One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.
It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.
We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.
Midway between the November elections and the start of the Vermont legislative hunting season, the question on most political observers’ minds is this: Will Gov. Shumlin get his groove back?
On the answer to that question hangs the fate of liberals’ hopes for statewide action on healthcare reform, climate change and property tax relief.
I was struck by the juxtaposition of articles on housing in Middlebury in the Thursday, Nov. 27, edition of the Independent. Front-page articles focused on problems of homelessness. Page three reports on Middlebury College’s offer to begin selling some of its 70 homes at a 15 percent discount to faculty. The article on sale of Middlebury College owned homes raised the question of whether or not discounted sales would depress housing market prices.
The Working Lands Enterprise Fund was created in 2012 with Act 142 to “stimulate a concerted economic development effort on behalf of Vermont’s agriculture and forest product sectors by systematically advancing entrepreneurism, business development, and job creation.” For two years, the Working Lands Enterprise Fund has supported our working lands enterprises, with great results. As the governor and his administration are building the budget for next year, I hope they will continue to fund this important economic initiative at $1.5 million.
Valerie Mullin (“Deception used for single payer,” Nov. 27) gives your readers a wedgie.
This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
We recently released an estimate that property taxes used to pay for public school education will increase once again this year to pay for a projected increase in school spending. While this year’s projected property tax increase of around two cents is half of last year’s, it is hardly good news. We all know that rising property taxes to fund education have put an unsustainable burden on Vermonters.
ADDISON COUNTY — The final count of bucks weighed in Addison County during the 2014 rifle season ended up at a below-average total of 359, but weigh station operators all said the animals were mostly good-sized.
“A lot of nice deer were taken this year,” said Steve Ploof of East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies.
ADDISON COUNTY — Many local high school athletes earned statewide and league all-star recognition this fall for their efforts in girls’ soccer, field hockey and boys’ soccer.
Named to the Division II girls’ soccer all-state team were Mount Abraham’s Zoe Cassels-Brown, Ernesta McIntosh, Jesse McKean, Juniper Nardiello-Smith and Amy Nault, and Middlebury’s Claire Armstrong and Kelsey Smith. Smith was also named the Lake Division Defensive Player of the Year.