January 12th, 2012
With his 15-point spread in the New Hampshire Republican primary over second-place finisher Ron Paul, Mitt Romney’s victory there and his eight-vote squeaker in the Iowa caucuses has some media pundits bemoaning the prospect that the gala may be over after the opening dance. True, the primaries are scheduled through mid-June and Super Tuesday isn’t until March 6, when 10 primaries (including Vermont’s) put 466 delegates up for grabs. But will it matter, by then, if Mitt has become the inevitable candidate after the first four contests?
In a letter to the editor in today’s issue, Middlebury resident Susan DeWind makes the case that now is not the time to be adding new expenses in the town budget — referring specifically to the proposed economic development fund — when the town is also considering bonding for an expanded fire department. She then throws out a worst-case scenario that might produce a hike of several cents on the tax rate.
We appreciate DeWind’s concerns but, in the interest of accuracy, several of her points need clarification, both minor and significant:
Remember the movie “Groundhog Day”? The 1993 comedy starred Bill Murray as a curmudgeonly television weatherman who was forced to live the same day over and over. No matter what he did, every morning he woke up it was Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. His radio alarm jolted him awake each morning with the same Sonny and Cher song.
“Babe, I got you babe…”
I have a confession: December’s unseasonably warm weather was my fault.
This summer I purchased an old, unfashionable Honda Civic that gave me no trouble (other than the mild bruising of my ego) until the first really cold morning in November, when the shifter got stuck in park.
This is the second opinion piece in a series discussing a proposal for Middlebury to create a fund that promotes economic development in town. G. Kenneth Perine is president and CEO of National Bank of Middlebury.
The recent New Hampshire primary has underscored that the economy is the principal concern of Americans today. And well it should be. Commercial loan demand is at all time lows as companies delay expansion and future investment, principally because sales are lackluster.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police this week cited a Barton man into court for stealing and wrecking two vehicles from Hancock.
On this past Nov. 5, troopers from the Royalton VSP barracks responded to a Route 125 home in Hancock for reports of two stolen vehicles. Trooper Slusser reported that investigation revealed that Tyler Norris, 20, of Barton in the Northeast Kingdom took a vehicle owned by Ashley Brown of Hancock and crashed it nearby.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Virginia L. Gillett, 27, of Salisbury for retail theft, in connection with an incident at Green Mountain Shoe and Apparel in The Centre shopping plaza on Jan. 1. Store officials reported having a video of Gillett stealing a pair of shoes that she allegedly wore to the store the very next day, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a report of a vehicle stuck in the Creek Road Car Wash on Jan. 2.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 2 cited a city man for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after they received a phone call from a citizen alleging the man had offered the caller alcohol while both drivers were stopped at a stop sign.
Police said they saw a gold Honda Pilot fitting the description provided by the caller on Route 7 north of Vergennes, and then followed the vehicle before stopping it on Main Street.