February 12th, 2015
Hugging is a wonderful way to express affection. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
But when it comes to men hugging their casual male friends, I’m sure I speak for many men when I say:
Can’t we just go back to shaking hands?
I’m not sure when it was that hugging among men became the New Normal. Maybe it started back in the Seventies, when feminist-oriented women (rightly) started pounding it into our feeble male brains that it wouldn’t kill us to show some public affection to other men, now and then.
I’m writing in support of new legislation to support the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to research financing options for high-quality, affordable childcare in Vermont.
As an employee in a community childcare support agency, I am well aware of the true cost of quality childcare and the limited ability of most families to afford to pay for quality care. Most childcare programs do not charge what it really costs them to offer high-quality care, and instead rely on fundraising.
In response to your news article dated Feb. 2 and headlined, “Backers see solar as moneymaker”:
I am CFO for Green Lantern Development in Waterbury, a small, growing solar developer. We focus on the public sector. We develop and finance solar arrays for customers unable to use tax credits: towns, schools, hospitals and nonprofits.
On Feb. 10, a public hearing was held at the Statehouse to discuss requiring background checks for people purchasing firearms in Vermont. This is an important issue for all Vermonters.
In 1689, one hundred years before America’s independence, the English Bill of Rights already established the right for citizens to bear firearms. The Second Amendment just codified what every American already knew, that Americans have the right to own firearms. No one is suggesting that this right be repealed.
When I was a child there were no vaccinations against the childhood diseases so I suffered through them. The mumps in first grade. I can still remember how I sobbed heartbroken because that day Mr. Gianti, the science teacher, was going to take us on a trip to the moon. Two weeks out of school even though after the first few days I felt fine.
I read with interest the article on the front page of the Addison Independent about the Heffernan family and their daughter, Kaitlin Heffernan, who needs money for a double lung transplant, having suffered with cystic fibrosis all her life. How sad, a young lady, working, putting money into the system and wondering how her life is going to turn out.
HUNTINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ Nordic teams on Saturday competed at the Sleepy Hollow Nordic Center in a “pursuit race” that combined both of the sport’s disciplines, classic and freestyle skiing.
Competitors skied one 3-kilometer classic leg, stopped in a transition area to switch skis, then went back out to complete the race on a different 3K freestyle leg.