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June 23rd, 2016
Time for just a couple thoughts for the summer solstice.
I do believe the Cleveland Cavaliers deserved their victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, and congratulations to the long-suffering fans of Northeast Ohio.
It’s been well-documented Cleveland’s last major championship came in 1964. There’s been plenty of heartbreak since then.
Give Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter credit for being out-front pushing sensible gun-control legislation and helping to change the conversation among candidates running for governor.
Minter has called for stronger gun-safety legislation in Vermont since the mass shootings in Charlotte, N.C. a year ago. She has advocated for more thorough background checks for those purchasing a gun, and most recently for a ban on selling assault weapons for non-military purposes.
House Democrats in the nation’s capital displayed a modicum of civil disobedience Wednesday by taking over the House floor and demanding action on gun control measures that 85 to 90 percent of Americans support.
Yet on Monday, the Republican-controlled Senate defeated two measures brought by Democrats that would have banned the sale of guns to those on the federal terror watch list, and expanded background checks for online and gun-show purchases.
One year ago, I wrote a column that appeared in this space and in the newspaper of which I am the editor, The Reporter in Brandon. It was June 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, legally recognized the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry.
In writing that column, I came out to readership of The Reporter. It wasn’t a secret, but it was personal information that I had to share in order to explain my excitement over the court’s historic decision.
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard was concerned when a local household’s drinking well was found to be contaminated with the known toxin pentachlorophenal soon after a utility pole sited close to the home’s drinking supply was replaced in March 2014.
The board took action that started a chain of events resulting in a state environmental report, recently posted on the Monkton town website, that raised flags about this widely used chemical, also known as “penta.”
In recent weeks, Sen. Bernie Sanders has sent e-mails to his millions of supporters seeking small donations on behalf of Democratic candidates for Congress and state legislatures all over the country.
Recently I received an email with the statement that Jason Kaye, chairman of the town energy committee, made to the Middlebury selectboard, with a video of his testimony saying he was going to protest the natural gas pipeline with civil disobedience. This was my answer to that email list:
SHOREHAM — On the drive from Cornwall to Shoreham, passersby can spot four steel figures — slightly larger than human size — bending with arms raised, embracing the rolling hills and ambling horizon line with euphoric grace.
Frank Ittleman has been collecting sculptures for 20 years, but this piece — “The Dancers” by Texas artist Jerry Daniel —is his favorite.
“The joy that they have with their poses — every time I see it, I smile,” he said.