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As spring hems and haws and takes its own sweet time, Kate might be out there merrily tapping maples, but I’m watching the snowdrops shivering alone and the migratory birds wondering if they’ve missed a few degrees of latitude. Everything and everybody look a bit stunned around here.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s House delegation on Thursday voted along party lines on ground-breaking health care reform legislation that will now move on to the state Senate.
The Vermont House voted 92-49 in favor of H.202, legislation that establishes a road map for a single-payer health care system for the state.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse bounced back from its only loss of the year to post a solid, 12-4 victory on Saturday over visiting Connecticut College.
The Panthers (3-1 overall, 2-1 NESCAC), who had lost in overtime at Wesleyan the week before, started slowly and trailed in the second quarter, 2-1. But then they scored the final four goals of the first half and the first two in the second half to take charge against the Camels (2-4 overall, 0-3 NESCAC).
Try to explain why this statement is false: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”
The simple answer is because government spending creates jobs by putting money in the hands of those who will spend it, thus priming the economy.
Cutting government spending, as Republicans in Congress want to do, will create the opposite effect of what they are saying will happen — an important point for America taxpayers and voters to understand.
MIDDLEBURY — In the future, astronauts exploring the parched reaches of the moon and outer space may well owe a debt of gratitude to students of Middlebury’s Aurora School. That’s because eight fifth- and sixth-graders at the small private school have developed two water recycling schemes that NASA will be reviewing — and lauding — as part of a national scholastic competition.
VERMONT — A team of 17 Japanese students and six administrators from Tottori Prefecture bunked up with the families of 15 Vermont students and several teachers from Mount Abraham and Harwood union high schools last week. The students explored a wide range of environmental issues together by visiting such places as the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, the Statehouse and Mount Abe.
MIDDLEBURY — After a tense search, the family of Middlebury College student and Ripton native Pathik “Tik” Root has ascertained that he is “safe and well,” in the custody of Syrian authorities.
The search for Tik Root has been on since shortly after March 18, when, according to his father, Tom, he likely went out to observe the protests that were happening in Damascus, where he was studying Arabic, and was picked up by the police.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo will be stepping down this week to take the job of town administrator of Hinesburg.
Colangelo has served as Middlebury’s assistant manager for the past three and a half years, focusing on budget matters and human resources.
In a press release, the Hinesburg selectboard said they were impressed with Colangelo’s “candor,” his “dedication” and “his ability to listen to and communicate with the town staff.”