Difficult Choices

Difficult Choices

by Governor Peter Shumlin Putting together a budget is never an easy task – everyone knows that from personal experience – and it is harder when finances are lean.  But we all do what we need to do to make ends meet. Perhaps we cut back on dinners out, cancel a family vacation or keep… Read More »

Letters to the Editor

Vote for Laberge Please support Judy Laberge for a seat on the Hinesburg Selectboard. Her recent statement in The Citizen that she is “willing to listen to your thoughts and concerns, as all voices in Hinesburg deserve to be heard” speaks to what many feel is a needed change of attitude on the Selectboard. Over… Read More »

Vermont’s new renewable energy policy

Vermont’s new renewable energy policy

Rep. Mike Yantachka What would lead to a 6 percent increase in Vermont’s electric utility rates? Doing nothing. For the last 10 years, Vermont has grown its renewable energy industry under a program called Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED). Under that program, Vermont became a leader not only of utility based Renewable Energy (RE)… Read More »

Letters to the Editor

To Andrea Morgante it is community Andrea has worked to maintain opportunities for a mix of small scale manufacturing, conserve land for ecological and agricultural values, enhance walkability of the village, and protect water quality of our lake, rivers, and streams. That’s the focus we need for Hinesburg. Please vote to keep her on the Selectboard. James Ross,… Read More »

Letters to the Editor

The Axe Man cometh If any of you are like me, you are filled with dread by the annual and inevitable event of opening your copy of The Citizen, The Charlotte News, or Front Porch Forum, and getting hit head on by campaign mud-slinging. Rumor has it, the Axe Man is busily sharpening his blade,… Read More »

Word in the House: Microbeads and education

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Now that we are a few weeks into the session, the 14 committees of the House of Representatives have settled into their main work: taking testimony on bills and on the Administration’s initiatives. A bill’s main sponsor as well as interested parties, administration staff, lobbying organizations and interested private citizens are… Read More »

Letters to the Editor

Waldorf students thank community for generosity The Lake Champlain Waldorf High School would like to thank residents of Charlotte for generously donating items for their recent Martin Luther King food drive. Withstanding the force of winter last Monday, students from Lake Champlain Waldorf High School walked door-to-door through neighborhoods in Shelburne, Charlotte and South Burlington to… Read More »

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Many observers were disappointed when Governor Shumlin’s inaugural speech barely mentioned the three issues that were foremost in Vermonters’ minds in 2014: property taxes, education spending and health care. Instead, his inaugural speech focused primarily on the environment. He began by laying out his “agenda for progress” emphasizing the positive accomplishments… Read More »

Letters to the Editor

SCHIP thanks communities for 10th year celebration As the new year begins, SCHIP wants to thank all who helped make our 10th anniversary year a celebration to remember. We started off the year with a great community dinner fundraiser that realized over $1,200 at the Hinesburgh Public House. Many people attended and enjoyed great food,… Read More »