July 23rd, 2015
In response to your July 16, 2015, coverage of mosquito control: State administrative policy governing mosquito control is based on what seems to be a fundamental flaw. On the one hand the state has claimed jurisdiction and authority over “waters of the state,” while on the other hand liabilities issuing from those same waters such as mosquito control have been laid squarely on the shoulders of the locals.
I ponder about core values and wisdom which surrounds how our legislation brings bills into law.
The “steroid” RESET program, which is replacing the Renewables Energies SPEED program now, is law only because of the support of having gun silencers manufactured in Vermont, which has not been done since the Al Capone Days.
“Do what they (corporations) tell you to do!” The voice of a fearful friend.
“I want to stay in a yurt.”
That’s what my wife Deborah told me. The comment did not come out of the blue. Two years ago I went on a research trip to Alaska. It was the summer of the graduation of my oldest son, Thomas, from Saint Michael’s College. So I added a week to the end of my research trip, and took Thomas with me as his graduation present. We backpacked, fished, biked, and saw Dahl’s sheep. We also went on a three-night sea-kayaking trip in Kachemak Bay near Homer, and stayed in a yurt at Right Beach.
Historically, the Vermont Legislature has used the number of full-time equivalent students to determine how much money to appropriate for the University of Vermont and the Vermont State College system. This enrollment-based funding model has been standard practice here and in most states.
That model is being rethought. As of the first of the year, 30 states have decided to move to a performance-based funding system that pegs at least a portion of the allocation to how well the students do, at what costs, and over what period of time.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued citations for driving under the influence of alcohol to two people at the same traffic stop in Salisbury this past Saturday night.
On Saturday, July 18, at around 11 p.m. Trooper Eden Neary stopped a motor vehicle driven by Jessica B. Turner, 63, after seeing the vehicle failing to drive to the right on Rogers Road in Salisbury. The trooper screened the Weston resident for DUI after observing signs of impairment.
VERGENNES — A tip from a concerned citizen on Saturday, July 18, resulted in Vergennes police issuing a series of citations to an Addison man, including driving-under-the-influence of drugs, test refusal, third offense, and two citations for reckless endangerment of children under the age of 12.
At about 9:15 p.m. that night, Vergennes police also cited Matthew Couture, 38, for leaving the scene of an accident on Panton Road.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police dealt with a variety of incidents between July 13 and 20, including an alleged assault and a serious farm injury.
In those eight days, Middlebury police:
• On July 13 were told by an East View Terrace resident about unauthorized credit card use, a case that is still being investigated.
• On July 13 began investigating an alleged assault on College Street on the Middlebury College campus that police said possibly involved unlawful restraint.
MIDDLEBURY — Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Middlebury to driving under the influence of alcohol during the June 17 accident that left a cyclist on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh dead, but she did not face more severe charges.
That DUI charge on which Gonyeau was arraigned on Monday carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $750 fine.