Archive - May 2012
Crowds turned out to celebrate the opening of the new Champlain Bridge over the weekend of May 19. The bridge opened to traffic in the late fall of 2011, two years after the old bridge was closed down due to safety concerns. The bridge reconnected a link between Vermont and New York
The parade mimicked many elements the original opening parade in 1929, which was attended by then New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
June is almost here, and it’s time to think about ground cover plants.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Vermont Gov. James Douglas has penned an autobiography in which he touches upon the highlights of almost 40 years in Vermont politics. In the book, due to be released before year’s end, Douglas offers some candid thoughts on some of the state and federal lawmakers with whom he worked during a political career that he says he has no interest in rekindling.
The underlying theme of the Middlebury Republican’s book will be “How can a Republican succeed in Vermont?”
It’s unfortunate the Bristol town selectboard went through a selection process for a planning commission member, made an informed decision and is now temporarily reneging on the board’s preferred choice. The board’s about-face is based on a rational policy, but the imposition in this case may have been made in haste and without needed distinctions about what constitutes legal standing.
In honoring the dead, we honor the living. That’s saying is never truer than in this nation’s observance of those who have served in the armed services.
This weekend, Memorial Day services around the nation will host parades, bands will play, flags will be placed at gravesites, and the nation as a whole will take a collective moment to remember those who have died in the service of the country.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all those who have served, or are serving, in the armed services whether in peacetime or wartime.
Remember that old song about New York City from “On the Town,” the 1944 musical? “The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down/The people ride in a hole in the groun’/New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”
The election for Vermont treasurer could be one of the most interesting and competitive races in November.
Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.
Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.
But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.