October 17, 2012

ELECTIONS: State Senate

We asked the six candidates from Washington County: 1. What is an unmet or undermet need in Vermont that can be legislatively addressed, where you would buck party leadership and pick up bipartisan support, and what would be the common ground? 2.  What historical figure would you love to have lunch with, and what would […]

ELECTIONS: Governor

We asked Randy Brock: 1. If insurance companies were to flock to Vermont to compete, why didn’t they do so during the Douglas administration? Would all insurance purchased from out-of-state sources have to cover all conditions dictated for insurance carriers in state? If they were to cover all conditions covered in Vermont state law, why […]

ELECTIONS: Treasurer

We asked candidates Beth Pearce and Wendy Wilton: 1. Vermont has a number of small towns and school districts that lack the sophistication to set up bookkeeping systems sufficient to deter theft and embezzlement. Every year, there are stories of local indictments. No one knows the extent of the problem. The auditor’s office covers statewide […]

ELECTIONS: Auditor

We asked candidates Doug Hoffer and Vincent Illuzzi: 1. Vermont has a number of small towns and school districts that lack the sophistication to set up bookkeeping systems sufficient to deter theft and embezzlement. Every year, there are stories of local indictments. No one knows the extent of the problem. The auditor’s office covers statewide […]

ELECTIONS: Attorney General

We asked candidates Jack McMullen and William H. Sorrell: 1. In hearing Citizens United, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the following during oral arguments: “[Judges] created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons. There could be an argument made that that was the court’s error to start with . . . [imbuing] a creature […]

Evaluating Montpelier’s Spending: An Overview of the Budget Committee Report

by Richard Sheir The Montpelier Budget Review Committee submitted their 88-page report to the city council on October 4 for consideration for possible implementation. A total of 10 working subcommittees were formed in the course of drafting their report, with 28 subcommittee positions staffed by members of the committee. It is estimated that collectively the […]

ESSAY: Heroism at the Montpelier Food Pantry

ESSAY: Heroism at the Montpelier Food Pantry

by Darryl Benjamin When Cheryl Flanagan moved to Montpelier two and a half years ago, her husband was disabled. She was working part time. Although her family of four was on food stamps, it wasn’t enough: Halfway through the month they ran out of food. For two weeks they would skimp by on little or […]

Council Votes to Hardwire Pump-Station Antenna

by Steven M. Cliche Tempers flared among city council members during their October 10 meeting as they moved to make a decision on what to do about a pump station antenna on Hebert Road. In May, concerned citizens brought the issue to the council on the basis that high radiation levels expelled from the antenna […]

LNT Rocks Hamlet: Small Cast Pulls Off Huge Range of Characters

LNT Rocks Hamlet: Small Cast Pulls Off Huge Range of Characters

by Cassandra Brush As a Shakespeare fan, I don’t always get excited about productions of his plays, because it can be such a crapshoot. Some thespians take him (and themselves) too seriously; there are scenes we all know so well it’s hard to hear them afresh; and many actors get stilted with the language. Shakespeare’s […]

Heard on the Street 10.17.12

Romney Money for Vermont Mitt Romney’s joint fundraising committee, which has raised the lion’s share of the cash credited to his campaign, revealed last night “that it had transferred $44 million to the GOP’s national congressional committees and the state parties in Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Vermont,” online news organization Politico reports. “The party committees—none […]