February 10th, 2011
It’s that time of the legislative session in which a slew of bills are introduced with well-meaning intentions, but proceed with undue momentum and not enough skeptical scrutiny. H.97 is one of those bills. Advertised as a way to strengthen the state’s early education day-care facilities, the bill already has the preliminary endorsement of Gov. Peter Shumlin, 53 representatives and 11 senators, and the support of former Gov. Howard Dean — and yet it may do more harm than good in its current version and is irresponsible for its lack of fiscal prudence.
MIDDLEBURY — In the days since Jan. 25, when Egyptians flooded the streets of their country in protest of President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule, many with ties to the country have been hard at work collecting as much information as they could from overseas.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has picked its successful field hockey coach to replace its girls’ lacrosse program head, who resigned last week after four seasons that included one Division I title.
Cornwall’s Kelley Higgins said she agreed to take over the lacrosse team on relatively short notice because several team parents and many athletes — at least seven of her varsity field hockey players also took the field for the lacrosse team in 2010 — as well as MUHS officials encouraged her to step forward.
An old and faded sign near the lodge listed the East Mountain trail as intermediate in difficulty. But for the past 20 minutes or so, every sign we passed had the more ominous “Most Difficult” designation. Given the rookie status of half our party, there were a few murmurings of concern. But we pressed on.
Before critics pick apart the Shumlin administration’s health care proposal, Vermonters must step back a few paces and view the issue from afar.
They say we only use 10 percent of our brain, but if you are like me you only use 10 percent of your TiVo. You know TiVo. It’s the digital video recorder that allows you to pause and rewind shows you are watching on your television and, more importantly, record shows that you are unable to watch at the time of broadcast because you are too busy actually living a productive life. Or you are too busy watching another television show. Or you are asleep.
I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?
I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Teachers Association on Monday night decided not to go on strike at the Bristol-area public schools. The teachers union had set Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the strike date.
“It has been called off,” said Darren Allen, a spokesman for the Vermont-NEA teachers union, Tuesday morning. “Teachers accept (the contract) imposition, and bargaining is going forward.”