April 13th, 2017
A week ago, Trump deflected the political dialogue from his administration’s shady connections to Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections (and a too cozy relationship Russian President Vladimir Putin) by dropping a few bombs in Syria. While the tactic violated everything Trump had said on the campaign trail that he would not do, and was against the very actions he warned President Obama not to take, it worked. At least, temporarily.
This week’s writer is Ben Wilson of Middlebury, former president of the Better Middlebury Partnership.
The $52 million plan to construct new rail bridges in downtown Middlebury should be scrapped. The project is fraught with safety, economic, and environmental issues that will devastate Middlebury’s business and tourism community. Furthermore, after a four-year construction debacle VTrans will leave the town with an expensive piece of infrastructure that will not solve key safety and environmental issues.
A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Chicago for a work-related conference. For once, I got to swagger around the airports like an actual business traveler.
Unfortunately, the swagger only lasted until my colleague and I — yes, I said “colleague,” because business travelers talk that way — landed at O’Hare. While she carried a small bag, I had checked a bulky wheeled behemoth that fell just a few pounds short of needing to be registered with the DMV.
MIDDLEBURY — Political journalist Joe Klein will speak on the campus of Middlebury College next Tuesday, April 18, on the topic “Is American Democracy Inevitable?”
A book signing will follow this, the van de Velde Memorial Lecture, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium.
Imagine Middlebury as Plato’s model city, which is his practical solution to implementing the rule of law. This is not so fanciful, when we recall that the Greek polis is the direct ancestor of the Vermont town. Recall that the Greek polis is a sovereign state at whose heart is a vibrant urban center, not unlike Middlebury, the shire town of Addison County. Plato imagined his model city inhabited by 5,000 families or homesteads in a territory the size of Addison County, a place well endowed with essential natural resources: water and timber and fertile soil.
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater and Middlebury Underground present Haitian band Lakou Mizik on Tuesday, April 18 at the Middlebury theater. Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.