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January 24th, 2013
President Obama’s inaugural speech put aside America’s highly vaunted individualism and instead appealed to the nation’s kinder and more socially conscious instincts.
VERGENNES — Tuesday’s high school girls’ basketball game between visiting Mount Abraham and host Vergennes was essentially over after the first quarter, during which the Eagles showed why they are once again Division II title contenders.
In that quarter the 10-1 Eagles took a 24-2 lead with crisp offense and tough fullcourt and halfcourt defense that translated into transition baskets.
The 1-9 Commodores kept working and cut the lead to 15 at the half, but could not stop Mount Abe from walking off with a 50-17 victory.
The most enduring inaugural addresses in American history — Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy — have all been first inaugurals that marked a change in the political direction of the nation. Only Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural, delivered in March 1865, just a few weeks before the end of the Civil War and the re-elected president’s own assassination, is counted among the great speeches in American history.
Note from Karl Lindholm, whose column normally appears in this space: I intended to write this month about Lance Armstrong and his disgrace, exploring the issues of sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption. My son David was a great admirer of Armstrong some years ago, so I wrote to him and asked for a comment I could use in my column.
Some comment. Here’s what he wrote back to me.
After listening to Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, I found myself thinking about activism. In the speech, which was called “progressive” by various media outlets, the President touched on past social movements (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall) and mentioned the one that — after a summer of Colorado burning non-stop, and Sandy wiping out seaside towns along the East Coast the week before the General Election — is finally holding the nation’s attention these days: the climate movement.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/21 MUHS vs. U-32 ............................... 2-0
1/21 Woodstock vs. OV...................... 52-46
1/22 Mt. Abe vs. VUHS ....................... 50-17
1/22 Colchester vs. MUHS ................. 49-13
1/2 Leland & Gray vs. OV................... 41-31
There’s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.
Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.