Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Decision to open college called thoughtful

I was a bit surprised to see the criticism about Middlebury College’s plans to reopen from Gregory Dennis in the July 2 paper.
When my wife and I bought our house in Cornwall 20 years ago we knew that the college was an important part of the community, but have learned over the years just how important it is to all of us who are fortunate enough to call this area home.
The local economy, employment, healthcare, quality of education, sports and recreation, the arts, music and theater, all are in some way influenced by having the college here.
Rather than criticize and second guess a decision that I know was not made lightly, I would like to thank Laurie Patton and her team for carefully studying their options and coming out with a well thought out plan, that to me seems like a very safe and responsible approach to getting the college going this fall.
Things will continue to evolve as we move through this health crisis, and I am confident that the college leadership will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of the college and for the community.
John Betz
Cornwall

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