October 20th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — A panel of some of the most influential members of Addison County’s criminal justice system said they are not aware of racial bias within the local courts or law enforcement agencies, but they vowed to be vigilant in detecting and eradicating such behavior if it were to ever becomes evident.
VERGENNES — In a Tuesday game with momentum shifts, the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team pulled out a 4-3 win in overtime over rival Vergennes, avenging a one-goal loss to the Commodores two weeks earlier.
Eagle sophomore William Wright put senior Keion Correll’s serve into the VUHS net 2:24 into overtime for the finishing touch.
Wright’s strike came after Commodore senior midfielder Max Ratti-Bicknell had twice erased Eagle leads in the second half by converting crosses from junior middie Lance Bergmans.
Here’s a statement that many town selectboards may have trouble accepting: The Vermont Agency of Transportation can make decisions that are not in the best interests of a community and presses its interests over theirs.
VTrans, under the leadership of state officials including Sue Minter, has failed Addison County on Middlebury rail and bridge issues.
I respond to Mr. Russell’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, Sept. 29) and do so as a long-time Democrat who fully supports commercial development and rail development in Vermont.
So what exactly do men talk about in locker rooms?
Donald Trump was caught on tape admitting to the now-unemployed Billy Bush that he forcibly kissed women without warning and grabbed them by the genitals.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he bragged.
But as we now know from at least 15 women who say they were inappropriately groped by Trump, they don’t in fact let you do it. They protect their dignity and get the hell out of there.
VERGENNES — As might be expected, the topic of up to 800 tractor-trailer trucks rolling through downtown Vergennes dominated a Monday Vermont Transportation Board public hearing in Vergennes on “Vermont’s Transportation Future,” including passenger rail expansion, railroad safety and other railway issues as well as truck traffic.
About 30 local citizens attended the hearing at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the first of seven planned around the state by the Vermont Transportation Board to take testimony on railroad and truck issues.
Health care costs in Vermont are growing unsustainably. Many Vermont households, including those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, will pay $500 to $1,000 more for health coverage in 2017 than in 2016.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced rate increases of between 5 and 8 percent for 2017, along with across-the-board increases in deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. Self-insured businesses face similar cost increases for their health benefit programs. Medicaid continues to grow as a share of the state budget.
I read in last week’s op/ed section one reader write about being a responsible Republican, he/she could not vote for Mr. Trump and was therefore going to vote for Mrs. Clinton. I can understand and respect that opinion. In this election, I believe it is no longer about Republican or Democrat or being a good member of either party.