April 20th, 2015
If the education reform bill passed by the House is what is eventually approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, Vermont will have made some significant progress in the march toward a more efficient, less costly education system. It will also put us in the position of being able to use our resources to improve educational outcomes.
I am writing in response to Rustan Swenson’s letter in the April 13 edition, “PSB has licensed the desecration of Green Mountains.” Mr. Swenson sounds off on what he sees as the destruction of the Green Mountains and of Vermont’s landscape, blaming it on the PSB’s granting of solar installations, fracked gas pipelines, and presumably industrial wind towers on ridgelines (though wind by name is never mentioned) mainly by out-of-state or foreign corporations in the name of renewable energy.
Unfortunately, lots of people of different ethnicities in our state of Vermont are racially profiled at least once in their life, creating horrible memories.
Last week, a drunk driver killed a beloved community member. Readers of this newspaper know that repeat violators rarely face the kind of strict punishment that would deter them from jumping behind the wheel when they are drunk and/or have no license. Your April 1, 2015, Superior Court Log included the following:
WEYBRIDGE — At the legislative breakfast at the Congregational Church of Weybridge on Monday, lawmakers discussed the future of education reform in Vermont (see story, here).
Other discussion at Monday’s breakfast focused on:
VERMONT — At 273 miles long, Vermont’s Long Trail stretches the length of the Green Mountain State. As with the Middlebury Area Land Trust's Trail Around Middlebury, this historic hiking trail depends heavily on the work of volunteers to keep it maintained.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers and area health care providers will be closely monitoring the progress of a $20 million tax package designed to further Vermont’s health care reform effort.
Part of that $20 million in revenues — derived from taxes on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages, tobacco products and dietary supplements — would be used to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to doctors and other service providers, some of whom are struggling to remain solvent.