You know Congress is broken when 80 to 90 percent of the public supports policies that keep interest rates on student loans where they are, rather than doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, and yet the Republican House blocked efforts by the Democratic Senate to maintain the status quo. As of Monday, the rates doubled; the government will pocket the windfall.
Gone are the days when I could eat all I wanted without gaining weight. (For you youngsters still scarfing down pizza and beer with abandon, enjoy it now; eventually those calories count double.)
I don’t subscribe to any particular diet plan, other than the one where you move more and eat less. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t have a spokesperson, no one delivers pre-packaged meals to your door, and it doesn’t result in weight loss so dramatic your dog doesn’t recognize you. But it works.
A fellow publisher from my home state of Kansas stopped by this weekend for dinner at our Lake Dunmore home. He sold his three papers back in 2007 while in his late 50s, and he and his wife have been shopping ever since. Not for goods to consume, but for a new place to live.
Recently, I was asked to sit on a dissertation committee for a scholar pursuing a doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. Among the many things that the author, Paul Deal, is probing is the paradox of doing pastoral counseling (in his case, in a Christian context) at this time when our future — in the face of climate change, species loss and other forms of ecological degradation — is perilous at best.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes officer and an Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputy both experienced disturbing symptoms during a June 24 traffic stop on Route 7 in New Haven, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and city department records.
The deputy called for backup from Vergennes police at the stop because of what Merkel described as “the smell of burnt pot” and “a faint chemical odor.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police received several reports of home burglaries in Addison County this past week.
The week started on June 25 when troopers at the New Haven barracks received a report of a burglary at an unsecured home in the Echo Road neighborhood in Ferrisburgh that day. Two nail guns worth a total of $400 and a Sharp 36-inch flat screen TV worth $900 were reported stolen.
BRISTOL — In the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, Bristol police received a report of an armed robbery. The complainant reported that a Main Street resident was approached from behind by a white male, approximately 5 foot, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing including a hooded sweatshirt.
The resident told police the subject stuck something in her back and demanded her wallet.
Police reported later Monday morning that they had identified two possible suspects.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of an unresponsive man who had allegedly overdosed on heroin in a Case Street residence on June 27. Rescue officials were able to revive the man, and the matter remains under investigation, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Turned over two loose dogs to the local animal control officer on June 27. The dogs were found in the East Main Street area, according to police.