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April 2nd, 2015
BRIDPORT — A bill before the Legislature that aims to clean up Lake Champlain was the hot topic of a Monday legislative luncheon that focused on agricultural issues.
Two members of the House of Representatives, Democrat David Sharpe of Bristol and Republican Harvey Smith of New Haven, were on hand at the Bridport Community Hall to hear residents’ concerns about the bill and other farming topics.
The bill, H.35, would limit municipal, commercial and agricultural sources of pollution into the Lake Champlain watershed.
MIDDLEBURY — The North Carolina hospital executive who was tapped this week to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO of Porter Medical Center has more than two decades of experience in health care administration plus almost 10 years as a registered nurse. Daily will retire this spring after 31 years in his role at the Middlebury organization.
Lynn Boggs has worked as senior vice president, System Operations, for Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., for the past 19 months and was also president and CEO of McDowell Hospital in nearby Marion.
Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.
Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.
I was both surprised and dismayed to read the report of the possible closure of Greg’s Meat Market in the March 26 edition of the Addison Independent. As a steady customer of this store for many years, I find its possible demise to be very distressing. I have spoken to other customers who are equally distressed and puzzled by this sudden, unexpected turn of events.
This week’s writer is Nancy Malcolm, a Middlebury resident who helped gather signatures for the two petitions being presented to the ID-4 school board at its annual meeting on April 8.
This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, chair of the Mary Hogan School board’s ID-4 Prudential Committee.
I invite Middlebury residents to the ID-4 school district annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Mary Hogan School gymnasium.
Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, is member of the House Appropriations Committee
The first day of spring produced a sighting missing since Jan. 28 — a balanced budget! “All in” truly is the theme this year. A great deal of heavy lifting by all committees achieved this goal.
Cheers to Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties for “tossing a line” to many financially strapped residents through Ticket Amnesty Day.
Over a thousand people participated in the one-day event, which allowed residents the opportunity to pay a reduced fee on outstanding fines, fines that keep working Vermonters from getting their driver’s licenses, forcing many to drive illegally and without insurance.