January 23rd, 2017
This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.
The Vermont Constitution (Chapter 1, Article 6) demands that our elected officials are open, transparent and accountable. The authors understood how transparency in government is the very basis of trust. State statute also demands access and accountability:
RIPTON — Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, on Saturday, Feb. 4, will host the Nordic Rendezvous, a gathering of family and friends for a day of winter magic in which participants will get to revel in their shared love of snow, brisk air, pink cheeks, skiing, and heart-warming fires.
Let’s ask Bernie and Leahy for a new bill that would keep insurance companies from influencing doctors’ decisions on their patients’ treatments. That should simply be illegal.
Doctors have nuances with patients cases that insurance doctors do not since they have no direct contact with them. If we are paying for insurance we should not have to worry that the company taking our money may also be endangering our health in order to secure their profits. Nor should they make exuberant profit percentages.
While Mr. Lynn’s comments regarding the threat to the Affordable Care Act in the Jan. 16, 2017, editorial “How Trump will hurt you” are timely, his further comments on the supposed involvement of Russia in the recent election detract from the value of his offering. I share the concern, however to make the assertion that this alleged collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia actually has occurred only deepens the quagmire.
Dave Silberman seems to be well studied and on the right side of the cannabis legalization initiative (see series of opinion pieces in the editions of Jan. 9, 12 and 16). However, one statement is curious.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District Board on Tuesday agreed to ask Middlebury-area voters to authorize approximately $37.3 million in spending to cover the combined operating costs for all of the district’s schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The $30,428,802 portion to be raised by taxes represents a 2.17-percent decrease in the amount budgeted for education spending in the nine schools in the union this year.
BRISTOL — The five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will again be asked to take a hard look at renovating the 48-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility, including possibly with funds from a bond.
“It’s really about planning and fiscal responsibility,” ANeSU Superintendent Patrick Reen said at a Mount Abe school board meeting Tuesday.