Archive - May 2010
The Middlebury selectboard’s decision Tuesday night to create an ad hoc committee to study ways to boost the local economy is a welcome move that offers much potential, first by pushing more aggressively for economic development, and secondly, by doing more to help promote the town’s events and activities that helps keep Middlebury’s businesses vital and greatly enhances the town’s quality of life.
Nor is it a moment too soon.
The entwined subjects of immigration and race have always hit home in our household.
Technically, I’m an immigrant, based on the laws in effect when I was 14 back in the late 1960s. My dad was born in England, my mom in Massachusetts, and I was born in England. I had to choose between England and the United States. I chose here; my dad already had.
My wife’s dad is also first-generation Irish, and one of our sisters-in-law is a first-generation immigrant. And let’s just say that our extended family is diverse.
I recently returned from a two-week trip to England, which coincided with the last two weeks of the British general election campaign. The British election presented some very interesting comparisons to an observer of American politics.
File this one under “How Not to Introduce Yourself to the Community,” or “What Happens When an Outtatown Owner Takes Over.”
For several years, enterprising gardeners around Middlebury sought a site for a community garden. Otter Creek Brewery rode to the rescue last year, generously providing open land behind the brewery on Exchange Street for two or three dozen garden sites.