February 3rd, 2014
As Vermont has witnessed with campaign finance reform and Entergy, it’s costly to pursue things legislatively that might not meet judicial muster. The Legislature may be on that same questionable path once again with the proposal to unionize the state’s childcare providers.
The town and gown relationship that exists between Middlebury College and the village of Middlebury is the envy of many New England schools. Naysayers to the college’s offer have their right to object, but to cast the college as devious, pursuing only its self-interest; as being involved in a “land grab”; to talk of conspiracy; to vilify a respected citizen and selectman, Victor Nuovo — is as sad as it is ludicrous.
Roy Vestrich writes, “This piece is a tribute and remembrance for Pete Seeger, and I know from conversations overheard at the local bagel shop, that he is in many of our thoughts.”
The Unbroken Petals
for Pete Seeger
At a table near mine
in a local café
two older men are sipping coffee
and talking about you,
about the specifics of your voice
thinning into time
and the worn banjo strapped
Editor’s note: The following is an open letter sent to the Vermont Public Service Board and Public Service Department.
MONTPELIER — On Tuesday, a delegation from Vergennes Union High School brought the banners from all nine of the school’s Sept. 21 Peace One Day celebrations to Montpelier, where they were hung for display in the Statehouse cafeteria.
In the midst of the current educational landscape, the number of reform issues is overwhelming. As new educational leaders enter the field, they find themselves struggling to know who to listen to and where to put their limited leadership capital. Am I pro-Common Core or a charter school proponent? Is this the year to focus on assessment or whole child? In education, we’ve been drifting along for quite some time shoring our rafts to large ideas that have risen to prominence and receded from view in disturbingly short windows of time.
Editor's note: This story was edited since it was originally posted to correct the Lincoln school spending plan number and the proposed increase in spending, and adjust the tax rates for the five towns.
BRISTOL — Proposed elementary school spending for next year is down in three of the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. Nevertheless, all would see small increases in their tax rates, according to numbers supplied by district officials this week.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Craig Bingham hasn’t shied away from the public spotlight during the past year, whether it be challenging the board’s policy on maintaining executive session material or speaking out against a proposal to build new town offices and a recreation center.
He will soon learn whether his positions have resonated with voters. Bingham is seeking another three-year term on the selectboard in one of the most hotly contested Middlebury elections in years.