June 19th, 2014
As the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-10 this week in support of the Canadian-based Keystone XL Pipeline that would cut through the country on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, groups in the western province of British Columbia are preparing to fight another pipeline, called the Northern Gateway, from the same tar sands region of Alberta to the BC Pacific coast.
Back in the early 1950s my dad was the team manager for the Carleton College men’s basketball team. Once after an away game in Iowa two Carleton players from Chicago suggested the team go out for pizza at a pizzeria they knew of. My dad’s response was, “What’s pizza?” I don’t know what is worse, being 19 and never having eaten pizza, or being 19 and having your first pizza experience be in Iowa?
Sitting on the back porch with a friend the other day, I mentioned how much I loved Vermont.
“It’s just so beautiful,” I said. “The flowers, the birds, the views. I feel so lucky to live here.”
She snorted and said, “That’s funny, because three months ago you were binge-watching ‘House Hunters International’ and telling me you were seriously considering moving to Costa Rica.”
Um, I don’t think so.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has been quoted as saying that he does not wish to use public financing for his campaign because he does not want to take money from people who do not support him. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of public financing of political activities.
As the school year winds down, we would like to thank our community for supporting the Commodore Booster Club Concession Stand. We appreciate that so many people volunteered their time, provided delicious food, and were our loyal customers.
This year your support made it possible for the club to provide a little over $17,000 in financial support for many Vergennes Union High School teams and improve their outdoor facilities.
It is good news to learn that Fred Baser is running as a Republican for representative from Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln and Starksboro.
Regarding the Public Service Board meeting in Middlebury on June 12:
I am today introducing a new word to the vocabulary of this dialogue: “capitOlism.”
Capitolism is the process and condition whereby agencies of government, whether representing the national Capitol and government or state Capitol and government are united as one with the agents of capital and commerce.
POULTNEY — In Monday’s tense, well-played softball final at the Poultney Recreation Park between the two teams that had proven themselves to be Division II’s best, No. 5 Otter Valley scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to edge No. 2 Vergennes, 2-1, and claim the program’s second title in five years and fourth overall.