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June 5th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon this spring, Dan Briggs had track practice. For the 18-year-old from Addison this was a new experience.
Briggs was born with spina bifida, a congenital spinal disorder that requires him to wear leg braces and keeps him from running or walking long distances.
But when he decided he wanted to join his school’s running club, program instructors, community members and his teammates came together in an extraordinary way to make his dream a reality.
As the deadline for filing for political office in Vermont nears its June 12 cutoff, the Vermont Republican party is largely missing in action. A gubernatorial candidate is yet to be named. No notable party leaders have stepped to the fore for down-party offices, and while there is talk about working to take legislative seats, there has been little action. By comparison, the Progressive Party’s filing for 21 statewide seats and offices is far more impressive and makes the GOP look weak and disorganized.
I have a vision, it appears as if from a black and white film from the 1920s or ’30s. I see a solid but attractive brick building, three or four stories tall with a peaked roof. It is sitting next to a river in the dusky twilight of a winter’s late afternoon. A footbridge reaches out and up over the river and back down to the raised platform alongside the railroad tracks on the opposite bank.
Our new dog is driving me crazy.
I don’t mean “driving me crazy” in the sense of annoying me, like by stealing my socks or eating my flip-flops. He’s a dog; it’s what they do. I mean that the deceptively endearing little fur ball is playing head games with me.
In North Carolina, the fracked gas industry is working very hard to enact a law making it a felony for anyone to reveal what chemicals are being pumped underground in a fracked well. Here in Vermont, our local gas company has successfully put forward rules where they can decide what information they share and what gets sealed away in our supposedly open and inviting Public Service Board meetings.
I sympathize with editors of newspapers who are challenged with the task of presenting fair and accurate perspectives on issues and events without being able to be everywhere observing firsthand what actually is said and done, how it was said, and what really happened.
In response to the editorial by Mr. Lynn on May 29, 2014, titled; “Rising Tide Vermont did its cause a real disservice”:
Teenagers are often portrayed as problems, yet for the past nine weeks teenagers have been the solution to problems. The kitchen at the Congo Church has been under construction for the last nine weeks and due to the generosity of the Middlebury Union High School leadership, staff, athletic teams and their coaches, we (Friday Night Community Suppers) have been able to put on our meals in the MUHS cafeteria every Friday night.