April 1st, 2010
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of essay about politics and the moral life. The essays develop themes from a work by the philosopher Plato, titled Laws, which he wrote shortly before his death in 347BCE. Laws is written as a dialogue involving three old men with long experience in politics: Cleinias, from the Cretan city of Cnossos, Megillus, from Sparta, and an Athenian stranger who is not named, but who may be Plato himself.
This essay and the next two explore the role that the emotions play in the rule of law.
MIDDLEBURY — Doria’s Restaurant will be shutting its doors for good following close of business on Saturday, April 17, after a two-year run in the Battell Block on Middlebury’s Merchants Row.
Meanwhile, four separate parties have contacted Battell LLC, owners of the building, expressing interest in establishing a new enterprise in the high-profile downtown space.
I’ve been re-evaluating some of my core beliefs. Hey, it’s never too late for a guy to change his mind, right?
Here’s just a few things I’ve come to realize I’ve been all wrong about:
MIDDLEBURY — In the wake of the federal health care law enacted last week, many are touting the reforms it will introduce as a victory for individual access to health coverage. At the Porter Medical Center annual meeting last Thursday evening, however, the question at the tip of many tongues was, “What will it do for us?”
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) board members will spend the coming weeks digesting various school district consolidation options offered up in a massive report that could lead to sweeping changes in how schools in the seven-town district are governed and managed.
It was last fall that the ACSU commissioned former Barre Superintendent Ray Proulx to study resources, enrollment trends and possible collaborations among schools within the ACSU’s seven elementary schools, middle school and high school.
NORTH FERRISBURGH — One North Ferrisburgh dairy farm is considering reviving the dwindling tradition of bottling and marketing its own milk in the hopes of escaping the economic uncertainty of the bulk milk market.
BRISTOL — Four area American Legion posts rolled out the red carpet on Friday for a rare visit from their highest-ranking colleague, National Commander Clarence E. Hill, who was touring the western part of the state to listen to veterans and describe efforts being made on their behalf in the nation’s capital.
MIDDLEBURY — Storyteller and Addison resident Mac Parker held a press conference Friday appealing to Vermont’s Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) to work “cooperatively with me to bring this situation to a speedy and successful resolution.”
“I am not seeking to avoid my responsibility for any mistakes or potential violations I may have committed,” Parker said in a prepared statement. “I am simply looking for ways to resolve the situation in a positive manner.”