March 7th, 2013
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School cheerleading team earned a third-place finish in Division II at Saturday’s Vermont championship competition, which was held at Vergennes Union High School.
The Eagles scored 88 points to finish behind Mount Anthony (108) and Mount St. Joseph (98) in the seven-team D-II field. As a result of their third-place effort, the Mount Abe cheer squad earned an invitation to the All-New England competition as a D-III all-girl squad.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team lost a tough, 2-1 game to Bowdoin in Sunday’s NESCAC playoff final, but the Panthers this week still find themselves in a familiar position — preparing for an NCAA Division III tournament game for the 11th time in program history.
Every now and then a reminder comes my way that once again we need to explain how we do things around here — we being my editors and I — and that our relationship with readers really is, or at least ideally should be, a two-way street.
The latest reminder came courtesy of my ongoing participation on the Burlington Free Press sports blogs, which the folks up at that paper are kind enough to allow.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3/6 #6 MUHS vs. #3 Rutland ........... 2-1 (OT)
3/6 #1 S. Burlington vs. #9 MUHS ........... 8-2
When two out of every three Vermonters express support for something, that’s considered overwhelming support. Politically, it’s bulletproof.
That was the message delivered by a Castleton State College poll in which 66 percent of Vermonters expressed support for wind power.
One of Gov. Shumlin’s talking points in his speeches around the state is that “Vermont’s economy is on the mend.” The governor claims that Vermont has been doing better than most states in recovering from the recession, and that Vermont was the only state in the nation to see actual growth in personal income from 2010 to 2011. While this claim is borne out by the economic data, what the governor does not say is that the income growth in 2011 was concentrated in a small proportion of Vermont households.
Winston Churchill said of democracy that it is “the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” That may also be a good description of Vermont town meeting.
Voters at town meeting are asked to make decisions through a process that can be imprecise, contentious, confusing and ill informed.
It’s early March, when the gray skies and “mixed precipitation” always put me into a restless and dreary state of mind. Seems like a good time to augment the mood by writing about death.
Until now, I have succumbed to the cultural taboo against talking about death or preparing for death. It’s morbid. It’s sad. Nobody wants to hear it. If you talk about dying, it might happen! I don’t want to think about it. So I haven’t.