April 2nd, 2015
Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.
Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.
I was both surprised and dismayed to read the report of the possible closure of Greg’s Meat Market in the March 26 edition of the Addison Independent. As a steady customer of this store for many years, I find its possible demise to be very distressing. I have spoken to other customers who are equally distressed and puzzled by this sudden, unexpected turn of events.
This week’s writer is Nancy Malcolm, a Middlebury resident who helped gather signatures for the two petitions being presented to the ID-4 school board at its annual meeting on April 8.
This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, chair of the Mary Hogan School board’s ID-4 Prudential Committee.
I invite Middlebury residents to the ID-4 school district annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Mary Hogan School gymnasium.
Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, is member of the House Appropriations Committee
The first day of spring produced a sighting missing since Jan. 28 — a balanced budget! “All in” truly is the theme this year. A great deal of heavy lifting by all committees achieved this goal.
Cheers to Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties for “tossing a line” to many financially strapped residents through Ticket Amnesty Day.
Over a thousand people participated in the one-day event, which allowed residents the opportunity to pay a reduced fee on outstanding fines, fines that keep working Vermonters from getting their driver’s licenses, forcing many to drive illegally and without insurance.
From time to time something happens that puts into perspective not just my own life and achievements, but the scale of human accomplishment in general. Usually the thing that “happens” is nature.
This past week my wife, Deborah, and I visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. It is difficult to describe that first impression, walking down toward the edge and seeing the breathtaking vista begin to open up before us.
Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Addison County’s representatives in the Legislature and to Sen. Tim Ashe, who heads the Senate Finance Committee.