October 1st, 2014
VERGENNES — Addison County is gearing up for the general election on Nov. 4. Concern over low voter turnout for the August primary prompted discussions for staging a series of forums and debates for the contested races in the county. One of those events, to be held at the Vergennes Opera House on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will focus exclusively on issues concerning the economy of Addison County and of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author Ellen Stimson will be at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. for the shop’s October book discussion.
Jeb Spaulding, who has been Gov. Shumlin’s secretary of administration since 2011, will leave the administration in January to become the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Spaulding’s appointment will benefit the state colleges, but it will present significant challenges for the governor.
Last month I took the practice test for the Common Core, a set of education standards that all American children will have to meet. The test was created by an outfit called the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.” I was aghast and a little dismayed when I saw that Question 17 included the writing mistake that drives me, as an editor, the most crazy. The question read:
I had the privilege of attending the candidate forum held at the Town Hall Theater last week and encourage voters that were unable to attend to watch the video on MCTV. The candidates’ ability, or inability, to speak beyond political assurances or slogans can only be judged by actually hearing from the candidates themselves.
We know she’s honorable, dependable, gracious and accessible to everyone. We have been exceedingly well represented by Betty Nuovo’s intelligence, keen attention to detail, and vast knowledge of the intricacies of state government.
I support Mike Fisher for state representative this election.
When state officials refused year after year to repair the dangerous crumbling asphalt, potholes and an in-lane sink hole on Route 17 as it heads from 116 up to App Gap, those of us who use 17 every day asked Mike Fisher if he could get their attention. He listened and pushed state officials to address this safety issue.
To the voters of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro:
It’s time for a change. We cannot afford to continue to raise state spending at a rate higher than the economic growth rate of Vermont. Of course we can continue to raise taxes. But that option ends at some point.