January 5th, 2017
“A clarifying moment.” That’s how President Obama described the election of Donald Trump at his recent press conference. A clarifying moment.
I know he can’t articulate at a press conference how it feels to anticipate eight years — or 50 years or 100 years — of work undone. I know he can’t say “How the heck are we gonna survive this one?” He has to offer an optimistic interpretation. So I’m trying to look through those relatively optimistic glasses, to see what he sees.
MIDDLEBURY — Panther ice hockey player Sunho Park’s path to Middlebury College took many twists and turns, but one thing that has remained constant is his passion for hockey. The junior forward, originally from Seoul, Korea, has worked his way into the Panther lineup this winter.
Park reflected on his journey from Korea, his activities off the ice and his family’s love of the game in this story provided by the Middlebury College Sports Information Department.
I have been blessed with a lesson from one of my former students. Her name is Rose.
Rose and I visit with each other, now and then. We saw each other this past autumn. We took a walk in Bristol. Rose said her grandmother has dementia. She shared with me how her grandmother now communicates with her. From my point of view, Rose’s grandmother has the wisdom to know what three questions need repeating:
“Do you know how much I love you?”
“Do you know how beautiful you are?”
This week’s writer is Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges.
Governor-elect Scott and the new Legislature have a lot on their plate in the new year. There is one big decision to make that can’t be put off. Will they choose to provide the funding necessary to place the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) on a sustainable path or not? If the VSCS Board of Trustees or Chancellor could decide, we would say yes and here is why:
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham and Otter Valley picked up road wins to highlight recent local high school boys’ basketball action, during which Vergennes and Middlebury came up short on their home courts.
Mount Abe kept its bounce-back season rolling with a 52-39 win on Dec. 30 at Winooski. Jack Willis tossed in 19 as the Eagles improved to 4-2, and Jackson Counter scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as Mount Abe pulled away.
HINESBURG — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team split a pair of games against Division I foes on Dec. 30 and 31 at Champlain Valley’s annual holiday tournament. The Eagles fell to Burr & Burton in the Friday opener, 39-30, before defeating Burlington in the consolation on Saturday, 51-47.
The 4-3 Eagles will return to action this Friday at Vergennes (4-1).
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team followed up a tournament title earned in Springfield, Mass., on Dec. 30 and 31, with a road loss on Tuesday.
The 8-2 Panthers open NESCAC play this Friday and Saturday with games at Wesleyan and Connecticut.
On Dec. 31, the Panthers rallied past Roger Williams in the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic final to win, 52-47. Middlebury went on a 16-5 run over the final 5:07 to defeat the Hawks (5-4) and record their fifth straight win.
We are hearing Trumped up charges that the U.S. intelligence services got Iraq wrong so we shouldn’t believe them now. Now the Main Trumper is saying he knows better than our intelligence people. Same mistake.
Bush was confident that his story, that his friends made up, was the truth, so he invaded Iraq. Now the Trump is doing the same thing, ignoring the truth and selling another bag of Trumped up “alternate truth,” which really should be called what they are — lies.