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September 3rd, 2014
This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis. He is the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, a former superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and a member of the Vermont state board of education.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” — Sitting Bull
Responding to Greg Dennis’ Aug. 28 column: It’s unfortunate that so little opportunity for genuine debate exists anywhere, including in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court. When ordinary people address very controversial subjects in government hearings, town meetings or even letters to the editor, time and space are usually so tightly limited we can barely make our own points, let alone grant concessions to the opposition.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school field hockey season opened late last week and on Tuesday, Mount Abraham picked up a road win, Otter Valley was edged at home, and Middlebury earned a road tie.
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team, former player Brooke Jette and the Middlebury Recreation Department are offering their annual clinic to elementary school students on Mondays — and one Wednesday — this fall.
It is easy to think that tools and implements — from screwdrivers to spatulas, plows to pliers, or automobiles to arc welders — are passive things, whose use is determined by the user. There is some truth in this, of course. But it’s also true that we are shaped by our tools. There is wisdom in the old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Mount Abraham/Vergennes union high school football teams opened with key divisional road wins on Friday, but Otter Valley lost a non-league heartbreaker away from home.
All three teams return to action this weekend. The Tigers will visit perennial Division I contender Hartford, also 1-0, on Friday at 7 p.m.; Mount Abe will host 1-0 Winooski, a D-III rival, at 1 p.m. on Saturday; and OV will head to 1-0 Fairfax, like OV a D-III playoff team in 2013, for a Saturday game at 1 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — A new Vermont Principals’ Association rule gives schools and coaches more leeway to allow team-sport athletes to participate in the same sport on non-school teams during school seasons, at least on a limited basis. It could have an impact in the future of high school sports both locally and statewide.