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February 4th, 2016
The guest editorial posted Jan. 28, 2016, “Give Vermonters a voice in siting solar and wind projects,” by Emerson Lynn of the St. Albans Messenger, identified some of the reasons why Vermonters see this rapid solar energy expansion with a good deal of skepticism. Trust would be restored in part if legislators recognized the public’s desire to follow the full Act 250 process.
Some unanswered concerns that come to mind:
The first major hurdle of the 2016 legislative session was resolved Saturday when lawmakers approved a tweak to the cost containment threshold in Act 46, last year’s education governance reform bill. The debate echoed many familiar conversations about our school system. There were speeches about declining enrollment, property taxes and the relationship between state and local government. But what made the 2016 debate remarkable was that many lawmakers discussed the state’s educational system without ever mentioning how our decisions impact Vermont kids.
While the Vermont Right to Life Committee (VRLC) distributed a pamphlet about the “science behind the preborn” through the Addison Independent, I would like to take space to open the dialogue about the science behind re-traumatization. I hope that in writing this, I can clarify how access to reproductive choice impacts people who have experienced dating, domestic and/or sexual violence.
As a physician for over 40 years, I share the frustration of my colleagues with the waste and bureaucracy associated with the health insurance industry. They provide no value to my patients and create expense (more than 30 percent of health care dollars). Most physicians in the U.S. favor a single-payer system that eliminates health insurance interference with our care.
The news that a number of registered nurses will be laid off at Porter Hospital is disturbing. Porter Hospital obviously plays a very important role in our community and the wider area. RNs are on the front lines and give us advice about medications and treatment when we need it — they cannot be replaced by people with less training. How can we feel confident that we will receive safe patient care if and when we need it if staffing levels of these important providers are reduced at Porter Hospital?
On Town Meeting Day, Addison Central Supervisory Union voters will be asked to make an important decision for our communities. I hope they will join me in supporting the establishment of a unified school district, which will give all of our schools and all of our students a greater chance to innovate, develop and thrive.
The untimely, but given the circumstances, to be honest, not unexpected end of the New England Patriots’ season a couple weeks back makes this a good time to look at the four major-sports Massachusetts pro teams.
So, yes, you New York fans can move along, or stick around and do some threat assessment of the competition — or offer some snark, if you prefer.