March 25th, 2010
Count Jon Golnik, a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, among those Americans who think government can do no right. At a recent Tea Party event in Lowell, Mass., he received an enthusiastic round of applause when he proclaimed: “I don’t know anything government’s ever gotten involved in and made it cheaper and made it better.”
His comment was in reference to the recently passed health care bill, and his object was to bash U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., for her support of the bill — hopefully helping to unseat her in the fall elections.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen next month will review the impact the recently increased municipal water and sewer rates have had on the town’s neediest residents and determine what, if any, adjustments should be made to reduce their financial burden.
ADDISON COUNTY — The four local high school boys’ basketball teams did not set the state on fire this winter. Only Vergennes crested .500, and injuries prevented the talented Commodores from reaching what might have been championship potential.
But each team benefited from fine individual performances that are recognized here on the 2010 Addison Independent Boys’ Basketball All-Star Team.
Wow, protesters spitting returned to the news for the first time since the Vietnam War.
Except this time, a health care bill protester outside the Capitol on Saturday really did spit, on a Congressman.
Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, spitting didn’t happen. Try to find one documented account of a Vietnam vet being on the receiving end. Or one single picture. Google “spitting on Vietnam Vets.”
BRIDPORT — A team of topnotch doctors from around the world landed in Bridport at the end of February to reexamine commonly held medical beliefs about blood transfusions.
The four-day conference took place from Feb. 26 through March 1, and included doctors from as far afield as Austria and Australia. At the heart of their research is the concern that blood transfusions are risky, expensive and often unnecessary — and yet, they continue to be done frequently in American hospitals and around the world.
My husband Mark and I have discovered the key to a happy marriage: Insanity.
I don’t mean our mental state after 15 years of being shackled together in wedded bliss. I mean “Insanity,” the hardcore fitness program you may have seen advertised on TV. As far as I know, it’s the first home workout that comes with its own defibrillator.
MIDDLEBURY — Brighter Planet, a Middlebury company dedicated to providing consumers with practical solutions to fighting climate change, will be reducing its organizational footprint in Middlebury as it looks for better ways of helping people worldwide reduce their own respective carbon footprints.
Rob Adler, Brighter Planet’s director of business development and strategic partnerships, confirmed the environmental organization is slightly downsizing its workforce and shifting its headquarters from Middlebury to San Francisco.
With all respect due to the aficionados of the quadrennial FIFA World Cup Football tournament, the Olympics (there is already discussion about the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia), or the upcoming opening day of the Major League Baseball season, there may be no event or season as eagerly anticipated by a small but rabid collection of Vermonters as the start of the fishing seasons.