sun_2012

But it’s glorious in Vermont

By

By ANGELO LYNN The news these days isn’t that great. Bernie conceded the Democratic primary campaign to Hillary, Trump dominated the Republicans, and as a nation, we are approaching a national election in which millions of Americans are disenchanted, if not disgusted. Meanwhile, “the Donald” fired his pro-Russia campaign manager and instead brought on the…

Wrenner is onto something

By

An elected official like selectboard member Irene Wrenner might be more popular if she voted in lock-step with other selectboard members all the time, rather than, say, almost all of the time. I’d guess rubber stamping every single motion would, in turn, make her a team player in the inside baseball game that gets played,…

Vagrancy ordinance is unnecessary

By

A homeless man was effectively evicted from private and public properties nearby the fairgrounds under a combination of civil and common law procedure. Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose claims he needs a new ordinance to address vagrancy in Essex. If there is a genuine need for a new ordinance to stop vagrancy, I ask the…

Board is trying to quash free speech

By

In the debate over the proposed creation of a separate municipality to protect the rec budget from competition, a lot of rhetoric has been expended on whether a selectboard member can speak his or her mind to the public outside selectboard meetings. Having been on the board, I personally witnessed attempts to throttle public discussion…