March 23rd, 2017
VERGENNES — Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes will open “Glass Art: Molten Color and Frozen Forms” — an exhibit featuring the work of eight local glass artists — this Friday, March 24 through May 7. The exhibit will include kiln formed glass sculpture by Alyssa Oxley, hand-blown glass by Bud Shriner, and kilnformed glass jewelry and objects by Micaela Wallace.
Two local stories stand out in today’s Addison Independent: a shocking $10 million price tag for upgrading the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, and, more importantly, a look at how the threat of deportation of migrant workers could impact the state’s and county’s dairy economy.
As Republicans hope to end ObamaCare and begin the launch of TrumpCare, here’s a basic primer that explains one over-arching problem Republicans face: As crafted, the GOP plan does two things that have Republicans up for re-election in 2018 and 2020 running for cover: it could make roughly 24 million Americans now on Obamacare either lose their insurance or see the premiums increase so much they wouldn’t be able to afford coverage; and premiums for older and sicker Americans will skyrocket.
This year’s Women Who Change the World Award, sponsored by Womensafe, has gone to Cheryl Mitchell. I first met Cheryl in her office at Mary Johnson Day Care Center to discuss my now 48-year-old daughter attending the program. Beside Cheryl’s chair and part way under her desk was her baby son sleeping in a cradle. In the late 1990s, I wrote this story about her.
A national poll conducted on behalf of Fox News and released last week showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular political figure in America, with a 61 percent approval rating. This compares, among others, with Donald Trump at 44 percent and Nancy Pelosi at 33 percent.
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, a retired CIA station chief whose focus was the Soviet Union. He was also the CIA’s first chief of counterterrorism.
Thanks to the infighting between the Trump administration and the congressional Democrats, it is now patently clear to anyone who cares to know that the U.S. government has phone taps on the Russian Embassy in Washington. That was probably an unnecessary revelation, but it will have few negative ramifications for the United States.
Eight youngsters from the Bristol and Vergennes area won the district free throw shooting competition held at the Mount Abe gym on Feb. 26.
This week’s writer is Hamilton E. Davis, a journalist and policy analyst for more than 50 years; he has served as a state representative, ran the Vermont Hospital Data Council in the 1980s and worked for Fletcher Allen Health Care, now UVM Medical Center.
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