May 2nd, 2013
I knew I had a problem when my friend Ben, from California, e-mailed me after watching “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, and being profoundly moved. He said, “Tell me again why you’re not looking forward to seeing this movie.”
True, I have expressed ambivalence. I sometimes tire of the exclusivity of the focus on Jackie Robinson. The more I have learned about the African-American experience in baseball, the more rich stories and worthy figures I have become aware of.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/29 VUHS vs. OV................................. 12-1
4/30 MUHS vs. Spaulding .................... 12-3
4/30 GMVS vs. Mt. Abe ........................ 10-6
4/29 MUHS vs. Mt. Anthony ................ 15-13
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with several recent incidents triggered by strained relationships between mothers and daughters.
On April 16, city police stood by to keep the peace while an adult woman moved her belongings out of her mother’s home.
On both April 19 and 28, Vergennes police had to ask a city woman’s mother to stop sending allegedly harassing text messages. Police said the mother was concerned about what she believed was her daughter’s irresponsible behavior.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report of extensive vandalism to vehicles operating in a gravel pit off Case Street on April 23. Anyone with information on this crime should call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Served a no-trespass order on April 22 on a woman who had refused to leave McDonald’s Restaurant.
• Assisted Middlebury firefighters as they dealt with a brush fire off Halladay Road on April 22.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a recent spate of break-ins in the lakeside towns of Addison and Panton.
On April 24, troopers responded to a burglary complaint on Lake Street in Addison, where someone entered the residence between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and took various items.
On April 26 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. someone broke into a residence on Lake Road in Panton and stole various items.
If Middlebury is to grow jobs close to home by attracting new businesses and industry and cultivating telecommuters, as the Better Middlebury Partnership has done in recent months, then the greater-Middlebury community also has to provide a way for the young professionals who are likely to fill these jobs to easily and effectively assimilate into the community.
The rejuvenation of a “young professionals” group is one answer that’s under way.
The other day I heard some self-obsessed celebrity on the radio say that if you googled his first name a reference to him turned up on the first page of the Internet search engine’s results. I thought it would be fun to see how high I would come up when I googled my first name. Alas, my first name is not unusual; in fact it is one of the least unusual names in the English language.
In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.