Archive - Editorial
July 15th, 2010
Congratulations, everyone, we did it: We survived the heat wave.
Before, most of us didn’t know much about dealing with prolonged high temperatures. But last week gave us a crash course in climate control. While the rest of the world was talking about the World Cup and LeBron James, we were talking about dew points and home-cooling solutions.
What to be more involved in your local community, but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer — and, in fact, you can really only put in time during the week after work. And even better, could that volunteer work include carousing with friends and neighbors, enjoying dinner downtown first, and maybe include listening to stimulating music?
Get real, you say! Well, such volunteer work is not only possible, it is the call to action right now and through the rest of the week.
Asking what Addison County might look like 10 or 20 years from now is a provocative question that deserves thoughtful contemplation. To help, in today’s issue we publish eight pages that review some of the ways area towns are going about planning for the decades ahead.
In its recent ruling upholding age discrimination for mandatory retirement of state police officers, the Vermont Supreme Court defies logic for political expedience, maintains entrenched bureaucratic preferences and inadvertently does more to place the public safety at risk than not.
A few months ago I was covering an event at the Bristol Elementary School with photographer Trent Campbell — the sort of story I sometimes offer up self-deprecatingly to friends when I talk about my job. This, I’ll joke, is the bread and butter of community journalists: elementary school assemblies and small town police logs. In Bristol, a handful of students spent all year growing out their hair for Locks of Love, and Trent and I were on hand at the end-of-year assembly to document the big cut: snip!
Vermont’s tax system will be a major agenda item in this fall’s campaign and in next year’s legislative session. A blue-ribbon commission on the state’s tax structure will report to the governor and the Legislature early in 2011. The commissioners — Kathy Hoyt, Bill Sayre and Bill Schubart — all have long experience with tax and economic policy from both business and government perspectives.
My friend Ana loves her iPhone. Or maybe she hates it.
“I can’t decide if it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she says, “or the worst.”
Twenty-five years after the general availability of fax machines (remember them?), and 15 years after most of us first heard of the Internet, we live in a society dominated by digital technology. And no digital technology is as common as the cell phone.
Except now they’re not just cell phones, or mobile phones. They’re called “smart phones.”
As we reflect on the joys celebrated this Fourth of July, we would be remiss if we did not also take a moment to recall the immense importance of this date in 1776. It was that year when, by the unanimous declaration of the 13 United States of America, the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Below, then, are excerpts of the immortal words penned by Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers.