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April 18th, 2013
When Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on marriage equality after his son came out as gay, he took a lot of flack. Some of it was from people who objected that the senator was apparently okay denying equal rights to gay and lesbian partners until someone in his family was affected. When the issue became personal, he finally changed his perspective.
Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/15 VUHS vs. OV ................................ 20-5
4/15 Mt. Abe vs. Harwood ...................... 9-8
4/16 MUHS vs. CVU.............................. 10-7
4/17 Milton vs. VUHS ............................ 13-5
4/17 Rice vs. Mount Abe........................ 17-7
4/16 S. Burlington vs. MUHS................. 15-6
Sometimes it seems like environmentalists have put themselves on such a state of red alert that we can’t see a good thing when it’s right in front of us.
We’re so used to fighting every inappropriate intrusion upon Mother Earth, that even the idea of using wind to provide electrical power can seem like a threat.
So when they could be organizing to support alternative energy sources such as wind farms, a few environmentalists have decided that because wind power, like any energy source, has some small drawbacks, wind is a bad idea altogether.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited a Bridport man for driving under the influence of alcohol after his truck reportedly sat unmoving for more than half an hour at the intersection of South Water and School streets.
Police said they were called at about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning and told about a pickup that was running with its lights on at that intersection. When they arrived, they determined the operator, Randy Cameron Jr., 26, had been drinking.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Saturday, April 13, at approximately 8:40 a.m. Vermont State Police responded with Bristol police and Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies, to a family fight on Lower Notch Road in Bristol.
Police took Ethan Shepard, 22, of Bristol into custody after a verbal altercation turned into threatening behavior while yielding a firearm. Shepard also reportedly left the scene driving the victim’s vehicle while intoxicated.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to an alleged sex offense at Middlebury Union High School on April 11. Police said some images of a juvenile had been posted on-line. Police said the matter remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Issued court diversion paperwork for underage drinking to a Middlebury College student on April 8. Police said they also confiscated a fake identification card from the youth.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Mark Perrin, a resident of Middlebury, to the State Board of Education on April 12 to serve a six-year term (2013-2019).
Perrin owns and operates Green Peppers Restaurant and Creek Road Farm with his wife, Donna. He has served on local school boards since the mid-1990s, and is a strong believer in life-long learning. Perrin has been actively involved in the community by serving on the Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment, and Middlebury Business Association boards.