January 6th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Spaulding edged the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Saturday, 4-3. The Division I Tide improved to 5-2-1, while the D-II Tigers dropped to 6-3.
Spaulding’s Julia Ormsby scored all four of her team’s goals, including one just five seconds after the opening faceoff. Her final goal gave the Tide a 4-2 lead in the third period.
VERMONT — Middlebury Union High School junior football player Austin Robinson is one of three Vermont Sports Media Association athlete of the month winners for November as chosen in statewide balloting of VSMA members.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/4 Spaulding vs. MUHS Girls ............... 4-3
1/4 MUHS Boys vs. Brattleboro .............. 4-1
1/2 Fairfax vs. VUHS.......................... 74-40
1/2 MUHS at Rutland ................ Ppd. to 1/27
Vermont’s appointed Public Service Board should be sacked, its power reined in and synchronized with core values.
How is it that the PSB rationale to approve Vermont Gas’ Phase One is the equivalent of “eating our neighbors’ dogs can stave off hunger for some Vermonters and will temporarily support economic growth here”? This basis to justify cost savings is a direct contradiction to the reasoning for our legislation that outlaws fracking in Vermont.
Our Poet: Gary Margolis, Ph.D., is emeritus director of mental health services and associate professor of English at Middlebury College. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Fire in the Orchard.” His life of other honors and accomplishments is too long to give here. Suffice it to say that we are greatly honored to have this distinguished poet with us.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for equal protection under the law. It is not too much of a stretch of the spirit of the law to suggest that equal application of the law as well is a valid matter. In this regard the current structure of education funding is seriously flawed; the bulk of property owners under Acts 60 and 68 pay taxes based upon income while a distinct minority pay based on property assessments.
The United States Postal Service’s woes began when Congress mandated prefunding retiree health care benefits for 75 years in the future — for workers not even born yet — at a rate of $5.6 billion annually for 15 years. This prefunding coupled with the overpayment of retirement accounts up to $75 billion, of which $11 billion is not disputed, and a cavernous recession rivaled only by the Great Depression in U.S. history makes a recipe for disaster.
Being vindictive has consequences. When a small cadre of Middlebury residents set out to discredit selectman Victor Nuovo for allegedly violating the town’s conflict of interest policies they did so in a relentless fashion — organizing a mean-spirited letter-writing campaign that attacked personal character as well as process. It has been beyond the pale.