Archive - Dec 20, 2012
This past weekend I watched Peter Jackson’s latest spectacle, “The Hobbit.” Though the film revels in violent action, and in that way is very different from Tolkien’s classic book of the same name, the book and film do have a few things in common.
As President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader John Boehner debate ways to avoid falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, for a while there it was local and national nonprofits that might have gotten a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings — and they’re not in the clear until the ink is dry on this year’s budget deal.
The second tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shootings would be if the nation moves on from this heartbreaking event without coming up with concrete solutions to stem the access of military-style assault weapons. The passage of time has a way of lessening the sting of yesterday’s pain, but also blunts today’s demand for change.
The president and Congress must keep the memory of Newtown’s tragedy fresh in our hearts and minds for the next several months until more sensible legislation is passed and signed into law.
I try to start my Christmas shopping each year at the Peasant Market, which is the big flea market in July at St. Stephen’s on the green in Middlebury. There is always a lot of great stuff there — more stuff than I can reasonably justify buying at one time for the modest needs of me and my family. So a couple years ago I struck on the idea that I could pick up a few extra things beyond what would satisfy our immediate needs and desires and squirrel them away as Christmas gifts, or at least stocking stuffers.
There’s a little something making me happy these days. I call it the TSM. And I’m not talking about the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. In my world, TSM is short for Thrift Shop Miracle. I experienced one just a couple of weeks ago.
Editor's note: Will Stevens is an organic market gardener and Independent state representative from Shoreham.
Last month, Gov. Shumlin announced his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. As notable as what we heard was something we didn’t hear: discussion about economic development and Vermont’s working landscape.
VERMONT — Vermont State Police are seeking help from the public in learning more about the crash that killed a Starksboro man in Sherburne on Friday afternoon.
Marland Brewer, 47, of Starksboro was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Route 4 in Sherburne just east of the Killington Skyship gondola and Mission Farm Road on Dec. 14.
Troopers were called to the scene at 4:33 p.m. and told that a driver in one of the vehicles was entrapped. Traffic on the road was closed while police dealt with the accident.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to an attempted suicide at a Buttolph Drive home on Dec. 17. Police said the woman in question had apparently taken a large quantity of pills. Emergency responders took the woman to Porter Hospital for treatment.
In other action last week, Middlebury police: