October 18th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — After the Dalai Lama finished his lecture at Middlebury College Saturday morning, he answered a few pre-submitted questions. One asked, “How can a person have a fulfilling spiritual life in a world of modern conveniences and materialism?”
His answer: “It has to do with mind.”
After watching the second presidential debate, we’re becoming staunch advocates of revamping the way these debates play out as the candidates hit the homestretch. We’re not talking about tinkering with the rules — the silliness over which candidate goes first or other such petty nonsense — but rather overhauling the process so that the public actually learns something about each candidate’s position on the issues and then have them engage in a more serious discussion of their policies.
RIPTON — Runners from Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools posted a half-dozen top-20 finishes at the annual Middlebury Invitational Cross-Country Meet, which was held on Saturday at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.
The event was moved to Rikert from the Middlebury College course to accommodate the visit of the Dalai Lama, according to MUHS officials.
In his race for governor, Republican Randy Brock has failed to gain traction on an issue that should have been a slam-dunk: challenging Gov. Peter Shumlin on his plans to move the state to a universal health care system.
We have been supporters of Gov. Shumlin’s proposals, and continue to be, but the consequences of the proposed changes are unclear and continued debate could reveal serious flaws. In our political system, that should be the job of the challenger and of the opposition party.
I began reporting for the Addison Independent way back in 1990, but there are times when it seems like it was only yesterday that I picked up my first notepad to research such stories as Olin Robison retiring as Middlebury College president; Gov. Madeleine Kunin electing to take a pass on another term; and Hannah’s Market closing in downtown Vergennes.
Here is how I see the statewide races, with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.
President Obama will win Vermont’s electoral votes comfortably, regardless of how he does nationally. Obama’s share of the vote in Vermont, which should exceed 60 percent, could be his highest in any state, except for his workplace (the District of Columbia) and his native state (Hawaii).
This week’s writer is Matthew Kimble, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at Middlebury College. He teaches courses on psychological disorders and psychological trauma and has a National Institute of Mental Health-funded clinical research program that investigates how psychological trauma changes the way individuals look at their world.
In the coming weeks, Vermont football officials will gather and decide how to align divisions for the state’s 34 football-playing high schools.
Currently, there are three divisions, with 14 schools in D-I and 10 apiece in D-II and D-III. That alignment has been in place since 2011.
In 2009 and 2010, there were 10 teams in D-I and 12 apiece in D-II and D-III.