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October 18th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — For the second year running, the Addison Gleaners can be found out in the fields, picking peppers, root vegetables, Swiss chard and anything else that happens to be left over.
This produce will never see a table at the farmers’ market or a wholesale bin — everything that the gleaners pick goes to the food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, or HOPE, in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Classified documents, CIA ghosts, torture crimes and campaign fund funneling — these all sound like a far cry from life in Vermont. And yet, Jane Mayer, who got her start in journalism writing for the Rutland Herald, has found herself investigating and writing about each of these topics and more in her time as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
STATE BUDGET: We need to protect programs for the young and the elderly, after that everything is on the table. We need to look at personnel not based on years of service but on performance. This may sound harsh but in the private sector if you don’t do your job you don’t keep it. I would prefer not to see taxes go up, but if we can’t streamline government, eliminate waste, and get people back to work I don’t know how it can be helped.
STATE BUDGET: Anyone who builds and lives by a budget on the family, community or state level knows that we continue to be in tough economic times. We cannot and will not spend more than we have. Having said that, we must be smart about how we downsize state government. We must not make cuts that will only push costs to the local level or only lead to much higher expenses in the short term.
STATE BUDGET: Regrettably this is not a new problem. Over the past three fiscal years we have successfully mopped up $753 million in red ink spilled as a result of the great recession. We’ve made program adjustments and we’ve cut budgets but we have also stood by Vermonters in a time of great need.