of National Poetry Month, Northern Daughters, on 221 Main St., will host a poetry reading by two local poets on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. Karla Van Vliet and Karin Gottshall will give readings for their new work.
While the Vermont Legislature has been grappling with Vermont’s shrinking student enrollment with heavy-handed mandates like Act 46, which in some school districts will do more harm than good, the Campaign for Vermont has put a more creative and more promising proposal on the table. Issued March 23, and entitled “Re-Energizing Vermont’s Public Education System: Making Vermont an Education Destination” the proposal calls for Vermont to become more active in recruiting international exchange students.
I don’t like when state bureaucrats figure out a new way to intrude in our lives, and charge us additional tax dollars while they are at it. It also bugs me when they disguise their schemes in the name of “safety.” I’ll give the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles credit for being crooked, though; they’ve concocted a scam to increase costs to drivers, enlarge their bureaucracy, and cluck about safety all without public input or Legislative review.
Our young granddaughter was here for part of lambing season this year. She wondered why we had to do chores so often. In the summer, we just tend the sheep once a day. This time of year, we may be checking every few hours. But she was game to try (usually) and we settled into a nice routine of checking on lambs, refilling water buckets, and offering hay and grain.
Election turnout rates in Vermont are consistently among the highest in the nation. This is due both to the presence of a strong culture of civic participation in Vermont, and to state laws and regulations that facilitate voter participation.
On a walk this past weekend, I found this to-do list on the side of the trail where someone had accidentally dropped it:
• Silicone bathroom
• Order locks
• Look into vacations
• Respond to Pam dinner invite. We bring salad.
• Fidelity retirement
• Research Roth versus traditional IRA