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October 7th, 2010
An Essay by Victor Nuovo, Middlebury College professor emeritus of philosophy
1. The Laws of Plato and the rule of Law
Author’s note: This is the first of a series of essays or reflections about a book written two and a half millennia ago by Plato, the great philosopher. It is titled “Laws” and is his last and longest work. According to a reliable tradition, when Plato died, in 347 BCE, he had finished a draft of the whole work; it was edited and published posthumously by Philip of Opus, Plato’s secretary, a member of Plato’s Academy and a philosopher.
WHITING — Whiting Republican Joy Jones hadn’t given serious thought to running for the Addison-Rutland-1 House seat until a week before the Aug. 24 primary, when she was unable to recruit a challenger to face incumbent Rep. Will Stevens, an independent who lives in Shoreham.
The folks she approached explained they were too busy with work, family and other commitments to run for office and, if elected, serve five months in Montpelier. The Addison-Rutland-1 district includes Orwell, Shoreham, Benson and Whiting.
MIDDLEBURY — The independent documentary film that earlier this year created quite a buzz — literally — at film festivals from Rhode Island to Seattle to Maui will make an appearance in Middlebury this week.
“Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” briefly features Bridport bee expert Kirk Webster and his mite-free colonies in an effort to share an alternative look at what people are calling a “global bee crisis” currently in effect.
ADDISON COUNTY — Several roads across the county were closed on Friday morning due to flooding brought on by the heavy rainfall the area received at the end of last week.
A stretch of Route 116 in Bristol was shut down Friday morning, as were sections of River Road in New Haven and Route 7 near McConnell Road in Brandon. As waters continued to rise, a section of Three Mile Bridge Road from Route 7 to Halladay Road in Middlebury was closed, and a portion of Route 125 in Ripton was reduced to one lane.
MIDDLEBURY — It was in 1982 that then-UD-3 school board Chairwoman Natalie Peters asked Helen Reiff if she wouldn’t mind taking minutes for the group, which oversees Middlebury Union Middle School and High School.
She accepted the gig, and those minutes turned into years — 28 of them, to be precise. Now Reiff, concerned that her failing hearing might prevent her from accurately performing the job she has enjoyed so much, has decided to resign as the UD-3 board’s recorder.
MIDDLEBURY — Long-anticipated renovations to the historic Pulp Mill Bridge on Seymour Street in Middlebury could be further delayed — or possibly expedited — by the discovery of bats that have decided to take up residency in the rafters of the covered span.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) is looking to expand again in the summer of 2011 by adding an additional five sites to the three satellite schools already in put in place this past year.
BRISTOL — In a high school boys’ soccer game on Friday in which both teams had opportunities, host Mount Abraham had the slightly better chances and took fuller advantage of them than Vergennes, and the result was a 3-0 Eagle victory in this fall’s third meeting of the two teams.
The Eagles snapped a three-game skid and improved to 3-4-1. On Friday they had players back who missed games due to disciplinary issues but were missing three starters due to injury,