April 2nd, 2014
Every year after Town Meeting Day, Vermonters get an interesting glimpse at what we “really” think about some controversial statewide issues. That glimpse comes courtesy of State Sen. William Doyle’s survey distributed at many town meetings.
This year’s findings are worth noting on several counts, from legal weed to wind power. But before we consider those statewide issues, let’s first turn to some local ones.
MIDDLEBURY — On March 11, 1983, fans of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team packed the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium to watch a game that created a lifetime of memories for the team, sparked excitement in the community, shocked the Vermont sports world — and changed the course of a couple lives.
On that night, the Tigers completed a 24-0 season by defeating heavily favored, two-time defending state champion St. Johnsbury, 73-57, in the Division I final.
Sen. Bernie Sanders may have had the quote of the week when he said: “Freedom of speech, in my view, does not mean the freedom to buy the United States government.” Then added: “What world are the five conservative Supreme Court justices living in? To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with ‘freedom of speech’ is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires, like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, will control our political process.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team tallied a 6-6 record during its spring trip to Clermont, Fla. The squad won five of its first seven games, but dropped four of the final five including a pair of one-run losses.
The Panthers are scheduled to play a three-game set at NESCAC West foe Amherst on Friday and Saturday, their first three league tilts of the spring. Their Wednesday home games vs. Johnson State were postponed indefinitely.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team returned from its spring break trip with six wins in eight matches, with both losses to teams ranked in the top 10 among NCAA Division III or NAIA teams.
The Panthers, last week ranked No. 10, are 8-2.
Their losses last week came to No. 7 Emory, 5-4, and Georgia Gwinnett, ranked No. 3 by the NAIA. On the trip they defeated No. 9 Kenyon, 7-2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s tennis team improved to 6-2 in dual matches this spring with a 3-2 record during its spring break trip to California. The Panthers are ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division III.
The Panthers’ setbacks came via an 8-1 tally against 12th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer and fifth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by a 5-4 margin.
The Panthers defeated three teams by 8-1 scores, U.C. Santa Cruz, Westmont, and Chicago, which had moved up to No. 12.
AMHERST — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team split a pair of games against top-10 teams late last week, in the process taking their first loss. The Panthers are 7-1, 4-1 NESCAC, and began last week ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III.
On Saturday, then No. 8 Amherst’s Elizabeth Ludlow netted the game-winner with 3:35 remaining in regulation to give her team an 11-10 victory over Middlebury.
This year the Legislature has successfully crafted a viable bill, H.883, that focuses the public’s attention on education reform. That’s no easy task, and it’s to the credit of the House Education Committee under the leadership of Rep. Johannah Donovan, D-Burlington. That committee, along with its Senate counterpart, has been studying ways to bend the curve on education spending for the past several years, and, as importantly, craft a system that uses the money spent educating Vermont students more effectively.