January 24th, 2013
The most enduring inaugural addresses in American history — Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy — have all been first inaugurals that marked a change in the political direction of the nation. Only Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural, delivered in March 1865, just a few weeks before the end of the Civil War and the re-elected president’s own assassination, is counted among the great speeches in American history.
Note from Karl Lindholm, whose column normally appears in this space: I intended to write this month about Lance Armstrong and his disgrace, exploring the issues of sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption. My son David was a great admirer of Armstrong some years ago, so I wrote to him and asked for a comment I could use in my column.
Some comment. Here’s what he wrote back to me.
After listening to Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, I found myself thinking about activism. In the speech, which was called “progressive” by various media outlets, the President touched on past social movements (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall) and mentioned the one that — after a summer of Colorado burning non-stop, and Sandy wiping out seaside towns along the East Coast the week before the General Election — is finally holding the nation’s attention these days: the climate movement.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/21 MUHS vs. U-32 ............................... 2-0
1/21 Woodstock vs. OV...................... 52-46
1/22 Mt. Abe vs. VUHS ....................... 50-17
1/22 Colchester vs. MUHS ................. 49-13
1/2 Leland & Gray vs. OV................... 41-31
There’s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.
Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.
VERGENNES — Drug problems continued to keep Vergennes police busy between Jan. 14 and 20. On Jan. 15, police were notified of an untimely death of a 41-year-old resident of Walker Avenue that they said could be drug-related.
Police said they received a call from the assistant medical examiner at Porter Hospital, where Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel had taken the woman, asking police to investigate her untimely death.
Police said an autopsy performed by the state’s chief medical examiner would ultimately determine the cause of death.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Caleb Burkle, 30, of Salisbury for driving under the influence, third offense, following a stop on Court Street Extension on Jan. 19.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted an individual on Merchants Row who was receiving annoying phone solicitations on Jan. 14.
• Responded to a report of a drunken person in the Little Pond Road area on Jan. 14. The person was turned over to a sober friend, police said.
ADDISON COUNTY — Late on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 15, Vermont State Police were called to a home on Ethan Allen Highway in New Haven for a report of an assault.
After investigating, troopers arrested Timothy J. Williams, 24, of New Haven and cited him for simple assault, second-degree aggravated domestic assault and unlawful restraint in the second degree against two individuals at the residence. Police lodged Williams at Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $1,000 bail.