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September 21st, 2015
Vergennes residents have an exciting opportunity this coming Friday and Saturday to provide input on the future look of the downtown and how it connects with the Otter Creek basin. As part of a $87,000 grant-supported project, residents will witness how pedestrian and bike lanes would flow onto Main Street (Route 22A) and create a bike-friendly downtown, as well as make the traffic through town less imposing.
In response to Jon Isham’s generous offer to welcome Syrian refugees to Vermont, might I make a modest proposal.
1. Amend the Cornwall zoning regulations to accommodate more intense higher density land use development.
2. Remove the conservation easements on protected farmland.
3. Raise taxes to improve infrastructure (schools, places of religious worship, public transportation …).
Billions of dollars and billionaires are a hot topic in political speeches, but most of us ordinary folk cannot even comprehend the magnitude behind those numbers.
Here is an easy way to grasp a million or a billion. A person earning $50,000 a year would need to work 20 years to earn a million dollars, or 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars.
A certain Vermonter who is now running for president might consider adding some helpful statistics to his powerful speeches.
This month’s column is a difficult one for me. As you may have read in the Independent, I am leaving practice in Vermont to teach at Oregon State. Although it’s an opportunity to use the wisdom I’ve accumulated in a, shall we say, less physically demanding way and for my wife and me to be closer to our two adult sons, I won’t deny I’m very sad to be leaving the people and places I’ve grown to love so much.
MIDDLEBURY — Annie Patterson and Peter Blood will lead a sing-along concert in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Middlebury United Methodist Church.
The history of social justice movements — civil rights, anti-war, the environment, labor, women’s movements, and more — is bound to the songs of the people participating. Some have become the soundtrack of a generation.
FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh man who holds a key post at Cabot has joined the board of directors of Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.
Nate Formalarie is currently the Brand Communications Manager for Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Agri-mark, and brings more than a decade of marketing, public relations, and journalism experience to this new leadership position.