April 16th, 2015
This week’s writer is Jack Hoffman, a policy analyst for the Public Assets Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Montpelier.
All we’ve heard from Montpelier this year, from the governor to legislative leaders, is that Vermont has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. A new analysis by the Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) shows this conventional wisdom is wrong.
The JFO data show state spending has gone down as a percentage of the economy over the last 10 years.
Vermont is a creative, innovative place with a strong history of entrepreneurial initiative. Despite difficult economic news, many Vermont businesses are growing and reaching out to new markets. Unfortunately, as our Vermont entrepreneurs gain wider recognition in the marketplace, they are increasingly becoming targets of a very insidious, very un-American threat: bad faith assertions of patent infringement — commonly known as “patent trolls.”
This week’s writer is Joe Fusco, a vice president of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. He is also a member of the board of advisers for the University of Vermont’s MBA program in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (SEMBA).
I’m not here to argue with you about climate change. I’m not here to convince you that it’s real, or that it’s not.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team spotted visiting rival Mount Abraham two early goals on Tuesday, but outscored the Eagles by 7-1 in the two middle periods on the way to an 11-8 victory in the opener for both squads.
The Eagles earned a 7-2 edge in shots on goal in the opening quarter. But VUHS junior goalie Broc Clark held the fort after Eagle senior middie Gus Catlin and sophomore middie Owein LaBarr, from junior attacker Lucas Richter, gave Mount Abe a 2-0 lead in the first 4:34.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team’s season got off to a promising — and chilly — start this past Saturday, when the Tigers edged visiting BFA-St. Albans, 4-3, in cold, windy weather that challenged both squads.
Tiger Coach Laura Rumbough was pleased her team defeated the Comets, who knocked off MUHS twice in 2014, despite the conditions — and without starting singles player Faith Isham.
ESSEX — Eight members of the Otter Valley Otter, Vergennes Commodore, Mount Abraham Eagle and Middlebury Tiger youth wrestling teams won championships at a state championship meet on Saturday at Essex High School, and another 35 members of those four local teams placed in their age and weight class groups.
In all, 20 teams of grade-school wrestlers competed, and the Otter Valley team scored the highest, taking third with 156 points, edging fourth-place Vergennes (153). Mount Abe (137) was not far behind in sixth, while Middlebury was 14th (59).
ADDISON COUNTY — Five members of the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team have been named to the 2015 Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl squad, and two members of the D-II finalist Otter Valley squad will join them in doing battle with their New Hampshire counterparts.
MUHS coach Dennis Smith will lead the Vermont team into action in a game that will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Castleton State College. Practices for both teams begin in Castleton on July 25.