Archive - Dec 30, 2009 - Editorial
If we consider human nature, making New Year’s resolutions a singular endeavor is akin to pulling your fortune out of a cookie: it might just happen, but the odds are against it.
But involve your friends and neighbors in the effort, and the success rate jumps dramatically.
Taking that as a cue, let’s set a few resolutions for the New Year as collective communities and mark our progress as the year evolves.
In Middlebury, let’s resolve to:
After Monday morning’s demolition, the Champlain Bridge is history. It’s time for a few more hours of romanticized reflection, then a redoubling of efforts to build a new bridge in record time that will make the trip over the lake better in every way.
That, at least, should be the goal.
Just how could the new bridge serve the public better? Here are a few key ways, some of which have been previously suggested by readers, and are being tentatively considered by state officials:
Despite my love of sleep, once the lights go off I often find myself doing the other thing people typically do in bed. And I don’t mean counting sheep.
I mean worrying, of course.
There is no trouble so overpowering that it can’t get infinitely worse in a dark room with eight hours of quiet for it to fester in.
It’s easy and fashionable to name the ways that things are getting worse. From global warming and overpopulation, to America’s two endless wars and the billions of people who go to sleep hungry every night, the list is always growing longer.
But what about all the things that are getting better? There are plenty of them, if you just take a little closer look