February 6th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — When you think of Green Peppers Restaurant in Middlebury what comes to mind? Build your own pizza? Huge family salads, shrink-wrapped in cellophane? Hearty homemade soups or subs? How about those Magic Eye posters that used to line the hall?
BRISTOL — Keypads on our computers, smart phones or tablets might dominate a lot of our communication these days, but the good old fashioned pen hasn’t gone out of style either. Especially not the hand carved wooden pens made by Jim Cunningham in Bristol.
Early in his woodworking career, Cunningham ran a rustic handmade furniture company and was a member of Vermont WoodNet — a local group of woodcrafters. “WoodNet was a good group to help me get going,” he said.
MIDDLEBURY — Interested singers will gather together at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Saturday, Feb. 18, to learn and sing the march “anthem” that went viral at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., just after the inauguration.
Besides having a good time (with conversation and refreshments after the singing), organizers hope singers in Addison County will feel empowered to sing this song “I Can’t Keep Quiet” at pertinent venues such as future marches or vigils.
This has been a distressing week for the greater Middlebury community, as it has been for many Americans. As an institution of higher learning, Middlebury holds dear the value of the free exchange of ideas, the principle of open discourse, and the importance of bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to study, teach, and work in a free and open society. It is central to who we are.
This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
The Vermont Constitution (Chapter 1, Article 6) demands that our elected officials are open, transparent and accountable. The authors understood how transparency in government is the very basis of trust. State statute also demands access and accountability:
While not illegal under our currently inadequate wildlife rules, the coyote-killing competition happening next week in Bristol is inhumane and should be disparaged. Coyotes are one of the few species that form monogamous pairs AND the males assist the mother in pup-rearing, along with other family members.
It seems there is no end to the outrage and dangers to which our Vermont wildlife is subjected. The latest is a coyote killing contest being organized in Bristol. For the entry fee of $25, coyotes — every gender, every age, even pups — will be killed in unlimited numbers and under terrifying circumstances for no other reason than that these humans feel like shooting them.