Any conversation about Social Security reform must begin with hard facts: On the current track, U.S. federal income will be insufficient in 2025 — a mere 13 years from now — to pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and interest on the debt.
All other spending — for defense, medical research, highways, education, energy, you name it — would have to be paid for with borrowed money. Conclusion: federal revenues must rise and spending on these major entitlements must fall.
VERGENNES — In 2007, the Vergennes Union High School baseball team defeated both Otter Valley and Mount Abraham on the way to the Division II title.
This spring, the Commodores are hoping history will repeat itself.
In a Friday quarterfinal, No. 2 VUHS hung on for a 3-2 win over the No. 10 Eagles that ended when Mount Abe stranded the go-ahead runs in scoring position.
VERGENNES — Late one recent morning, Vergennes Union High School junior Ashley Stearns burst into Judy Wiger’s science classroom.
“I’m mad at you,” Stearns told Wiger. “I’m mad at you because you’re leaving.”
The two hugged, but Wiger told Stearns she couldn’t talk to her right then: Wiger had scheduled an interview to talk with a newspaper reporter about her retirement this month after three decades at VUHS.
BRISTOL — Last week, through a muggy, overcast haze, science teacher Gabe Hamilton and his sophomore Biology of Foods class diligently tended the Mount Abraham Union High School garden.
ADDISON COUNTY –– Many Addison County schools have gardens that supply food to their lunch programs and teach students about agriculture during the academic year.
However, over the summer vacation, when these gardens need the most care, students are at home.
Three local schools — Ferrisburgh Central School, Lincoln Community School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center — have figured out how to address this issue, with solutions ranging from committees to parent involvement to partnering with youth day camps.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has agreed to permanently outfit South Street with a series of traffic calming measures — including five crosswalks — in recognition of the growing number of vehicles the residential street is being asked to bear.
MONTPELIER — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin told the Vermont Press Association that he remains committed to his campaign pledge to have more transparency in Vermont state government and hopes that a new Open Meeting law will be approved in the next legislative session.