June 16th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Ferrisburgh Democrat and longtime attorney Fritz Langrock hopes to make the leap from the Addison County courthouse to the Vermont Statehouse come next January.
To that end, he has joined a cast of four candidates who will compete this November for the two Addison-3 House seats representing Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Also running are Ferrisburgh Republican Monique Thurston and incumbent Reps. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh.
In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre late Saturday night, what should appall all Americans is Trump’s assault on the basic values of Americanism — our respect for common decency, our sense of justice and tolerance of religious beliefs. Trump’s lack thereof was an embarrassment to many top leaders of the Republican Party, and an outrage to almost everyone else in the U.S. and the western world. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan, the leading congressional Republican, rejected Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.
In late June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on a case originating in Arizona that may give the nation its best long-term hope for some sort of thoughtful gun control legislation.
We’re talking about establishing meaningful background checks that might prevent someone who beats his wife regularly and has twice been interviewed by the FBI from buying a semi-automatic weapon that he can use to murder 49 innocent people and wound 53 more.
I’ve got an idea: I’m going to write a children’s book.
I’m calling it “Master Overbuilder and Lazy J Work on the Garden,” a whimsical tale about a married couple and one of their many adventures. (It is purely fictional and not based on anything that happened at my house two weekends ago.)
Dear Gov. Shumlin,
Today I was at the regional planning commission office Middlebury to witness your signing of S.260. It was the last legislation that you signed into law, and Middlebury and Addison County were honored to have this historic event happen here.
In response to Anna Rose Benson’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, June 9), she brings up a good point: to avoid planting non-native trees. Unfortunately, our street tree selections are becoming more limited every year, with new diseases and pests arriving and attacking our native trees.
ADDISON COUNTY — Solar arrays at Champlain Orchards and at Middlebury College are part of Renewable Energy Vermont’s second annual Celebrate Solar Day this Saturday, June 18.
Solar sites around the state will be hosting public tours, giving folks a chance to tour a variety of facilities and ask questions about solar power.
VERGENNES — This past Friday was a beautiful evening for a graduation at Vergennes Union High School. Overhead, the light blue sky was streaked with wispy little white clouds. As the families of the graduates made their way from their parked cars to Commodore Thomas Macdonough Gymnasium, long rays of sunlight greeted them, brilliantly illuminating the green of the trees and grass and the reddish dirt of the baseball field.
Yet, there were precious few moments to admire this picturesque scene. Inside, the ceremonies were about to begin.