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September 4th, 2014
PANTON — Scores of farmers came to Vorsteveld Farm in Panton Friday to learn about conservation practices and test equipment at a soil health “field day” sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension’s Middlebury office.
Around 80 farmers from Addison and southern Chittenden counties came to the event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a humid Indian summer day.
As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.
Just a quick note, somewhat delayed, to thank Sens. Ayer and Bray and Rep. Jewett for their comments to Gov. Shumlin on the proposed Phase 2 pipeline (also found in the “Community Forum” section of the Addison Independent on Thursday, Aug. 7). It is so appreciated when our elected officials actually represent the citizens. Your actions do not go unrecognized.
Turnout in last week’s primary election was a near-record low, with only about 8 percent of Vermont’s registered voters casting ballots. The few places with reasonably high turnout were districts such as Middlebury, with contested primaries for open legislative seats.
Statewide, the turnout of Democratic voters was particularly low. Normally, more than 70 percent of primary voters choose the Democratic ballot. This year, fewer than 60 percent of the votes were cast in the Democratic primary.
Editor’s note: This was submitted as an open letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin.
It has become clear that the gas that will flow through the newly proposed Gaz Métro-Vermont Gas pipeline into Addison County will have an amount of fracked gas in it that is unknowable. In fact, Vermont Gas has no control and will have no way of even knowing how much of this gas is from fracked wells.
This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis. He is the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, a former superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and a member of the Vermont state board of education.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” — Sitting Bull
Responding to Greg Dennis’ Aug. 28 column: It’s unfortunate that so little opportunity for genuine debate exists anywhere, including in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court. When ordinary people address very controversial subjects in government hearings, town meetings or even letters to the editor, time and space are usually so tightly limited we can barely make our own points, let alone grant concessions to the opposition.