Tuesday, November 20, 2007

John Edwards on Global Warming

Funny, I was just talking about John Edwards. I suspect most of the candidates will have their global warming platforms worked out well before the general election. For some reason, it's suddenly become fashionable. Still, it's good to see Edwards out there banging the drums early. Thanks to Julie over at Reason and Brimstone for posting this.

Reason and Brimstone: John Edwards at League of Conservation Voters Forum

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Sock Sale

Need I say more about how much everyone loves the Cabot Hosiery "Sock Sale." I get calls from friends and family who all want their socks. Of course, my wife and I are the ones who stand in line to get 'em.

Nate Freeman passed along this great "Stuck in Vermont" video from 7Days. If you live in Northfield, and if you love the Sock Sale you have got to check this out:


Northfield Conservation Group Seeks "Commission" Status

One of the wonderful things about living in Northfield is the quintessential small-town feeling and the immediate access to the great outdoors. Just out your backdoor are hiking trails up to Paine Moutain, fishing on the Dog River, and incredible views of the unspoiled Green Mountains.

If you're like me you're interested in preserving the character of our small towns and our natural environment. Trish Coppolino and others are taking action to ensure the long-term viability of Northfield's open spaces and the preservation of its natural wonders. And, they're leading outdoor tours and experiences to acquaint folks with the often overlooked natural wonders in our own backyard(s).

One of the things Northfield Democrats hope to accomplish is to ensure a successful vote granting the Northfield Conservation Cooperative its "commission" status on Town Meeting Day in March. This will help the organization to procure grant funding for its activities and be recognized as a permanent part of the town's working infrastructure.

If you would like to find out more about the NCC, contact Trish Coppolino. She can add you to their listserve, and get you updates on future activities and announcements. As we get closer to March, 2008 I will be providing updates on how you can help to secure the NCC's "commission" status. I hope you'll get involved with this worthy effort.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Next Meeting is Thursday, December 13th!

Don't forget our next regularly scheduled meeting is:
Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 6:30pm at the Brown Public Library in Northfield.
We decided to make this meeting more of a holiday party, so please bring friends and treats.

N'field Dems Meet: Discuss Priorities; Poverty

Welcome to the Northfield Democrats Blog!

This is my first foray into blogging, and hopefully others will join the discussion here. My goal is to post local news of interest, information and updates about local Democratic Party happenings and useful information about local candidates. Hope you'll join in the discussion.

Northfield Democrats met on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the Brown Public Library. In addition to general housekeeping (approval of minutes, etc.) we discussed poverty in Vermont over apple cider (from Ellie's) and generally how we want to proceed over the coming months as we head towards Town Meeting Day (the primary) and the 2008 elections.

Everyone is interested in the Governor's race and doing what we can to help the Vermont Democrats take back the governorship. We also plan to help our local House and Senate candidates get elected.

As a first step we're cleaning up our old lists and planning on at least one lit drop on behalf of the party. We're also considering some public service projects... more on that later.

In sparking our discussion we watched a short video produced by Tom Garrett of Legal Services Law Line. It is a 15 - 20 minute video profiling several low-income Vermont families, and I think is indicative of the kinds of problems that low-income Vermonters face. You can watch it here: http://blip.tv/file/472613/

This is precisely why Douglas' so-called "affordability" agenda is akin to Bush's "clear skies initiative" or other doublespeak presented by this administration. Douglas talks about affordability, but what has he done to make life more affordable for average Vermonters? He vetoed the energy bill which would have increased efficiency and lowered bills for ordinary folks...

Remember Jim=Jobs? Not so much, lately. We absolutely should be discussing poverty in Vermont and how it ties into the way Douglas talks about "affordability." Empty rhetoric does nothing to improve our quality of life in Vermont. Democrats have a real opportunity to contrast our vision of the state with the GOP and get folks excited about our shared future. Northfield is hoping to do its part as well!