September 10th, 2015
My name is Clifford Bell. I’m a senior in the Diversified Occupations class, graduating this year and have been in D.O. for 8 years. My guardian works at the D.O. school and without her I would still be living in a very bad place.
The new Middlebury town office will scale back parking behind the library and Ben Franklin. The proposed covering of the “ugly lower parking lot” by constructing a three-story commercial and residential building would virtually eliminate downtown parking.
Greg Dennis’ feigned inability to distinguish Bernie Sanders from Howard Dean might be mildly cute if it were original (read the column here).
But cute or not, equating Dean’s 2004 campaign with Bernie’s present one is nonsense.
“It is my firm belief that the test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner. I believe we have an obligation to pursue diplomatic solutions before resorting to military engagement – especially after nearly 14 years of ill-conceived and disastrous military engagements in the region.”
What foreign policy statesman can we attribute to such an enlightened comment?
That would be Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, sounding very presidential.
As the summer stretches into September, children and teachers are headed back to school. Our daughter is the third generation of teachers in our family. Many conversations are starting about changes in the process of consolidating schools. What that will look like a year from now, we do not know. It will be different. It will be exciting for some and challenging for others. We’ve been moving in this direction for decades — out of the days of the one-room schoolhouse.
In reading the Sept. 3 article about the Diversified Occupations program I noticed a pattern. People quoted in the article who are involved in the program directly (staff and parents) and people who spent time with the program, resulting in a recognition of excellence by Vermont PBS, all talk about the students and their successes; quotes by the administrator, superintendents, and a board chairman had no mention of students.