News and opinion from around the state.
From the Press Bureau:
Vermont still has many open homicide cases, despite an arrest this week in one of them, the 1982 murder of Pamela Brown. This turn brought some relief to Barre residents, and will no doubt come up in the continuing debate over DNA databanks in Vermont.
The VSEA came back with an alternative plan to cutting more than 600 state jobs, although the details to the counterproposal are still vague.
A report released this week recommends changes to the structure of Vermont's state law enforcement apparatus. This was reported at WCAX, the Burlington Free Press, WPTZ, and the Brattleboro Reformer, but there is not a copy of the report or the summary given to lawmakers available online, even at the State of Vermont's Web site. This report cost $150,000 – shouldn't it be easily available to the public, online, whether you're in Montpelier or in Brattleboro or Newport?
On the blogs around the state:
VSAC is coming under scrutiny from Nate Freeman, the Northfield man who ran for lieutenant governor last fall. At issue is a $50 million moral obligation bond to back the publicly chartered entity, which has been fiscally challenged since the failure of the auction-rate bond market last year. Freeman is questioning whether we should put our money behind a student lending corporation that is in trouble.
Over at Green Mountain Daily there's a speculative piece on Deb Markowitz's ambitions and use of Vermont Democratic Party offices. This comes after the state Democratic party head Ian Carleton resigned Friday.
She's Right celebrated a 3-year anniversary this week. The blog's first post was way back in 2006. Blogger Charity Tensel has been opinionating on national issues much more since that first Burlington-centric post, but she brings a fresh perspective to the state blogosphere. We like that her posts are short and to the point, with a nice sense of irony, and as her blog says, "someone's gotta be right around here!".