June 30th, 2016
Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children.
You heard the news, right? Last week the Russians announced that they would like to get serious about teleportation. That’s right: They want to make that old sci-fi standby a reality by 2025.
Some politicians want you to think that immigrants and refugees are to blame for America’s problems. Don’t believe them. The presence of immigrants and refugees are only symptoms of larger social ills, not problems themselves.
I learned this lesson in my youth. When I was younger, my father, Brad Hartley, worked for landscaping companies in Florida and Tennessee. Though these jobs he grew to know and to respect people who didn’t look like us or talk like us.
This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who wrote this in coordination with the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction. DeBoer, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at Counseling Service of Addison County.
What Is Addiction?
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh volunteer firefighters were treated to a special thank-you barbecue by the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 22. Bob Jenkins, the retired fire chief who has served with the department for over 54 years, could not remember anyone ever doing this for the Ferrisburgh firefighters.
There once was a time in life when everyone was getting married. Then there were a few, inevitable divorces.
Now it’s time for everyone’s kids to get married.
This year for me is full of those weddings — the 20- and 30-somethings launching into full adulthood by tying the knot. Two weddings of that kind this month alone — one in Mt. Hood, Ore., and the other last weekend in the Berkshires. Another one coming up this fall.
On August 9, I plan to support Jill Charbonneau and Amy Sheldon in the Democratic primary for Vermont House in Middlebury. Jill Charbonneau is running for her first term. Jill, who has been enthusiastically endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, will be a strong advocate for Vermont workers, as well as for moving forward on the goal of health care as a public good for all Vermonters and making higher education more affordable.
As the chair of the House Education Committee, I have long been disturbed that nearly all Vermonters graduate high school, but only about half continue their education beyond high school.
This trend spells disaster: By 2020, two-thirds of jobs in Vermont will require some post-secondary education. We are setting ourselves up for a situation in which many young Vermonters will only be qualified for low-wage jobs.