March 5th, 2012
The most expensive service our government provides to its citizens, other than heroic healthcare in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, is to lock them up.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual average cost per prisoner in 2008 was $26,000 at the federal level and $24,000 at the local level. Small states like Rhode Island and Vermont estimate their costs much higher, about $35-$45,000 a year. This is two to three times our per-pupil cost for public education.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday night in Pepin Gymnasium, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team shrugged off an early deficit and defeated Albertus Magnus, 89-73, to win the NCAA Division III Regional Final.
About 12 hours later, the 26-3 Panthers got more good news: They will host an NCAA Sectional this Friday and Saturday, with game times to be announced on Monday.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a Monkton Road home in Monkton at just past midnight on Wednesday for a report of a family fight.
Troopers said that their investigation on the scene revealed that Layna Coursey, 20, assaulted a subject with whom she is in a domestic relationship. While being placed into custody, Coursey allegedly assaulted a trooper.
Police cited her for domestic assault and assault on a law enforcement officer and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center with bail set at $2,500.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the granting of its charter this summer and the 250th Anniversary Committee is looking for help ringing in the birthday with a new song.
The public is invited to enter submissions to Bristol’s 250th Anniversary Celebration Song Contest. The winner will receive $100 cash prize, plus have their song performed at several upcoming Bristol events, including the debut at Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair on Saturday, June 16.
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.
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Here’s U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, explaining why she is not running for a fourth term for the Senate as had been expected. Snowe has been a moderate Republican voice and one of the few Republicans willing to cross party lines to forge a compromise. She laments the loss of bipartisanship in the Senate and in politics. As former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vermont, did almost a decade ago, she is leaving her post discouraged by a party and a political system that seems to have lost its way. It’s an informative and important piece to read.
Angelo S. Lynn, editor/publisher
Middlebury is a great place to live. It’s a beautiful and safe community that nurtures our families. It is a wonderful place to raise children. We love our town and we’re lucky to live here.
NEW HAVEN — When sculptor Dennis Sparling started work on his nine-foot-tall sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci, he didn’t expect that one day he’d have to load the 600-pound behemoth onto a trailer and cart it around on a world tour. But, starting next month, Sparling and “Leo” will hit the road for the first leg of their journey.
For the New Haven artist, creating Leonardo has been more than a technical feat — though it did present challenges. Fabricating the sculpture was almost a manifesto.