Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders efforts to block Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve make a point, but in doing so he omits more than half of the story.
Sanders suggests that Bernanke should not be confirmed for a second term based on the premise that “the American people voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests of ordinary people head of the greed of Wall Street and the wealthy few. What the American people did not bargain for was another four years for one of the key architects of the Bush economy.”
My childhood friend Toby Huss is an actor. He lives in Los Angeles and actually makes a living playing characters on TV and in the movies. Google him, you’ll be surprised how far a boy from a small town in Iowa can go when he heads to the bright lights of New York City, and the brighter lights of Tinseltown, with dreams, drive and a natural affinity for outrageous behavior.
A “perfect storm” of forces is making Vermont school boards’ task of preparing budgets for the 2010-11 school year more difficult than at any time in recent memory. The contributors to this storm are declines in the education grand list, the strain on the state’s General Fund, and the fall in the number of students age 5 to 18.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team suffered a pair of losses on Monday night in the Commodores’ home opener.
Visiting Division I foe Champlain Valley hung on for a 59-49 victory over the D-II Commodores, and VUHS (1-2) also lost three-year starting point guard Jackson Alexander to what could be a serious knee injury. In the preseason, Coach Peter Quinn’s team, one of the favorites in D-II, had already learned it would play this winter without two other injured seniors projected to be key substitutes, Jesse Tynan and Josh Bushey.
On August 26, 1929, Allen Beach recorded silent video footage of the opening of the Champlain Bridge. Now, 80 years later, officials say that the bridge will be demolished within the month. View footage of the bridge opening below, and read the related article here.
ADDISON — Transportation officials have yet to set a specific date for the demolition of the Champlain Bridge, but its impending destruction is looming as perhaps the most keenly anticipated event in Addison since the day 80 years ago when a veritable who’s who of New York and Vermont politicians, businessmen and area residents marked the grand opening of the span on Aug. 26, 1929.
BRISTOL — Bristol voters by a margin of 133 to 75 voted on Tuesday to approve a bond of up to $750,000 to repair Holley Hall.
The 208 voters who turned out for the special vote represented a little less than 8 percent of the town’s voter checklist. While selectboard Chair Carol Wells said the turnout was disappointing, she was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
“Obviously, I’m excited that it passed,” Wells said. “Now we can move on to the next phase of finalizing the plan and trying to get the best bid possible and start securing other funds to reduce the bond.”