April 28th, 2016
As the Vermont Legislature moves toward adjournment, several bills won’t make the deadline and will die half-baked in their development. One such bill, H.867. dealt with how to define an independent contractor. It was controversial because it was characterized as pitting pro-labor forces against pro-business forces, and that pits liberals against conservatives right from the get-go.
Editor’s note: The writer addressed this to Dr. Stephen Hawking and cc’d the Independent.
Dear Dr. Hawking,
Thank you for your inspirational, indomitable willpower. I believe it demonstrates the true purpose of humanity is to honor the universe with a sense of wonder. Realization is the Breath of Existence. It helps us accumulate Time, understanding that WE are part of the dark matter that inflates the universe, and can enjoy the potential you have mastered.
Over the past 10 years, Vermont’s suicide death rates have averaged 30 percent higher than the U.S. rates. It is the second leading cause of death of all Vermonters age 14-35 and the third leading cause for ages 35-44 and in the top 10 for all Vermonters.
Though many might consider violets a noxious weed that is as hard to eradicate from their lawns as dandelions, I am among those who love their various shades of purple as well as white flowers and heart-shaped leaves that pop up bravely and hopefully in early spring.
Their roots are not delicate, one friend reminds me, as they curl around the roots and overtake other plants in the garden. They’re bullies. I even love that about them — they remind us that they were there before woods became lawns.
MIDDLEBURY — High school students who have completed a minimum of one year of French and who want to experience life in a French-speaking household are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Club of Middlebury’s new youth exchange program with the Rotary Club of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
MIDDLEBURY — If your upcoming travel plans do not include a visit to the infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, then plan to come to Cornwall on Saturday afternoon, May 7, for the annual “Kentucky Derby Day Benefit” sponsored by the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary. The event is open to the general public and all are encouraged to participate in this unique and enjoyable benefit hosted by Sue and Bruce Byers in Cornwall.
“Are you bringing your board?”
It was January and I was in California, packing up my car to drive back to Middlebury College in Vermont when I read that text from my friend and fellow wild man Christian Johansen.
What? Was I bringing my surfboard to Vermont, a landlocked state, in the middle of winter? Was he out of his mind?