The Paralympic opening ceremonies are underway in Sochi Friday, and there is one Vermonter taking part. Stephen Lawler will be competing in the giant slalom.
Lawler, who was born with spina bifida, has been skiing since he was about 10 years old. Erin Fernandez of Vermont Adaptive Ski And Sports says Lawler started racing on a mono ski when he was 12-years old, and from the beginning, he really excelled.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin participates in the morning session of the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
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President Barack Obama, center, sits down for lunch with from l-r, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Labor Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez at a cafe in New Britain, Conn., on March 5, 2014.
On the heels of meetings with President Obama in Connecticut and with the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., Governor Peter Shumlin was back in Vermont for Town Meeting Day this week. He was our guest Friday at noon to discuss the results of Town Meeting meeting votes on school budgets, in which Vermont's largest communities rejected their school funding plans. We also looked ahead to the second half of the legislative session at the legislative priorities that Shumlin is focused on, and discussed the financing of a single-payer health care system.
The U.S. House has given its strong approval to legislation that could lower flood insurance rates for hundreds of Vermont homeowners.
The proposal also eliminates the need for some homeowners to have flood insurance.
After paying out billions of dollars in claims in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the federal flood insurance program faced a $24 billion deficit in 2012. Congress that year passed legislation that dealt with this deficit in two ways.
With the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn., still fresh on lawmakers’ minds, Linda Waite-Simpson figured the time was right last year for a debate about gun control here in Vermont.
The Essex lawmaker focused on what she thought were reasonable concessions – things like background checks on gun sales, and bringing state law in line with federal statutes. But as Waite-Simpson would quickly learn, the Vermont Statehouse is bleak territory for advocates of gun control.
The world’s best known sled dog race, the Iditarod, got underway in Alaska last Sunday. And among the people who will be following that race closely are the members of the Vermont Mushers Association — people who run sled dogs in the Green Mountain state.
On Tuesday, Burlington voters approved three resolutions that changed the city charter regarding gun laws.
They give police the power to seize guns when there is reasonable suspicion of domestic violence, ban firearms on the property of institutions where liquor is served and would require all guns to be under lock and key when not in possession of their owner.