February 16th, 2017
Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott should be commended for his willingness to defy President Trump’s recent immigration order that seeks to deport undocumented immigrants that have long been allowed to remain in the country under Republican President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School 126-pound junior wrestler Ben Murray reached the coveted 100-win milestone last week on his home mat.
Murray, who started his career at Middlebury Union before transferring to Mount Abe, defeated Middlebury’s Justin Jackson, 11-2, on Feb. 8.
Murray is one of several Eagles expected to fare well at the state championship meet at Vergennes Union High School on Feb. 24 and 25.
This week’s writer is Police Officer Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.
Dedicating Ourselves to Freedom
Last month my husband, daughter and I joined the million or so other people thronging the streets of the nation’s capitol. We walked along the wide avenues, in a sea of pink knitted hats, declaring our love for humanity, and our determination that even with the previous day’s inauguration of He Who Shall Not Be Named, our bodies are our own.
A decade or so ago, my husband Mark and I were driving through town when we saw an older man carefully sweeping the dirt off his blacktop driveway.
“Hoo boy,” we laughed. “You know you’re old when not only do you have time to sweep your driveway, but you actually think it matters.”
Well, time has passed. And, as embarrassed as I am to say it, I’m starting to feel an affinity with that old man. My priorities are changing.
I remember in 1980, climate scientists calling for a switch to renewable energy sources. They hoped by 1990 we would have begun in earnest, and37 years later we have started to gather momentum. With glaciers and the polar ice caps melting everywhere and with continuous record breaking warm years, it is about time we did more.
I am writing to express my support for the regulation of coyote hunting in Vermont. As of now they can be hunted 365 days/year, night and day, with no bag limit. This is partly because the Department of Fish and Wildlife does not need to “manage” the coyote population to maintain their numbers — the coyote are quite capable of doing this for themselves by increasing their rate of reproduction when there is a decline in population.
In an article in the Addison Independent on Feb. 2, “Local Chiefs Contest Racial Bias Report,” Police Chief George Merkel of Vergennes and Police Chief Tom Hanley of Middlebury, express some misgivings about the results of a recent racial bias study of local and state policing. I have similar misgivings.