April 1st, 2010
A controversy brewing about the conditions governing bids from contractors that would like to build the new Champlain Bridge provides a window into the politics of labor issues in New York state and in Vermont. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is the lead agency overseeing the bridge project. NYSDOT is considering including a “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) as part of the bid conditions. The PLA would require contractors to give the highest priority to unionized workers in hiring for the project and to contribute to union benefit funds.
LINCOLN — Ask blacksmith Brian Anderson, and the South Starksboro metalworker will tell you that a cool, hard lump of iron and a soft piece of clay aren’t as different as you might think.
Sure, you may have to heat iron to 2,500 degrees before it becomes malleable — and malleable only with the force of a hammer and tongs. But at that point, he said, the distinction between hard and soft, clay and iron, all but disappears.
BRISTOL — Lacrosse, billed as the fastest sport on two feet, has also in the past two decades become one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.
But that doesn’t mean that speed is the right way to build a new program in the sport, according to Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse coaches Tim McGowan and Paul Low.
You’re in for a muddy ride this time of year, if you turn up onto Big Hollow Road off Route 116 in Starksboro.
There’s a short stretch of pavement as the road climbs steeply out of the valley. But it’s all dirt from there.
As on so many of Vermont’s less traveled roads, a surprising number of people live back in the hollow.
Just about when you think the settlements will give way to untouched forests, you arrive at the optimistically named Hillsboro Manor mobile home park.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of essay about politics and the moral life. The essays develop themes from a work by the philosopher Plato, titled Laws, which he wrote shortly before his death in 347BCE. Laws is written as a dialogue involving three old men with long experience in politics: Cleinias, from the Cretan city of Cnossos, Megillus, from Sparta, and an Athenian stranger who is not named, but who may be Plato himself.
This essay and the next two explore the role that the emotions play in the rule of law.
MIDDLEBURY — Doria’s Restaurant will be shutting its doors for good following close of business on Saturday, April 17, after a two-year run in the Battell Block on Middlebury’s Merchants Row.
Meanwhile, four separate parties have contacted Battell LLC, owners of the building, expressing interest in establishing a new enterprise in the high-profile downtown space.
I’ve been re-evaluating some of my core beliefs. Hey, it’s never too late for a guy to change his mind, right?
Here’s just a few things I’ve come to realize I’ve been all wrong about:
MIDDLEBURY — In the wake of the federal health care law enacted last week, many are touting the reforms it will introduce as a victory for individual access to health coverage. At the Porter Medical Center annual meeting last Thursday evening, however, the question at the tip of many tongues was, “What will it do for us?”