Rep. Welch, Rep. Lummis and Sen. Wyden Introduce Legislation to Require Transparency in Intelligence BudgetsBy Not Signed In | Wed, May 13 2015
Bill tracks 9/11 Commission recommendation to make public the top line budgets of 16 federal intelligence agencies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would require the president to disclose in the annual budget request to Congress the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known to conduct intelligence activities. Top-line spending levels for federal intelligence activities are currently treated as classified information.
The fourth installment of the 2014 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.
The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.
The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to talk of town operations, enterprise budgets and funds, and to learn more about proposed changes in Brattleboro’s Land Use Regulations. The board also learned of setbacks in funding for the repair of the Green Street retaining wall, and a small grant was applied for, in hopes of helping to create a West Brattleboro connecting trail.
WASHINGTON, May 12 – In a Senate floor speech today opposing a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recited a litany of bogus claims by previous trade deal backers which turned out to be wildly inaccurate.
Backers of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and other business-backed trade deals claimed that they would generate jobs in the United States. In fact, economists now say, those pacts were a major reason why some 60,000 American factories closed since the turn of the century as manufacturers shifted jobs to low-wage nations overseas.
“These folks have been proven wrong time after time after time,” Sanders said.
Original Enigma No 3., from the May 12, 1837 Phoenix newspaper. (Spoiler alert: the comments will, I expect, have the solution at some point, so avoid them until you've solved the enigma, or give up and want to peek.)
"I am a word of eleven letters, and am a subject of much conversation.
My 11, 10, 8, and 7 is an appendage belonging to a flower.
My 5, 4 and 3, is an instrument used to stop the mouth.
Join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, for a Thursday afternoon at the movies, to watch and discuss nine films that "you must see..but may have missed".
On May 14th, 3 - 6 pm, come see a film starring Michael Caine, John Mills and Peter Sellers. The second Thursday of the month, continuing through Thursday, October 8.
Please join Friends of Brooks Memorial Library for this special program, Kitchen Tunks & Parlor songs with Mark Greenberg, at 7 PM on Thursday, May 14.
Since the 1980s, Greenberg has been interviewing and recording musicians throughout Vermont, tracing the development of the state’s vernacular music from its roots in Anglo-Celtic traditions through the influences of French-Canadian emigrants and the arrival of radio and other electronic technologies.
Greenberg currently teaches courses in American music at UVM and taught American Studies and Humanities at Goddard College from 1991-2003.
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How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!
This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from summer jammies:
OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):
Pets For Rent
Long Distance Reiki Treatments
12 Organic Potatoes Need Mound-Homes - Free!
Need A Ride?
Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.
Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.
BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/11/15
Monday, May 11, 2015
12:00 am The Truth About the Budget Cuts! 4/20/15
1:30 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Present: Where are we Today?
3:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015
4:40 am Open Studio: River Gallery School 25th Annual Benefit Auction
The Vermont Jazz Center is delighted to welcome vocalist Alicia Olatuja and her quartet on May 16th at 8:00 PM. This sublime singer is best known for her soaring solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration. But even though she grew up in the church, loves the music and draws inspiration from it, Alicia’s voice and persona are expansive. She uses her gospel roots as a springboard to investigate jazz, African music, classical and even well-crafted pop. In a recent interview, Alicia stated, “I blur the lines that some draw between genres.
SONNET READING IN GUILFORD MAY 13
I am pleased to be collaborating with Tom Ragle, also of Guilford, on a public reading of Sonnets on Wednesday, May 13. The 7:00 pm program will take place at Guilford Community Church, and is admission-free with donations welcome.
Tom is well-known as past president of Marlboro College, where he also taught literature. He is a recently-published poet, has given many readings of classic English poetry on WVEW, and is a longtime member of Write Action.
I have been reading aloud, both poetry and especially Christmas stories, since I arrived in Guilford in 1968.
Last night’s showers did little to ease the dry conditions in the area. The State of VT and local burn ban is still in effect until May 19 or until it is revoked or extended.
The burn ban means that there is no burning until the order is revoked or expired.
Brattleboro Fire Department
103 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
I've noticed that Avi isn't downtown yet with his hotdog cart. I miss him, even though I rarely eat hotdogs. Things really aren't the same without him! Anyone know what's up?
"A transformer exploded at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York. (35 mi. from NYC).
The blaze, which sparked an oil leakage, forced the automatic shutdown of the facility's Unit 3 reactor, which sits near the Hudson River and supplies five per cent of the power to the state.
The fire - which was seen sending plumes of smoke into the air by passersby on the other side of the river - was quickly extinguished and the reactor was deemed safe and stable,
They are giving away free food, drinks, & 99 cent car washes until 5:00 today. Owner Connie Burton says that small business costs are a factor. They are one of the most community-minded small businesses around! Get down there this afternoon and tell Connie and her employees how much you appreciate their business services and their service to the community!
“If I...” is the name of the comedy special by Demetri Martin that combines observations, philosophy, and comedy, in form of presentation with slides.
You may not know, this young man was accepted into Harvard Law, but didn’t go. Instead, he went down the path of a legal education at NYU, but became a comedian instead. Probably a wise choice.
As part of a fundraiser for Neighborhood School house, my wife is going up to the Canadian border and riding all the way back home. The fundraiser iwill help raise money to provide scholarships to the Neighborhod School House, based on financial need.
Anything helps. We mean, anything helps. It's about 200 miles. At a penny a mile, that would only be $2.00. Go for a nickel a mile, and that's $10.
Greetings! Below are the notes from the April 30th community conversation addressing homelessness. Thank you all for attending and continuing your efforts to address homelessness in our community.
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Please share these notes with others as you see fit. Hard copies will also be left at the Brooks Memorial Library by Monday, May 11.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office