June 2nd, 2014
In response to the letter from Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, South Burlington, in the May 22 edition of the Independent:
We agree. Vermonters are passionate. This is especially true when their rights and their land are to be taken away for the corporate profit margin of a single company in New York State.
“Lilac Time” symbolizes the coming of spring after a long cold winter, and the resilience of early New England settlers transporting small lilac plants as they journeyed to their new lives.
Spring was late this year. On May 14, as we drove home from Burlington Airport (after visiting gardens in North Carolina, where spring had long since come and gone) we were amazed to see the lilacs, which usually bloom before Mother’s Day, still in bud.
The delightful creative partnership of director Doug Anderson and maestro Emmanuel Plasson has rolled out another triumph for The Opera Company of Middlebury in this season’s production of Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” Sparkly and fast paced with a treasure trove of great singers, it is a celebration of comic opera.
There is a notable and unacceptable convergence this Memorial Day: a flood of news about the commitment of American soldiers abroad and of news about the mistreatment of our soldiers once they come home. It is impossible to reconcile America’s decisions to send men and women abroad to fight so that fragile nations can find their footing in a free world against America’s own failure to care for its wounded.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite intermittent drenching rains for much of the week, the skies cleared Sunday morning for Middlebury College’s 213th commencement ceremony. With temperatures in the mid-sixties, the 517 graduates were comfortable in their black caps and gowns.
The event’s featured speaker was Diana Nyad, the long-distance swimmer who last year became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board has approved a protective agreement between Vermont Gas Systems and the Department of Public Service that will limit the public’s access to documents related to Phase II of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.
BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has found a compromise on the next town budget offering, and set the next re-vote for June 24. This will be the third time this year Brandon voters have cast ballots on a municipal spending plan.
After a lengthy discussion at a regular meeting Tuesday night, members of the board unanimously approved sending the last failed spending amount of $3,218,670 back to the voters.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that makes changes to the state’s open meeting laws; some organizations have raised concerns that the new law will decrease transparency in government.
The intention of the law is to modernize the state’s open meeting laws, which Shumlin said have not been significantly updated in several decades.