February 23rd, 2017
This week’s writer is Jane Williamson, executive director of Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum, a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.
Echoes of 1850
The Trump Administration’s order banning immigrants and refugees from seven mostly Muslim countries reminds us how history can repeat itself. Many reporters and commentators have recalled past bans or quotas — the Chinese in the 1880s, southern Europeans in 1924 and the infamous refusal to admit a shipload of German Jews in 1939.
America’s success in domestic counterterrorism depends on two critical elements: the extent to which the American people descend into “terrorist paranoia” and the extent to which we alienate our Muslim citizens and residents.
Fifty years ago, terrorism was seen primarily in dissident national groups working against the nations in which they lived.
Today the world of terrorism has changed. The primary authors of 21st-century terrorism are found in radical Islam.
I find Mr. Trump’s performance at his Feb. 16 press conference to bedeeply disturbing. He was obsessed with Hilary Clinton, his need to prove that he won the election by large margins, an unrealistic view of his performance and the workings of the White House, Vladimir Putin, and the American press corps. Why does he portray such a disturbing and unrealistic view of the world?
Addison County Interfaith Climate Action (ICAN) members gather across religious traditions out of mutual concern for the well being of the earth and all its peoples. We are writing in support of Bill S.51, the Consolidated Clean Energy Planning and Economic Opportunity Act introduced in the Vermont Senate by Sen. Chris Bray.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 100 singers gathered at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society last Saturday, Feb. 18, to learn and sing the march “anthem” that went viral at the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
The sanctuary was filled — mostly with women, but happily some men and youth took part, as well.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team left Vergennes with a 48-41 victory on Monday, but the Commodores made the Tigers earn it.
MUHS led by 40-25 when Tiger senior Riley Fenster laid in a fast-break feed from classmate Payton Buxton with 6:50 to go in the fourth period, but Commodore sophomores Brianna Van Der Way and Morgan Lynk sparked VUHS with five points apiece in the quarter as the host team fought back.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham Union junior forward Emma Carter notched her 1,000th point on Monday night to highlight local high school basketball earlier this week.
In other action earlier this week the Middlebury boys’ team fell at home, the Otter Valley boys and girls both came up short vs. local Marble Valley League rival Fair Haven, while the Vergennes and Mount Abe boys dropped tough road contests.
CARTER HITS 1,000