April 26th, 2012
FERRISBURGH — Kathy Douglas’ fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School are hoping the Vermont Legislature will see the light.
More specifically, the members of her class would like lawmakers to approve traffic lights at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Chicago Road, just a few hundred yards away from their school.
Local representatives Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) and Greg Clark (R-Vergennes) recently accepted the students’ invitation to meet with them.
MONTPELIER — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a health care benefits exchange bill that will allow Vermont to fulfill the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, while setting stage for more substantial reforms in the future to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.
BRISTOL — Grab a mobile device, head to downtown Bristol and unplug, because Bristol’s free Wi-Fi network is officially open to the public.
I think I have become a grumpy old fisherman. Actually, I’ve been a fisherman for over 40 years. The grumpy and old part is more recent.
It’s been a long time coming, but Bristol residents are getting closer to being able to vote on a well-considered town plan that fairly represents public input over the past several years on controversial aspects of the plan.
Closer, but not quite there.
Some residents of Vergennes may begrudge the increasing complexity of the city’s efforts to establish policy to continue to allow the long-standing nativity scene to be erected on the city park each Christmas season, but it is time and effort well spent.
By treading cautiously and thoroughly reviewing the consequences of each suggestion, the city council is getting the policy right — and bringing the public along with them at each step.
Anecdotes, a single relatable story, apparently trump data.
We value stories more than unwieldy columns of numbers when we make decisions.
For example, taxes. Hey, we might be rich someday, why would we want millionaires to pay as much as their secretaries? Fantasy outweighs the reality that 99 percent of us aren’t suddenly going to join the 1 percent, really by definition.
The continuing controversy over the $21 million “windfall” resulting from the merger between Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service has produced some very unusual political alliances.