November 15th, 2012
I finally made it on the big screen.
But it’s not as I once imagined.
And, to be honest, this ‘big screen’ isn’t all that big. Rather than appear in some cameo spot on the movie screen (a la Sen. Patrick Leahy’s roles in the Batman movies), my two-minute gig generally shows up on a smart phone or computer screen. But at least I’m the star, albeit in a saga that takes a turn for the worse.
Here’s the setting:
The Vermont Democratic Party had the strongest performance in its history in last week’s election.
President Obama won 67 percent of the vote in Vermont, his third-best showing in the nation. Only the District of Columbia and Hawaii gave the president a higher vote share than Vermont. Obama won all 14 of Vermont’s counties, including traditionally Republican areas in northern Vermont.
Has anybody else noticed that it’s the 1960s again?
We’re trying to wind down an unpopular war.
The voices of blacks, women and young voters are louder than ever.
Last week, two states approved the use of marijuana just for fun. Three states voted to approve same-sex marriage.
Gays can now serve openly in the military and have increasingly prominent roles in business and government. Wisconsin just elected the first openly gay U.S. senator.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Nov. 9 cited Jeffery Manshel, 21, of Weybridge and Robert F. Golden, 21, of Shoreham for possession of a felony quantity of cocaine, following an investigation on Bakery Lane.
Two Middlebury police officers were on foot patrol in the area when they walked past a station wagon and saw two men inside who appeared to be snorting something, according to authorities. Upon closer inspection, police said they saw a man in the passenger side hunched over, snorting a white powdery substance from a blade that the driver was holding.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited Todd Clapper, 39, of Ferrisburgh, for sexual assault, for an alleged incident involving a juvenile girl in Ferrisburgh on Burroughs Farm Road on Nov. 9.
It was on that date that state police and officials with the Vermont Department of Children and Families were called to Porter Hospital to investigate a report of a girl who had been sexually assaulted.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police continue to get citizen cooperation in their efforts to fight drug crime in the city, as they received seven tips about illegal narcotic activity between Nov. 5 and 11.
Three of the tips came on one day, Nov. 8. Citizens came forward with other information twice on Nov. 6, and one time each on Nov. 7 and Nov. 10.
In incidents between Nov. 5 and 11, Vergennes police:
• On Nov. 5 dealt with loose cows near West Main Street; police put the word out in the farm community, and the cows were collared.
STARKSBORO — For the second time, 13-year-old Connor Norland has chosen to celebrate President Barack Obama’s election by shaving his head.
In 2008 the Starksboro youth shaved his entire head and donated his hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.