April 27th, 2017
In Vermont, Democratic legislators must carefully consider a late-in-the-session move by Gov. Phil Scott that could potentially save taxpayers $26 million annually in education costs. To ignore a full discussion of the proposed plan (Senate Democrats are suggesting it’s too late in the session to take it up) could risk losing this one-time opportunity and give Republicans political ammunition in upcoming elections.
This week’s writer is Douglas Anderson, executive director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
An ex-student of mine recently built a magnificent $30 million theater in the Chicago area. I’ve done a little theater-building myself, but nothing on this scale, and although I hadn’t seen Michael Halberstam in 35 years, I wanted to know how he pulled it off.
So I went to Chicago to find out.
Throughout history, poets and philosophers have acted like roses were the greatest flower ever. This baffles me. My garden features a large, unwieldy rambling rose, and I’m terrified of it.
Granted, it’s beautiful. While my other flowers generally give way to weeds as my interest in gardening wanes over the summer, this rose is unstoppable. It blooms prolifically late every June, putting forth a show of hundreds of hot pink flowers. It captivates passersby and distracts them from the wasteland that surrounds it.
But it’s trying to kill me.
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a baker’s dozen of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.
According to Aristotle, a virtue is a behavioral habit that is acquired by practice. Becoming virtuous is no different from becoming skilled in an art, craft or sport. It requires experience and instruction and the use of reason, good judgment and a wealth of experience.
For over 10 years I have been enthralled with and driven by the desire to learn about death and dying. While this need was sparked into a flame by the sudden death of my dad, I believe it has been a glowing ember since my first experience with death when I was a child. Depressing, you might say. Morbid, others might say. Crazy, most people think.
A possible future headline: “Vermont first to ban sales of filtered cigarettes.” State legislator(s) who introduced bill cited pollution and health concerns. “We need to preserve and protect present and future generations of ALL life in the Green Mountain State.”
The long overdue measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Big Tobacco continues to insist filters are necessary components of cigarettes because unfiltered is unhealthy and filtered cigarettes are...are....are.....are flavorful.
Today, the tumultuous challenges our country is facing, now more than ever, demands our reaching out to others: to be kind, to smile, assist or just listen to the answer to your casual: “How are you” greeting! Just to know that someone, stranger or friend, cares can be the best tonic.